Friday, April 20, 2012

Scott's Individual Success Driven by Team Goals

A distraught K’Vonte Scott left a lasting impression on A-Sun Track & Field fans during the Indoor Championships.

The East Tennessee State freshmen had just finished second in the heptathlon by a single point despite running a 2:48 in the 1000-meters. The first thing a coach relayed to the A-Sun staff was that Scott was most disappointed because he felt like he let his teammates down.

Fast forward to day one of the conference outdoor championships. Scott dominated the first day of the decathlon by winning three of the five events to lead his indoor spoil Brian Graham of Kennesaw State by over 200 points. Looks like the lessons learned in February paid off.

“During indoor season, it was still experimental. I had never done a (combined event) before, so it was cool to know it and learn it,” stated Scott. “Losing by one point was really heartbreaking, but it was a lesson in itself. A combined event is all about preparing for the next event. So today long jump goes bad, but then I have high jump to worry about next. You just have to go out and give it your best on what you have next.”

Scott’s teammates drive his success. The focus for him is team achievement.

“I am trying to give my teammates the best chance to win and hope in me. Now you go out and give as much heart as I am right now. It’s all about trying to perform for the team. Sure I want to be as good as I can and win a conference championship but I want to win as a team as well. It’s a team aspect for me,” commented Scott.

As if grabbing control of the most grueling event in track & field was not enough, a quick look at the entry list shows that Scott will get a lot of opportunities to help the team. He is entered in six other events as well: 110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles, High Jump, Javelin, Long Jump and Triple Jump. All told, Scott could appear in 17 total competitions if he advances in the 110 Hurdles semifinals on Friday night.

“I want to help my team and help those seniors. I want them to have something to look back on as an accomplishment for the team,” reflected Scott.

If he piles up the points for the Bucs, maybe the seniors should give him his own seat on the bus ride back for a well-deserved nap.

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