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OP track star Scott inks with Lehigh U

Orangeburg Prep senior track & field athlete Ian Scott signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday with the track and field program at Lehigh University in Bethlethem, Pennsylvania.

Ian Scott has been a steady contributor in Orangeburg Preparatory Schools athletics in recent seasons, competing in football, basketball and track and field.

On Wednesday, the senior made it official that in college he will focus on the purest athletic setting of them all - track and field.

With family, friends, teammates, coaches and school administration on hand, Scott signed his national letter of intent to join the track and field team at Lehigh University in Bethlethem, Pennsylvania. The Mountain Hawks compete on the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Patriot League.

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"I've always wanted to run track in college; it's definitely my best sport," Scott said after signing. "I really pursued it, knowing I could do well.

"I wanted to set records in high school and keep improving. The (driving) distance to Lehigh is a bit of an issue, but I just really want to run track in college and I decided it is the best place for me."

During his time with the Indians program, he set the school record in the triple jump and the 110-meter hurdles, while tying the school record in the 400-meter hurdles this season.

Once Scott's track statistics were posted online, Lehigh contacted him. From there, he took an official visit to the campus and knew he wanted to be a Mountain Hawk. He chose Lehigh over offers from Coastal Carolina, South Carolina, Troy and Limestone.

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"I've been waiting for this moment for a while, so it is nice," Scott said. "I'm just thankful to be in this situation and I'm looking forward to the next four years."

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Plans are for Scott to focus on jumping events (high jump, long jump and triple jump) for Lehigh. But, since he added hurdles to his events list this past season, competing in the decathlon isn't out of the question. 

"Ian is an extremely hard worker, and I saw that when I took over the track program here two years ago," Orangeburg Prep track coach Brooks Smith said. "He is a big-time hurdler and jumper, does long jump, high jump, triple jump, most every event. He qualified for the state meet in about 8 events this year, but he narrowed them down to his jumps and hurdles.

"He has been that constant leader for the team through the years, leading by example. He has gone through some injury issues, but he went to rehab every day he needed to and he is going to do great things at Lehigh, because of that work ethic. That will take him places after track, as well." 

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Competing with an AAU track team out of Columbia last summer helped Scott see more competition and hone his skills in his events heading into his senior year of high school.

"Ian is a great basketball player, he punted and kicked on the football team, and he is both a great all-around athlete and a great all-around student," Smith said.

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