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.
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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.