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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 11:15 am

Washington advanced to the Class 4 MSHSAA track and field championships in five events during sectional action last Saturday.

Competing in the Class 4 sectional 3 meet at West Plains High School, four members of the Lady Jays team qualified for the state meet.

The top four finishers in each sectional event qualified for the state meet Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Kirstie Leslie, Abi Brown, Abby Stricker and MC Landolt all will represent Washington at the state meet.

Just how fierce was the competition at the sectional meet?

Leslie, a junior, set a new school record in the pole vault by clearing 10-6, but finished sixth out of the eight competitors. She broke school records in two of her four events.

“We had confusion in the pole vault as we put Kirstie’s pole into the wrong case after practice on Thursday. When it was time to vault, she had to move up to a pole 10 pounds heavier than her normal pole,” said Washington Coach Mike Olszowka. “She had a nice tail wind and made the proper adjustments. She set a new school record, only to place sixth.”

Leslie did advance in both the long jump and the triple jump.

Leslie finished second in the long jump with a leap of 17-2.

In the triple jump, Leslie broke her own school record, finishing third with an effort of 38-2.

Leslie also tied for fifth in the high jump at 4-10.

“Kirstie had a day that looks pretty good on paper, but she struggled only to pull it together when she needed to,” Olszowka said. “She hasn’t scratched in the long jump or triple jump in at least a month. She scratched four times Saturday. When she needed to, she stepped in and nailed a big jump, eventually ended up breaking her own record in the triple jump.”

Washington crowned two sectional champions.

Brown, a sophomore, won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:21.3.

“Abi was very nervous going into the 800-meter run. She was concerned about her race strategy, especially remembering last year when the girls from the other district had big-time drops at sectionals. We talked to her and reminded her just to be herself,” Olszowka said. “We know that if Abi goes in to the 600-meter mark, she will not lose position, and more than likely will pick people off down the stretch. At 600 meters, Abi was in second. Coming out of the curve, she started to move out to make the pass. When she did pass, she left no doubt that she was the strongest runner on the track as she continued to pull away.”

Stricker, a freshman, won the high jump by clearing 5-0.

“Abby was mentally the best high jumper in the girls event,” Olszowka said. “Some facilities are better than others. Sometimes the weather is a factor. Both were issues Saturday. There was a huge tail wind, which causes difficulty for jumpers in making the correct adjustments. The high jump apron was too small and surrounded by a 5-inch curb that the jumpers had to think about. Then throw in that these are the sectional championships. These are the situations that break inexperienced freshmen.

“Abby rose to the top. The best two jumpers had terrible days because they could not mentally adjust. Abby was the only girl who looked comfortable. She did not have her best day of jumping, but she maintained her poise and consistency, making her mentally the strongest and the best jumper that day.”

Landolt, a sophomore, advanced to state with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 12.78.

“Before the 4x200 broke the school record, Mary Catherine had to run the 100-meter dash. We knew she was in good shape. She spent a lot of time in the blocks last week and it paid off,” Olszowka said. “She got a good jump from the start. By the 60-meter mark, she was in fifth place. After that it comes down to strength and who can carry their speed the longest and who slows down the least. MC drove past two girls in the last 30 meters for a third-place finish.”

Just missing a state berth with a fifth-place finish was the Lady Jays’ 800-meter relay team, running a school-record time of 1:46.75. Team members were Lauren Brinkmann, Emily Stricker, Brown and Landolt.

“We were a bit disappointed to finish fifth. We really felt like we could make it through,” Olszowka said. “Then we saw the official time and we were ecstatic. We had another huge time drop and most importantly shattered the school record by nearly a half a second. The way these kids have progressed through the workouts in the past three weeks is amazing.”

Representing the Blue Jays at the sectional meet was Dillon Quaethem, who had his season end in the high jump.

“DJ was one of many casualties due to the conditions in the high jump,” Olszowka said. “He had a great week of practice. As we were able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with DJ, we learned a lot more about his abilities. He had numerous jumps over 6-2. His overall athleticism is among the best I’ve seen. He is a strong hurdler, high jumper and shot putter. He was a successful discus thrower in junior high. We started looking at him as a possible decathlete. He messed around with the javelin a little this week and we tried to teach him some basics in the pole vault. He picked up both events very quickly. DJ’s ability to be competitive at so many different types of events will make him very desirable to a lot of colleges in the future.”

Washington finished fourth in the girls team standings with 50.5 points.

Jefferson City claimed the girls team title with 139.5 points.

Rock Bridge took the boys crown with 105 points.

State Meet

The Classes 3-4 state meet takes place Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Leslie competes in the triple jump Friday at 11 a.m. and the long jump Saturday at 11 a.m.

Landolt competes in the 100-meter dash preliminaries Friday at 1:20 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 1 p.m.

Stricker competes in the high jump Friday at 2 p.m.

Brown competes in the 800-meter run preliminaries Friday at 4:45 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 2:55 p.m.

The top eight finishers in each event earn all-state honors.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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