GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
The senior used her outstanding speed and athleticism to become the catalyst for the Doves this season, filling the void left by the graduation of last season's Performer of the Year Theresa Lewis and first-team All-Metro pick Shalaiyah Sommerville. Wright won four gold medals to help Western win the City title, and then duplicated that performance at the regional meet. At the state championships, she tied a meet record with her time of 7.08 seconds in the 55-meter dash, and also won the 300 and placed third in the 55 hurdles. Her effort helped the Doves finish third in the Class 4A-3A state meet. Wright, who is undecided on a college, will help the Doves attempt to defend their Class 3A state title in outdoor track.
BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
When Murdock decided to go out for indoor track as a junior, he didn't know much about the sport. He just knew that he wanted to use track to sharpen his skills and increase his speed for football. It didn't take long, however, to realize that Murdock was a special athlete on the track as well as the football field. He won the Class 4A-3A state title that winter in the 55-meter dash and kept rolling from there. He captured the Class 4A state title in the 100 last spring and was even better this year. No one came close to the senior this winter, as Murdock breezed in every race. He ended the season by twice setting the national standard for the 55-meter dash in the span of a few days. Murdock ran the 55 in 6.27 seconds in the regional meet, and then later in the week posted a time of 6.21, still the best time in the country.