In only his second time running the event, incoming UA freshman Bailey Roth set the U.S. high school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
He advanced to Sunday’s final with a time of 8 minutes 48.60 seconds, good for seventh place in his heat. He broke the previous high school mark of 8:50.1, also set at Eugene’s Hayward Field by Jeff Hess on June 2, 1979.
“It’s a special feeling,” Roth said in a UA release. “I’m definitely honored to come out here and compete for my country and represent the U.S.”
UA sophomore Miles Parish will run today in the men’s 4x400-meter relay heat for Team USA.