Sept. 17, 2013
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Daven Murphree, a two-time national champion in the pole vault and Team Junior USA member, will look to make an immediate impact on an already proven track and field team at Stephen F. Austin.
Murphree, a two-time All-American product out of Harmony High School, brings a successful track record to the Lumberjacks. The prep star recently competed in the 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championship in Meddellin, Colombia, where he took bronze with a mark of 16-00.75. He qualified for the trip to Meddellin with a vault of 16-8.75 at the U.S. Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 20. The championship event served as the U.S. selection meet.
"Obviously, he has been very successful," assistant track and field coach of jumps and multis Ron McCown said. Now that we are three weeks into practice, it is very evident that he has a lot of potential to jump even higher. Coach (Jeff) Erickson and myself are excited to see what Daven can accomplish training with Colton Ross and Cameron Meyer."
As a senior at Harmony, Murphree was the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor champion and both the 2013 New Balance indoor and outdoor national champion, picking up All-American honors. Murphree also was a Great Southwest Track & Field Classic champion, a Carl Lewis High School Invitational Indoor champion, and champion of the Arkansas, Houston and Texas A&M High School indoor meets. The freshman set a new meet record at the Carl Lewis meet, previously held by Jack Whitt.
At the 2013 Texas Relays, Murphree was once again a champion in the pole vault, recording the second highest mark in high school history in the event with a height of 17-8.5.
Murphree comes to SFA as a three-time 2A state champion and the top-ranked pole-vaulter in both indoor and outdoor in 2013.
The Big Sandy, Texas, native, is one of 31 members to sign with the men's and women's track and field team for the 2013-14 academic year. Murphree joins
SFA is the defending 2013 Southland Conference men's and women's indoor and outdoor champion. Murphree joins 2013 All-American Ross and 2013 NCAA First Round qualifier Meyer in the pole vault.