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Long Island Sports

Running His Own Pace

Racing trumps reluctance for Scott Litts

Sometimes taking advice from people is not the best option, as Scott Litts found out. He used that theory and it ended up being one of the best decisions he ever made. The Ronkonkoma native has put together a tremendous season for the Dowling men’s cross country team. He has led the squad to a ranked position in the ECC conference tournament which qualified them for a spot in the NCAA regionals in Boston, MA.

“My brother told me not to be on the winter track team,” said Litts. “He told me I would hate it and it was basically just running in snow. I joined, I ended up making a ton of friends and I enjoyed it,” he added. Fortunately, Litts did not heed the advice of his brother because that decision began a long and prosperous career as a runner for him once he ditched playing soccer.

It was almost over prematurely, however.

During a track meet during eighth grade, Litts broke his arm while competing in a race when he tripped over a hurdle. “I told myself I would never run again,” he said. “Eventually, I decided that I would return but only as a long distance runner.”

Litts ultimately had a strong high school career running track and cross country while at Connetquot. He transitioned his career to Dowling where he has been the most vital member of the team. In 2013, the junior has placed at every meet and was named the ECC Runner of the Week for his performance during the week of Oct. 8.

His work has not gone unnoticed by his teammates. “Scott brings a lot to the table,” said teammate Phil Sinkoff. “His ambition and his work ethic are undeniable. On and off the course he’s not only a runner but a leader,” he added.

Litts has been crucial to the team’s success and he is not afraid to admit it. “I have been pretty satisfied with my results this season,” Litts said. “It makes me feel that my offseason training has paid off.”

Litts feels, however, that there is still work to be done. “I was not happy with my performance at the conference tournament.” Litts feels that the 8K run is not his forte, but rather the 10K which bodes well for his prospects at the regional. “I am a much better in the 10K which is the distance at the regionals.”

In regards to his chances of being ranked during the race, Litts said, “I have a decent shot.” In the event that he is able to place, Litts would move on to the nationals to represent Dowling College.