Aug. 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - NCAA Champion pole vaulter Scott Roth was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2011 men's indoor track and field season, it was announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Roth is the first Husky to earn Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. He was one of seven individual Huskies to earn All-Academic status.
In addition to the individual awards, the Husky women's track and field team was honored as an All-Academic squad for maintaining a cumulative grade point average above a 3.00 for the full roster.
A biology major, Roth graduated with a 3.35 cumulative grade point average to go along with seven career All-America honors and three NCAA Championships. The Granite Bay, Calif. native swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA pole vault titles this season and set the outdoor school record with a clearance of 18-9 ¼. He became just the second Husky, joining seven-time NCAA Champion thrower Scott Neilson, to win multiple NCAA titles in the same year. Roth was also named a Capital One Academic All-America First Team member.
Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest in individual events at the most recent NCAA Championships.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either ranked in the top-96 on the national descending order list for the indoor track season, or have competed at the NCAA Championships preliminary rounds during the outdoor season.
Along with Roth, senior pole vaulter Ryan Vu and junior decathlete Jeremy Taiwo were named All-Academic for the men's squad. Vu wrapped his Husky career indoors with an 11th-place finish in the vault at NCAAs, and graduated with a 3.34 GPA, majoring in biology. Taiwo won the Pac-10 decathlon title and earned All-America honors indoors and outdoors while maintaining a 3.65 GPA in international studies.
In addition to the full team honor, individual All-Academic awards for the women's team were handed out to sophomore distance runner Lindsay Flanagan (3.25 GPA, Individual Studies), sophomore mid-distance runner Justine Johnson (3.64 GPA, History), sophomore distance runner Phoebe Merritt (3.78 GPA, Geography), and freshman hurdler Kayla Stueckle (3.48 GPA, Pre-Major).