Norwich freshman, Matt Murray, is still in the nascent stage of his track and field career. Still, he is already a strong presence on the Tornado’s indoor track and field record book, and before he is through – three years from now – the Murray name may be splashed all over the NHS indoor and outdoor track and field record books.
Murray emerged as a standout performer last season in the eighth grade when he typically ran against much older boys. His success took him all the way to the U.S. Indoor Nationals last year, and he was second in the nation in his age group in the 400-meter dash. “They say that as a coach, in his career, may come across five to 10 athletes who have the athletic ability, but also the drive to succeed,” said Norwich assistant indoor track and field coach, Paul Sims. “Matt is one of those people. He’s the type of kid every coach wants on their team.”
The Norwich coaching staff made a decision earlier this season to enter Murray against the best possible competition. As a freshman, Murray was eligible to compete in the 9th-10th grade meets. The Tornado staff decided to eschew that option, and is placing Murray in meets in the junior and senior division. “Matt’s goal is to go to states, and we think he has a legitimate shot,” Sims said. “We thought that putting him in the 11-12 grade division, it will give him as many opportunities as possilble to face the best competition.”