Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SCOTT TO CHASE FAST 5000M TIME
Building momentum in a breakthrough 2015 campaign, distance running sensation Dominique Scott hopes to put herself in the mix for victory as she targets a quick time at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
Scott, who lines up in the women’s 5 000m race, is the only SA athlete competing at the Stanford University meeting on Saturday, after Elroy Gelant withdrew from the start lists following physiotherapy on a hamstring niggle.
“I’d love to run fast but I’m not putting any pressure on myself for a specific time,” Scott, who is based in the United States. said on Friday.
“I’ll be happy after the race if I feel like I put myself in the race and competed.”
The 22-year-old Arkansas Razorbacks star has been in superb form this season, clocking 8.55.19 over 3 000m on the collegiate indoor circuit in Fayetteville in March.
Last month she turned out a career best 32:11.60 over the 10 000m distance in Palo Alto, climbing to third place in the all-time SA rankings behind Elana Meyer and Colleen de Reuck.
She set her best 5 000m time of 15:42.42 in April last year, placing her sixth in the all-time rankings, less than a minute outside Meyer’s national record.
“Training has been going great the past few weeks,” she said.
“I’ve had consistent, undisturbed training for a while now.”
On the back of her recent success, Scott said she had taken a short break after the indoor season, and she remained eager for the rest of a lengthy campaign.
“I knew that my outdoor season was going to be a long one, so I made sure I felt refreshed before my first outdoor race.
“I’ve only raced twice during the 2015 outdoor season so far, so I’m definitely still hungry to compete.”
While Gelant pulled out, he confirmed he would compete in his first international race of the season at the World Challenge meeting in Hengelo later this month.