Erin Merkley
Heptathlon Hurdles 0
Olathe , 
Last School
Olathe South High School
Roster Years
2012 | 2014-2016


  • Born in Bedford, Texas 
  • Parents are Kevin and Anne Murphy 
  • Enjoys meeting people, playing sports, cooking new foods, reading and listening to music and playing board games with family 
  • Majoring in Exercise and Wellness

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Olathe South High School
  • Earned four varsity letters in track and field 
  • Finished with three school records (300mH, 400m, 4x400m) 
  • Placed first at Region in the 300m hurdles, high jump and 4x400m 
  • Placed fifth at state in the 300m hurdles, 4x400m and high jump 
  • Member of the Honor Roll for all four years of high school 
  • Top-10 student in her graduating class 
  • Earned the Smith Book Award 


  • 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Indoor Track All-Academic 
  • 2014 USTFCCCA Track and Field All-Academic

Personal Bests: 200m – 25.72; 400m – 59.17; 800m – 2:14.28; 60m hurdles – 9.29; 100m – 14.75; 400m hurdles – 1:04.79; High jump – 1.79m (5' 8.75''); Long jump – 5.41m (17' 9''); Shot put – 11.42m (33' 5.75''); Javelin – 34.25m (106' 7''); Pentathlon – 3,794; Heptathlon Outdoor – 5,068

BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2012


  • Began her BYU career with season best marks in the high jump (1.60m), 60m hurdles (10.03) and shot put (9.05m) 
  • Competed in the 400m (1:01.13) and the 60m hurdles (10.25) at the Blue & Orange Opener 
  • Finished third in the 400m hurdles in 1:06.15 at the Cherry and Silver Invitational 
  • Ended the season with a season best performance in the 400m (1:00.65) at the Mountain States Games 


  • FInished seventh during the Robison Invitational in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:04.7
  • Placed 10th in the 400m hurdles at the Utah Valley Invitational with a time of 1:06.01
  • During the BYU Tri-Meet, finished 5th in the 400m hurdles in 1:05.18
Sophmore Year 2014


  • Fifth place at 2014 BYU Indoor Cougar Invitational with 3,210 points in pentathlon
  • Twelfth place at MPSF Championships in pentathlon with 3,462 points


  • Fifth place in heptathlon with 4,413 points at 2014 Cal Multi
  • Fourth place in heptathlon with 4,433 points at 2014 BYU Robison Invitational
  • Tallied 4,609 points at Virginia Challenge in heptathlon
  • Qualifed to 2014 NCAA Outdoor Division 1 West Preliminaries in high jump with jump of 1.75m (5' 8.75'') at 2014 UVU Collegiate Invitational. Placed 39th at West Prelims in high jump with mark of 1.69m (5' 5.75'')
Junior Year 2015


  • Fourth place with 4,157 points in heptathlon at UNLV Spring Invitational
  • First place in high jump at 37th SDSU Aztec Invitational with mark of 1.75m (5' 8.75'')
  • Scored career-best 5,003 points in heptathlon at 2015 BYU Robison Invitational
  • Second place at 2015 BYU Cougar Invitational in heptathlon
Senior Year 2016


  • First place in 800m and high jump at the 2016 BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational
  • Second place in the 60m hurdles and long jump at the 2016 BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational
  • Placed 4th in the 60m hurdles and shot put at the Air Force Invitational 
  • Took 1st place in the high jump at the Air Force Invitational 
  • Finished 8th in the high jump at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships 
  • Placed 2nd in the 800m at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships 
  • Took 6th in the high jump and pentathlon at the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships 


  • Placed second in the heptathlon at the UNLV Invitational and Sheila Tarr Multis
  • Took second in the high jump at the Utah Spring Classic 
  • Finished first overall in the high jump with a mark of 1.76m at the Border Clash 
  • Had a lifetime best mark in the high jump with 1.79m to place first at the 2016 BYU Cougar Invitational 
  • Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round for the high jump and took 18th overall 
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year