Two former University of Tulsa athletes will compete in the Tokyo Olympics

TULSA, Okla. — Two former track student-athletes from the University of Tulsa are headed to Tokyo.

Marc Scott and Ben Preisner will compete at the Summer Olympics next month. Scott will represent Great Britain while Preisner will represent Canada. Scott attended the university from 2013 to 2017. Preisner attended from 2016 to 2019.

“I always tell our student-athletes that one of the greatest honors they could have is to represent their country and I am so excited they have this opportunity. These two are like a lot of our student-athletes at TU, they have helped put Tulsa on the map. We wouldn’t be the program we are now if they didn’t take a chance on us,” says Tulsa head coach Steve Gulley.

Scott won the British 10,000m Championships at the European Cup, qualifying for the Olympics with a time of 27:10.41. He will compete in the 5,000m and 10,000m run next month. During his time at the University of Tulsa, Scott won the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field 10,000m Championship. He was also a 12-time conference champion, helping Tulsa win four continuous cross country team championships.

Preisner was a 14-time all-conference selection and a seven-time American Athletic Conference Champion during his time at Tulsa. He’ll compete in the marathon event in Tokyo, earning a spot by finishing well within the 2:11:30 Olympic entry standard.

Preisner says he’s thrilled for the opportunity.

“I couldn’t be happier with all the support from my former teammates, coaches and all the support staff from The University of Tulsa, Preisner said. “I’m super grateful.”