Eugene, Ore. – At the IAAF World Junior Championships, incoming freshman Bailey Roth competed for Team USA on Friday, July 25 in Eugene, Ore. The meet is being held at Historic Hayward Field. For the second time in his life, Roth ran a 3,000-meter steeplechase, this time he set the U.S. high school record in the event.
Roth’s personal-best time of 8:48.60 was good for a seventh-place finish in heat one of the preliminary round. He advanced to the final and will compete on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. MST. Roth’s time broke the previous U.S. high school record of 8:50.1 that was set by Jeff Hess at Hayward Field on June 2, 1979.
“It’s a special feeling,” Roth said. “I’m definitely honored to come out here and compete for my country and represent the U.S. Especially doing it at Hayward Field, as many amazing races as they host, it’s really cool to be out here and race. My coach and I talked a lot about my goals coming in and the most important one was to make the final. It wasn’t ideal place-wise for me today but that’s okay. I wasn’t running for time, it’s a championship race.”
On Saturday, sophomore-to-be Miles Parish will compete in the men’s 4x400-meter relay preliminary round for Team USA at 3:35 p.m. MST.