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Scott, Harter Earn SEC Honors
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S COMMUNICATIONS

Maureen Scott        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 points.
        "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 title."
        For more information about Lady Razorback track or about Arkansas women's athletics, please go to www.ladybacks.com.

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