Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
SCOTT WINS NCAA 10 000M TITLE
Distance runner Dominique Scott burst clear in the closing stages to secure a convincing victory in the women’s 10 000m final on Thursday, on day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The 23-year-old University of Arkanses athlete, who qualified for South Africa’s Olympic team with a 31:56.84 personal best in Palo Alto last month, won the race in 32:35.69.
She was well ahead of British athlete Alice Wright (New Mexico) who finished second in 32:46.99.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday’s opening day of competition at Hayward Field, Roelf Pienaar of Arkansas State finished second in the men’s long jump with a 7.93m leap.
Versatile American athlete Jarrion Lawson (Arkansas) won with a best effort of 8.15m.
Former World Youth Championships silver medallist Stefan Brits of Florida State, one of six SA men to have qualified for the Rio Olympics in the long jump after setting a career record of 8.22m in Tallahassee last month, withdrew ahead of the event with a hamstring injury.
Renaldo Frechou (South Alabama) ended 16th in the men’s hammer throw qualifying round, with a best heave of 65.66m, and was eliminated ahead of the final.
Sprinter Ncinci Titi was also ranked 16th in the men’s 200m semifinals, clocking 20.88, and he too was unable yo progress.
Former World Junior Championships bronze medallist Gerhard de Beer (Arizona State) and compatriot Jan-Louw Kotze (South Alabama) were set to compete in the men’s discus throw final on Friday
Scott, who finished second in the 5 000m and 10 000m events at last year’s collegiate showpiece, was due to line up in the 5 000m contest on Saturday’s final day of competition, in search of double gold to close out her university track career in style.