Record performance earns AMC honors for FHU's Scott

Record performance earns AMC honors for FHU's Scott

Tue, Oct. 21, 2014 - [Women's Cross Country]

HENDERSON, Tenn. - After placing higher than any cross country runner in Freed-Hardeman history, Lady Lion Sloan Scott has been named the American Midwest Conference Runner of the Week.

Scott, a junior from Cordova, Tenn., finished second in the field of 61 runners at the Choctaw Open in Clinton, Miss., running a time of 19:55.  It was her best time of the season and only nine seconds off of her PR.  Her efforts helped Freed-Hardeman to a fifth-place finish.  Her second-place finish was the highest ever by a Freed runner, bettering her mark of fourth place.

"Her time of 19:55 at Choctaw is her 2014 season best time, yet Choctaw is far from the easiest course we've run this year. At the one mile mark, Sloan was part of a chase pack of about eight runners who were half a minute or more behind the eventual winner of the race," said FHU head coach Derrick Spradlin. "By the two mile mark, Sloan had gapped the rest of the chase pack, leading them by a little over twenty seconds, a lead over the third through sixth place finishers that she maintained through the rest of the race."

Scott is now back to full strength after being sidelined by an injury in 2012 that still had effects on her performance in 2013.

"I'm very proud of Sloan's achievement at Choctaw and with this Runner of the Week award. She's been practicing very well this year, and it all came together for her at this race. She ran a smart race, not going out too fast despite other runners pushing the pace that first mile, but she was also plenty strong enough to maintain the pace when the other runners in the pack started to lose some steam after the first mile. It was a good race. She was in control for the whole race."