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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:30 am | Updated: 12:58 pm, Thu Jun 19, 2014.

As Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sang, waiting was the hardest part for Washington senior Abi Brown.

Brown finished second in the first MSHSAA Class 4 800-meter run section, posting a time of 2:16.30, and then had to wait through the fast heat to see whether she would get summoned to the podium.

“It was scary going out first,” Brown said. “I knew there were the 2:12s and 2:14s in the other heat and Hannah Long ran a 2:10.78. I knew I had to rely on God and the girls around me to push me. Waiting was just hard. You want everyone to do so well and to get your time, but I really wanted to place.”

When the second heat was finished, Brown was one of the fortunate ones, finishing fifth overall.”

MSHSAA changed its 800-meter run format into two heats of eight runners apiece.

“It was a lot different having a two-heat final instead of a one-heat final like last time,” Brown said.

Abi’s head coach, Mike Olszowka, wasn’t happy with the format this year.

“The set-up for the state championships 800-meter run was a joke,” said Olszowka.

“It was unfair to kids to say the least. The 800 was the only event at the state championships where the best didn’t get an opportunity to face the best of the best. Two girls ran out of the slow heat and still got on the podium. It leaves us to wonder how much faster would they have run if they had the same chance that every other athlete at the state championships had, to race against the best? Abi was one of the two. She ran the fastest time of her career en route to a fifth-place finish.”

Brown led much of her heat before ending second.

“I normally have to push myself because it’s been crazy,” Brown said. “In the conference, we run against a lot of different people. Today, it felt really good to stay out in front. After the girl passed me, I knew I had to stay strong and stay with her all the way to the end. She pushed me really well.”

It wasn’t the easiest senior season for Brown.

“It’s been a roller-coaster of a year,” Brown said. “I didn’t start very consistent. I was all over the place. I’ve been praying really hard about it.”

Olszowka said Brown has had to overcome a lot during her career.

“Going in to this race she had something to prove,” Olszowka said. “Abi is a strong runner who had a shortened career due to injuries. After being all-state as a sophomore, she missed her entire junior year. To come back successfully as a senior girl is very difficult.”

In 2012, Brown placed fourth in the Class 4 800-meter run in a time of 2:19.06.

She was sixth through the preliminary races (2:17.81) and improved two positions in the final race.

Brown said things came together for her race.

“It just worked today,” Brown said. “I felt really good. I was a little sick beforehand, but that was just nerves. I went out and felt great through the race and I PR’d, so that was good.”

Long, a junior from Eureka, won the race in 2:10.78 with Sabrina Monsees of Winnetonka taking second in 2:13.89. Annika Sisson of Lee’s Summit West won Brown’s heat with a time of 2:15.2 and placed third overall. Kate White of Ladue was fourth from the fast heat at 2:15.74.

Brown said there is a bond between distance runners.

“You find a connection even with the girls you don’t know,” Brown said. “You’re all running the same heat. People who aren’t distance runners don’t just understand. It’s hard, but there’s a joy in it.”

Brown said everyone hopes for the best among their competitors.

“The girls who you do see a lot, there’s a feeling of ‘let’s go, let’s do this.’ I know in my heat, there was a girl who yelled out with about 200 meters left, ‘let’s go!’ and she just ran with whomever she was with,” Brown said. “I could tell they were going to push each other to the end. There’s a lot of camaraderie and friendship even with the girls you don’t know.”

Olszowka said that if there’s a way, Brown will get the job done.

“Abi is one of the most headstrong racers you will see,” Olszowka said. “She trains hard so that she can race hard, and once in a race she doesn’t believe that there is anything that she cannot do.”

Additionally, Brown has been a mentor for the younger runners.

“Abi and Sarah Brock both are the mother hens of the team,” Olszowka said. “Abi gets those distance girls focused and on task. She knows when a little extra force is needed and more importantly she knows when some extra encouragement and love is needed. She is going to be missed by the girls every bit as much as she will be missed by the coaches.”

Brown will attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the fall, majoring in nursing.

“I’m not going to be competing in track, but I will be in a running club and I’ll be doing color guard that year,” Brown said. “Don’t let the track people know that!”

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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.

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