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Murray breaks Dad's school hurdle record, with Dad as his coach

Dylan Murray is one of the best hurdlers in Oregon high school track and field right now. He started late, but has had one heck of a coach to motivate him to break records and win state titles: his Dad.

Posted: May 16, 2019 11:56 PM

Willamette High School's Dylan Murray didn't know he wanted to be a hurdler until he came to high school.

"8th grade year is really when I found out what hurdles were and that he had the record," Dylan recalls. "And that's when I decided I was gonna hurdle in high school."

"He didn't hardly do any hurdle stuff before high school, honestly," says Dylan's father, Ron. "He didn't know if he wanted to be a hurdler or what he wanted to do so, we didn't do any hurdling stuff."

Normally, that might not sound all that out of the ordinary. If not for the fact that his Dad, Ron, is WillHi's hurdle coach. Oh, and he was the previous owner of a bunch of state hurdling records.

"If someone is gonna break your school record, you'd want it to be your son, and that's been a really cool experience to have him do that," Ron mentions. "I know that's been a goal of his for the entire time he's been here."

Ron was a state winner in 1989 in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles, and his 110 record stood for 30 years at Willamette. Until Dylan ran in a meet in late April.

"I didn't really know I did until...I didn't really process it until a little bit later," Dylan explains. "But it was definitely relieving."

"He said he was gonna get it that weekend, and he got it that weekend," says Ron with a smile. "We haven't done honestly a lot of speed training to that point in the season. And I think his better times and faster times are still to come."

And to Dylan, it's not tougher for his Dad to be his coach.

"I'd say it's just a lot easier and more relaxing having my Dad coach me," Dylan says. "It's just nice to have him there because I know he's really educated about hurdling and sprinting."

As he rounds out a distinguished high school career, with the state meets coming up soon, Ron sees even more chances for his son to break more records.

"It's exciting for myself to watch him progress and get better and talk to college coaches and go through that experience," Ron concludes. "And it's all on him, it's his work ethic that got him here."

With some colleges showing interest, Dylan may be running without his Dad coaching him next year. So for right now, it's about beating records, winning state titles, and enjoying the bond of a father and son.

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