MURPHY’S LAW (notes from Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee News)
Clayton Murphy has been one busy runner lately — and a successful one, too. Murphy won the men’s Elite 1500 in 3:41.75 for his third victory in eight days. Last Saturday, he had the U.S. 4×800 team to a victory in the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas. Then on Tuesday, he ran a sub-four (3:59.96) to win the Grand Blue Mile road race in downtown Des Moines. The 1500 turned into a two-man race and Murphy, the Olympic bronze medalist in the 800, held off John Gregorek, who took second in 3:41.84. Murphy traveled 3,280 miles for this three victories and pocketed $32,500.
RunBlogRun opines: Clayton Murphy is quickly elevating himself to becoming one of the finest racers in American track & field. His early season races, his WL over 800 meters shows that good things continue to come from the University of Akron graduate. Truth is, how do you race a buy with 1:43 800 meter speed, this early in the season and a PB of 1:42? Murphy runs like Rick Wolhuter, the former WR holder at 800 and 1976 Olympic bronze medalist, but with better achilles tendons.