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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.”

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American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, quarterfinals, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

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 St. Peters vs. Elsberry, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

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 St. Peters vs. Elsberry-Winfield, 6 p.m.

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

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — Washington vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

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

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    8 a.m.

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    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

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.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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