Chris Scott is all in, every day for Utica cross-country.
The senior, second-year captain is focused on improving his times and takes every possible opportunity to better himself as an athlete. From running two-a-days in the summer to eating properly on race days, Scott is on a mission.
"Chris is the athlete on our team that leads by example," Utica cross-country coach Megan Berry said. "He puts thought into everything he does, including preparing mentally for a race, to make sure he is always at his best. He puts forth maximum effort every day at practice. His work ethic shows on race day because he is focused and improves every time he competes."
Scott was all-county in 2009 and Macomb Area Conference all-division and all-academic, all-county in 2009 and 2010.
This season, he placed second at the Cranbrook Invitational on Sept. 9 and led Chieftains to an overall first place finish. He placed second at the MAC red jamboree on Sept. 13 and his best time posted so far this season was 17:08 at the Nike Holly Invitational on Sept. 17.
Scott also had an impressive sixth-place finish in a tough field at the Catholic Central Invitational on Sept. 24 and led the team to third-place finish overall.
"One of his main personal goals this season is to break the school record, and this goal is definitely within his reach due to his hard work day after day," said Berry. "This entire team is very focused this year and I owe a big part of that to the fact that Chris sets the tone for the team. He makes everyone else want to work hard, always making sure the team goals remain clear in their minds. So far the team is undefeated and working toward being MAC Red division champions."
Scott is also a member of the National Honor Society and the senior-sophomore mentoring program at Utica High.