April 16, 2011
MT. SAC RELAYS
April 14-16 - Walnut, Calif.
Hilmer Lodge Stadium
» Long Beach Invitational Results
SEATTLE - Last month, Scott Roth was hampered by a hamstring injury but came off a month break to win the NCAA Indoor pole vault title on grit and skill. A month later, he showed what he can do when healthy, soaring to a new school record today to beat a field of pros at the Mt. SAC Relays, posting the best mark by an American indoors or outdoors in 2011.
Roth, the two-time NCAA Indoor Champion and six-time All-American, is finally a school record-holder as well. When Washington's school record is held by American record-holder Brad Walker, it's not such an easy mark to break. Walker cleared 18-6 1/2 in 2003, and until today, Roth's outdoor best was 18-4 1/2, although both men had gone higher indoors. Today, Roth came out ready to roll. He took his first attempt at 17-9 1/2, a very big opening bar, and cleared it on one try. He then passed to 18-5 1/4, and cleared that on his first attempt for a new outdoor PR. The bar went up another four inches, well past Walker's school record up to 18-9 1/4, but once again Roth needed just one vault to clear it.
Despite being the only college athlete in a field of mostly professionals, Roth was the only vaulter over at 18-9 1/4. He had the bar raised to 19-0 3/4, which would have been a new Pac-10 record, but was unable to make his three tries. Still, Roth's clearance ranks him second in the world so far this year outdoors. Roth cleared the same height during the 2010 indoor season on his way to his first NCAA Indoor title.
Elsewhere at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium, junior Angus Taylor had a big day in the men's hammer throw, as he improved for the third meet in a row, this time setting a career-best with a mark of 201-feet, 2-inches, which should move him into the Top-20 in the West.
On the track, sophomore James Alaka shaved down his season-best at 100-meters to a wind-legal 10.34 seconds as the top collegiate finisher, fifth overall, in the invitational 100m dash. The Husky 4x100-meter relay also got its second straight win, taking the Olympic Development Elite section in 40.30 seconds.
Former Husky and current volunteer assistant Falesha Ankton was third in the 100-meter hurdles Olympic Development Elite section in 13.28 seconds, the second-fastest time of her career.
BEACH INVITATIONAL RECAP: There were still more PRs to be had at the Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State on Saturday, and the women's 4x100-meter relay came together for a victory and a Top-10 time.
Bolstered by the outdoor debut of sophomore Bianca Greene, who ran the anchor leg, the women's 4x1 powered around the track in 45.93 seconds, winning by more than a half second. Kayla Stueckle led off, handed to Dominique Lauderdale, who passed to Jordan Carlson and then on to Greene. That time is eighth in school history, the second Top-10 mark in two days for both Lauderdale and Carlson, who wrote their names in the 200- and 400-meter lists on Friday.
Sophomore Julian Bardwell had a breakthrough long jump, passing the 24-foot mark for the first time with a leap of 24-3 ¾, though it was slightly wind-aided. Still, he placed third overall and now moves into the top-25 in the West rankings. Kasen Covington was also third in the triple jump, with a best of 48-10 3/4, and Shaniae Lakes had a big season-best on the women's side, placing fourth with a 39-4 ½ leap. Alana Alexander also raised her season-best triple jump to 38-7.
Moving over to the throws, sophomore Conner Larned had a big PR in the discus for the second week in a row. Larned tossed 176-5 to place fifth overall and add four more feet to his PR.
After a tough outing on Friday at Mt. SAC, sophomore Logan Miller headed over the Long Beach and rebounded well with a 12-9 clearance in the pole vault to take third.