Time moves quickly these days for Kellenberg's Dylan Murphy. With final exams only days away, the senior will stroll through his last day of regular classes Monday. It's a surreal feeling for anyone who has spent the majority of their life grinding through sometimes-endless school days.
"The whole year you think 'I can't wait for school to be over,' " Murphy said. "Now, it's finally over and I'm a little sad."
In the fall, Murphy will be attending Duke University. But, before he takes his legs down south, he still has work to do on Long Island.
"It's time to step up," Murphy said of his final weeks as a Firebird. "This is my last opportunity to do stuff."
That "stuff" Murphy wants to do isn't the run-of-the-mill high school bucket list stuff, either. He wants to break records.
So far, so good. Murphy won the 800 in 1 minute, 52.36 seconds at the 42nd annual St. Anthony's Invitational Saturday, breaking the previous Kellenberg record of 1:53.7 set by Eldred Green in 1991, according to coach Kevin Buckley.
"It feels great," Murphy said of setting a new standard. "I set big goals as a freshman. I wanted to get the record, but you never know. To come out here and finally do it and still have a lot of time left this season to lower the time is really awesome."
Murphy entered the race with a slightly different mindset than usual, choosing not to rely solely on being able to out-kick competitors on the final straight away.
"I stayed up in the race, made a move early, and pushed hard," Murphy said. "Sometimes, I feel like I run the same race where you wait and kick. But, when you're out here going for times against good competitors, mentally you have to shift the gears on and say 'It's time to move.'"
Murphy said he knew that the record was his as soon as the time flashed on the scoreboard.
"My coaches and I have been talking about it for a while," Murphy said. "I got pretty excited. This record was so old and records are meant to be broken. You never know who's going to break it, but you just have to keep it in your mind that you can do it. It's crazy when you finally do it. I don't know how long mine is going to last. It could go down next year or stand for 20 years. You just never know."
Glenn's Sarah Hardie won the girls 800, out-kicking Holy Trinity's Caroline Brown to clock in 2:13.24. Brown finished second at 2:14.62.
St. Anthony's Melissa June won two events, running a 12.19 in the 100 and a 25.11 in the 200. Both times were personal records for the junior.
Before the 100 finals, June adjusted her start. The change helped her in both events.
"I wanted to drive out more and not hesitate after the gun," she said.