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VIDEO: Near-half century track record falls at Middle Township

GARY JAMES NAGLE

Gary James Nagle’s outstanding senior season in the athletic arena continued Wednesday afternoon.

Nagle broke a 46-year-old Middle Township High School record when he recorded a height of 12 feet, 9 ¼ inches, in the pole vault in a Cape-Atlantic League meet at Buena Regional High School.

The previous record of 12-9 was set by W. Bevis in 1972 and had represented the second-oldest program record on the books.

Middle Township lost the meet to the Chiefs, 88-52.

Nagle’s teammates were fully aware that he was on the cusp of the record. After clearing the height, they mobbed him before he even had a chance to get off the landing mat.

In addition to his prowess in the pole vault, Nagle was a standout linebacker and tight end for Middle’s football team and was honored by the National Football Foundation. In wrestling, Nagle became the first Middle wrestler with more than 100 career victories and was a two-time district champion.

— Brian Cunniff