A year ago, in her first year throwing the javelin for Arkansas City High School, Nicolle Murphy placed second in the 2012 Class 5A track and field meet with a javelin throw of 140-feet, 5-inches.
Later in the summer, Murphy threw the javelin 149 feet, 8 inches to capture the gold medal at the United States Track and Field Association Junior Olympics at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University as the best in her class.
It was her first year of track and field after playing softball in her first two seasons, a sport she also excelled at with the ASA Class A Blue Ice as her summer team as well as playing for the Bulldogs at Arkansas City.
Now, the senior at Arkansas City has turned her arm into a college education as she has signed to continue the sport with the University of Minnesota out of the Big 10 Conference.
According to the University of Minnesota press release, Murphy set a personal record of 150-0 at her 2012 high school regional meet before finishing second at the Kansas Class 5A state meet. Murphy won javelin at the USATF Missouri Valley Championship. She was the AVCTL league champion in both javelin and triple jump, and holds the school triple jump record (35-5 3/4).