NEW ORLEANS – Cameron Daugherty, a Slippery Rock University graduate student and pole vault standout from Jacksonville, N.C., has been named the Atlantic Region Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Regional Athletes of the Year are selected by coaches in each region and honor the top track athlete and field athlete for both men and women. Daugherty was the only male athlete from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to be honored, joining Track Athlete of the Year Dane Hyatt of Saint Augustine's as the top two athletes in the region.
The Atlantic Region consists of all schools in the PSAC, the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Daugherty earned the honor after a dominating season in the pole vault that saw him clear a height of 5.00 meters or above in four of five competitions. He won his fourth PSAC title in the event with a clearance of 5.07 meters, which broke the PSAC Championship meet record and the Edinboro facility record. He owns the third-best performance in Division II this winter with a clearance of 5.10 meters (16' 8¾”).
Daugherty is the lone SRU male athlete who will compete in the NCAA Division II National Championship meet March 9 in Birmingham, Ala. He is in search of his fourth All-America honor and his second national title after winning the event at the outdoor national meet last spring.
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