Hali Murphy finally saw a 53-point on the clock this weekend.
For nearly a year, the St. Dominic Savio Catholic (TX) High School junior had been eyeing up her first foray under 54 seconds in the 400m.
And over the most recent indoor season, she had gotten very close, forging two performances at 54 seconds.
This outdoor campaign, Murphy posted a best of 54.48 in March before she would go on to claim a TAPPS Class 6A state championship at the start of May in 55.09.
But at the TTFCA Meet of Champions in San Antonio on Saturday, it all came together as she scored a US No. 9 performance of 53.80 seconds to win the girls 400m.
Murphy, who would also go on to win the 200m in 24.09, held off a strong performance from Dyansty McClennon, who was second in 54.51. Rachel Joseph was third in 55.09.
TTFCA Meet of Champions Girls 400m Results
GIRLS 400 METER DASH FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT WIND H# 1 Hali Murphy 11 Leander Spartans Track Club 53.80 1 2 Dynasty Mcclennon 12 Unattached Club 54.51 1 3 Rachel Joseph 11 Richmond Gold 55.09 1 4 Eliana Lake Northwest Flyers Track Club 56.60 1 5 MyRajah Rankin Unattached Club 56.96 1 6 Lesley Conway Unattached Club 57.69 1