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BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior track and field and cross country star Melinda Murdock's list of accomplishments as a Lady Hornet is pretty lengthy. On Thursday at Bryant High School, Murdock signed a letter of intent to take those accomplishments to the University of Memphis Lady Tigers to run track.
â€śMelinda Murdock is one of the greatest competitors and hardest workers I have coached," Bryant Cross Country Coach Danny Westrbook said. "She is a very unique athlete in that she excels in both distance running as well as sprint and hurdle events."
Murdock is a three-year letterman in cross country and a four-year letterman in track, holds the all-time Arkansas state record for the 800-meter run in the heptathlon with a time of 2:15.4, and is the Bryant school record holder for the 5K in cross country with a time of 19:17.
The list doesn't stop there. Murdock is a member of the 4x100-meter team which holds the school record at 48.7, a member of the 2014 state champion 4x400 relay team, 7A State Cross Country Top-10 medalist in 2012 and 2013 and was named all-state six times and all-conference five times.
Murdock was also a Top-5 medalist at the 2013 Arkansas Heptathlon, named to the Arkansas Cross Country All-Star team three years in a row, finished seventh in the nation in the 800-meter run at the 2013 AAU Junior Olympic National Meet, and was awarded the Sikes Athlete of the Month for cross country in 2012.
Murdock also considered Tulsa and mentioned Lolo Jones as a favorite athlete, but said it was her father Steven Murdock, who is also an athlete, is who she looked up to growing up .
Not only is Murdock impressive on the track, she has maintained a 3.5 grade-point-average her high school career and has been awarded an academic scholarship by the emerging leaders program at Memphis. Murdock plans to pursue a degree in clinical psychology.
"Memphis University is getting a very talented addition to their team," Westbrook said. "Her leadership and exemplary work ethic will be greatly missed here at Bryant High School, but we wish her well in her future college career.â€ť