Her best time is 23.71 seconds, topping the mark set by Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Famer Jill Croft in 2001.
“I always looked at the record board and saw her name and I idolized her because of the talent and the work she put in,” Murphy said.
“To take that record was a big moment for me and to know how big of an impact she had, hopefully I can accomplish the same here.”
The most-talented athletes not only set records and achieve great feats, but remain grounded and hungry to improve.
With the help of her coach, Murphy continues to look toward the future to swell her list of accomplishments.
“She obviously runs a great 200, but her start in the dash still needs work,” Gardner said.
“She’s almost at a level with kids who are really, really good so we just need to clean that up and she will run faster over 400-meters by quite a bit. That’s an area where we are just scratching the surface.
“There’s a lot of room to grow in that area. She will get the opportunity to run the 400 this spring and will get better. She is stronger every year.”
Adding to the strength of her accomplishments is the transition that her team has recently made.
The River Hawks transitioned from the Northeast-10 Conference in Division II to the America East Conference in Division I; something that has changed the game for Murphy while also opening doors.
“We basically ran a Division I schedule anyway before the move so it didn’t affect us too much,” Gardner said.
“The biggest change is in the outdoor season where we travel a lot more. Sprinting in this cold weather isn’t ideal, so Taelour will be traveling to a warm weather meet every other weekend, starting next weekend where she will be in South Carolina for our opening meet.