Earnest Daniel is off to a hot start high jumping for Rowan this spring. Daniel, a sophomore from Kingsway, cleared a personal-best 6-8 3/4 at a meet at Central Florida in Orlando last month.
That’s No. 3 so far this spring in NCAA Division 3, behind only Jacoby Wolfe of George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., who has a 7-0 1/4 clearance, and David Lembke of Carroll in Waukesha, Wisc., who has cleared 6-10 3/4.
Daniel placed third at Central Florida and second among collegiate athletes. After clearing 6-2 3/4 and 6-4 3/4 on his first attempt and 6-6 3/4 on his third, he hit a PR 6-8 3/4 on his first attempt. He took three shots at 6-10 3/4.
Daniel followed that up with a first-place 6-6 3/4 at the Danny Curran Invite last weekend at Widener University in Chester, Pa.
As a Rowan freshman, Daniel had a PR of 6-7 1/2 at the NJAC meet at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. This past winter he hit 6-6 twice, including the winning jump at the NJAC meet at Ocean Breeze.
He’s been over at least 6-6 3/4 in all three meets he’s contested this spring.
At Kingsway, Daniel PR’d at 6-4, which he hit three times as a senior in the spring of 2017, including wins at the Tri-County Championships at Delsea and S.J. Group 4 sectionals at Egg Harbor. His PR as of two years ago this month was 6-2.
Daniel was also a sectional champ in the triple jump with a 47-0 1/4. He hasn’t hit that mark yet at Rowan although he’s a multiple conference medalist in the triple. He does rank No. 32 in NCAA Division 3 this spring in the triple jump with a best so far of 44-3 1/4.
The only other high jumper from the NJAC who’s cleared 6-4 or better is Rowan freshman multi specialist A’irrion Scott from Ewing High. Scott set a PR of 6-6 3/4 at the Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando last month.
Scott is tied with Storm Buescher of Millsaps University in Jackson, Miss., for the No. 1 freshman high jump ranking in Division 3.
At Ewing, Scott ran 49.96 and 1:59.59 in addition to high jumping 6-6, which got him a Central Jersey Group 3 title and fourth place in the Meet of Champions this past spring. Scott has also added more than two feet from his high school long jump PR of 18-2 1/2 with a 20-5 as part of an indoor heptathlon at Lehigh.