Charter's Murray - High School Athlete of the Week
By Sean Greene Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 6:55pm
VIDEO: Interview with Kevin Murray
Kevin Murray set his second state course record in three weeks while winning the Blue Hen Conference Cross Country championship Friday afternoon.
The senior blazed the trails in 15:28, including a sizzling 4:40 opening mile. He says he had to pay for the quick start, but was inspired by 1972 Olympian Steve Prefontaine.
"The last mile was all guts, as Prefontaine would say. Coming into the home stretch I could see the clock, and I was very much in the race for the state record, but it took everything I had, as it always does."
Murray's running career started innocently enough, as he didn't even dress the part at first.
"I started running in 6th grade because I needed a ride to soccer practice, I came to cross country practice in blue jeans, and wasn't too excited about it. I ran my first race in C.Y.M., did pretty well, and stuck with it.
Kevin Murray credits running a sub-17:00 at a 5K race in New York where he thought he defeated rival Michael Flanagan, only to find out Flanigan finished first, to spark him to quicker times, and says he's gone all-in ever since.
"You have to let it consume you, you have to let it be everything. I care very much about my academics, and it's a huge part of my life, but when I show up at 2:30 in the afternoon, it's time to settle down with my friends and get to work."
Kevin Murray says he's considering West Point and the Naval Academy for his collegiate career.
"That sense of discipline has long been a part of what I've done. I can't yet call myself a military man, but I'd love to."
Besides the White Clay record, Kevin broke the Bellevue State Park record with a 15:08 last month, bettering that record by 11 seconds. That also broke the Delaware record for fastest prep 5K by a tenth of a second over former teammate Kieran Tuntivate, who graduated last spring.
Murray still has two major Delaware meets remaining. He'll compete in the New Castle County Championships at the Winterthur Estate on Saturday, and then next Saturday's DIAA Championships at Killens Pond State Park in Felton.
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