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SDSU Assistant Dorian Scott Qualifies For 2012 Olympics

Shanieka Thomas placed third in the triple jump.
Shanieka Thomas placed third in the triple jump.

July 3, 2012

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State track and field assistant coach Dorian Scott qualified for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games on Sunday after winning the shot put at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. Scott, who will be attending his second consecutive Olympic Games, threw a season best of 20.72 meters to eclipse both his previous season long of 20.23 meters as well as the Olympics `A' qualifying standard of 20.50.

Scott also represented Jamaica at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he finished 15th overall with a throw of 65-feet, 5-inches. In addition, Scott is a two-time World Championship finalist, finished sixth at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, is an NCAA All-American and a Pan American Games silver medalist. He also was a Jamaican national champion seven times, a Central American and Caribbean Games gold medalist and is the Jamaican national and junior national record holder in the shot put.

Scott just completed his first season as the Aztecs' throws coach, helping guide senior Whitney Ashley to the NCAA title in the discus. He previously was an assistant throws coach at his alma mater Florida State for four years.

In addition to Scott, SDSU's Shanieka Thomas placed third in the women's triple jump with a leap of 13.64 meters, falling just shy of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. Thomas, a native of Clarendon, Jamaica, was the NCAA runner-up in the same event earlier this month where she broke the school record three times to finish out her sophomore campaign. Her final leap of 45 feet, 9.75 inches (13.96 meters) was a Mountain West Conference record.