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Arkansas women break through

2015 Division I Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Dominique Scott enjoyed a notable night. First, her time of 8 minutes, 55.19 seconds earned top honors in the 3,000 meters and boosted her University of Arkansas team to victory in the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. Then, she celebrated it all with her South African parents, who watched their daughter compete indoors in college for the first time.

“A dream come true,” is how Scott described it to the Associated Press.

Scott received a standing ovation from the home crowd – the event was contested in Fayetteville, Arkansas – as she finished the 3,000, securing the school’s first women’s NCAA championship in any sport. The Razorbacks captured three national event titles: Scott was joined in the winner’s circle by Sandi Morris (pole vault) and the Razorbacks’ distance-medley relay squad. They accumulated a program-best 63 points to defeat the University of Oregon (46.5) and the University of Georgia (37).

The Arkansas men’s track team has won 20 indoor and 10 outdoor national championships. The women served notice they’re ready to gain attention, too.

“Every event we entered in, we scored,” coach Lance Harter told the Associated Press. “So, it was very much a team commitment. … It just kind of came together, almost scripted.”