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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 4:30 pm

The third time was the charm for St. Clair High School junior Lyndsay Hardin.

Competing at the MSHSAA cross country championships Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City, Hardin earned Class 3 all-state honors by finishing in 25th place in a time of 20:30.

The top 25 finishers from each race at the state meet were awarded all-state medals.

Hardin has competed at the state cross country meet in all three years of her high school career. She reached the medal podium for the first time this season as a junior.

“I’m psyched. I took off a little faster than I probably should have,” Hardin said. “Around the two-mile mark, I kind of zoned out. In the last mile, I just did my best.”

Hardin had to work hard down the stretch for the final all-state medal.

She held off Notre Dame de Sion’s Lauren Blando by one second while climbing the final hill to the finish line.

“I was ecstatic when Lyndsay came across the line,” said St. Clair Coach Ben Martin. “This is something we’ve wanted for her since her freshman year.”

Hardin was well aware of her situation as she worked toward the finish line.

“I knew where I stood,” Hardin said. “My coaches are really good about telling me that.”

So what was going through Hardin’s mind as she ran up the final hill?

“It was intense,” she said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get it or not.”

Martin followed Hardin for much of the race.

“It was exciting to watch Lyndsay race. She made it interesting,” Martin said. “She was in 13th place halfway through and then started to fade. She held on for that last medal.”

Hardin was confident going into the race.

“I thought I had a chance to get all-state,” she said. “I just wanted to come here, do what I could do and hope that it was good enough.”

A strong work ethic for Hardin was the key to her success, according to Martin.

“Lyndsay really matured as a runner this year,” Martin said. “That medal wasn’t just won at the state meet. She won that medal this summer when she got up early and ran hills and workouts. She’s worked hard all year and earned it.”

Hardin has had quite a career at St. Clair, with still her senior season to go. She’s a three-time Four Rivers Conference champion and a three-time state qualifier.

“Lyndsay can now add all-state to the three conference titles she’s won,” Martin said. “Being three-time conference champion was very cool. I don’t know if I’ve heard of another sport that has ever had a three-time MVP or player of the year. That’s exactly what Lyndsay has been. That’s a big deal.”

Hardin has higher hopes for next year’s state meet.

“My goal for next year is a top five finish at state,” she said.

Austin Gotway

St. Clair senior Austin Gotway capped a standout cross country career at the state meet.

Gotway finished the Class 3 boys race in 34th place in a time of 17:32.

“Austin ran 20 seconds faster than he did last year. He is disappointed because last year he was 31st and this year 34th, even though he ran faster,” Martin said. “He ran hard the whole way and did well. I’m proud of him.”

Like Hardin, Gotway also is a three-time state qualifier and a three-time Four Rivers Conference champion.

“Being a three-time state qualifier and a three-time conference champion is something to be proud of,” Martin said. “I don’t know if the FRC has ever seen a three-time MVP or Player of the Year in football or basketball, and that’s exactly what Austin was. For the past three years, he has dominated the FRC in cross country.”

Gotway made his mark with the St. Clair cross country program.

“Austin is one of the smartest, most ferocious competitors that I’ve ever coached. He’s going to give every ounce of energy to fight for a win,” Martin said. “I’ll miss him a lot next year. Not just because he’s fast, but because he listens, he’s coachable and he gives it his all. We’ve called him Austin Texas since his sophomore year because he runs big.”

Tyler Hinson

St. Clair junior Tyler Hinson finished 151st in the Class 3 boys race in 19:56.

“This was Tyler’s first time to state,” Martin said. “He got the flu the night before and was very sick. I’m just impressed he wanted to still run Saturday morning. He was a bit nervous, but ran well given his illness. He’ll have another shot next year.”

Season Recap

Martin said the St. Clair cross country program continues to improve.

“My mission is to develop life-long runners and get them to reach their full potential while here. All but one of my returning runners got faster this year,” Martin said. “We were able to get three to state and have two individual conference champions. We had some injuries that prevented us from being four-time conference champs. Despite that, I consider this year a success.”

The future looks promising.

“We have some young talent coming up,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of running to do this summer if the boys want to be competitive. We don’t lose any of our top seven girls. They’re all coming back. With how good Owensville and Pacific girls continue to be, we’ll have to train a lot this summer to get to where they are. I expect Lyndsay and her sister Emily, and Megan Creasy, to qualify for state next year. For the other girls, it will be how they are willing to run in June and July.”

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Area Scoreboard

District Baseball

Class 5 District 3

At Parkway South

Saturday, May 14

(5) Parkway South 2, (4) Eureka 0

(3) Marquette 8, (6) Washington 2

Wednesday, May 18

(1) Lafayette 9, Parkway South 5

(2) Rockwood Summit 6, Marquette 2

Thursday, May 19

Championship — Lafayette 5, Rockwood Summit 3

Class 4 District 3

At Lutheran South

Friday, May 13

(5) St. Mary’s 5, (4) Affton 0

(3) Bishop DuBourg 18, (6) Bayless 0

Saturday, May 14

St. Mary’s 5, (1) Pacific 4

(2) Lutheran South 2, Bishop DuBourg 0

Monday, May 16

Championship — Lutheran South 5, St. Mary’s 4

Class 4 District 9

At Union

Friday, May 13

(5) Owensville 13, (4) Sullivan 2

(6) Salem 10, (3) Union 6

(7) St. Clair 3, (2) St. James 1

Saturday, May 14

(1) Borgia 12, Owensville 0

Salem 9, St. Clair 0

Wednesday, May 18

Championship — Salem 3, Borgia 0

Class 3 District 8

At South Callaway

Monday, May 16

(4) Montgomery Co 5, (5) North Callaway 4 (10 innings)

(2) Father Tolton 10, (5) Centralia 9

(6) Hermann 23, (3) Hallsville 18

Tuesday, May 17

(1) South Callaway 8, Montgomery Co 5

Hermann 6, Father Tolton 4

Thursday, May 19

Championship — South Callaway 2, Hermann 1

Class 2 District 4

At New Haven

Friday, May 13

(4) Kingston 11, (5) Crossroads Prep 2

(3) Barat Academy 6, (6) New Haven 5

Monday, May 16

At Union

(1) Valle Catholic 7, Kingston 1

Barat 19, (2) Crystal City  18

Tuesday, May 17

At New Haven

Championship — Valle 10, Barat 0

Girls Soccer

Class 4 District 3

At Marquette

Tuesday, May 17

(1) Eureka 5, (4) Washington 0

(2) Marquette 1, (3) Lafayette 0

Thursday, May 19

Championship — Eureka 1, Marquette 0

Class 3 District 9

At Parkway West

Monday, May 16

(1) Rockwood Summit 5, (4) Pacific 0

(2) Parkway West 4, (3) Union 1

Wednesday, May 18

Championship — Rockwood Summit 1, Parkway West 0

Class 2 District 8

At St. Clair

Monday, May 16

(1) St. Clair 8, (4) Owensville 0

(2) Borgia 4, (3) Sullivan 0

Wednesday, May 18

Championship — Borgia 2, St. Clair 0

Class 2 District 9

At Bolivar

Saturday, May 14

(1) Springfield Catholic 9, (4) St. James 0

(2) Bolivar 4, (3) Osage 0

Tuesday, May 17

Championship — Bolivar 1, Springfield Catholic 0

Class 2 Girls Soccer

Saturday, May 21

St. Louis Notre Dame 3, Cape Notre Dame 2

Bishop DuBourg 6, Soldan 0

Bolivar 3, Logan-Rogersville 0

Pembroke Hill 2, Pleasant Hill 1

Duchesne 11, Lutheran North 1

St. Charles West 2, Borgia 1

St. Pius X (KC) 1, Boonville 0

Maryville 6, Moberly 0

Wednesday, May 25

St. Louis Notre Dame at Bishop DuBourg, 6 p.m.

Pembroke Hill at Bolivar, 5 p.m.

Duchesne at St. Charles West, 6:30 p.m.

Maryville vs. St. Pius X (KC), Platte Co HS, 5 p.m.

Washington Post 218 Freshman Legion Tournament

Pools

Pool A — Washington, Ballwin, Manchester

Pool B — New Haven, Eureka, Union

Pool Games

Thursday, May 19

Washington 3, Ballwin 0

New Haven 15, Union 4

Friday, May 20

Washington 5, Manchester 3

Eureka 8, Union 5

Saturday, May 21

Ballwin 3, Manchester 1

Eureka 7, New Haven 5

Washington 8, New Haven 3

Ballwin 9, Eureka 3

Sunday, May 22

Consolation game — Manchester 7, Union 3

Third-place game — Eureka 10, New Haven 7

Championship game — Washington 13, Ballwin 2

Washington Post 218 Junior Legion Tournament

Pools

Pool A — Washington, Ballwin, Thoman Boothe, Highland (Ill.)

Pool B — Jefferson City, Eureka, Union

Note — Creve Coeur dropped out just before the tournament started

Pool Games

Thursday, May 26

Washington 9, Thoman Boothe 1

Union 2, Eureka 1

Friday, May 27

Washington vs. Ballwin, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 28

Jefferson City vs. Eureka, 1:30 p.m.

Highland vs. Ballwin, 4 p.m.

Highland vs. Thoman Boothe, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 29

Union vs. Jefferson City, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Highland, 5 p.m.

Ballwin vs. Thoman Boothe, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, May 30

Pool A winner vs. Pool B runner-up, noon

Pool B winner vs. Pool A runner-up, 2:30 p.m.

Championship 5:30 p.m.

Washington Post 218 Seniors

5-31    *at St. Clair    6 p.m.

6-1    at Eureka (Ellisville)    8 p.m.

6-2    *at West    8:15 p.m.

6-4    #Chillicothe    3 p.m.

6-4    #Sedalia    8 p.m.

6-5    #Fike    10 a.m.

6-5    #Jefferson City    3 p.m.

6-7    *Pacific    8:30 p.m.

6-8    *Sullivan    8:30 p.m.

6-9    *at St. Charles    8:30 p.m.

6-10    Festus    7 p.m.

6-11    *St. Clair    1 p.m.

6-11    Manchester    6 p.m.

6-12    *O’Fallon    6 p.m.

6-15    Thoman Boothe    2:30 p.m.

6-16    $Wentzville    noon

6-17    $SEMO    7:30 p.m.

6-18    $Ballwin    7:30 p.m.

6-19    $Semifinals/Finals    TBA

6-22    *New Haven    8:30 p.m.

6-24    West    7 p.m.

6-25    *Elsberry    6 p.m.

6-26    at De Soto    6 p.m.

6-28    *at Wentzville    8 p.m.

6-29    *Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

6-30    *at New Haven    7 p.m.

7-1    *St. Peters    7 p.m.

7-2    *at Union    noon

7-3    *Owensville    3:30 p.m.

7-6    at Blue Springs Tny    TBA

7-7    at Blue Springs Tny    TBA

7-8    at Blue Springs Tny    TBA

7-9    at Blue Springs Tny    TBA

7-10    at Blue Springs Tny    TBA

7-14    District Tny    TBA

* Ninth District Games

# Sedalia Tournament

$ Washington Tournament

Washington Post 218 Juniors

5-26    Washington 9, Thoman Boothe 1

5-27    #Ballwin    6 p.m.

5-28    #Highland, Ill.    5 p.m.

5-29    #Playoffs    noon

6-3    *St. Clair    6 p.m.

6-4    *O’Fallon    6 p.m.

6-5    *Hannibal    1 p.m.

6-5    Alton, Ill.    6 p.m.

6-7    *Pacific    6 p.m.

6-9    *at St. Charles    6 p.m.

6-12    *Elsberry    3:30 p.m.

6-16    *at Warrenton    6 p.m.

6-18    at Belleville, Ill. (DH)    2 p.m.

6-21    St. Charles    6 p.m.

6-22    Festus    6 p.m.

6-24    *at New Haven    6 p.m.

6-25    *Wentzville    3:30 p.m.

6-26    *Union    1 p.m.

6-27    *at Sullivan    6 p.m.

6-28    Manchester (DH)    6 p.m.

6-29    at St. Clair    8 p.m.

7-2    at Festus (DH)    noon

7-5    District Tournament    TBA

* Ninth District Games

# Post 218 Memorial Weekend Tournament

Washington Post 218 Freshmen

5-19    #Washington 3, Ballwin 0

5-20    #Washington 7, Manchester 5

5-21    #Washington 8, New Haven 3

5-22    #Washington 13, Ballwin 2

5-25    *Sullivan 3, Washington 2

5-25    *Washington 14, Sullivan 2

5-26    *Washington 13, Union 0

5-31    *at St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

6-2    *at Wentzville    6 p.m.

6-3    *Union    8:30 p.m.

6-4    *Hannibal    1 p.m.

6-4    *St. Clair    8:30 p.m.

6-7    *at St. Charles    8:30 p.m.

6-8    *St. Peters    6 p.m.

6-12    *St. Charles    11 a.m.

6-13    *at St. Peters    6 p.m.

6-14    *New Haven    6 p.m.

6-14    *Union    8 p.m.

6-16    *at Owensville    6 p.m.

6-18    *at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

6-21    *Owensville    8:30 p.m.

6-24    *at New Haven    8 p.m.

6-25    *Elsberry    1 p.m.

6-29    *Warrenton    6 p.m.

7-1    District Tournament    TBA

* Ninth District Games

# Washington Tournament Games

Union Post 297 Seniors

5-31    *Warrenton    5:30 p.m.

6-1    *St. Clair    6 p.m.

6-2    *at Pacific    6 p.m.

6-4    *at Elsberry    4:30 p.m.

6-6    *New Haven    5:30 p.m.

6-8    *at West    6 p.m.

6-10    *Wentzville    5:30 p.m.

6-15-19    at Washington Tny    TBA

6-21    *St. Peters    6 p.m.

6-22    *at O’Fallon (DH)    6 p.m.

6-25    *at St. Charles    noon

6-27    *at St. Clair    6 p.m.

6-29    *Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

7-1    *at Warrenton    5:30 p.m.

7-2    *Washington    noon

7-6-10    at Blue Springs Wood Bat Tny    TBA

7-12    Ninth Distirct Tny    TBA

* Ninth District Games

Union Post 297 Juniors

5-25    at Farmington    7 p.m.

5-26    #Union 2, Eureka 1

5-29    #Jefferson City    2:30 p.m.

5-30    #Bracket Play    TBA

6-2    *at Warrenton    8 p.m.

6-4    *at Elsberry (DH)    noon

6-5    *at St. Clair    4 p.m.

6-11    *St. Charles (DH)    2 p.m.

6-12    *Sullivan    10 a.m.

6-12    *Hannibal    2 p.m.

6-15    *St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

6-16    *at New Haven    8:30 p.m.

6-18-19    at Decatur, Ill., Tny    TBA

6-24    *Wentzville    5:30 p.m.

6-25    Farmington (DH)    1 p.m.

6-26    *at Washington    1 p.m.

6-28    *Warrenton    6 p.m.

6-30    *at Sullivan    6 p.m.

7-2    *Pacific    10 a.m.

7-5    Ninth District Tny    TBA

7-23    All-Star Game, Elsberry    4 p.m.

* Ninth District Games

Union Post 297 Freshmen

5-19 #New Haven 15, Union 4

5-20 #Eureka 8, Union 5

5-22 #Manchester 7, Union 3

5-24   Eureka 9, Union 2

5-26    *Washington 13, Union 0

5-31    *at Wentzville    6 p.m.

6-2    *St. Charles    6 p.m.

6-3    *at Washington    8:30 p.m.

6-4    *Hannibal (at Washington)    3 p.m.

6-5    *at St. Clair    2 p.m.

6-9    *at Sullivan    8 p.m.

6-11    *at Warrenton (DH)    2 p.m.

6-12    *at St. Peters (DH)    1 p.m.

6-14    *at Washington    8:30 p.m.

6-16    *at New Haven    6 p.m.

6-23    *at Pacific    6 p.m.

6-26    *Owensville (DH)    noon

6-30    *St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

7-5    Ninth District Tny    TBA

7-23    All-Star Game, Elsberry    1 p.m.

* Ninth District Games

Pacific Post 402 Juniors

6-1    *New Haven    8 p.m.

6-3    *at O’Fallon    8 p.m.

6-4    *at Warrenton (DH)    2 p.m.

6-7    *at Washington    6 p.m.

6-9    *Sullivan    8 p.m.

6-11    *at Hannibal    2 p.m.

6-11    *at Elsberry    4 p.m.

6-13    *St. Clair    8 p.m.

6-16    *at Sullivan    6 p.m.

6-17-18    at Springfield Tournament    TBA

6-23    *St. Charles    8 p.m.

6-27    *Wentzville    8 p.m.

6-30    *at St. Clair    8 p.m.

7-2    *at Union    10 a.m.

7-5    Ninth District Tny    TBA

* Ninth District Games

Pacific Post 402 Freshmen

6-2    *at New Haven    6 p.m./8p.m.

6-6    *Wentzville    8 p.m.

6-10    *at Sullivan    6:30 p.m/8:30 p.m.

6-13    *at Rosebud (Owensville)    8 p.m.

6-15    *Elsberry    7 p.m.

6-16    *at Warrenton    6 p.m.

6-18    *Washington    10 a.m./12 p.m.

6-21    *at St. Charles    8:30 p.m.

6-23    *Union    6 p.m.

6-24    *at Hannibal    8 p.m.

6-26    *at St. Peters    12 p.m./2 p.m.

6-27    *St. Clair    6 p.m.

6-29    *at St. Clair    6 p.m.

7-1    Rosebud    7 p.m.

* Ninth District Games

St. Clair Post 347 Seniors

5-25    *at O’Fallon West    6 p.m.

5-31    *Washington    6 p.m.

6-1    *at Union    6 p.m.

6-3    *at O’Fallon    6 p.m.

6-7    *Warrenton    6 p.m.

6-10    *at New Haven    6 p.m.

6-11    *at Washington    1 p.m.

6-15    *Sullivan    8 p.m.

6-16    *St. Peters    8 p.m.

6-19    *at Warrenton    5 p.m.

6-20    *at Sullivan    6 p.m.

6-22    *at Pacific    6 p.m.

6-25    *Pacific    4 p.m.

6-26    *Elsberry    2 p.m.

6-27    *Union    6 p.m.

6-28    *at St. Charles    6 p.m.

* Ninth District Games

St. Clair Post 347 Juniors

6-1    *at Sullivan    7:30 p..m

6-3    *at Washington    6 p.m.

6-5    *Union    4 p.m.

6-7    *Warrenton    7 p.m.

6-8    *New Haven    8 p.m.

6-10    *O’Fallon    6 p.m.

6-12    *Wentzville    7 p.m.

6-13    *at Pacific    8 p.m.

6-15    *at Union    5:30 p.m.

6-16    *at Wentzville    6 p.m.

6-18    *Hannibal    12 p.m./2 p.m.

6-19    *at Warrenton    12 p.m.

6-23    *Sullivan    6 p.m.

6-26    *Elsberry    12 p.m.

6-28    *at St. Charles 8 p.m.

6-29    *Washington    8 p.m.

6-30    Pacific    8 p.m.

* Ninth District Games

St. Clair Post 347 Freshmen

5-23    *at Rosebud    6 p.m.

5-24    *at St. Charles    6 p.m.

5-31    *Washington    8:30 p.m.

6-1    *at Sullivan    6 p.m.

6-4    *at Washington    8:30 p.m.

6-5    *Union    2 p.m.

6-8    *New Haven    6 p.m.

6-11    *St. Charles    12 p.m.

6-12    *Wentzville    5 p.m.

6-14    *Sullivan    6 p.m.

6-15    *Rosebud    6 p.m.

6-16    *St. Peters    6 p.m.

6-18    *at Elsberry    12 p.m.

6-19    *at Warrenton    2:30 p.m.

6-27    *at Pacific    6 p.m.

6-29    *Pacific    6 p.m.

6-30    *at Union    5:30 p.m.

* Ninth District Games

New Haven Post 366 Seniors

5-24    *at O’Fallon    6:30 p.m.

5-28    *at West    noon

6-6    *at Union    5:30 p.m.

6-10    *St. Clair    6 p.m.

6-11    *West    6 p.m.

6-15    #SEMO    7:30 p.m.

6-16    #Washington    noon

6-17    #Ballwin    2:30 p.m.

6-17    *Sullivan    8 p.m.

6-18    #Thoman Boothe    noon

6-19    *at St. Peters    1 p.m.

6-19    *at Elsberry    6 p.m.

6-21    *at Sullivan    8 p.m.

6-22    *at Washington    8:30 p.m.

6-25    *St. Peters    5 p.m.

6-26    *St. Charles    noon

6-27    *at Warrenton    5:30 p.m.

6-28    *Pacific    7 p.m.

6-30    *Washington    7 p.m.

7-14    Ninth District Tny    TBA

* Ninth District Games    

New Haven Post 366 Juniors

6-1    *at Pacific    8 p.m.

6-3-5    at Danville, Ill. Tny    TBA

6-7    *at Wentzville    6 p.m.

6-8    *at St. Clair    8 p.m.

6-12    *vs. Elsberry (Ronsick)    8 p.m.

6-15    *Warrenton    8 p.m.

6-16    *Union    8 p.m.

6-18    *St. Charles (DH)    noon

6-24    *Washington    6 p.m.

6-26    *Hannibal (DH)    3 p.m.

6-29    *Sulivan (DH)    6 p.m.

7-5-11    Ninth District Tny    TBA

* Ninth District Games

Washington Swim Team

6-13    Lake Chesterfield    5:30 p.m.

6-20    at Cool Dell    5:30 p.m.

6-27    Cedarmill    5:30 p.m.

7-11    at Lake Chesterfield    5:30 p.m.

7-16    Division Meet at Cedarmill    TBA

Pacific Swim Team

6-6    at Union    6 p.m.

6-13    Fox Creek    6 p.m.

6-20    at Indian Hills    6 p.m.

6-27    JCC    6 p.m.

7-5    at Oaks Landing    6 p.m.

7-9    Phelps Division Meet    7 a.m.

Union Swim Team

6-6    Pacific    6 p.m.

6-13    at Union    6 p.m.

6-20    JCC    6 p.m.

6-27    Oaks Landing    6 p.m.    

7-5    at Fox Creek    6 p.m.

7-9    Division Meet at Pacific    7 a.m.

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