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Marc Scott and Charlotte Taylor win NCAA 10,000m titlesJune 9, 2017
British runners secure success at NCAA Championships in Eugene
Britain’s Marc Scott and Charlotte Taylor have claimed a 10,000m double at the NCAA Championships in Eugene.
Richmond & Zetland Harriers’ Scott, racing for Tulsa, first secured success on day one of the Championships on Wednesday with his time of 29:01.54.
The following day, Nene Valley’s Taylor, of the University of San Francisco Dons, led a British 1-2 as she clocked 32:38.57 ahead of New Mexico’s Alice Wright with 32:42.64.
What made Scott’s win even more impressive is that he had been in hospital earlier in the week following a seizure while on a training run.
“Right now I still can’t believe it’s happened,” Scott told AW, reflecting on his win.
“The race went great and was tactically sound for me, I just used my strength and combined my speed over the last 600m and no one was able to respond.”
Scott, who will also contest Friday’s 5000m, added: “I had some sort of seizure episode whilst out on a run on Monday when I first arrived in Eugene.
“We’re still unsure on what actually was the cause and all the tests done during my 24-hour stay in hospital were inconclusive.”
Day one in Eugene also saw some superb sprint performances as the University of Tennessee’s Christian Coleman clocked a world-leading 9.82 in the 100m heats to move to ninth on the world all-time list.
He will be joined in Friday’s final by Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Louisiana State University who clocked 10.03 but given the standard of competition only just advanced.
Results can be found here.