March 14, 2011
SEATTLE - Senior Scott Roth is the Gohuskies.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of March 7-13. This is the first such honor for Roth on the year and the second-straight for the men's track and field team.
Roth successfully defended his NCAA Indoor Championship in the pole vault on Friday, further cementing his place in Washington history. Roth's clutch performance was the highlight of day one for the Huskies at the two-day national meet held at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The men's team finished 18th at the meet.
The Granite Bay, Calif. native becomes the sixth Husky to win multiple NCAA titles, dating all the way back to 1921 when Gus Pope won the shot put and discus. He's the first to repeat in the same event since Brad Walker also won two-straight NCAA Indoor pole vault titles in 2003 and 2004. Roth gave the Dawgs 10 team points with the win, with three more men vying for points on Saturday.
"I didn't really have expectations; I didn't expect to even be here this year," Roth said, referring to a hamstring injury that sidelined him over the past month. "So that made the feel of the meet entirely different. I just went out there and had fun, was relaxed and talking to people, so it was a really enjoyable competition for me."
After suffering a hamstring pull one month back at the Husky Classic, Roth thought his chances for a repeat title were over. But after several weeks of rehab, he tested it earlier this week and felt he'd be able to give it a shot. In all that time he remained the NCAA's top-ranked vaulter, but without reaching the heights of a year ago when he was in top form and won every competition indoors.
"Honestly going down the runway I was thinking any second my leg was going to blow out again, so that was a little scary; I could definitely feel it there in the competition. (Winning) last year felt like I really worked for it and trained my butt off. This year is kind of a surprise to me, so it's hard to say which was more rewarding, I'm just really happy with it," said Roth.
Roth entered the day at 17-2 ¾. He missed his first attempt then cleared. At the next bar, 17-6 ½, Roth suddenly ran into trouble, barely dislodging the bar on his first try and then failing to get a good jump on the second. One jump from elimination, Roth refused to buckle, and cleared by a good six inches. He then got another easy clearance on his second attempt at 17-8 ½.
After missing his first try at 17-8 ½, Roth got on a good roll. He cleared that bar on his second attempt, then had a first attempt clearance at 17-10 ½, which only three other vaulters made. The critical clearance came at 18-0 ½, as Roth cleared on his first try again, a third-consecutive make. Only Minnesota's Ben Peterson was also able to get over, but he did so on his second try, giving Roth the tiebreak edge. Peterson missed three shots at 18-2 ½, and Roth chose to forego his final attempt at the same height after two misses of his own, wanting to preserve his still tender right leg.
"I had to kind of figure things out again as I went," said Roth. "The runway was really fast so I had to move my step back. Throughout the meet I was kind of inching back up. There were a lot of adjustments going on. So it started off shaky but towards the end I was nailing it. When your steps are on and your arms are high, you're going to jump high."
Other nominees include: Jacob Clem (baseball), Isaiah Thomas (men's basketball), Charlie Hughes (men's golf), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (men's tennis), Sarah Morton (women's basketball), Amanda Cline (gymnastics), Kaitlin Inglesby (softball), Venise Chan (women's tennis), Katie Flood (women's track and field).
2010-11 Gohuskies.com Student-Athlete's Of The Week:
March 14 - Scott Roth (men's track and field)
March 7 - James Cameron (men's track and field)
Feb. 27 - Kyle McMorrow (men's tennis)
Feb. 21 - Chelsea Orr (women's track and field/cross country)
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 and 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)