2016-17 Rookie Men of the Year

Princeton’s Joey Daniels was the only Ivy freshman to win an individual conference title in 2017.  The speedy rookie posted the fastest high hurdle times of the year – 7.96 for the 60m hurdles and a wind-aided 13.88 in the 110m hurdles which won the Outdoor Heps title.  That indoor hurdle time was 0.01 seconds away from the all-time top 10 for the event, and had the 110m hurdle time been wind-legal, it would have been the fifth fastest all-time.  Daniels also finished fourth at Indoor Heps in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.05, less than 0.1 seconds from the win.  Daniels ended his freshman campaign with a 27th place showing at the NCAA Preliminary Round in the 110m hurdles.

Penn’s Sean Clarke had a longer season than Daniels because Clarke made it to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault.  Clarke did so by setting a new personal best on his final attempt of the NCAA Preliminary Round – 17-06 1/2 or 5.35m, the fifth best clearance in conference history.  It was the fourth time he had cleared 17-feet that year.  Out in Eugene, Clarke finished 15th in the competition by clearing 17-04 1/2 (5.30m) to earn Second-Team All-American honors.  He was the only Ivy freshman to earn All-American accolades in 2017.  Clarke also was the runner-up in the Penn Relays Pole Vault Championship (17-00 3/4), third at Outdoor Heps (17-01), and tied for 4th place at the USATF Junior Championships (16-10 3/4) this outdoor season.

The rookies have two awards in common – one, this one; and two, USTFCCCA Academic All-Americans.

Honorable Mention:

Conor Lundy was the top Ivy male at the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships with his 94th place showing.  He was the lone Princetonian competitor in the field since he earned an individual berth with his 3rd place showing at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meet.  Lundy was also the top rookie at HepsXC with his third place finish.  In the indoor season, Lundy received All-Ivy honors with his second place finish in the Heps 5,000m (14:19.20).

Clarke photo by Bill Shearn

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