Belding’s Foote looking for record books — again


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:41 pm on Friday, June 01, 2012

Belding’s Scott Foote, center, crosses the finish line ahead of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s Justin Farah, left, to win the 110-meter hurdles in the O-K Blue Conference finals.

BELDING — If Scott Foote of Belding wins a medal at the Division 2 state finals Saturday, he will have set records all throughout the Belding Area Schools.

Foote is trying to win a medal at the state finals in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. He currently owns the records for hurdle events since seventh grade.

“That’s where the drive for the senior record comes from,” Foote said. “It’s fulfilling it all.”

The senior is looking to break the school records for both hurdle events. The current records are 14.7 seconds for the 110 hurdles by Christian Bach and 39.9 seconds for the 300 hurdles by Paul Cummings.

“I have a goal of getting the medal, but I also want to get the school record and if I get the school record I’ll get the medal,” Foote said.

This will be Foote’s third year of making the state finals in track, but only the second time he will go as an individual. In his junior year he went as part of a relay team.

“It’s quite the feeling,” he said of qualifying. “My goal was to try to get to the state in both of the hurdles. I was overwhelmed when I qualified. It’s a nice way to finish my track career.”

Foote credits the success to extra work he put in.

“I had to put in a lot of hours after practice is over, running drills and working on form,” he said. “The thing I had to work on this year was to get my knee over the hurdle. I just had to push myself this year.”

The whole idea of being a record-holder in every hurdle event since middle school blows Foote’s mind.

“It was a lot more than I thought I was going to do going into my freshman year,” he said. “I never thought I was going to make it this far.”

But in order to complete the run through the record books, Foote knows what he has to do Saturday at Houseman Field.

“Running below 14.7 in the 110 and 40 seconds in the 300s,” he said. “Running the fastest I’ve ran in my career. My chances in the 110s are a lot better than the 300s.”

Foote will be joined by Austin Alexander, who qualified in the pole vault. Monica Baylis and Mackenzie Briemayer are going in the girls competition, as Baylis qualified in the 800 and Briemayer in the 200.

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