HS Junior Kate Murphy Clocks 4:07, Qualifies for Olympic Trials 1500
“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.”
By Taylor Dutch, FloTrack.org
BOSTON — Kate Murphy was on a mission to run the Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 4:09.50 Friday evening 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 #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 fellow teen phenoms Mary Cain and Alexa Efraimson ran faster times while in high school and both turned pro after their junior years.
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