EUGENE, Ore. – Arguably the best distance runner to come out of the Southeastern Conference, Dominique Scott completed her final chapter wearing cardinal red and white as a five-time NCAA national champion.
In front of a massive crowd of almost 13,000 track and field fans at the historic Hayward Field, Scott secured the first NCAA outdoor national title for Arkansas women’s track and field with an awe-inspiring victory in the 5K.
The moment was surreal.
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In 15 minutes, 57.07 seconds Scott not only clinched the program’s first outdoor national crown but also became the first Razorback woman to win two individual event titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championship – a feat she had already accomplished at indoor nationals one year prior.
“This weekend, honestly, it was more about the team,” Scott said. “I just wanted to have fun. That was the goal going into this weekend. It was obviously bittersweet having this be my last collegiate meet.”
The second-highest individual scorer of the weekend among female competitors with 20 points, Scott’s 5K title earned her the 12th All-America honor of her career (inclusive of cross country).
“It’s been an amazing five years, but to be able to contribute 20 points to a team title is just a dream come true.”
She is the first female to successfully complete the arduous 5K-10K double since Iowa State’s Lisa Koll accomplished the endeavor in 2010.
Scott and her teammates now turn their attention toward international competition as they pursue berths to represent their nations at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5-21.
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