Camille Murphy shines in mile By Joe Reardon / National Track Monday, March 16, 2009 - Added 11h ago

Framingham’s Camille Murphy hasn’t been on the starting line of the mile that many times, but the speedy state 1,000-meter champion is embracing the event more with every race.

At yesterday’s Nike Indoor Nationals, she gave track’s glamour event a great big hug. Running in a deep, talented heat, the Columbua-bound Murphy battled hard in the final 800 meters to take fourth place in a personal-best 4:52.90.

It was clear after Murphy went ahead at 600 meters and led through a 2:21 opening 800 that she wasn’t going to allow the field to dictate the pace. Murphy held the lead for another lap before dropping back to fourth.

“I was upset with the way I finished,” said Murphy, who topped her personal best by nearly five seconds. “I tried to keep them as close as I could. It’s a lot different (than the 1,000). It’s fast, but you have more opportunities to make a move.”

The race, which had three runners under 4:50 and seven under 5:00, ended with Emily Lipari streaking to the front in the final 150 meters for the 4:47.44 victory.

Rivals Newton Centre Athletics (Newton South) and the Sudbury Track Club (Lincoln-Sudbury) went at it again in the 4 x 800. Led by Bridget Dahlberg’s 2:12 anchor leg, the Newton team (with Kathy O’Keefe, Juliet Ryan-Davis and Melanie Fineman) lowered its New England record with the third-fastest indoor time ever - 8:58.63 - good for second place. The Sudbury squad, made up of Claire Arthur, Jessica Griffin, Ellie Hylton and Andrea Keklak, was fourth in 9:07.61.

“That was the fastest we thought we could run,” said O’Keefe, who blazed a 2:15.5 on the second leg.

The Sudbury team was hoping for a top-six finish and a school record. It got both.

“We were hoping for a couple of seconds better,” Hylton said. “We were conservative at the start and wanted to put Andrea in a good position.”

Emily Jones of Harvard (Bromfield School) broke her personal best in the 2-mile with a 10:25.76 for third. Jones, the three-time indoor state 2-mile champion, dueled with runner-up Shelby Greany of Suffern, N.Y. (10:24.11) for the entire 16 laps. Up front, Jordan Hassay of Arroyo Grande, Calif., crossed the line in 10:10.89.

“It was a fun race,” Jones said. “(Running with Greany) helped me along. It made for a very interesting race. I wanted someone else to do the work for the first mile and then make a move.”

Dan Glavin of Mansfield didn’t set a personal best in the shot put, but his toss of 59-8 was good for fourth.

New England champion Emmaline Berg bettered her No. 6 seed in the shot put with a third-place finish at 42-2.

BC High’s Corey Thomas of Brookline, the state 55-meter hurdle and high jump champion, ran a swift time of 8.0 in the 60 hurdles for fifth place and finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 6-7 in the high jump.