June 29, 2012 – Allegheny College graduate Jeremy Scott has earned a spot on the pole-vaulting team that will represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in London.
Scott cleared 18 4-1/4 at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, on Thursday night. He qualified for his first Olympic Games with a second-place finish in the event final of the pole vault.
Olympic competition in the event begins August 8 in London.
“Obviously, the goal coming in is to finish top three,” Scott said during a press conference in Eugene. “I’m not sure it has really sunk in yet. You just have that goal set up. Right now, it’s all about the next three or four weeks. I plan on going to London, having a good experience and competing well. To [make the Olympic team] in this stadium and in front of this crowd, you don’t get many meets like this.”
As a senior at Allegheny, Scott competed as the only collegian on the United States Track and Field Indoor team at the IAAF World Championships in England in 2003.
In 2002 he was a two-time NCAA Division III national champion in the pole vault. He was also a four-time All American in pole vault.
Scott graduated with honors from Allegheny in 2003 with a degree in neuroscience. He earned a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Arkansas.