Incoming Freshman Bailey Roth Crowned USA Junior ChampPosted: Updated:
The University of Arizona Wildcat track and field program once again had three athletes representing the team at the USA Outdoor Junior Championships on Sunday in Eugene, Ore. The meet was held at Historic Hayward Field and the IAAF World Junior Championships will be held at the same venue on July 22-27.
Incoming freshman Bailey Roth earned a first-place finish in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:03.92. He met the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships qualifying standard and will be able to represent the U.S. at the World Championships.
"We are ecstatic, he was so composed the whole race," head coach Fred Harvey said. "He probably had a 25 to 30-meter lead going into the last 5 laps. He hit one of the barriers and went down but he got up and maintained his composure. He got passed by one of the other athletes but he stayed calm, was able to pass him on the home stretch and then win the thing. Am I excited about a guy like that? Yeah, I definitely am."
Incoming freshman Tiana Bonds finished in sixth place overall in the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.76 (+2.0 wind). Bonds also ran in the 400-meter hurdles and clocked a time of 59.44, good for sixth place overall.
"I was pleased with Tiana's effort," Harvey said. "Her performances will be much better but for her to make the finals in both is pretty awesome. She was the only person to attempt and make that double. Her legs just looked tired today. With her being able to do that and compete, that is really exciting. I'm pretty pleased with where we're at and getting ready to go."
Sophomore-to-be Miles Parish finished in sixth place overall with a time of 46.72 in the men's 400-meter sprint. Parish earned a third-place finish at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships and holds the eighth-best time in school history with a time of 46.45.
"I thought Miles did well," Harvey said." He didn't have his best race, he was a little soft in the first 200m, he ran an awesome second half of the race. It's just a matter of putting those two together. Developing his foot speed so he feels comfortable going out harder in the first 200 meters. He will more than likely have a chance to run the 4x400-meter relay at the World Championships."
"Overall, I'm very proud of the group we have here," Harvey said. "They represented us well and we certainly have a very bright future."
Former Wildcat NCAA Champion Nick Ross competed in Edmonton, Canada on Sunday afternoon. Ross earned a fourth-place finish at the Edmonton International Track Classic in the men's high jump competition with a clearance of 7-2.5 (2.20m).
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