Murphy places 37th at USATF Cross Country Championships


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Arkansas freshman Ryan Murphy placed 37th at the 2018 USATF Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday, finishing the race with a time of 32:43.30.

Murphy was one of two collegiate athletes in the race, along with Richmond’s Miles Clikeman, who finished 35th.

A cross country and track and field team captain at Linn-Mar high school in Marion, Iowa, Murphy was in contention for a spot on Team USA’s North American, Central America and Caribbean Cross Country Championships team, but just missed the top-25 finish required to be eligible for contention.

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Murphy utilized a redshirt his first season as a Razorback last fall, but earned a pair of state title in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters in 2016 prior to coming to Arkansas.

Murphy is a former New Balance All-American in the 5K off a top-three finish and a three-time All-State cross country honoree.


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