EVART — Evart’s Santana Scott has already proven himself to be among the state’s top distance runners.

Scott, the Division 4 state cross country champion, last week signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Detroit-Mercy.

He’ll be running track and cross country. He’s been a distance runner for the Wildcats four seasons and is looking at ending his high school career on a high note.

Scott said he decided in late April to attend Detroit-Mercy, a Division I school.

“I like their school and I like their running program and their academics also,” Scott said.

He also considered Aquinas College and Olivet-Nazarene. Scott said he’ll be getting scholarships from Detroit-Mercy.

“It’s pretty cool to finally determine (his choice) and now I can focus on all U of D stuff, and don’t have to worry about making any more decisions,” Scott said. “It’s a good decision.”

Academically, he’ll be pursuing actuarial sciences or mathematics.

“It’s in inner-city Detroit and they have an indoor track above the basketball (court) and an outdoor track,” Scott said.

Highlights so far this season for Scott include running a 4:27 at Kent City and winning the elite 1,600 meters and taking second in the 3,200 meters at 9:43.

“It was good for early season, breaking 10 and breaking 4:30,” Scott said. “Those were good times.”

He’ll be training during the summer after his high school season ends to get ready for a collegiate career.

Scott started running in the seventh grade, and it didn’t come easy at first.

“I couldn’t run a mile without stopping and it’s a lot of hard work that got me to where I am today,” Scott said. “It sounded fun. Mr. (Andy) Eichelberger (former coach) made it sound fun and I stuck with it because it was the right thing to do. All the hard work paid off.”

“He brings all type of character and interesting stuff to the track team,” Scott’s boys track coach, Dennis Peacock said. “He brings a wonderful talent to the track team. He’s one of the premier distance kids in the state. He had a lot of untapped potential. He’s a great teammate and always willing to do what he can for the team. His work ethic is second to none.”