Jeremy Scott Earns SEC Field Athlete of the We
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After making his first true outdoor track and field debut at the Penn Relays on April 24, senior Jeremy Scott was named the Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.
“What we’re so thrilled about is that he’s clearing these heights from a limited approach,” Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth said. “He’s running halfway back from where he normally would start, because he’s resting his hamstring. It’s amazing because he’s competing against guys who are taking a full approach. Hopefully he’ll continue to improve as we get ready for conference, regionals and nationals and go on to be the best ever.”
The two-time NCAA Division III champion posted a height of 17-4.50 in the championship division to share the top mark on Franklin Field. Scott’s clearance placed him at fifth on UA’s all-time outdoor top-10 list and is less than a foot from the school record (18-0.75). It is also currently leading the SEC and is third in the NCAA Mideast Region.
Scott competed once earlier this season at the McDonnell Invitational and registered a regional height of 16-8.75, but the event was forced indoors due to inclement weather. So far Scott is the second Razorback athlete to garner the conference accolade during the outdoor campaign. On April 21, freshman Wallace Spearmon, Jr., was named the track athlete of the week after his outstanding performance of 20.35 in the 200-meter dash at the Mt. SAC Relays.
This week Scott will enjoy an off-weekend, but will continue to prepare for the 2004 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 13-16, in Oxford, Miss.
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