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It'a a family affair
Murphys lead the pace for Lancaster cross country teams
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Lancaster brothers, Aaron Murphy (left) and Jonathon Murphy (right), led the Lancaster boys cross country team to a seventh-place finish at last Saturdays Darlington Invite. Jonathon placed seventh of 110 runners and younger brother Aaron placed 17th, while sister Lydia placed second of 95 girls.

DARLINGTON – Lancaster sophomore Lydia Murphy had a busy schedule last spring, running track for the Flying Arrows and also playing soccer for the Platteville/Lancaster co-op. 

Now this fall, her brothers, Jonathon and Aaron, know all too well what it’s like to be a two-sport athlete in the same season.

Senior Jonathon, and freshman Aaron, not only run cross country this season for the Flying Arrows, but also play soccer for the Platteville/Lancaster co-op.

While soccer is certainly a family favorite among the Murphy kids, they are also natural runners with a flare for the longer distances.

The running abilities of the Murphy family was on full display last Saturday at the Darlington Cross Country Invite, where Lydia finished second of 95 runners in the girls 5,000-meter race, and brothers Jonathon and Aaron placed seventh and 17th of 110 runners in the boys race.

Lydia finished just 33 seconds behind Belleville senior Noelle Maier with a time of 20:02.6, and was 10 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Jada Donaldson of Beaver Dam.

Finishing 18th for the Flying Arrows was sophomore Cristalyn Mish (22:06.6), while junior Maddie Hampton placed 22nd (22:19.2), sophomore Devin Wagner 40th (23:16.6) and sophomore Hanna Cohen 41st (23:19.1).

On the boys side, Jonathon Murphy ran a team-best 17:46.9, while younger brother Aaron came in at 18:23.1.

Rounding out Lancaster’s top five finishers were junior Hunter Liddell in 47th (20:01.0), junior Tyler Graney in 48th (20:01.8) and senior Harrison Stone in 51st (20:06.7).

As a team, the Flying Arrow girls placed fifth, and the boys were seventh, while the teams from Dodgeville/Mineral Point took both titles.

This Saturday, the Flying Arrows will participate at the River Valley Invite, then next Tuesday will host the Black Hawks at home.


Darlington Invitational

(from Saturday, Sept. 3)


Team scores - 1. Dodgeville/Mineral Point 44; 2. Darlington 56; 3. Albany 115; 4. Beaver Dam 119; 5. Mount Horeb 166; 6. Southwestern/Benton/Cuba City 168; 7. Lancaster 169; 8. Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 174; 9. Richland Center/Ithaca 290; 10. Belleville 305; 11. Riverdale 309; 12. Iowa-Grant/Highland 314; 13. Holy Family 359; 14. Fennimore 381; 15. Pecatonica/Argyle 420; 16. North Crawford 454.

Top finishers from Lancaster

7. Jonathon Murphy 17:46.9; 16. Aaron Murphy 18:23.1; 47. Hunter Liddell 20:01.0; 48. Tyler Graney 20:01.8; 51. Harrison Stone 20:06.7; 67. Austin Doyle 21:06.6; 81. Andrew McCarville 22:37.3.


Team scores - T1. Dodgeville/Mineral Point 62, Darington 62; 3. Beaver Dam 94; 4. Albany 101; 5. Lancaster 123; 6. Mount Horeb 135; 7. Prairie du Chien 171; 8. Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld 220; 9. Belleville 261; 10. Richland Center/Ithaca 262; 11. Cashton 287; 12. Fennimore 293; 13. North Crawford 314.

Top finishers from Lanaster

2. Lydia Murphy 20:02.6; 18. Cristalyn Mish 22:06.6; 22. Maddie Hampton 22:19.2; 40. Devin Wagner 23:16.6; 41. Hanna Cohen 23:19.1; 49. Kylie Hale 24:04.1; 55. Jenna Vogel 24:40.0.