Scott rises to the occasion

Published 6:15 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It looked like Central High School might not have an all-state finisher at the Virginia High School League Group 1A State Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend at Radford University, but senior Brandon Scott made it happen.

“Leave it to Brandon Scott to rise to the occasion,” Central Track and Field Coach Wallace Owen said. “He has pretty much done this throughout his athletic career.”

The Chargers had two representatives at the state meet, as Scott and sophomore Zakkiyah Hurt were the school’s only qualifiers.

Hurt made the state cut in the girls 100-meter hurdles, but she was not able to advance beyond Friday’s preliminaries in the event.

The top eight finishers in an event advanced to the finals, and she placed just outside that group, taking ninth with an 18.65-second time.

Scott qualified for states in the boys 110-meter hurdles and the boys 300-meter hurdles. He finished 11th in the prelims for the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.96 seconds, leaving the 300 hurdles as Central’s last chance for an all-state finisher.

To earn all-state status, an athlete or relay team must place in the top eight of the finals.

“Although Brandon was seeded 11th, he took more than a second off his best time and placed fifth in the finals competition,” Owens said.

Scott finished the race in 43.53 seconds, and gave Central four points as a team on the boys side. The Central boys team finished in a four-way tie for 25th place out of 35 teams. Auburn won with 128 points.