BRADENTON, Fla. — Central State University hurdler Juan Scott made history with a record breaking performance to win the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championship in the 110-meter hurdles on May 27.
“I came into the outdoor national championships as a bit of an underdog,” Scott said. “After missing out on the indoor finals in March, I was determined to have my best performance of the year this weekend. I drew on my past experiences as preparation and felt really confident going into this week’s competition.”
Scott ran a time of 13.82 seconds in Friday’s national preliminary round, tying a school record and advancing to Saturday’s national final. Less than 24 hours later, the freshman from Dayton Dunbar High School shattered a Central State and IMG Academy facility record with a pace of 13.73 seconds to claim the national title by 0.07 seconds over senior Shawn Rowe of St. Augustine’s University.
Scott becomes the first Central State student-athlete to win an NCAA Division II National Championship, accomplishing the feat while celebrating his 20th birthday. With the win, Scott is also the first Marauder to earn U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Outdoor All-American First Team honors.
“It feels great to make history at Central State University,” Scott said. “My goal is to continue to sustain this level of success and make more history as I continue my collegiate career.”
Attending nearly every competition their son has participated in since he began running in high school, Scott’s parents gleamed with pride and emotion after witnessing their son’s victory. Juan’s father, Quincy, commented on his son’s accomplishment.
“This really means a lot for all of us in the family. Words really can’t explain how we feel right now. We are very proud parents,” Quincy Scott said. “Hopefully, Juan can bring a few more championships back home over the next couple of years.”
In addition to bringing home a national title, Scott’s phenomenal freshman year includes nine wins in hurdle events, a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championship, an All-Ohio Championship, USTFCCCA Indoor All-American honors and an appearance at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships.
“Juan really committed to the program and bought in to what we are doing at Central State University,” CSU head coach James Rollins said. “He has worked hard for everything he has accomplished and I am excited to see him reach his goal of becoming a national champion. As long as he continues to stay hungry, I believe the sky is the limit for him.”