No Pressure to Run
By Eric Harris
Razorback women’s cross country finished second in the Southeastern Conference Championships and 14th last fall at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., aided by runner Dominque Scott.
She established herself as a strong part of the team from the first meet of the year. Scott finished second overall at the Razorback Invitational this fall, her first meet as a collegiate athlete.
The team finished in the top two in six of their seven meets this season, with Scott earning points for four of the team’s meets.
Scott has continued to be successful and to work hard despite the transition from coming from Cape Town, South Africa.
“Track and field is definitely a lot bigger here,” Scott said. “In South Africa, there were not nearly as many elite runners.”
Junior and men’s cross country runner Cameron Efurd said that Scott made huge strides after making the adjustment to college track and field.
“She’s really put it together and is one of the top runners in the nation, one of the fastest freshman to come to Arkansas,” Efurd said.
Scott said that the support and encouragement from her teammates and head coach Lance Harter have helped her succeed.
“Every one’s performance made a difference and it made us all encourage each other,” Scott said.
She has also gotten a lot of help training and motivation from Coach Harter. Scott said the most helpful thing that he has taught her is that there is no pressure.
“I really thought there would be a lot of pressure to perform, but you can’t perform under pressure, no one can,” Scott said.