High School Junior Kate Murphy Runs 4:07, Qualifies For Olympic Trials

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BOSTON — Kate Murphy was on a mission to run the Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 4:09.5 Friday at Dilboy Stadium. She accomplished that and more when she broke away from the pack to win the adidas Dream 1500m in 4:07.21, two seconds below the Trials standard, and a full seven seconds ahead of Oregon commit Katie Rainsberger.

“It feels amazing, I’ve been really patient over this whole season and I feel like it really came together,” Murphy told FloTrack after the adidas BOOST Boston Games race.

“I had two weeks of no races, got my legs fresh and I think all this patience and hard work has really paid off,” she said.


Murphy’s victory makes her the No. 3 high school performer of all time and puts her within a second of the Olympic Games qualifying standard. The performance was also a full second faster than the pro women’s race that followed. Only Mary Cain and Alexa Efraimson ran faster times while in high school and both turned pro after their junior years.

The Virginia-based junior from Lake Braddock High School also improved upon her previous personal best by over seven seconds.

“I knew this was one of my last shots at getting it [the Trials standard], and I just knew I had to be really brave,” Murphy said.

She went with the pacer from the gun and hung close to her through 800m until she started to take charge and even passed the pacer before she was scheduled to drop off.

All the while, Rainsberger was sitting on her heels. Murphy finally made her dramatic move just before the bell lap when she threw down a fast surge. By the time she crossed the finish line, Murphy was over 50m ahead of the rest of the pack and rode the momentum all the way through the tape.

As Murphy walked around the finish line, she eagerly asked everyone around her what her winning time was. When she heard the news of her victory being well under the Trials standard, Murphy was elated and grabbed her adidas Dream Mile championship belt to celebrate.

Murphy is the second high school athlete to notch a spot at the Trials after Christina Aragon of Billings, Montana ran 4:09 at the Portland Twilight last Sunday.

Big Ten, Pac-12 Call Off Fall Sports

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Two of the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences won’t be competing this fall. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 are suspending fall sports, including cross country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Stahl, Vetter Post Big Throws In Turku

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The Continental Tour kicked off on Tuesday with the first stop taking place in Turku, Finland. As expected, the throws stole the show.

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How to Watch: 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour | Turku

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Here's how to watch the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour: Turku on FloTrack in the United States.

Ritz-Led On Athletics Club Rolls Out Inaugural Roster

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On Running, the Swiss-based shoe company, just released its full roster for the newly formed On Athletics Club. 

Erriyon Knighton Has Arrived With 200m National Record

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Erriyon Knighton put everyone on notice on Friday. 

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London Marathon To Go Forward As Elite-Only Race On October 4

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Organizers of the postponed 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon announced today that the gala 40th edition their event would proceed as an elite-only race on a closed course within St. James's Park in Central London on Sunday, October 4.  Organizers said that they would create a "secure biosphere," a contained COVID-safe environment, which would allow the race to be run on a small circuit, at least for top athletes.  Citizen runners will only be able to participate remotely, running on their own.

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NCAA Division II/III Fall Championships Canceled

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Fall sports national championships for NCAA Division II and Division III have been canceled. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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AAU Junior Olympic Games Performance Lists

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The 2020 AAU Junior Olympic Games begin on Wednesday, August 5th in Brevard County, Florida. Check out the full schedule for the meet here and see the performance list for all events and age groups below.

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