PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sophomore Mark Vetere broke Navy’s pole vault school record to highlight three days of competition at the 119th Penn Relays at Franklin Field for the Navy men’s track and field program.
“We had a pretty good meet up here,” head coach Stephen Cooksey said. “It was good to have the 4×1 relay advance out of the prelims and Mark [Vetere] did great in the pole vault. Now we will look forward to the Patriot League Championship next weekend.”
Vetere established a new school record in the pole vault of 17-3½ (5.27m) en route to taking first place in the college section of the event on Friday. Vetere broke the school record by a half an inch.
Vetere had already locked up first place in the college section by clearing 16-6¾ (5.05m) on his first attempt. He then cleared 16-11¼ (5.16m) and 17-3½ (5.27m) on the second attempt at both heights before the height of 17-5½ (5.32m) ended his historic day.
The successful clear of 17-3½ was well over the IC4A standard and Vetere moves into the top-20 of the NCAA’s East Region performance list. Tom Delaney was the previous school-record holder with his mark of 17-3 (5.26m) from 2002.
Sophomore Josh Drablos placed eighth in the college section of the pole vault with a clear of 15-3 (4.65m).
Junior Ryan Kochert won the Eastern section of the pole vault with a successful clear of 16-2¾ (4.95m), which is over the IC4A standard. Sophomore Adam Vetere was 10th in the Eastern section with a clear of 14-9 (4.50m).