Coronado senior Bailey Roth has caught one virus after another since cross country season, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. When he ran at the Palmer Terror Invite, it was apparent his most recent illness was wearing him down as the meet went on.
At one point, he gave up a big lead to lose in the final steps of the 800-meter finals.
Even with the Coronado senior at less than his best, however, he was still good enough to help the Cougars to a pair of wins on Saturday.
First, he dominated the field in the boys’ 1,600 meters with a winning time of 4 minutes, 25 seconds. Then, he played the role of coach for his sister Gabby, who won the 3,200 in 12:05.
“I don’t feel great and I’m getting tired of feeling like it,” said the Arizona commit, who has been dealing with his latest illness since early March. “But it’s always nice to see your sister get out there and win like that. It’s been so much fun helping her along the way.”
Both of the Roths came into Saturday feeling under the weather — or feeling like “having strep on steroids,” Bailey said more specifically.
Despite it though, the siblings won running events on the same day for the first time in more than a year, leading the Cougars to a fifth-place finish on the girls’ side and a ninth-place finish on the boys’ half.
Gabby, who blames Bailey for getting her sick, said Saturday was a special moment to have with her brother.
“He’s my favorite person to run with and talk about running,” said Gabby, who finished one spot ahead of Coronado No. 1 singles tennis player Olivia Babeu in the 3,200. “Before every race we talk about our strategy for that run and what we want to do in it. It’s been so helpful for me.
“Now we just have to stop getting sick.”
Other notables: The Trojans took first in the boys’ meet with 137 points and the girls took second (96) behind only Pine Creek (118.50) in the 21-team invite … Widefield (72) took second in the boys’ field thanks to a huge day from Kyree Gerstle-Goodman, who won four events on Saturday. He won the long jump (21-feet, 7 inches), triple jump (43-4), 110 hurdles (14.73 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (40.34).
Brent W. New, The Gazette
Twitter: @brentwnew @gazettepreps