VERONA, NJ - So far this season, Aidan Murphy has broken multiple individual and relay school records. His impressive performances helped the Verona boys winter track team win the SEC Liberty Division Championship in December -- Murphy is the TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week.
“Aidan has had an impressive start to the winter track season. He was a key component in Verona’s SEC Liberty Division Championship win over West Side,” said Head Coach Laura Palmerezzi. “Aidan is more than deserving of being named Athlete of the Week. I can’t wait to see what else he accomplishes in the 200 and 400 for the remainder of the season.”
At the SEC championships, Murphy placed third in the 400 meters, breaking his own school record from last year at 23.45. He then went on to place third in the 400 meter, breaking the school record at 52.79. Finally, he ran a leg in the 4x 400 meter relay to help his team take the gold and break another school record, running 3:39.46 with his teammates David Navarro, Vincent Hogan and Bryan McKeen.
“All the records we’ve been breaking as a team and winning the conference championship has been great,” Murphy said. “We’ve had three meets so far and our second one was the SEC Championship where we won our division so that was a good way to start the season. Our last meet was the Essex County Championship, and we did pretty well there too.”
Murphy attributes the team’s success to focus and team chemistry.
“We’ve all been running track since freshman year, so we know what to do. We know each other’s strengths, and we know how to run with each other, especially in relays,” Murphy said. “We’ve all been working really hard, and we’re really excited by our success. I’m just happy we’ve gotten a chance to break these records together.”
With plenty of races left to run this season, Murphy is looking forward to faster times and more broken records.
“Personally I want to keep improving my times and to continue on in states further than I have in previous years. For the team we want to continue to break more records and improve our times especially the 4 x 400 and the 4 x 200,” Murphy said. “Running is unlike any other sport. I play soccer too and in soccer you need to be smart, know the game and be athletic, but with running it's really all about athletic ability and being perfect for the 40 seconds that it takes to win the race.”
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