Five members of the Slippery Rock University men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams earned first-place awards at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships.
SRU’s Cameron Daugherty, a criminal justice major from Jacksonville, N.C., and Julia Cain, an exercise science major from Magnolia, Ohio, each captured first place in the pole vault at the championship hosted by Edinboro University. Dan Hedglin, a health and physical education major from Pittsburgh, repeated his first place title in the 60-meter hurdles; D. J. Chisom, an elementary education/special education major from Midland, took first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91 seconds; and Derick Fiedler, an undecided major from Erie, took first in the heptathlon.
Overall, the men’s squad finished third and the women placed fifth. Shippensburg’s men’s and women’s teams both took first place.
Daugherty cleared 5.07 meters, breaking the championship meet and facility records by nearly a foot. Cain won the pole vault with a facility record and new personal best by clearing 3.81 meters to win. Her mark is an NCAA provisional qualifier and currently ranks as ninth best in Division II this season.
Hedglin repeated his title in the 60-meter hurdles with a career-best and NCAA provisional mark of 8.27 seconds. Chisom earned his first PSAC title in the 60-meter dash and placed third in the 200-meter dash with 22.10 seconds, an NCAA provisional mark. Fiedler came from second place after the first day of competition to win the heptathlon.
The PSAC meet was the final competition for most of The Rock's indoor team, which will now turn its focus to the outdoor season opener March 15-16 at Coastal Carolina. The athletes that have reached the NCAA provisional mark will find out if they have been accepted into the Division II National Championships next week. The national meet is March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.
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