Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Mike Murray
Mike Murray


Arlington Heights, Ill.

High School:
Prospect HS

XC - Distance


I/O Eligibility:


2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Ran in the prelims of the 1,500m at the Big Ten Championships ... Won the event title in the 1,500m at the Illinois Twilight with a time of 3:50.14 and in the 5,000m at the Yellow Jacket Invitational with a personal-best time of 14:55.93 ... Turned in a season-best 1,500m time of 3:50.00 at the Pepsi Invitational ... Ran the 800m at the Iowa Invitational ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Indoor: Placed 14th in the mile at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 4:10.88 ... Also ran the mile at the Meyo Invitational and timed 4:10.42 ... Posted a personal-best 800m time of 1:52.82 in his fourth-place finish at the Iowa State Classic ... Took third in the 1,000m at the Illinois Intercollegiate with a time of 2:29.75 ... Led of the distance medley relay that captured the event title at the Iowa State Classic.

2009 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 1,500m at the Big Ten Championships, taking sixth place ... Ran outdoor time of 3:49.94 in the 1,500m at the Jesse Owens Classic ... Placed first in the 1,500m at the Morgan State Legacy Meet and came in fourth at the Spec Towns Invitational ... Also competed in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships, placing 24th with a time of 15:28.08 ... Competed in the 800m at two outdoor meets ... Posted outdoor personal-best 1:54.47 at the Big Blue Classic, en route to a fifth-place finish ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Indoor: Runner-up in the mile run at the Iowa Dual, with a time of 4:15.53.

2008 Track & Field
Outdoor: Was ninth in the 1,500m at the Big Ten Championships (4:07.78) ... Ran season-best 3:53.47 in the 1,500m in placing 11th at the Drake Relays ... Won 5,000m title at the SIU Spring Classic with a season-best time of 14:56.01 ... Was runner-up in the unseeded 1,500m at the Kansas Relays (3:56.54) and also ran on 4x1,600m relay that finished second.

Indoor: Anchored distance medley relay that was fourth at the Big Ten Championships ... Timed personal-best 4:09.03 in the mile at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... Ran on 4x800m relays that were second at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge and fifth at the New Balance Invitational ... Timed 1:56.79 in the 800m at the EIU Friday Night Special.

2007 Track & Field
Outdoor: Placed fifth in the 1,500m at the SIU Spring Classic with season-best time of 3:54.51 ... Ran the 800m at the Mike Poehlein Invite, taking third in a season-best time of 1:55.56.

Indoor: Timed 4:16.02 in the mile at the Hoosier Hills Invitational.


Cross Country
2010 XC - SENIOR
Finished ninth overall at the Illini Open... Placed fifth for Illinois at the Bradley Classic and 60th overall in 25:34... Competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, clocking a personal best 8K time of 25:22.

2009 XC - JUNIOR
Finished fourth for the Orange and Blue at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with an 8K time of 25:24 ... Academic All-Big Ten.

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.

2006 XC
Redshirted the 2006 season.

High School
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

Cross Country
6k: 19:00 - Illini Challenge (8/29/08)
8K: 25:22 - Wisconsin adidas Invitational (10/15/10)

800m: 1:54.47 - Big Blue Classic (4/4/09)
1,500m: 3:47.72 - American Milers Club Series (5/30/09)
5,000m: 14:55.93 - Yellow Jacket Invitational (3/27/10)

800m: 1:52.82 - Iowa State Classic (2/13/10)
Mile: 4:09.03 - Alex Wilson Invitational (3/8/08)

Updated January 2011