Scott-McKoy blazes the track
Published 8:02 pm Saturday, January 27, 2018
Tre’Breh Scott-McKoy was voted Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week after taking first in the 300-meter dash at the Southeastern Invitational.
Team WAR, otherwise known as the Nansemond River High School track and field team, has had a hold on the track and field scene for the last few years. They have consistently performed well on the biggest stages, leading to championship victories and national accolades. Team WAR is home to many talented athletes, of whom junior Scott-McKoy is only one.
At the Southeastern Invitational, Scott-McKoy competed in the 300-meter dash for the first time in a meet and hit a personal record with a time of 40.21. She usually competes in the 55-meter hurdles, 500-meter, the 4×200, 4×400 and the long jump. She mentioned that she got on the track and really tried to get after it, which led her running a personal best in that event. Even though she took first in her heat there are things she still wants to work on, such as keeping her form and getting stronger.
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“I tried to make sure I got out with a good start,” she said of her first-place finish. “On the backstretch, I made sure I didn’t slow down because I would usually do that. Afterwards, I was happy and excited, because it was a new PR for me, and I placed first.”
Scott-McKoy isn’t just a standout in the 300-meter dash. She also currently ranks 10th in the country in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.11. The accomplishment means a lot to her, because she has worked so hard to get her times down. She is continually looking for ways to get better. Before races, she plays her old races over in her head also watches footage of past races. Warriors coach Justin Byron has been impressed with Scott-McKoy’s development the last two years.
“Her development over the past two years has been really good,” he said. “If she remains focused, I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. Her performances will be vital to our championship push.”
Scott-McKoy is motivated by her coaches and teammates. They really push her to be better. Her fellow teammate, Kori Carter, is a national standout in the hurdles, and she practices with her for motivation. Winning a championship is a goal of hers this season, and she also wants to become an All-American again and a national champion.
“I have the best coaches and teammates,” she said. “When I step on the track, I am always trying to PR. My parents and grandparents inspire me and push me to be better as well.”
Nansemond River is known for competing on the biggest stages, and that has helped Scott-McKoy with her confidence. It also helps her to trust her coaches even more so she can perform at a high level. There is a standard of excellence for the Warriors track program, which Scott-McKoy is always working hard to live up to.
Most of her time is dedicated to track, but when she does have some free time, she spends it with her family. The junior got into track at 5 years old, and it seems to be genetic: both of her parents competed in track and field in high school.