Lake Braddock’s Kate Murphy prepares for Olympic Trials
“I’m running as fast as I can, but I go faster with competition. I still don’t know what my limit is.”
By Charlie Ban, Run Washington
Kate Murphy knows she can run faster in the 1500 meters, she just needs competition.
She’ll finally get it July 7, when she races the first round of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene, Ore. She’s one of two high school students to qualify and currently has the 17th fastest seed time.
A 62-second final lap in the “Dream 1500” at the adidas Boston Boost Games June 17 carried her to a 4:07.21 finish, two seconds under the Trials qualifier.
“I know I have a lot more left,” Murphy said. “I’m running as fast as I can, but I go faster with competition. I still don’t know what my limit is.”
She ran seven seconds faster than runner-up and fellow teen phenom Katie Rainsberger and more than a second faster than Cory McGee did in winning the professional women’s 1500 meter heat. It made Murphy the third-fastest all-time high school 1500 meter runner, after Alexa Efraimson (4:03.39, U.S. Junior record) and Mary Cain (4:04.62). Cain ran 4:10.84 in McGee’s heat, her season’s best mark.
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