Utes Insider – Former All-American Distance Runner Grayson Murphy
Distance runner Grayson Murphy, a five-time All-American in two years at Utah, recently competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials. During this episode of Utes Insider, Murphy talks about her chase to make the Olympic Team and looks back at her collegiate career. Murphy recorded the two best times of her career in the steeplechase at the Olympic Trials, winning her heat in the prelims and placing sixth in the final, coming up short of advancing to the Summer Games.
While Murphy missed out on making Team USA this time around, she aims to try again in three years with lessons learned from her first Olympic Trials experience. She ran a personal best time of 9:25.37 in the prelims and clocked 9:25.55 in the finals.
Murphy, a graduate of West High School in Salt Lake City, didn't get into distance running until she joined the cross country and track & field teams as a walk-on at Santa Clara. She transferred to Utah in 2016. Murphy was two-time first-team All-American in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and two-time second-team All-American in the 5,000 indoors in 2017 and 2018. Her senior year, she placed sixth in the steeplechase at the 2018 NCAA Track & Field Championships and was the Pac-12 runner-up in that event. In cross country, she recorded Utah's highest individual finish ever at NCAAs by placing eighth in 2017.
Murphy made her debut at the World Mountain Running Championships in 2019 and won gold. She has nearly 66,000 followers on Instagram at racin_grayson and you can follow her on twitter @racin_grayson.