Riley Cooney

Position Distance
Height 5'4''
Class Senior
Hometown Loveland, Colo.
High School Mountain View HS

CAREER RESULTS

Career Highlights
2019 Indoor Second Team All-American (DMR)
2018 Cross Country Academic All-Big 12 First Team
2018 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
2018 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
Outdoor School Record (4×800 Relay) – 8:41.64
2018 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award
2017 Cross Country Academic All-Big 12 First Team
2017 USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team
2017 Track & Field Academic All-Big 12 First Team
2016 Cross Country Academic All-Big 12 First Team
2015-16 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team

 

2019 INDOOR (Sr.)
Recorded a third place finish in the one-mile run at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular (1/18) with a time of 4:59.10 … A member of the distance medley relay team that finished fourth at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/22-2/23), clocking in with a time of 11:45.73 … Earned Second Team All-America honors as a member of the distance medley relay team that placed 11th at the NCAA Indoor Championships (3/8-9).

2018 CROSS COUNTRY (Jr.)
Finished fourth overall at the season-opening Bob Timmons Classic (9/1) in the women’s 5K race with a time of 19:11.5 … Placed eighth at the Rim Rock Classic (9/29) in the women’s 6K with a time of 22:05.0 as KU’s fourth finisher … Completed the women’s 6K race in 21:50.96, good for 106th place at the Pre-National Invitational (10/13) … Finished 22nd at the Big 12 Championship (10/26) with a time of 21:07.5 … Placed 90th at the NCAA Midwest Regional (11/9), clocking in with a time of 22:00.7.

2018 OUTDOOR (Jr.)
Finished ninth in the 1,500-meter run at the Texas Relay (3/28-31) with a time of 4:38.21 and was a member of the distance medley relay team that finished fifth with a time of 11:40.14 and the 4×800-meter relay team that also placed fifth with a time of 9:02.72 … Finished fourth in the open section of the 1,500-meter run at the Sun Angel Classic (4/6-7) with a time of 4:35.66 … Finished second in the unseeded 800-meter run at the Kansas Relays (4/18-21) with a time of 2:09.44 and posted a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a personal-best time of 4:27.93 … Member of the school record-breaking 4×800 relay team at the National Relay Championships (4/27-28) with a time of 8:41.64 … Won the 800 meters at the Ward Haylett Invitational (5/5) with a time of 2:08.26 to become the No. 7 performer in KU history in the event … Placed 11th in the 5,000-meter run at the Big 12 Championship (5/11-13) with a personal-best time of 17:20.68 … Placed 28th in the first round of the 800-meter run at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (5/24-26) with a time of 2:09.15.

2018 INDOOR (Jr.)
Opened the season with a first-place finish in the 1,000-meter run at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular (1/13) with a time of 2:56.60 … Finished third in the 800-meter run at the Mark Colligan Memorial with a time of 2:15.13 … Finished sixth in the mile at the Rod McCravy Memorial (2/3) with a time of 4:56.39 … Finished eighth in the 1,000-meter run at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/23-24) with a time of 2:53.73 after running a career-best time of 2:50.31 in the prelims and was a member of the distance medley relay team that placed third with a time of 11:26.33.

2017 CROSS COUNTRY (So.)
Earned Academic All-Big 12 honors … Competed in all five of the Jayhawks events … Placed seventh at the Bob Timmons Dual Classic (9/2) where she posted a 5K time of 18:39.4 … Placed seventh at the Rim Rock Farm Collegiate Classic (9/30)  with a time of 22:26.5 in the 6K … Completed the 6K loop in 23:05.8, good for a 259th-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational (10/14) … Finished in 58th place at the Big 12 Cross Country Championship (10/28), recording a 6K time of 22:12.5 … Finished 78th at the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Cross Country Championships (11/10) with a 6K time of 21:31.0.

2017 OUTDOOR (So.)
Placed eighth at the Sun Angel Classic (4/6-8) in the 1,500-meter run, posting a time of 4:36.93 … Competed in the Kansas Relays (4/19-22) where she was a part of the distance medley relay team that finished in first place with a time of 12:04.95 and placed seventh in the 1,500-meters run with a time of 4:36.57 … Placed 16th at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship (5/12-14) in the 5,000-meter run, clocking in at 17:21.83.

2017 INDOOR (So.)
Contributed to the first place finish of the distance medley relay team at the Bill Easton Classic (1/6) finishing in 12:12.78 … Placed third in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:56.78 at the Bill Easton Classic … Won the 1,000-meter run at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular (1/12), clocking in at 2:55.42 … Also placed second in the mile at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular with a time of 4:54.36 … Competed in the distance medley relay at the Rod McCravy Memorial (1/20-21) placing third with a time of 11:26.93 … Also earned a second place finish in the mile with a time of 4:49.60 at the McCravy Memorial … Member of the second-place distance medley relay team at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/24-25) with a time of 11:20.0 … Also placed second in the mile at the conference meet, crossing the finish line at 4:49.46 … Competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships (3/10-11) in the distance medley relay where the team recorded a seventh place finish to earn First Team All-America honors with a time of 11:05.35.

2016 CROSS COUNTRY (R-Fr.)
Posted a runner-up finish in her cross country debut at the Bob Timmons Classic (9/3), finishing the 5K loop in 18:27.9 … Took 18th at the Rim Rock Classic (10/1) with her season-best 6K time of 22:04.4 … Placed 39th at the Pre-National Invitational (11/11) after clocking a time of 23:18.0 … Completed the 6K course in 22:51.7 at the Big 12 Championship (10/29), earning 62nd overall.

2016 OUTDOOR (Fr.)
Took 13th in the steeplechase by way of her 11:12.92 clocking at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship (5/15) … Placed fourth in the steeplechase at the Kansas Relays (4/23) with a time of 11:37.42 … Finished seventh in the 1,500 meters after crossing the finish line in 4:40.87 at the Rock Chalk Classic (4/30) … Set a personal-best steeplechase time of 11:04.31 at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival (4/2), good for 26th-place overall.

2016 INDOOR (Fr.)
Placed 33rd in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:06.68 at the Big 12 Indoor Championship (2/27) … Helped the distance medley relay team to a third-place finish at the Big 12 Indoor Championship after a time of 11:34.63 … Runner-up in the 3,000 meters during her first collegiate meet at the Bob Timmons Challenge (12/4), clocking a time of 10:14.19 … Member of the victorious distance medley relay team at the Bob Timmons Challenge by way of a 12:33.30 finish.

2015 CROSS COUNTRY (Fr.)
Utilized redshirt season.

HIGH SCHOOL
Member of the 2014 4A Colorado State Champion cross country team at Mountain View HS … Ran a leg on the state champion 4×800-meter team in 2014 … Held four school records; 800 meters (2:12.53), 1,600 meters (4:55.01), 3,200 meters (10:56) and 5,000 meters (17:58) … Named the MVP of her cross country and track teams three consecutive seasons from 2012-15 … Named a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman in 2014 … Class Valedictorian … Earned AP Scholar with Distinction honors.

PERSONAL
Daughter of Gerald and Paula Cooney … Has two older brothers, Dayton and Dixon … Father, Gerald, ran track at Northern Arizona … Cousin, Kyle Bullinger, played basketball at Weber State … Aspires to become a doctor.