PUEBLO, Colo. –Cameron Daugherty, a May Slippery Rock University exercise science graduate from Washington, D.C., captured the NCAA Division II National Championship in pole vaulting with a clearance of 5.15 meters (16'10.75") at Saturday’s 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Colorado State University Pueblo.
Daugherty, who earned his third career All-America honor, improved on his season and career outdoor best of 5.05 meters. He was the lone athlete to clear 5.15m, claiming the outright national title.
“Everything clicked today for Cam," said Bill Jordan, assistant coach. "With the event getting bumped up more than six hours, he stayed focused and had the best performance of his career today." The event was moved ahead due to high winds concerns.
Daugherty, the second SRU athlete to win a national title in the last two years, joins Whitney Hendershot, a 2011 SRU criminology and criminal justice graduate from Salamanca, N.Y., who won the women's high jump title at the 2011 outdoor meet. He is the first SRU male athlete to win a title outdoors since 1997 when Steve Rihel won the javelin. Daugherty is the second pole-vaulter in program history to win a title, joining Todd Wunderlich, who won the event at the 1977 championships.
A video interview with Daugherty is available at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsJwev0T6zQ&feature=player_embedded
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