Scott Finishes Historical Season In 12th At State

New Knoxville's Erin Scott competes in girls shot put on Friday day Day 1 of the Division III state track and field meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Sports Editor

The fairy tale story of Erin Scott’s postseason run ended on Friday without an appearance on the podium.


But it was a heck of a run for an athlete who is more of a basketball player, making shots and guarding ball handlers than someone who throws an 8.8-pound ball.


But the junior made the most of her opportunities, becoming the first New Knoxville player to reach state since


2014 and the first shot putter to advance to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in school history.

And the best thing is, she still has another year left to improve on her feats.


But on Friday, Scott could not build on the momentum she created at regionals last week when she broke her own school record four times, finishing with 37 feet, 4 inches. Scott’s best throw at state was her final, 35 feet, 11 inches — for 12th place overall — in a field that pitted her against six 40-feet throwers and even if she would have reached her seed of 37-04.00, Scott would have been lucky to finish ninth place — the competition was that good.


But for the season, so was Scott.


Scott finished third in the Midwest Athletic Conference during her sophomore season with a record-breaking distance of 35-01.00, a mark only behind a pair of state qualifiers in Minster’s Savanah Luthman and New Bremen’s Maddy Moeller.


Both girls have since graduated, giving Scott a chance to build on where she finished, and she took advantage by finishing as a runner-up in the MAC Championship earlier this month with a put of 36-01.00.


At the Division III district meet in Spencerville last season, Scott missed the cut to regionals by two spots, finishing in sixth place with a throw of 33-02.25, but four of the five girls ahead of her at districts graduated. She also took advantage this season by finishing as a runner-up with a toss of 36 feet, becoming the first New


Knoxville shot putter to compete at regionals since Natasha Fullenkamp — the Rangers’ previous record-holder in shot put before Scott rewrote the history books.