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Samantha Murphy
Position: Distance
Height: 5'1"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Perth, Ontario
High School: St. John Catholic
Other College: Illinois
Experience: Transfer
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Three-year letterwinner for Illinois should provide a strong boost to the middle distances. Two-time NCAA scorer and all-American at 800 meters. Impressive 800 PR of 2:02.10 came at the 2013 NCAA Championships in TrackTown USA and set the Illinois school record.

Before Oregon: Two-time all-American at 800 meters for Illinois. As a junior, earned all-America honors after finishing fifth in the 800 meter at the 2013 NCAA Championships, setting a school record with a time of 2:02.10. Was also the 2013 Big Ten champion in the 800 and part of the winning 4x400 meter relay team.  Part of school record setting sprint medley relay squad at Drake Relays (3:45.75). Helped the Illini capture the first annual Hy-Vee Cup at Drake Relays. Ran her first 1,500 meters race at Texas Relays, crossing the line with a time of 4:23.12 which was the eighth fastest time in Illinois history. During the 2013 indoor season, earned her first all-America honor after finishing fourth in the 800 at the NCAA Championships. Set the Illinois school record in the 800 final at the NCAA Championships (2:03.95). Part of the Big Ten Championship team, the first team crown since 1996 season. Set the school record in the 600 in the prelims at the Big Ten Championships with a leading time of 1:28.87. Also a letterwinner for the Illini in 2011 and 2012. Illinois Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 2:02.10, 2013; 1,500 Meters - 4:23.12, 2013. Indoors - 600 Meters - 1:28.87, 2013; 800 Meters - 2:03.95, 2013.

Prep: Was the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) 800 meter champion as a senior in 2010 for St. John Catholic High School. Placed fifth in the 400m at the OFSAA Track and Field Championship. Posted a personal-best time of 2:08.37 in the 800m. Was team MVP for basketball, track and field and cross country.

Personal: Major is human physiology.


Personal Bests
800 Meters - 2:02.10,
NCAA Championships,
Eugene, Ore., 6/7/13

1,500 Meters - 4:23.12,

Texas Relays,
Austin, Texas, 3/320/13
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