Delsea’s Nico Morales ties South Jersey indoor pole vault record!!!!!

Delsea junior Nico Morales tied the South Jersey indoor pole vault record Tuesday evening when he cleared 15-6 at a S.J. Track Coaches Association meet at the Bennett Center.

Morales tied the South Jersey and Gloucester County records set at the 2008 Meet of Champions also at the Bennett Center by Dan Batdorf of West Deptford.

His mark is No. 6 in state history indoors and No. 3 in South Jersey history under any conditions and matches the best in 26 years. It’s also No. 14 overall in state history indoors and out combined.

Morales’ previous PR was 14-10 last May at the Tri-County Conference meet at Delsea. His indoor PR was 14-0, which he cleared three times last winter.

Morales went out after three attempts at 16-0.

Let’s take a look at some lists!

ALL-TIME N.J. INDOOR POLE VAULT LIST
17-0 … Bill Lange [Bridgewater East], 1980
16-3 1/4 … Adam Sarafian [Ocean Twp.], 2004
16-2 1/4 … Don Heyburn [Cranford], 1980
16-1 1/4 … Craig Hunter [Robbinsville], 2013
15-10 … Bill Hartley [Southern Reg.], 1976
15-6 … Casey DiCesare [Irvington], 2006
15-6 … Dan Batdorf [West Deptford], 2008
15-6 … Luke Annichiarico [Northern Valley], 2014
15-6 … Nico Morales [Delsea], 2019
15-6 … Vince Reilly [St. Joe’s-Metuchen], 1977
15-6 … Eric Richard [Bridgewater East], 1981
15-4 … Nick Eckett [Jackson Liberty], 2013
15-3 1/2 … Tyler Hrbek [Northern Valley], 2018
15-3 1/2 … David Bausmith [Hunterdon Central], 2018
15-3 … Eric Geider [Northern Valley], 2013
15-3 … Bruce Wodder [Northern Hunterdon], 1975
15-3 … Dan Bertolami [Woodbridge], 1984

ALL-TIME S.J. OVERALL POLE VAULT LIST
16-0 … Bob Green [Haddon Heights], 1992 [o]
15-7 … Brandon Kurtz [Absegami], 1991 [o]
15-6 … Dan Batdorf [West Deptford], 2008 [i]
15-6 … Nico Morales [Delsea], 2019 [i]
15-5 … Devon Purves [Haddonfield], 2006 [o]
15-5 … Mike Davis [Haddonfield], 2004 [o]
15-4 … Jason King [Lenape], 1993 [o]
15-0 1/2 … Danny Lamp [Willingboro], 1977 [o]
15-0 … Mark Murphy [Haddonfield], 1985 [o]
15-0 … Ricky Clemons [Willingboro], 1989 [o]
15-0 … Dave Murname [West Deptford], 2000 [o]
15-0 … Josh Moline [Gateway], 2000 [o]
15-0 … Mike Hulme [Eastern], 2003 [o]
15-0 … Mike Maira [Seneca], 2010 [o]
15-0 … Mike Rivard [Haddonfield], 2010 [o]

Incredibly, Delsea had three vaulters over 13 feet, with junior Marco Morales third with a personal-best 13-6 and senior Ryan Jillard fourth with an indoor PR 13-0 (he’s cleared 13-6 outdoors). Deptford’s James Lynch placed second with a PR 14-0 clearance, which ties his indoor PR (he’s gone 14-6 outdoors).

Two other vaulters — Egg Harbor senior Joshua Cohen and Vineland senior William Ramos — cleared an indoor-PR-tying 13-0, making this an incredibly deep early-season pole vault competition. Cohen has cleared 14-0 outdoors and 13-6 indoors.  Ramos has cleared 13-6 outdoors.

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