Marquette freshman Zachariah Murray, a 2019 Haddonfield graduate, demolished his 400 PR Monday afternoon and placed fourth in the 400 at the Big East Conference Championships.
Murray ran 47.98 – his first time under 48 seconds indoors or outdoors – and placed second in the second of two races in the two-section final. He was the No. 2 freshman in the race, behind only Villanova’s Anthony Brodie.
He broke the school record of 48.24 set two weeks ago by Julian Wright at the Grand Valley State Big Meet Invite in Allendale, Mich. Before that the school record was 48.30 by Kyle Winter in a meet in South Bend, Ind., in 2012.
Murray’s time is fastest by any Marquette quarter-miler indoors or outdoors in 19 years and third-fastest in the program’s history behind John Rydeski, who ran 47.13 in a meet at East Landsing, Mich., in 1981, and a 47.57 by Marek Krawczyk in a meet at Madison, Wisconsin., in 2001.
Murray’s previous PR was a 48.41 at that same meet at Grand Valley State on Feb. 14. He ran 48.64 in Sunday’s trials.
At Haddonfield, Murray won the outdoor state Group 2 title last spring at 48.45 and PR’d at 48.11 with a third place in the Meet of Champions. His indoor PR was 49.24 from the Emerging Elite race at Nationals last March at the Armory, where he placed fourth.
For an incredible story about Murray and what he overcame to get where he is now, check out this story from last winter in the Courier-Post by Josh Friedman: