Event: Pole Vault
PR: 5.82m/19-1.25i (2009)
Current Residence: Brookland, Ark.
Hometown: Norfolk, Neb.
High School: Norfolk (Neb.) HS ‘99
College: Allegheny College ’03; Arkansas ‘04
Coach: Earl Bell
Agent: Jeff Hartwig
Club: Bell Athletics
2009 USA Indoor champion (5.60m/18-4.50)
2003 USA Indoor runner-up (5.70m/18-8.25)
Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up - 2011 (5.60m/18-4.5); 2012 (5.60m/18-4.5)
2002 NCAA Division III National champion – Indoor (5.50m/18-0.5); Outdoor (5.05m/16-3.75)
Believed to be the tallest world class pole vaulter in history, Scott stands at 6 feet 9 inches tall. His breakthrough 2009 season got off to a great start with his win at the USA Indoor Championships in Boston, and he broke the 19-foot barrier for the first time in his career with his winning clearance June 14 in Jonesboro, Ark., when he cleared 5.82m/19-1.25. A letter-winner in three sports in high school (football, basketball and track) Scott enrolled at Allegheny College to play football. After a broken foot as a sophomore caused Scott to focus more on pole vaulting, he decided to enroll at one of National Track & Field Hall of Famer Earl Bell’s pole vault camps in the summer of 2001, and the improvement was immediate. In only the third meet of the 2002 season Scott cleared 17 feet for the first time, which was a then personal best by five inches. The following week he cleared 5.36m/17-7 inches and by the end of that indoor season he cleared 18 feet for the first time and had won his first NCAA D-III national championship. Scott enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Arkansas for his final year of collegiate eligibility where he studied exercise science. Scott’s nickname is El Grande. He received a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Allegheny College in 2003.
2012: 9th in qualifying rounds of Olympic Games (5.50m/18-0.5); Olympic Trials runner-up (5.60m/18-4.5); 1st at Taipei Indoor PV (5.26m/17-3); 1st at Nantou Indoor PV (5.35m/17-6.5);
2011: Runner-up at USA Outdoors (5.60m/18-4.5); 9th at World Championships (5.65m/18-6.5); Drake Relays champion (5.46m/17-11); 5th at Madrid (5.50m/18-0.5); 3rd at Jockgrim (5.72m/18-9.25); 3rd at Landau (5.72m/18-9.25)
2010: 4th at USA Outdoors (5.35m/17-06.50); 4th at USA Indoors (5.60m/18-4.5); 1st at Boston Indoor Games (5.60m/18-4.5); 1st in Jonesboro (5.82m/19-1) 8th in Shanghai (5.40m/17-8.5); 1st at Gator Invite (5.70m/18-8.25).
2009: Runner-up at USA Outdoors (5.75m/18-10.25); 9th in qualifying group at World Outdoors (5.55m/18-2.50); USA Indoor champ (5.60m/18-4.50); 1st in Jonesboro (5.82m/19-1.25PR).
2008: Tied for 6th at Olympic Trials (5.50m/18-0.50).
2007: 6th at USA Outdoors (5.60m/18-4.50); no height at Pan Am Games.
2006: No height at USA Outdoors.
2005: 4th at USA Indoors (5.35m/17-6.50); no height at USA Outdoors.
2004: Tied for 4th at NCAA Outdoors (5.50m/18-0.50); no height at Olympic Trials; SEC Outdoor champ.
2003: Runner-up at USA Indoors (5.70m/18-8.25); tied for 9th in qualifying Group B at World Indoor Champs (5.55m/18-2.50).
2002: NCAA D-III champ; tied for 9th at USA Outdoors (5.44m/17-10.25).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - 5.35m/17-6.5; Outdoor bests – 5.60m/18-4.5 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 37 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 7 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.72m/18-9.25 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 19 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the USA & ranked No. 9 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – 5.82m/19-1 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.71m/18-8.75 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 19 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Indoor bests – 5.82m/19-1 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 4 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.75m/18-10.25 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 9 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Indoor bests – 5.75m/18-10.25 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 15 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.65m/18-6.5 (No. 7 in the USA by T&FN, No. 38 in the world)
2007: Indoor bests – 5.70m/18-8.25 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 21 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.66m/18-6.75 (No. 10 in the USA, No. 39 in the world, ranked No. 6 in the USA by T&FN)
2006: Outdoor bests – 5.62m/18-5.25 (No. 9 in the USA, No. 42 in the world)
2005: Indoor bests – 5.60m/18-4.50 (No. 9 in the USA, No. 33 in the world)
2004: Outdoor bests – 5.56m/18-2.75
2003: Indoor bests – 5.70m/18-8.25 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 20 in the world, ranked No. 10 in the USA by T&FN)
2002: Indoor bests – 5.50m/18-0.5; Outdoor bests – 5.55m/18-2.50 (No. 15 in the USA)