CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior sprinter Kaishon Murray is looking forward to competing in the Big South Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in his career. Competition gets underway at Virginia Tech University's Rector Fieldhouse on Friday at 10 a.m., and continues Saturday.
"We're ready to make some noise because a lot of people didn't get to see us run last year, especially in the conference," said Murray of the Bucs' mindset. "I'm excited to see not only what I can do individually, but what we can do as a team."
Murray, classmate Jared Watkins, and junior thrower Jacob Moore, have paced coach Roosevelt Lofton's squad throughout the indoor campaign. Murray enters the Big South meet seeded fifth in the 60-meter dash, and ninth in the 200-meter. Both of those season-bests were set in the Samford Open two weeks ago, as Murray highlighted his effort with a fifth place in the 60.
"I'm pretty satisfied with my season even though it got off to a rock start," said Murray, who completed his undergraduate degree this fall and is now enrolled in CSU's Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. "Hopefully at conference, I can progress and get where I need to be. It was more a mental adjustment than anything. I got my mind into the season and into the competition in order for to do what I need to do and compete the way I'm capable."
The mental aspect of collegiate track is something Murray has honed over his career at CSU. Murray, a local product from West Ashley High School, delivered a personal best 60-meter time of 6.83 seconds at the 2013 Hilton Garden Invitational.
"You're training longer and your body seems to get tired more quickly once the season comes around so you have to keep your mind sharp, especially with who we go against here. We go against some big schools and have some great sprinters in our conference."
Murray counts a promising young sprinter as his teammate in freshman Joshua Paramore. Paramore is seeded seventh in the 60-meter, with his best time just .03 seconds behind Murray's fastest showing.
"He gives me good competition in practice and I'm pushing him to get better too," said Murray of Paramore, an Apopka, Fla. native. "He's a freshman that's continuing to get better and hopefully he can win it next year, and we can finish 1-2 this year."
The 60-meter trials are set for Friday at 4:15 p.m., while the 200-meter trials are slated to get underway at 5:45. The finals of both events will take place on Saturday afternoon, and Murray and Paramore hope to be there for CSU.
Watkins and Moore headline Bucs' other competitors
Fresh off a title in the high jump at last Saturday's Gamecock Invitational, CSU senior Jared Watkins will compete on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Watkins' 2.05 meter seeded effort is just .07 meters off the top spot held by Campbell's Davian Rhodes. Watkins has recorded two jumps of two meters or better this year.
Moore is seeded seventh in the weight throw and ninth in the shot put. His 15.36 meter toss at the ETSU Buccaneer Invitational was a personal best by a healthy margin. Moore's seeded effort in the shot put is a 14.41 meter showing at the January 31 Privateer Invitational.