POULTNEY, Vt. – DeNaugio Scarlett has captured 2017 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Year honors for men's outdoor track and field as announced by the conference office on Monday. The distinction is the first such award for Green Mountain's fledgling men's program.
The Rookie of the Year honor is decided by a vote of all the conference coaches.
Scarlett has been a steady force for the Eagles this season. In his first high jumping action of the season at Middlebury, he was crowned as the new record setting high jumper at Green Mountain as he bested the old GMC record of 1.75m with a jump of 1.83m to tie for second in the event and earn a podium finish.
At Mount Holyoke in only his second high jump event of the season, he surpassed the qualifying mark in the event to earn an invitation to proceed to NCAA Division III New England Regionals with another school record of 1.88m which earned him second place in the event.
At the NAC Championship he continued to break records as he topped his previous GMC record by 1 cm and the NAC Championship record by 6 cm leaping to a height of 1.89m in his first attempt. The result was 11 cm more than his closest competitor earning the Eagles the program's first event champion at the conference championships.
Unfortunately, the NCAA Division III New Englands brought poor conditions which helped to limit Scarlett to a best jump of 1.81m which he cleared on his first attempt before passing at the following height then failing to make the final height of 1.91m which would have been his best result of the season. He settled for 22nd place overall in the event.
In addition to his exploits in the high jump, Scarlett has also produced in other events this year. Scarlett took home a second place finish in the javelin event with his best effort coming in his final toss at Mount Holyoke which travelled 35.60m. At Middlebury, he also turned in his best long jump result of the year with a jump of 5.37m which placed him 9th overall.
"DeNaugio is a very gifted, talented and enthusiastic young man," said Head Coach Peter Steese. "He enjoys competing and is a pleasure to coach. In light of his overall performance this track and field season, the conference honors bestowed upon him are well deserved."