Murdock sets mark for 2nd time in week

Glen Burnie senior runs season's best time in 55 meters

Indoor track Class 4A-3A

February 23, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

LANDOVER -- Glen Burnie sprinter Justin Murdock continued his record-breaking week last night.

Murdock won the 55-meter dash in 6.21 seconds in the Class 4A-3A state championship meet at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. That is a meet, class and facility record, and is the nation's best this season.

This was the second time in three days Murdock ran the country's top time (according to Track and Field News) and set a facility record. He ran a 6.27 in Tuesday's Class 4A-3A Central Region meet before lowering it in this meet, a time that surprised the Glen Burnie senior.

"I thought I was going kind of slow, slower than normal," Murdock said. "I was surprised, and I still am."

Murdock has run all of his races this season with little trouble. He clocked a 6.41 in the Anne Arundel County championship meet, and coach Brianne MacNamara wasn't too surprised by his new record.

"I expected him to drop some time," she said. "The more competition he's had, his times have been dropping."

Murdock and the success of Western sprinter Letecia Wright were the few local success stories in this meet, as Prince George's County powerhouse Eleanor Roosevelt swept the boys (60 points) and girls (82) team titles.

The fourth-ranked Meade boys (third, 30 points), and the No. 3 Western girls (third, 38 points) were the only local teams that fared well.

Wright led Western by winning the 300-meter dash in a Class 3A record time of 39.70 seconds. She also captured the 55 dash, tying the state record in 7.08 seconds, and took third in the 55 hurdles. Wright also ran on the second-place 800 relay team.

Doves coach Jerry Molyneaux thought she could have done even better if last week's weather problems hadn't pushed their region meet back to Tuesday.

"She had a great meet," Molyneaux said. "She ran that fast with just one day of rest."

South River won both pole vault championships, as Sam Wilson took first for the boys (13 feet) and teammate Jen Whitfield captured the girls' title (9 feet).

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