EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — As Arkansas senior Dominique Scott prepared for the 5,000 meters at the NCAA track and field championships, she learned that Oregon had pulled in front of the Razorbacks for the team lead.
"I just knew that I had to do whatever I could to score as many points as I could," she said. "So that really motivated me throughout the race. I was not out there running for myself."
Scott went on to win the event, propelling Arkansas to its first women's outdoor team title Saturday.
Scott separated from the pack by sprinting the final 500 meters to finish in 15 minutes, 57.07 seconds. She also won the 10,000 on Thursday.
To be able to contribute 20 points to a team title, first ever in Arkansas ladies' history, is just a dream come true," she said.
Arkansas finished with 72 points. Oregon was second with 64, and Georgia third with 41.
Oregon, the defending champion, was hurt when sprinter Hannah Cunliffe was injured in her semifinal heat of the 100 on Thursday. The Ducks nonetheless challenged the Razorbacks on Saturday before Scott's 5K victory and the relay team's second-place finish in the 4x400 wrapped it up at Hayward Field in front of a crowd of 12,974.
"Oregon always rises at home," Arkansas coach Lance Harter said. "If they had everybody healthy? I think they could've scored 90 points. They have the team that maybe nobody can match. It's just on a given day, or on a given two days, can you hold up? And we were able to be a little healthier than they were."