Watch Murphy and Hart Battle to US Leading 3200m Times

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Liam Murphy of Allentown HS and Devin Hart of Pt. Pleasant Boro battled to US#1 and US#2 times in the 3200m during Saturday's NJSIAA Meet of Champions in Toms River, NJ. 

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It came down to the line and Murphy clocked 8:54.22 while Hart just behind finished at 8:54.45. Those performances moved them up to second and third all-time in New Jersey indoor history including two miles. The only athlete ahead of them is the National Record holder Edward Cheserek who ran a 8:39.15 two mile at the 2013 Millrose Games.  

Murphy is just a junior and will be back to defend his title in 2020, he's coming off his first cross country season where he finished third at MOCs and the benefits are clear. This was nearly a 20 second PR, his previous came just a week early when he won Group 3 State Championships at 9:14.93. 

Hart was going for his sixth straight Meet of Champions title between cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. He's won two outdoor 3200m titles, two cross country 5K titles, and one indoor 3200m which came last year.  

Top Eight Finishers

1Liam Murphy11Allentown HS8:54.22
2Devin Hart12Pt. Pleasant Boro HS8:54.45
3Jack Jennings11Mendham HS9:18.11
4Kevin Antczak11Mainland Regional HS9:18.59
5Martin Riddell11Haddonfield Memorial HS9:18.81
6Ethan Wechsler11Cherokee HS9:21.02
7Nick Lundberg12Freehold Township HS9:23.79
8Stephen Daly11Delbarton School9:24.66