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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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