From start to finish, it was an absolute battle in the 1,600m Championship at the Kansas Relays in April of last year.
While top seed Joslin Blair, of Eagle Valley High School in Colorado, looked to set the pace early -- along with teammate and sister Samantha -- Lee's Summit's Ginger Murnieks bided her time and waited for the perfect moment to strike.
That came right around the 1,000 meter mark. Murnieks made a pivotal move that forced Joslin Blair to respond as Samantha continued to hold on.
But Joslin knew she had more left in her reservoir, eventually challenging Murnieks with 250 meters remaining. It proved to be the winning move.
Watch the entire race above to see how it turned out.
2019 Kansas Relays Girls 1,600m Championship
VARSITY GIRLS 1600 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT WIND H# 1 Joslin Blair 11 Eagle Valley High School 4:57.49 3 2 Samantha Blair 9 Eagle Valley High School 4:58.18 3 3 Ginger Murnieks 12 Lee's Summit West High School 4:59.97 3 4 Clara Mayfield 12 Manhattan High School 5:02.35 3 5 Jaybe Shufelberger 12 Washburn Rural High School 5:04.78 3 6 Madelynn Hill 12 Liberty High School 5:05.06 3 7 Anna Jeffcoat 12 Rogers High School 5:05.89 3 8 Camille Jackson 11 Ames High School 5:10.72 3
Retrospective: The race proved to be building blocks for both Joslin and Samatha, who would go on to reach the Colorado State Championships. Joslin finished fourth in the Class 4A 1,600m in 5:01.18 and was third in the 3,200m in 11:00.09. Her younger sister, meanwhile, was third in the 800m, eighth in the 1,600m and fifth in the 300mH. Murnieks would go on to accomplish much more. The current University of Missouri runner would win the Class 5 Championship in the 3,200m at the MSHSAA State Track and Field Championships before claiming a runner-up finish in the 1,600m.