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Murphy Ends Impressive Showing At Olympic Trials, Finishes Sixth In Steeplechase Final

Jun 24, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. – Former Utah track and field standout Grayson Murphy placed sixth overall in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials Thursday night at Hayward Field.

"I'm incredibly proud of Grayson tonight," said Utah track and field head coach Kyle Kepler. "Sixth at her first Olympic Trials and ran the two fastest races of her life. That just doesn't happen. She's just starting to realize how good she can be on the track and that is exciting to look forward to even though I know she wanted a little more tonight."

Murphy, a five-time All-American as a Ute, clocked in a time of 9:25.55, which was 0.18 seconds shy of matching her personal-best time she set Sunday that earned her a spot in the finals. Murphy's impressive week at the Olympic Trials ended just seven seconds behind the third-place finisher in an extremely fast race, which saw the top-two athletes break the meet record.

The Salt Lake City native holds the Utah school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and was a two-time first team All-American in the steeplechase (2017, 2018).