Gaels' Herrera-Murphy excels at Penn Relays

Gaels' Herrera-Murphy excels at Penn Relays

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Gaels' Herrera-Murphy excels at Penn Relays

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Iona Prep’s Ryan Herrera-Murphy won a state championship in the pole vault in March.

Iona Prep’s Ryan Herrera-Murphy won a state championship in the pole vault in March.

Iona Prep senior Ryan Herrera-Murphy, who will pole vault for the U.S. Naval Academy next year, won Saturday’s Penn Relays with a personal-best vault of 15 feet, 9 inches.

Herrera-Murphy’s first-place finish was only the ninth by a New Yorker and third by a Westchester athlete since high school pole vault was added to the relays in 1961.

His vault was the eighth best ever recorded at Penn by a high school pole vaulter.

Mount Vernon senior Rai Benjamin, who will run for UCLA next year, clocked 51.29 seconds to finish second in the 400 hurdles, behind Jamaican Marvin Williams (51.10).

South Carolina-bound senior Eric Favors of North Rockland was third in the shot put, throwing 64-2.5.

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