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State College’s Griffin Thompson wins Penn Relays pole vault

State College’s Griffin Thompson cleared a personal-best 15 feet, 7 inches to win the pole vault at the Penn Relays at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on Saturday.
State College’s Griffin Thompson cleared a personal-best 15 feet, 7 inches to win the pole vault at the Penn Relays at Philadelphia’s Franklin Field on Saturday. Photo provided

State College’s Griffin Thompson reached new heights Saturday morning.

The State College senior cleared 15 feet, 7 inches to easily win the pole vault at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

The mark was a personal best, an inch higher than his previous top clearance set a week ago at the Shippensburg Invitational, and ties for the top mark in the state this spring, according to pa.milesplit.com. It’s also the No. 2 mark all-time at State College, trailing the late Kevin Dare’s record of 15-9, and was nearly 14 inches better than the runner-up in Saturday’s event.

Also in the event, teammate Lucas Gray took ninth at 13-5 1/4.

Later Saturday, the Little Lion 3,200-meter relay team finished fourth in the Championship of America race. The quartet of Owen Wing, Nick Feffer, Tony Degleris and Alex Milligan was clocked in 7 minutes, 44.74 seconds. According to pa.milesplit.com, the time is the best this season in the state and No. 2 in the U.S. St. Jago of Jamaica won in 7:33.71, with another team from Jamaica and one from Cary, N.C., ahead of State College. The our boys were clocked in 7:47.78 on Friday in their first race.

The Little Lion 4x400-meter relay team finished sixth in its heat in 3:23.09. The foursome of Max Herbst, Noah Oesterling, Aziz Salamy and Noah Woods finished behind three teams from Jamaica and teams from New Jersey and Maryland.

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