May 22, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
At the 108th running of the historic Penn Relays, junior Dorian Scott accomplished more than a second place finish in the men’s shot put competition back in April. His mark of 63′ 9″ (19.43m) not only broke the Florida State school record, set earlier in the year by Freshman Garrett Johnson, but he also set the Jamaican national record. With his performance in Philadelphia, Penn., Scott qualified for the Jamaican national championships to be held in Kingston, Jamaica, June 18-21.
“I am so excited for this opportunity to represent Jamaica,” said Scott. “I have had such a great year in terms of where I wanted to be and the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year. I never imagined I would be breaking records both at Florida State and at the international level. I just hope this success continues on through regionals and then nationals.”
Scott will participate in summer competition in Granada before heading off to compete in the Pan-American Games held in August. If he qualifies during the Pan-Am games, Scott would then represent Jamaica at the Outdoor Track and Field World Championships in Paris, France in late August. This will mark just the second Florida State athlete to compete in a throwing event at the national level. Bradley Cooper competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in the discus event for the Bahamas.
“This is such a great opportunity for me to make a name for myself at the international level. I look forward to this chance and will continue to make strides on improving my throwing technique. I will do my best to represent the country of Jamaica and Florida State to the fullest.”
Currently, Scott is the No. 1 ranked shot putter in the east region and sits seventh overall in the nation. He has garnered four first place victories in the shot put this season. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he was named an All-American after finishing 11th with a mark of 61′ 4.25″ (18.70m). Scott also finished second at both the indoor and outdoor ACC Championships in 2003.
Awaiting Scott is the NCAA East Regional Championships to be held in Fairfax, Va., May 30-31. There he will look to finish in the top five to earn the right to compete at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif., June 11-14