Two Illini set personal bests on Saturday
Illini to compete at LSU; Jesse Owens and Mt. SAC
Four Illini crack school's top-10 in events
Illini will bring full squad to meet in Tempe, Ariz.
Akinosun and 4x400m relay set second/third fastest times in history
2013 Track and Field
Outdoor: Earned second All-America honor after finishing fifth in the 800m at the NCAA Championships, setting a school record with a time of 2:02.10 ... Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships in the 800m ... Big Ten Champion in the 800m and part of the winning 4x400m relay team ... Part of school record setting sprint medley relay squad at Drake Relays (3:45.75) ... Helped the Illini capture the first annual Hy-Vee Cup at Drake Relays ... Ran her first 1,500m race at Texas Relays, crossing the line with a time of 4:23.12 which is the eighth fastest time in Illinois history.
Indoor: Earned her first All-America honor after finishing fourth in the 800m at the NCAA Championships ... Set the school record in the 800m final at the NCAA Championships with a time of 2:03.95 ... Part of the Big Ten Championship team, first team crown since 1996 season ... Set the school record in the 600m in the prelims at the Big Ten Championships with a leading time of 1:28.87 ... Finished second in the 800m and third in the 600m at the conference meet, scoring 14 team points.
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed in the 800m and was part of the 4x400m relay squad ... Set a career-best 800m time of 2:08.87 at the LSU Invitational which ranks as the 10th fastest time in school history ... Placed second in the 800m at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge.
Indoor: Ran the 600m (1:34.49) at the Big Ten Championships and the 800m (2:13.57) at the Tyson Invitational.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Ran at the Big Ten Challenge, scoring points in the 800m, placing second (2:13.57)...Received her personal-best at the Drake Relays in the 800m with 2:09.19...Helped the 4x400m relay team to two third-place finishes...Member of the 4x800m relay team that placed second at the Sea Ray Relays.
Indoor: Recorded the fastest 600m time for Illinois with a 1:32.29 also landing her personal-best time ... Also recorded a personal-best in the 800m with a 2:09.53 at the Big Ten Championships ... Placed first twice in the 600m at Illini Open and Illinois Intercollegiate.
Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) 800m champion in 2010 ... Placed fifth in the 400m at the OFSAA Track and Field Championship ... Posted a personal-best time of 2:08.37 in the 800m ... Was team MVP for basketball, track and field and cross country ... Was on the honor roll all four years.
Full name is Samantha Donna Murphy ... Born March 18, 1992 ... Parents are Patrick Murphy and Beth Stairs ... Has a brother, Brayden ... Hobbies include reading and art ... Biggest thrill in sports is accomplishing something people thought you couldn't do ... Her parents had the most influence on her athletic career because they always encouraged her to be as involved with sports as she could ... Majoring in kinesiology.
Murphy's Personal Bests
800m: 2:02.10 - NCAA Championships (6/7/13)
1,500m: 4:23.12 - Texas Relays (3/30/13)
600m: 1:28.87 - Big Ten Championships (2/22/13)*
800m: 2:03.95 - Big Ten Championships (3/9/13)*
* - school record
Updated June 2013