Brian Murtagh, Connecticut College
Brian Murtagh proved to be one of the most prolific runners to have ever worn a Connecticut College uniform.
A two year captain and leader in cross country and track & field, Murtagh rewrote the record books as a national qualifier in both sports. Murtagh recorded the highest placing (2nd) for a Camel cross country runner at the 2006 NESCAC Championship on the Camels home course. During his senior year, the talented harrier finished 6th at the NESCAC Championship and 6th at the New England Division III Championship, and capped off his cross country career with a 38th place showing at the 2008 NCAA Championship in Hanover, Ind.
Equally impressive in track & field, Murtagh was a two-time NESCAC Champion in the 3000 meter steeplechase and captured the New England Division III Crown in the same event during his freshman year at the College. But he saved his best performance for last at the NCAA Outdoor Championship this past May. With three laps remaining in the steeple, Murtagh was in 13th place. In a furious race to the finish line, Murtagh rallied with a charge over the last 200 meters to place eighth, securing the final All-American berth by breaking his own school record in 9:08.41.
Murtagh received the Anita L. DeFrantz Award during commencement weekend. The award is given annually to the male and female members of the graduating class whose athletic ability, leadership and sportsmanship best exemplify the qualities of Olympic rower Anita L. DeFrantz '74. He was also named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Track & Field Team.
A Dean’s List Student and six-time selection to the NESCAC All-Academic Team, Murtagh received his degree in economics with a minor in mathematics in May.