Harter Earn SEC Honors
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS
FAYETTEVILLE - University of Arkansas Lady Razorback
track sophomore Maureen Scott and head coach Lance Harter were honored
by the Southeastern Conference for their accomplishments with scholar-athlete
and coach of the year awards following the outdoor track season.
Scott, a Mahomet, Ill., native, owns a 4.0
grade point average in kinesiology and takes Arkansas' first SEC scholar-athlete
of the year award. A first-team CoSIDA Academic all-America selection
earlier this spring, she was a force both in the classroom and on the
track as she won her first SEC title at the 2004 SEC Outdoor Championships.
One of two Lady Razorbacks to win an individual crown, Scott was dominant
in the steeplechase as she helped lead Arkansas to its third SEC Outdoor
title in five years.
Not only did Scott excel on the conference
level, but was highly ranked on the national scene as well. She was a
NCAA finalist in the steeplechase and earned all-America honors on the
track with her 12th-place finish.
"Maureen is what we as coaches can only hope
for in a student-athlete," Arkansas head coach Lance Harter said. "She
is a 4.0 student and a tremendous athlete. She is one of our hardest working
distance runners that we have and that showed throughout the year."
For Harter, the SEC Coach of the Year award
is just another in a long line of accolades for Arkansas' top man. With
Harter at the helm, the Lady Razorbacks have won 16 Southeastern Conference
titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, finished second at
the NCAA Cross Country Championships four times and won eight NCAA individual
crowns. The 2004 season was bitter-sweet for Harter and his Lady Razorback
teams as they finished third and sixth at the cross country and indoor
championships, respectively, but after being counted out of the outdoor
meet, came through with 124 points to outdistance the competition by 10
"I am certainly honored to be chosen as the
SEC Coach of the Year," Harter said. "To be chosen by my peers for this
award always means something to me, but this is an award that goes not
just to me, but to my entire coaching staff. Without coach (Rolando) Greene
and (Bryan) Compton, there would have been no way for us to win the SEC
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