CAPETOWN, South Africa – Following the end of the athletics qualification period for the 2016 Olympic Games this past Monday, South Africa has officially unveiled its roster Thursday for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and two familiar names will resonate with Razorback fans.
Past Arkansas distance standouts Christine Kalmer and Dominique Scott are among 13 women making the journey to South America as part of the South African Athletics Olympic delegation.
Team SA – Women
A member of head coach Lance Harter’s distance contingent from 2006-2009, Kalmer was instrumental in leading the Razorback women to three Southeastern Conference cross country titles during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. The former SEC indoor 5K champion transitioned from track to the road during her professional career, specializing in half and full marathons.
Kalmer picked up the marathon Olympic qualifying standard, placing seventh among women in Valencia, Spain, at the 2015 Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 43 seconds. She finished 67th overall in the final standings.
Recently exhausting her collegiate eligibility, Scott left a profound footprint on Arkansas athletics and SEC during her time as a Razorback.
The only five-time NCAA national champion in program history, Scott excelled at distances from the 1,500 through to the 10,000. In five years at Arkansas she led the women’s track and field program to a multitude of conference titles and two historic NCAA indoor and outdoor victories.
For her efforts she was recognized as the National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2015 and selected as a Bowerman semifinalist in 2016.
She holds seven program records inclusive of the 10,000 – her Olympic-qualifying event.
Scott will look to carry her collegiate momentum through her professional career as an Adidas sponsored athlete. Her first competition on pro circuit will take place on Friday, July 15 in Monaco at the Diamond League Meeting Herculis as a 3K entry.
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