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Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 6:32 pm | Updated: 9:35 am, Wed Jun 6, 2012.

As the track and field season went on, Abi Brown got stronger and better.

Brown, who just completed her sophomore year at WHS, was putting up her best times at the end of the season.

That trend continued at the MSHSAA Class 4 track and field championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, where Brown earned all-state honors in the Class 4 girls 800-meter run, recording a time in the finals of 2:19.06.

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

“I felt like I ran a good race. Competing in the state meet gave me a lot more competition than I had in our district and sectional,” Brown said after receiving her state medal. “I got my PR (in the preliminaries), which was very exciting. I came back and ran hard today.”

Brown had the sixth-best time in the preliminaries, recording a time of 2:17.81.

“I was more confident today (finals) than I was yesterday (preliminaries). I was nervous yesterday,” Brown said. “About 30 minutes before we started, I was starting to feel it. I was a little scared, but it turned out OK.”

The 800-meter run used to be a finals event only. Preliminaries were recently added.

“Now that they’ve added preliminaries to the 800-meter run, it takes a lot out of the kids in the event,” said Washington Coach Mike Olszowka. “Most kids are going to run slower times on the second day.”

Olszowka said Brown gave an impressive performance on both days of the state meet.

“I knew Abi was capable of dropping her time at the state meet. To run 2:17 in the prelims was a great time. She never broke 2:20 before that race, so it was pretty impressive to break 2:20 in both of her races at state,” Olszowka said. “Her time wasn’t as fast on the second day, but she moved up to fourth place in the finals.”

A fourth-place finish was a thrill for Brown.

“Coach (Olszowka) told me he just wanted me to finish. So to get fourth place, it’s really exciting,” Brown said. “Fourth place was not what I expected, so that’s good for me. I was just hoping to get in the finals and medal.”

Olszowka said the 800-meter run is right up Brown’s alley.

“Abi was a hurdler all season. That’s what she wanted to do. We knew she was a mid-distance runner. She knew she was a mid-distance runner,” Olszowka said. “She did a lot of cross training. She really stepped it up at the right time of the season.”

Physically and mentally, Brown had what it took to succeed.

“Abi is mentally tough. She reminds me a lot of Rachel York (former St. Clair and Wichita State standout runner who Olszowka coached) as far as mental toughness goes,” Olszowka said. “She races with guts. There’s not a lot of strategy. She has the attitude that she’s going to win. If someone beats her, she’s going to remember who it was and do her best not to let it happen again.”

Brown enjoyed her experience at the state meet.

“This is a really huge meet. It’s so big. There’s a lot more people here than what we usually get,” Brown said. “It can me a little intimidating, but it’s really great to get here now because next year will be a lot less nerve-racking.”

Only a sophomore, Brown figures to become a better runner in the future.

“As Abi matures and gets older and stronger, she’s capable of accomplishing some great things,” Olszowka said. “She’s very active in school. We kind of let her do her thing, but when track season arrives, that’s our time and she steps up to the challenge. I’m looking forward to her next two seasons.”


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

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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

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.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games