Two years ago as a sophomore, Magnus Scott danced on the awards stand after he won the Class A state championship in the 100-meter dash.
Scott couldn't contain his jubilation. He didn't expect to win the title.
“I kind of surprised myself,” Scott said.
No longer does Scott surprise himself or anyone else with his speed. Now a senior at Coyle, Scott is one of the top sprinters in the state in all classes. He holds numerous college offers and is being recruited by schools such as traditional track powerhouse Arkansas.
On Friday, Scott showed again why he is so coveted by collegiate track coaches. In his preliminary in the 100-meter dash at Carl Albert High School, Scott set a Class A state track meet record with a time of 10.60, breaking a record that had stood for 27 years.
“Now it's time to break it again tomorrow,” Scott said after Friday's preliminary race.
Scott will be the favorite Saturday in both the 100 and 200 meters as he posted the fastest times Friday in the preliminaries of both races. His 200-meter time was 22.03.
Scott is the defending state champion in both events and is seeking his third consecutive straight state crown in the 100 meters. He also will anchor Coyle's 4x100 relay, which qualified second behind Velma-Alma Friday.
Coyle track coach Shane Weathers knows an athlete like Scott doesn't come along very often, especially at such a small school.
“I would love to say I taught him everything, but God gave him that talent,” Weathers said. “He broke some records at some track meets when he was in the eighth grade and we kind of knew we had something special. The most important thing with Magnus is that he is a great kid. His work ethic is tremendous. He works harder than anybody I have. Magnus puts in extra time. He does my workout then he does his own workout after that.”
That work ethic perhaps explains why Scott keeps getting faster. Scott said he ran a personal best 10.41 in the 100-meter dash two weeks ago.
“I think I was sitting No. 1 in the state actually with that time,” Scott said. “There is a kid from Edmond Memorial, Bryce Robinson, he runs a 10.4 too.”
Robinson has signed with the University of Tulsa to run track.
“If he wins state in his class and makes it to the Meet of Champions, hopefully he can go there and me and him can race,” Scott said.
Scott has a goal of winning the Meet of Champions, but first must win Saturday, where it's expected he will be standing on the awards podium for the third straight year as Class A's fastest man.
“I want to go out on a good note, but I may have to cut the dancing off,” Scott said.