In what was his first season of track last spring, South Brunswick High School’s Morgan Murray burst onto the scene, taking home the Greater Middlesex Conference title in the 800 meters and anchoring the Vikings’ Group IV champion 4×800 squad.
Murray, a senior, ran cross country for the first time this fall to get stronger for the upcoming winter track campaign.
As he joins the indoor team’s 4×800, an outfit that also won a Group IV championship last winter, Murray plans to help the Vikings capture another group title and continue his overall productivity.
“I expect us to do the same thing we did in the spring,” Murray said. “I’m just going to go out there and try to win every event that I get put in and be better than I was in the spring.”
For someone who hadn’t competed before in track on any level, it was rather remarkable how Murray produced at such a high level.
Head coach Chris Ruske welcomed the addition with open arms.
“He came out of nowhere and had a monster year for us, helping us win a Group IV championship,” Ruske said of Murray. “We’re hoping he can open up the season with some good times, continue to get better and be a real leader for us.”
South Brunswick knows what has been mapped out in front of it, and that’s the opportunity to repeat as the Group IV Relays champ this winter. Along with Murray, the 4×800 nucleus of seniors Christian Garrido and Matthew Tamasi and junior Nicholas Neville will be at the heart of the repeat effort.
“We definitely have high expectations for what they can do this year, and we think they can win Group IV Relays again this year,” Ruske said. “Looking at what teams are out there, we have some pretty stiff competition. But, we think we have the depth to repeat in the relay setting.”
The first time the 4×800 quartet ran together, it broke the school record by seven seconds. It’s a group that shares a common bond of hard work and desire of being the best.
It’s what sets it apart.
“We all share this desire to win,” Murray said. “Each race that we go into, we do what we can to be better than last time and try to win that specific race.”