ASU Track & Field Inks Two Distance Standouts to National Letters
Feb. 4, 2009
TEMPE - Kevyn Murphy (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Doug Smith (Gladstone, N.J.) will continue their academic and athletic careers with the Arizona State University track & field and cross country programs, Louie Quintana, ASU's men's and women's distance and cross country coach, announced Wednesday. Both seniors-to-be will be on campus in time for the 2009 cross county season as well as the 2010 indoor and outdoor track and field campaigns.
Murphy currently runs for Mira Costa High School and has placed among the Top 10 at the California Girl's Division II State Cross Country Championships in her career. She opened her state career in 2005 with a third-place finish before taking 10th place in 2006 and ninth in 2007. On the track, she placed 12th in the state mile in 2006. Murphy brings a personal-best time of 4:57.61 in the mile and also ran 17:50 in a cross country race at Woodward Park in Fresno. Most recently, she competed in a race at Cal Poly and finished 12th overall in a field that included open runners and collegiate individuals.
'Kevyn is a multi-talented, competitive athlete,' Quintana said. 'She has excelled both in cross country and track & field at a national level and we are excited to have her join our tradition-rich women's distance program. I believe Kevyn has the personality and athletic commitment to excel on a conference, regional and national level for ASU. She is familiar with several girls on the team and it just seemed like a perfect match from the beginning.'
Smith is in his senior year at Gill-St. Bernard's School and is set to enter the outdoor track season as the two-time defending 1,600m and 3,200m state champion. A multiple-time first-team all-state selection in both cross country and track and field, Smith recently competed at the Mlrose Games in New York City and finished seventh in a very close mile run. He has run times of 4:14.23 in the mile, 9:01.86 in the two mile, 8:24.30 in the 3,000m run and 14:35.32 in the 5,000m run.
'We are thrilled to bring in someone of Doug Smith's caliber for next cross country season,' Quintana said. 'With the addition of Doug and the return of our current top level runners, next fall could really turn into something special in Tempe. The think that I like so much about him is his ability to perform at a high level on the track. He ran the second-fastest time in the U.S. last year for high school athletes in the 5,000m run, so we are really excited to see him develop in the longer events in college.'