Athlete Murphy soars to higher levels
By Lisee Crayton, Reporter
When senior George Murphy began his track career in eighth grade, he had no idea how much it would change his life. As he enters his last season with the Vashon Island High School (VHS) track and field team, he has an opportunity to reflect on all he has experienced.
Murphy started track with long distance running, and then moved to pole vaulting as his skills progressed. While other athletes might be unsure of themselves and their abilities, Murphy knows how important confidence is to finding success.
“Your own actions reflect your own ability [to succeed],” Murphy said.
Murphy’s teammates also appreciate the sportsmanship and relationships they get to build with him. He is known as both someone to look up to and to have a good time with.
“George has always been a great role model for the team, and is very uplifting and fun to be around,” teammate John Cagle said.
As his time at VHS comes to an end, Murphy is hoping to continue his career in college. Before this, however, he hopes to beat the schools’ high jump history— currently a record of 14’3”— and go to the national competitions this spring.
Murphy also looks back on his , and appreciates the smaller things that make the sport worth it. He takes the lessons he learned and transfers them into real life settings.
“[Track] makes me think about the small things in life, like if [something] is actually as difficult as it is, or if it’s as important as it actually is,” Murphy said.
Due to VHS being a smaller school, the many of the more advanced athletes do not have the right equipment to help them reach the next level. However, Murphy has worked to overcome this obstacle.
“I end up going off island to my own club, NW pole vault club, to [practice],” Murphy said.
Murphy’s ideas, creative thinking, and positive mindset heavily influence his team. His effort and participation show great sportsmanship and a passion for the sport.
“I really admire George’s enthusiasm and his dedication to his sport. He’s really good at what he does and it’s cool to watch him push his own limits,” teammate Katy Kirkpatrick said.
Murphy is proven to be a valuable athlete, both in skill and in how he assists others.
“He is always willing to help when it’s needed and is always doing things that make the track season better. He helps set up practices before the season starts and always goes to the optional practices. He’s basically our unofficial team captain,” Cagle said.
While Murphy’s positive influence on the team will be sorely missed next year, he will leave a lasting impression and big shoes to fill.