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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!”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton at Washington    7 p.m.

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Sullivan at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    7 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    7 p.m.

*Montgomery Co at Wright City    7 p.m.


Monday, Sept. 1

Hermann at Warrenton    4 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Union at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Lutheran S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Owensville Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Tny    TBA

Sullivan at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Borgia at St. Dominic    5:30 p.m.

Mehlville at Union    5:30 p.m.

Eureka at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Father Tolton    5:30 p.m.

Waynesville at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Rolla at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Hermann at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Bourbon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    5:30 p.m.

Union at North County    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

Incarnate Word at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Sullivan at Whitfield    5 p.m.

#ECC vs. Labette    5 p.m.

Patriette Lights at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

#ECC vs. Pratt    7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament    8:30 a.m.

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 2

*Jefferson at ECC    4 p.m.

St. James at Laquey    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Fatima    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Fulton SA at Barat    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 4

ECC at Maple Woods    4 p.m.

North County at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Friday, Sept. 5

Jefferson City Lightning at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Fulton SA at Tolton    5 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

ECC at Blue River    noon

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Sept. 6

New Haven Short Course    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at SLUH Inv    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Borgia at Westminster    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Borgia at Washington    3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 4

*Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Troy Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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