The Slippery Rock men’s outdoor track and field team will send 43 athletes, including five top seeds, to Millersville for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship after concluding their regular season Friday at the SRU Last Chance meet.

Three-time PSAC champion senior Cameron Daugherty cleared 5.19 meters at the Last Chance meet, breaking the 10-year school record.

“It’s a great feeling, especially after trying to get it for the past few years,” Daugherty said. “It’s been a long, hard road and I couldn’t wish for a better senior year.”

Nick Wilpula previously held the record with a clearance of 5.18 meters, set in 2003.

Daugherty’s clearance is the best among PSAC athletes this season, fourth among all Division II athletes, and was a quarter of an inch away from the all-time PSAC record.

Even with the all-time record within reach, Daugherty said he is just focused on helping the team.

“For now the goal is just to bring home another victory,” Daugherty said. “I’ll be at PSACs for my team, maybe at nationals I’ll start worrying about doing something crazy.”

Head coach John Papa feels that Daugherty sets the standard for the Rock vaulters and is in a good position heading into the championship.

“Cam really enjoys pole vaulting,” Papa said. “He’s a great competitor and his confidence has increased this season. He feels he can vault even higher and he’ll be tough to beat at PSACs and nationals.”

Senior Kevin Jewel, a two-time PSAC champion, is favored to win the 800-meter run. Jewel, who broke the school record for the second time at the Ashland Invitational, took third at the Last Chance meet in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.54 seconds.

Jewel, like Daugherty, sits at fourth in the nation in his event.


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