Scott Puts State On Her Résumé

New Knoxville's Erin Scott competes in girls shot put on Wednesday at the Division III regional track and field meet in Troy.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

For the first time since 2014, an athlete from New Knoxville will be competing in the Division III state track and field meet.

Junior shot putter Erin Scott did not just qualify for state next week, she also did so by continuing to break her own school record in the event.

"I wanted to go to regionals, and then that I was kind of it," she said. "I didn't expect to make it because I was throwing a 36 and that was it."

But Scott made it look was on Wednesday at Troy High School.

In the first flight, Scott — who came in seeded fifth at a school-record 36 feet — topped that mark three times in a row, with her best throwi being her last in her flight at 36 feet, 7.50 inches.

Scott then headed to the finals, sitting in third place and remained there after two throws at 36 feet, 7 inches.

Sitting behind Covington's Lauren Christian at 42 feet, 8 inches and Botkins' Grace Homan at 37 feet, Scott dropped to fourth place when Delphos St. John's Jill Gemmer slid 1 inch in front at 36 feet, 8 inches.

Next up was Yellow Springs' Amani Wagner, the only girl left who could knock Scott out of the top four, but after Wagner finished with her toss of 35 feet, 10.50 inches, it was a sure best that Scott qualified with only Homan, who already qualified, being the only thrower remaining.

On her final put, Scott slid back into third place with her final throw of 37 feet, 4 inches, breaking her own record for a fourth time Wednesday.

"I wanted to go to state but I didn't want to get my hopes up too high," she said. "I really starting lifting more," "It helped since we started lifting for volleyball and going back and forth with that, it helped a lot.
"I thought coming in, 'I have nothing to lose, I am the underdog,'"

It marks the first time a Ranger is competing at the state level in track and field since Cassie Boyle and Haley Horstman both qualified in 2014 and Scott's spot at state marks a major accomplishment throughout a long journey for the three-sport athlete.

After tearing her ACL in the summer prior to her sophomore year, Scott has excelled in a sport that is not her main focus.

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 Savanah Luthman and 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.

"I was excited to say the least," Scott said of her qualifying for regionals. "I kind of didn't expect it because I wasn't throwing good the night before."

But just like she has all season, Scott has been improving and riding the momentum she has created in constantly breaking her own school record and now becoming the first ever shot putter to represent New Knoxville at state competition next week.

"I really don't know how far they throw at state so I am hoping to finish in the top eight," she said."Either way, it will be a good experience and it will help me with my nerves."