Scott Roth 18′ 9″ at Mt. Sac

WALNUT, California–University of Washington senior Scott Roth literally vaulted to the top of the American outdoor list this season with his winning mark in the pole vault of 18-9 1/4 (5.72m) in the invitational elite section of the Mt. SAC Relays Saturday.

Roth defeated a strong international field that included Mexican Olympian and Mt. SAC graduate Giovanni Lanaro and Japanese Olympian Daichi Sawano, who finished second and third respectively with marks of 18-5 1/4 (5.62m) each (Lararo was second on fewer misses) .

Roth opened with a first attempt clearance at 17-9 1/4 (5.42m) before passing 18-1 1/4 (5.52m), and going straight to 18-5 1/4 (5.62m), a height he successfully navigated on his first attempt, putting the pressure squarely on Lanaro and Sawano.

With Lanaro clearing 18-5 1/4 on his second attempt and Sawano on his third, Roth put the hammer down on his older competitors with a first attempt clearance at the winning height of 18-9 1/4, a mark that eclipsed the UW school outdoor record of 18-6.5 (5.65m) held by Brad Walker that was set in 2003, and tied Roth’s all-time personal best, set indoors last year.

With the victory in hand, Roth took three unsuccessful shots at 19-0 3/4 (5.81m), a mark which would have given him the world lead in the event this season, and would have overtaken Walker’s all-time UW best of 19-0 1/4 (5.80m), set indoors in 2003.

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