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Clayton Murphy, former UA

Olympian, sets world record

Former University of Akron All-American and 2016 Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy recently set a flat-track world record in the 800 meters at the Camel City Elite Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Murphy won the 800-meter title and broke Mark Everett's 1:46.28 flat-track world record from 1990 in a 2019 world-leading time of 1:45.92.

Murphy is scheduled to compete in the New York Road Runners Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games in New York City on Saturday. The race will be broadcast live by NBC, drawing some of the world's fastest milers and Olympians.

 

WOMEN'S GOLF

Zips finish in third place

at MAC Match Play event

In Tuesday's final day of the Mid-American Conference Match Play Challenge, the University of Akron women's golf team finished third. The Zips were defeated by Florida Gulf Coast 3-1-1 in one semifinal match and Bowling Green beat Northern Illinois 4-0-1 in the other.

Bowling Green beat Florida Gulf Coast in a playoff at the Royal Lake Course in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. UA and NIU were all square, but the Zips took third place on the tiebreaker.

Makayla Dull and Danielle Nicholson won their matches 5-and-4 and 6-and-5, respectively. Ivana Shah tied her match, setting up a tiebreaker for the 2-2-1 match.

 

Kent State second in Orlando

The Golden Flashes improved by three spots, moving up to finish tied for second with Miami at the University of Central Florida Challenge in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday. No. 6 Vanderbilt won the team title at 23 under. Kent State and Miami were both 15-under par.

KSU's Karoline Stormo entered the final round tied for eighth, but shot a 5-under-par 67 to finish in a tie for second with a 206 (10 under). Three other KSU players, Thitapa Pakdeesettakul, Michaela Finn and Chloe Salort, all shot under par in the final round. They all carded a 1-under 71. Pakdeesettakul cracked the top 20 in the 16-team field with a 15th-place tie at 3-under par.

Kory Nielsen (Kent Roosevelt), playing as an individual for Kent State, tied for 24th with her 3-day total of 215 (1 under).