Marquette freshman Zach Murray, a Haddonfield graduate, ran an indoor PR 49.00 Friday in his collegiate track debut.
Murray won his section of the 400-meter dash at the Blue & Gold Invitationalat Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and finished 4th overall.
At Haddonfield, Murray had an indoor 400 PR of 49.24, which he actually ran in his last indoor meet, placing 4th in the emerging elite race at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory in March.
Murray broke 49 twice outdoors with a 48.45 to win the state Group 2 race and a 48.11 for 3rd in the Meet of Champions.
That 49.00 is No. 8 in Marquette indoor track history and fastest in eight years, since Kyle Winter ran a school record 48.30 in March of 2012, also at Notre Dame.
So one race into his college career, Murray is only 7-10ths of a second off Marquette’s school record.
Murray also split 48.6 on the second leg of Marquette’s winning 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:16.96. That’s No. 5 in school history.