Harmony vaulter reaching new heights

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - Twice a week, Daven Murphree makes the trip from Harmony High School to Jacksonville to vault.

It's a good thing he isn't afraid of heights, because Murphree has been vaulting higher than anyone in the state.

"Flying through the air is pretty fun," said Murphree. "I mean, it is just like you are in mid-air for a second and it feels really cool."

His pole vaulting career really took flight his sophomore year, when he won the 2A state title.

"People see you and they are like, 'he won it as a sophomore, he should be able to win it as a junior."

And he did.

The Harmony senior is the two time reigning state champion in class 2A.

Earlier this month, he collected an even bigger title.

Murphree beat out the best in the country in New York at the New Balance National Meet, earning him the title of National Champion, going higher than 17 feet on the winning vault.

"It was so crazy, it was so big and it is the whole nation and not just state anymore," said Murphree. "So I had to take it to the next level and that was New York."

"It was no surprising at all, we really expected it," said Carl Erickson, Muphree's vaulting coach, who works with Daven at Altius Poles in Jacksonville.

Murphree is set to vault for Stephen F. Austin next year.

But first things first, he says he wants to break the high school record.

And then national champ wants to prove he's the best in Texas...again.

"Just cause you did it one time does not make you the best, you have to prove it day after day, but that is a good thing, it keeps him on edge and keeps him sharp," said Erickson.

"Being able to wear Harmony on my shirt and on my chest, it means a lot," said Murphree. "Going to state level and being able to compete there and being able to say that is where I am from, it's great."

He says he has no intention of not winning his 3rd straight state title.

"God has blessed me with two state titles and a national title, and I hope that he will bless me with a 3rd one."

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