How Mark Murphy held the South Jersey indoor pole vault record for 21 years! And here’s the all-time S.J. top-50!!!

Mark Murphy held the South Jersey pole vault record for 21 years. Then he lost the South Jersey record, the Camden County record and the Haddonfield school record all at the same time.

Let’s take a look some the South Jersey indoor pole vault history!

The earliest South Jersey record I could find was a 13-1 from 1977 by Rancocas Valley’s Aaron Foster. Couldn’t find the meet. That stood for seven years, until Steve Harbeson of Penns Grove cleared 13-2 at a SJTCA meet in 1984 at Widener University’s Schwartz Center in Chester, Pa.

Chris Matteo of Bishop Eustace then broke the record twice later in 1984, first with a 13-7 at the South Jersey Championships at Widener and then with a 14-0 jump – again, I couldn’t find the meet – later in 1984.

Then Murphy took over.

First, he cleared 14-6 on New Year’s weekend to take over the S.J. record. He cleared 14-6 again at the Metropolitan Athletics Conference developmental meet at Jadwin Gym on Jan. 6 and again in a SJTCA meet at Widener on Jan. 25.

He broke his own South Jersey record with a 14-9 at Widener a week later, then won Easterns at Jadwin at 14-6 (with a 14-9 in the jump off against Chris Lockett of Woodbridge, Va.),.

Murphy became South Jersey’s first 15-footer at the Pathmark Classic indoor nationals at Jadwin. In the same meet, Brandon Richards of Santa Barbara, Calif., whose father Bob was the 1952 and 1956 Olympic gold medalist, set a national scholastic record of 17-6.

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Murphy held the record for 21 years until Devon Purves, also from Haddonfield, cleared 15-0 1/4 at the Varsity Classic at the Armory in February of 2006. The record stayed in Haddonfield’s hands for another two years until West Deptford’s Dan Batdorf hit 15-6 when he won the 2008 Meet of Champions.

Nico Morales of Delsea tied that mark three times in 2018 and then twin brother Marco tied it this past winter at the Coach Saint Invitational at the 168th Street Armory in New York and then broke it twice in two weeks at Ocean Breeze – with a 15-7 at the Freedom Games in February and then a week later with a 16-0 at the SJTCA meet.

Interesting to note that the top four marks in South Jersey history come from Gloucester County and the next four come from Haddonfield.

Here’s the all-time list. Corrections and additions, shoot ’em over in the comments section!

All-Time S.J. Indoor Boys Pole Vault Top-50

16-0 … Marco Morales [Delsea], 2020
15-6 … Dan Batdorf [West Deptford], 2008
15-6 … Nico Morales [Delsea], 2019
15-1 … Dylan Altland [Kinsgway], 2014
15-0 ¼ … Devon Purves [Haddonfield], 2006
15-0 … Mark Murphy [Haddonfield], 1985
15-0 … Mike Davis [Haddonfield], 2004
15-0 … Mike Rivard [Haddonfield], 2009
14-11 ¼ … Tom Jeffers [Triton], 2011
14-7 … Brian Banks [Eastern], 2011
14-6 ¼ … Brandon Kurtz [Absegami], 1991
14-6 … Mike Maira [Seneca],
14-6 … Michael Oberg [Ocean City],
14-6 … Jarrod Brovero [Delsea], 2016
14-6 … Kyle Loveland [Moorestown], 2016
14-1 … Joshua Cohen [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2019
14-0 … Mike Yurcho [Shawnee], 1999
14-0 … David Murname [West Deptford], 2000
14-0 … Jason Yurchak [Delsea], 2004
14-0 … Dan Pope [Hammonton], 2004
14-0 … Don Smith [Eastern], 2005
14-0 … Mike Mancini [Cinnaminson], 2006
14-0 … Eddie Zubrzycki [Highland], 2007, 2008
14-0 … Zach Winters [Shawnee], 2012
14-0 … James Lynch [Deptford], 2018
14-0 … Ryan Jillard [Delsea], 2019
14-0 … Nick Clarke [Delsea], 2016
14-0 … Julian Rodriguez [Deptford], 2020
14-0 … Luke Pease [Haddonfield], 2014
14-0 … Mitchell Casey [Shawnee], 2017
13-7 … Jason King [Lenape], 1993
13-6 … Marv Forchion [Willingboro], 1986
13-6 … Greg Matteo [Bishop Eustace], 1987
13-6 … Ken Bauso [Cherry Hill West], 1990
13-6 … Shane Mertz [West Deptford], 1997
13-6 … Nick Kariske [Millville], 1999
13-6 … Josh Moline [Gateway], 2000
13-6 … Matt Tolstoy [Moorestown], 2006
13-6 … Mike Salera [Washington Twp.], 2006
13-6 … Josh Parr [Millville], 2009
13-6 … Kevin Dever [Millville], 2009
13-6 … Ian Best [Egg Harbor Twp.], 2010
13-6 … Remy Kahn [Cherry Hill East], 2010
13-6 … Algeron Johnson [Highland], 2011
13-6 … Vince Murrey [Buena Reg.], 2011
13-6 … Aidan Sokolov [Millville], 2011
13-6 … Edward Albright [Ocean City], 2012
13-6 … Aidan Skelly [Hammonton], 2013
13-6 … Ray Rodriguez [Oakcrest], 2014
13-6 … Ryan Sharp [Kingsway], 2014
13-6 … Tyler Davis-Rozycki [Timber Creek], 2014
13-6 … Josh Montana [Haddonfield], 2019
13-6 … Will Ramos [Vineland], 2019
13-6 … Kai Deery [Rancocas Valley], 2020
13-6 … Lucas Tran [Cherry Hill East], 2020
13-6 … Michael Baglivo [Oakcrest], 2020

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