July 11, 2007
São Paulo, Brazil - Husky Scott Roth capped off his stellar freshman campaign at Washington by capturing gold in the men's pole vault at the 2007 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.
Collected in São Paulo, Brazil were many of the world's best junior track & field athletes, and Roth had a solid outing, exhibiting just why he is considered one of the very best young vaulters in the United States. Facing competitors from Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Canada, as well as another fellow American, the young man from Granite Bay, California, went 5.30m (17-04.50 ft) off the ground and cleared the bar for his very first Pan American Championship.
Following his runner-up finish to Jordan Scott at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in late June, Roth made the trek to Brazil to represent the United States and the University of Washington for the final time in 2007. After fellow American (Jordan) Scott left the competition at 5.10 meters (16-08.75), Roth raised the bar three more times, clearing heights up to 17-04.50, making it a definitive victory for the NCAA's top freshman pole vaulter.
During his rookie campaign, Roth compiled an impressive resume that included two All-American honors and eight individual victories of his 16 competitions in the calendar year. He has also recorded a personal best of 18-1 ¾ indoors that surpassed the UW freshman record of alumnus Brad Walker, the 2007 USA Outdoor Track & Field Champion, and the No. 1 ranked vaulter in the world in 2006.
While Roth has had an excellent rookie year as a Husky, he is eager for more.
"I was ecstatic about the opportunity to represent the U.S. and Washington in Brazil," says Roth. "My experience as a Husky thus far has prepared me for high level meets such as U.S.A's and Pan American Games.
"I am thoroughly appreciative of the environment that I have been in with Coach (Pat) Licari, Coach (Greg) Metcalf, and certainly Coach Brad Walker being around me in full support of me as a young athlete. Although I didn't vault my best in Brazil, I competed well enough to win, which is a skill that I hope to continue to sharpen."
Roth will return in 2008 as one of the favorites at the NCAA Division I Level, and will look to build upon his outstanding efforts in 2007. With a runner-up finish at the Pac-10 Championships, as well as finishing 11th indoors and 8th outdoors at NCAA's, he will enter 2008 as one of the top vaulters.