LOWELL – With dedication to her team and a desire to improve, UMass Lowell junior Taelour Murphy continues her record-setting track career.
Murphy, a Salisbury native and an alumna of Triton Regional High School, has proven over her track career that the road to state championships and school records is a systematic process. While surely talented, the growth exhibited over her three years running at the collegiate level is a result of her relentless determination to better her craft.
“I think the biggest thing about (Murphy) is that she really is a leader by example,” said UMass Lowell head coach Gary Gardner. “She works as hard as any kid on our team and always has. It’s the way she goes about her business to make sure everything gets done in a quality way, rather than simply going through the motions. She does a great job for us.”
By being a worthy example for her teammates, Murphy has developed a leadership role for the River Hawks. This responsibility is not something she is unaccustomed to, given that she was a captain of her high school team and was a member of the Triton Leadership Club.
“I think of myself as a leader on the team,” Murphy said. “I stay very involved here and do the best that I can. I like to think my teammates will come and ask me questions, and I try to be very approachable.”
While the majority of collegiate track and field athletes work their entire careers to set records, few succeed.
Murphy, on the other hand, has set school records in three indoor events: the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and the 4x400 relay.
She also owns school records in the 200-meter dash and the 4x400 relay in outdoor track as well.
Of her five records, four came last year, and during this current indoor track season Murphy has broken the 200-meter dash record multiple times.