Dominique Scott - Cape town to Arkansas

“I LOVE thick crust pizza, ice cream and a good glass of cabernet. That is my perfect idea of a post race dinner. I’ve traveled all over the USA and to quite a few countries overseas but Cape Town is still my favorite city. I love the warm weather and rich culture.” On the 24th of June 1992 in Constantiaberg Hospital, Cape Town, Dominique Scott was born. Her mother was the cross country coach at Herchel. So Dominique was always dragged along to cross country races at the end of each week. “I got really bored of watching the races. So my mom suggested I race the following week.” And that is how she got into running. She was 7 years old at that stage.

There was a very slow progression from there and she started loving and enjoying running. In Grade 9 she ran her very first track race at the old Green Point stadium and an athletics career was launched that would turn into something quite extraordinary. Her parents then started looking for a coach. “My Mom started driving me out to Stellenbosch twice a week to train with Johan Fourie and his group of high school athletes”. Half way through grade 9 she moved to Rhenish Girls High School boarding school so she could train with Fourie on a daily basis. She was now coached by the legendary Johan Fourie, perhaps the best middle distance male athlete the country has ever seen. She was now part of The Dogsquad.

“She is a coaches dream. She works very hard and follows the program down to the letter. So much so that she has to be held back. Dominique is very self motivated and does very well under pressure. She joined the Dogsquad as a young girl and was already talking about the Olympic Games as goal. She still holds plenty Dogsquad age records.” – Johan Fourie

In 2009 she ran a 4:28.7 where she put herself in the Wild Dog position on The Dogsquad rankings. Then in 2010 she went on the win the SA Junior 1500m and 3000m titles. She had scintillating speed over the last 250m of that 1500m race beating renowned athlete Danel Prinsloo. Her mother posted videos of her racing on YouTube and this caught the attention of a number of coaches in USA and they made contact with her. She then decided to attend the University of Arkansas. “This was a huge decision for me. I would be leaving everything I knew, my friends and family to travel across the world to follow my dream.”

She is doing a degree in Business Marketing and Logistics whilst running track and cross country for the University. Scott hasn’t looked back ever since and now holds the SA Indoor mile and 3000m records respectively of 4:36.11 and  8:52.57 at the age of 23. She also hols the University of Arkansas records all round and her best times  are as follow:

800m Indoor – 2:07.53
1000m Indoor – 2:42.60 (University of Arkansas record)
1500m – 4:14.33
1600m – 4:32.48 (University of Arkansas record)
3000m – 9:02 (University of Arkansas record) Outdoor.
3000m Indoor – 8:52.57
5000m – 15:42 (University of Arkansas record)

“This year I am focusing on the 3000m during the indoor season and the 5000m in the outdoor season. My goal is to win an individual NCAA division 1 national title. Last year I came 2nd in the 3000m and 6th in the 5000m at Nationals”. And so she did go on to win the NCAA 3000m national title!! After she graduates she hopes to run professionally and to represent SA at the Olympics in the 5000m. “I want to run in the green and gold on the world stage.” And she is well on her way to achieve that goal!

“Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. I felt like many people did not approve of my dreams to go to university in the United States. People thought I would be raced too often, along with other negative things. I knew that racing against the best collegiate runners in the world would bring out the best in me. So far, so good. I am constantly pushed to reach new heights, running times I did not believe I could. If I had listened to the people around me, I would not have taken the opportunity to run and study in the USA. Therefore I say, follow your dreams and reach for the stars.” Scott says she would also love for young South Africans to follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @domscottrunSA

Lastly on the 3rd of March Dominique Scott ran a 32:11.60 on the 10 000m which is the 3rd fastest time ever ran by a South African woman. Need we say anymore? Dominique Scott Backtrack & Eaglesclub wishes you all the best on your quest for green and gold and may you SOAR in the 2015 season!

Photo by miscottrunningphotos

EC Media Manager Adriaan Aldridge
in assosiation with Reggie Hufkie