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Roth leaves college with three NCAA pole vault titles

Outdoor victory gives Granite Bay grad sweep in 2011
By: Staff report
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Scott Roth last week won the pole vault at the NCAA Outdoor Championship, his second title of 2011 and the third of his collegiate career.

The University of Washington senior, a graduate of Granite Bay High School, cleared 17 feet, 8½ inches to best a field of 24 in Des Moines, Iowa, according to the school’s website, gohuskies.com.

Roth is the first Washington track and field team member to win two NCAA crowns in one year since Scott Neilson won the hammer and weight throws in 1979.

Roth, a six-time All-American, passed on every height until clearing 17-6½ on his first try to take the lead. He then cleared 17-8½ on his first attempt. Roth won when Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts and Chris Little of BYU missed at 17-10½.

“I came into this meet thinking I’m going to win this thing,” Roth was quoted as saying on gohuskies.com. “I need to win it, I’m going to, I really want to, and that attitude helped me. I can’t ask for a better way to end my time here at U-dub. It’s just been awesome. I want to thank all my coaches. I’ve just really had a great time here, and I’m going to miss everybody.

“And I want to thank my dad (Curt), because I wouldn’t be anywhere without him and he gave me crazy opportunities.”

In April, Roth won the Pepsi Invitational in Eugene, Ore., and followed by winning the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut with the second-best vault in the world this year — 18-9¼. That broke Washington’s school record.

Roth also has met the ‘A’ standard for the IAAF World Championships in August in Daegu, Korea.