Scott finding success at Detroit Mercy

Santana Scott will be a sophomore this fall at Detroit Mercy.
Santana Scott will be a sophomore this fall at Detroit Mercy.

EVART — Santana Scott won a Division 4 cross country 2015 title his senior year at Evart, and is getting ready for what he hopes will be a banner season as a junior in 2018 at Detroit Mercy.

With the Titans, Scott was on the athletic director’s honor roll (2017) and got the Titan Spirit Award (2017).

He’s had some impressive career bests including 20:20 in the 6K at the 2016 Golden Grizzly Open, plus, in the 4 mile, a 21:49 at the 2016 Running Fit, Detroit Titan Invitational and in the 8K, 26:51 at the 2016 Canisius Alumni Classic

In 2017, Scott competed in five races during his sophomore season of action and placed as high as 25th at the Running Fit-Detroit Invitational and took 54th at the Horizon League Championships. In 2016, he saw action in six of Detroit Mercy’s seven events on the season, and scored in three races. His collegiate debut resulted in taking 11th in 20:20 at the Golden Grizzly Open. He placed 25th overall in 21:49 at the Running Fit-Detroit Titan Invitational.

He posted his 8K season best of 26:51 for 20th at the Canisius Alumni Classic and had a time of 29:06 for 76th at the Horizon League Championship.

At Evart, Scott was a four-year letter winner in cross country and track and field. He was an all-stater as a sophomore, runner-up as a junior and won the state meet as a senior.

Santana has also been on Detroit Mercy’s track team, and brought with him impressive credentials from high school. He was All-State in the 3,200 meters and 1,600 meters as a junior and senior, and won both events in 2015. The following year, he was runner-up in the 3,200 meters and fourth in the 1,600 meters.

In college track, Scott has only competed during the 2017 indoor season and had a personal record in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:31.10 at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational. He ran as part of the SMR team that took second at the Fort Wayne Duals.

Scott is now focusing on his junior season in Detroit Mercy.

“I’m training a lot this summer and getting ready for cross country,” he said. “I just want to be a scoring factor on the team, hopefully top three. I just want to be important to the team, that’s my goal.”

College distances in cross country are 8K as opposed to 5K in high school.

The last couple of races of the season you’re at 10K so it’s twice as far,” Scott said “Every season, you’re expecting the 5K, and then the 6K, 8K comes out of nowhere. A few races into the year, you’re used to it.”

He’s been in the 5K and 15,000 in outdoor track. He’s hoping to score in the Horizon League in the 5K.

“It’s really tough competition,” Scott said.

He’s in Evart during the summer and will return to Detroit-Mercy in August.

“Oakland is a powerhouse in our league,” Scott said. “Youngstown is competitive too.”