Akron’s Clayton Murphy nabs NCAA 1500m title, turns pro

Red running track in The National Stadium of Thailand, Bangkok.

Led by Akron junior Clayton Murphy’s first-place finish in the men’s 1500 meters, ASN-affiliated athletes scored big at the 2016 NCAA outdoor track and field championships over the weekend in Eugene, Ore.

Murphy, who won the 800 meter title at the indoor championships earlier this year, finished a full two seconds ahead of the field. Murphy then announced he turned pro on Sunday according to Letsrun.com and will attempt to qualify for the Olympics at the trials later this summer.

Murphy’s Zips teammate Claudia Garcia Jou finished third in the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.82m. Dartmouth’s Kaitlin Whitehorn finished fourth.

Ivy League women continued their impressive run at the championships with Harvard freshman Gabrielle Howard finishing third in the 200 m dash with 22:47. Also finishing third in the 1500m was Dartmouth senior Dana Giordano with a 4:11.86. Rounding out the Ivy women was Harvard senior Autumne Franklin, who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles in 54.91.

Princeton’s Cecilia Barowski, a senior, finished fifth in the women’s 800m with 2:03.89.

Day four of the 2016 NCAA Track and Field Championships held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on June 11, 2016 (Eric Evans Photography)

Ednah Kurgat became Liberty’s first woman to earn All-America honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track in the same year by finishing fourth in the 5000m in 16:02.91.

William & Mary’s Regan Rome finished seventh in that race in 16:06.50.

Wrapping up the women’s meet, UTEP freshman Tobi Amusan was second in the 100m hurdles in 12.79 and Sam Houston’s Danielle Demas was seventh in 17.10.

Houston’s 4×100 relay of  Leshon Collins, Mario Burke, Jacarius Martin, Cameron Burrell took second in 38.44 while Western Kentucky’s foursome of Kyree King, Ventavius Sears, Emmanuel Dasor and Julius Morris were fifth.

• Results

Middle: Ednah Kurgat finished fourth in the women’s 5000 meters at  the NCAA Track & Field Championships to earn All-American honors. (Courtesy Big South Sports)

Kathy Kudravi

Kathy Kudravi is executive web producer for ASN.