June 13, 2011
SEATTLE – Senior Scott Roth of the men’s track and field team was named the final Gohuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the 2010-11 season for the week of June 6-12. This is this third such honor of the year for Granite Bay, Calif., native.
The first title was hard-earned, the second was unexpected, and the third was simply a final example of the standard excellence that has defined Roth’s Husky career. Once again Roth touched rarefied air, capturing the national pole vault title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium, adding a coveted first outdoor trophy to the two NCAA Indoor titles currently in his possession.
It's Roth's third championship in the past four NCAA meets, indoors or out. It also is the first NCAA Outdoor title for Washington since Ryan Brown won the 800-meter championship in 2006 and Amy Lia won the women's 1,500-meter title that same year.
Also of note, Roth becomes the first Husky since the legendary thrower Scott Neilson in 1979 to win two NCAA titles in the same year. Roth of course also captured the indoor vault title this season. Neilson won the hammer and weight throws in 1979 for his sixth and seventh NCAA titles. Now with three, Roth has the second-biggest title haul in Husky track and field history. Four other Huskies had won two NCAA titles. He is also the first outdoor pole vault champ for UW since Brian Sternberg in 1963. Brad Walker won a pair of indoor titles in 2003 and 2004.
As for the actual competition, Roth was the last of the 24 competitors to enter the meet, passing every bar up to 17-6 ½. More than two hours after the start of the competition, Roth finally took his first trip down the runway, and he cleared the bar on his first try. That immediately put him into the lead as every other remaining vaulter had a miss at that point. Only two more vaulters made that bar, as persistent winds cut across the side of the pit and made it a challenge for the whole field.
Roth then reasserted command with another first attempt clearance at 17-8 ½. Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts and Chris Little of BYU then chose to pass to the next height, since they already had misses and would need the next bar anyway to take the lead. Both would miss their two shots at 17-10 ½, however, giving the victory to Roth. As the winds continued to pick up, Roth had two more tries at 17-10 ½, but missed the first and then ran through the second.
Other nominees include: Megan Goethals (women’s track and field) and Chris Williams (men’s golf).
|2010-11 Gohuskies.com Student-Athlete's Of The Week|
|June 12||Scott Roth (Men's Track & Field)|
|June 6||Varsity 8+ (Men's Crew)|
|May 30||Kyle Nielsen (Men's Track & Field)|
|May 23||Kaitlin Inglesby (Softball)|
|May 16||James Alaka (Men's Track & Field)|
|May 9||Sadena Parks (Women's Golf)|
|May 2||Jordan Carlson (Women's Track & Field)|
|April 25||Varsity 8+ (Men's Crew)|
|April 18||Scott Roth (Men's Track & Field)|
|April 11||Aaron West (Baseball)|
|April 4||Aliza Vaccher (Gymnastics)|
|March 28||Chris Williams (Men's Golf)|
|March 21||Samantha Walior (Gymnastics)|
|March 14||Scott Roth (Men's Track & Field)|
|March 7||James Cameron (Men's Track & Field)|
|Feb. 27||Kyle McMorrow (Men's Tennis)|
|Feb. 21||Chelsea Orr (Women's Track & Field)|
|Feb. 14||Niki Williams (Softball)|
|Feb. 7||Samantha Walior (Gymnastics)|
|Jan. 31||Denise Dy (Women's Tennis)|
|Jan. 24||Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Men's Basketball)|
|Jan. 17||Kale Schmidt (Men's Track & Field)|
|Jan. 10||Kristi Kingma (Women's Basketball)|
|Jan. 3||Mason Foster (Football)|
|Dec. 27||Isaiah Thomas (Men's Basketball)|
|Dec. 20||Scott Suggs (Men's Basketball)|
|Dec. 13||Kindra Carlson (Volleyball)|
|Dec. 6||Chris Polk (Football)|
|Nov. 29||Chris Polk (Football)|
|Nov. 22||Allie Beahan (Women's Soccer)|
|Nov. 15||Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (Women's Soccer)|
|Nov. 8||Kindra Carlson (Volleyball)|
|Oct. 25||Valaree Fowler (Men's Crew)|
|Oct. 18||Jermaine Kearse (Football)|
|Oct. 11||Jorde LaFontaine-Kussmann (Women's Soccer)|
|Oct. 4||Jake Locker (Football)|
|Sept. 27||Karinn Dickinson (Women's Golf)|
|Sept. 20||Stephen Fung (Men's Soccer)|
|Sept. 13||Jermaine Kearse (Football)|
|Sept. 6||Kate Deines (Women's Soccer)|
|Aug. 30||Kindra Carlson (Volleyball)|
|Aug. 23||Kellye Joswick (Women's Soccer)|