Finished fourth for the Orange and Blue at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with an 8K time of 25:24.
Competed for Illinois in five meets ... Finished fourth for the Illini at Pre-Nationals ... Placed fifth for the Illini and sixth overall at the Illini Challenge ... Also participated in the Big Ten Championships ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... During the 2009 track season, finished sixth in the Big Ten in the 1500m.
Ran in five events for the Fighting Illini ... Crossed the finish line sixth overall with a 6K time of 19:08 at the Illini Challenge ... Was the sixth Illini to cross the finish line with an 8K time of 25:27 at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship ... Ran an 8K time of 26:00 at the Notre Dame Invitational...Clocked a season-best 8K time of 25:26 at Pre-Nationals ... At Big Ten Championships ran a 26:46 8K race.
Redshirted the 2006 season.
Placed seventh in the 1600m and was a part of the 4x800m relay that was runner-up at the 2005 state meet ... 2004 state champion in the 4x800m relay ... High school coaches were Mike Stokes and Peter Wintermute.
Full name is Michael Benjamin Murray ... Born June 14, 1987 ... Father is Edward Murray ... Has one brother, Edward, and one sister, Megan ... Father played defensive tackle for Illinois football (1973-74) ... Brother was a member of Illinois' cross country and track and field team ... Says his biggest thrill in sports is the competition ... Enjoys running, reading and playing basketball ... J. Kyle Braid leadership foundation member ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Majoring in finance.
MURRAY'S PERSONAL BESTS
6k: 19:00 - Illini Challenge (8/29/08)
8K: 25:24 - Illinois Intercollegiate Championships (9/18/09)