It wasn’t his best day, but Hunter Daly still left Greensboro as an All-America.
Daly, a Stockton University junior and a graduate of Florence High School, earned All-America honors in the high jump Friday at the NCAA Division 3 Track Championships at Irwin Belk Stadium on the North Carolina A&T campus in Greensboro, N.C.
Daly was one of four jumpers that cleared 6-3 1/2 and 6-5 1/2 on his first attempt, and all four finished in a tie for eighth place. The top eight finishers (plus ties) are considered All-Americas.
When Daly missed three tries at 6-7 1/2, his only shot at All-America honors was seven or fewer other jumpers clearing 6-7 1/2 or higher, and that’s exactly what happened.
Daly was the No. 5 seed after clearing 6-9 1/2 earlier this month.
Daly has improved steadily during his years at Stockton. He cleared 6-2 as a freshman indoors in 2008 at a meet in the Armory and then improved to 6-5 3/4 as a sophomore in a meet at SUNY Cortland in New York
He recorded his first 2-meter clearance (6-6 3/4) before the shutdown when he won the indoor NJAC meet at Ocean Breeze in February of 2020 and then had a huge breakthrough this spring with a 6-9 1/2 first-attempt clearance at a home meet in Galloway Township in late April.
Daly then won the outdoor NJAC meet at Ramapo earlier this month with a 6-8 and in his final tuneup before NCAAs sailed over the bar at 6-9 at a meet in Rochester, N.Y., last week.
Daly is Stockton’s second high jump All-America. The first was Mainland graduate Paul Klemic, who placed 3rd in 2005 and 2nd in 2006. He was also a two-time NCAA Division 3 champion in the long jump and a two-time All-America in the 110-meter hurdles.
Daly’s high school best was 6-6 at the 2017 Woodbury Relays.