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Murphy Defends USATF Mountain Running Championship Crown

Aug 16, 2021
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GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Former University of Utah All-American Grayson Murphy defended her USATF Mountain Running Championship title this past weekend and did so in grand fashion by breaking the course record by nearly nine minutes with a time of 43:22 at the Skibowl Ski Resort.

Murphy led the pack from the start on the narrow mountain-bike singletrack switchbacks and never looked back, finishing nearly three minutes ahead of the second-place runner, Rachel Johnson (46:11). The victory on the 10k course also secured her a spot on the US Team, which will compete in the World Mountain Running Championships – which was recently postponed to due to rise of COVID-19 cases both in Thailand and around the world.

In addition, Murphy will also be returning to the U this season to serve as a volunteer assistant with both cross country and track & field programs.