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UND names Scott new assistant track coach

Head track and field and cross-country coach Jim Vahrenkamp added Tom Scott to his staff as the Fighting Hawks newest assistant coach to work with the distance runners.

Scott comes to North Dakota from Queens (N.C.) University where he has coached 29 All-American performances since 2018 when he arrived. In his career, Scott has mentored 40 All-American performances.

Two weeks ago, Scott led the Royal women to an sixth-place finish and the men to a 20th place finish at the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships. Scott also had two individuals in the top ten with freshman Fatima Alanis placing third in the women’s race and sophomore Jan Lukas Becker earning tenth in the men’s race. It was the fourth time under his leadership a Queens cross-country team has finished in the top 10 at the national meet out of six possible opportunities.

On the track at Queens, Scott mentored the 2019 NCAA Division II mile national champion and runner up as Felix Wammetsberger and Daniel Wallis went 1-2 in the final. Scott also trained the national 800m runner up Seb Anthony at the 2021 national indoor championships.

Prior to his tenure at Queens, Scott spent one year at fellow South Atlantic Conference foe Coker College where he served as head men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country coach. There, he coached the school’s first ever cross-country All-American.

Scott earned his master’s degree from Michigan Tech where he was a graduate assistant that directly coached the Huskies distance runners from 2013-2015. Scott spent two seasons in Houghton, Mich. and led Sean Pengelly to the NCAA Division II national championships as an individual qualifier, the school’s first in over 15 years.

Collegiately, Scott ran at Ashland where he was a three time All-American, twice in the 800-meters and once in the 4 x 400m relay.

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