Senior Co-captain of the girls track and field team Megan Murphy has made a tremendous impact during her time on the team.
Murphy joined the girls track and field team just last year, after two years of playing lacrosse, attributing her motivation to switch sports to Head Coach Tricia Watson. “Ms. Watson was my advisor, and I wanted a new spring sport, so she convinced me to try and join track, and I ended up loving it,” she said. Despite her relatively short career as a track and field athlete, Murphy has proven herself to be a formidable opponent.
During the regular season, Murphy ran an impressive 400-meter run against Wilbarham and Munson, completing the race in 66.9 seconds. Murphy also found success in the 4×100, in which she and her teammates finished in 54.7. At the Founders League Championship, Murphy placed fifth in the 200 with a time of 27.51. She and her teammates also placed fourth in the 4×100 with a time of 53.14.
At New England Championships this past weekend, Murphy was able to end her high school career on positive note. In both the 4×100 and 4×400 relay, she and her teammates placed as well as scoring points for their team. Murphy was the first leg of 4×400 relay, and the team set a PR of 4:26.33. In addition to placing in two of her events, Murphy also set new PR’s in her individual events. She placed seventh with a new PR of 27.47 in the 200, and new a PR of 14-02.75 in long jump.
Murphy participates in four events: the 4×100, the 200, the long jump, and the high jump. Her favorite event, however, is the 200.
Assistant Coach Fritz Goodman recalled first witnessing Murphy in action. “That is a runner,” Coach Goodman remembered thinking to himself.
As Coach Goodman has gotten to know Murphy over the past two seasons, he has admired not only her athletic capabilities but also her leadership qualities. “You know how people say, ‘don’t do as I say, do what I do?’ She models this work ethic,” he said. This, along with what Coach Goodman describes as “incredible levels of determination” are what have helped make Murphy stand out as a runner and leader on the team.
Senior and fellow Co-captain Olivia Reynolds shared similar sentiments about Murphy as a teammate. “Being a captain with Megan is always fun because she shows up to each practice with the joy she always has, a competitive spirit, and she shows up with a smile on her face no matter what,” she said.
Murphy’s teammate, junior Jordan DiMauro, felt the same way. “Megan is an amazing athlete, and she’s able to compete in whatever event she’s thrown in,” DiMauro said. “She also sets a great example for the team through her work ethic, and she’s super competitive which makes practice much more fun.”
For Murphy, her favorite part of being on the team revolves around its atmosphere. “I really like the team and all my teammates and working with the other captains,” she said. “I also just like the sport in general.”
Murphy will take this enthusiasm for the sport to the next level, as she plans to both play soccer and run track and field at St. Thomas Aquinas College. “It’s a really positive atmosphere all the time, so I just wanted to do it in college too,” Murphy said. While the KO track and field team will miss her greatly, Murphy is positioned for great success in her next endeavors.