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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 5:00 pm

Kirstie Leslie put the finishing touches on her standout athletic career at Washington High School in a big way.

Competing at the MSHSAA track and field championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Leslie earned all-state honors in three events.

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

“Winning three medals, I went out in a good way,” said Leslie, who reached the state meet during all four years of her high school career. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Leslie’s best finish came in the pole vault, where she placed third by clearing 11-3, which equaled her personal best and her school record.

“I was ranked third coming in. Every time, it seems that someone goes out who’s not supposed to and someone else does better than expected,” Leslie said. “My goal was to medal and jump my best, which is what I did. It was a good day. I used Owensville’s pole, so I owe them a thank you.”

So what does it take to be a successful pole vaulter?

“It takes a lot of practice. I didn’t get to practice it as much as the other girls here did,” Leslie said. “All of the other girls who placed, the pole vault was their only event at state. I was the only one who does other events, and I’m in four of them.

“Some girls have good form. That is not me. I’m not a form person,” Leslie added. “I’m fast and I guess I’m strong. If you watch most of the girls, they look really good doing it. I don’t look good doing it. It doesn’t matter how you get over, just as long as you get over.”

Competing in the long jump, Leslie finished fifth with a leap of 17-1 1/4.

“My best is 17-8. I wanted a little better in the long jump than fifth place, but you can’t always ask for a perfect day,” Leslie said. “I probably sat too long — rookie mistake. I should have warmed up better. At sectionals, my triple jump was the same way where I had to get into the finals with my last jump. I usually do good under pressure. We haven’t practiced the long jump as much, but I’ve been doing it a while and have gotten better at it.”

Competing in the triple jump, Leslie won her third state medal by placing sixth with a leap of 37-1.

“I wasn’t expected to do this well. I think I was ranked 13th,” Leslie said. “It worked out pretty well for me. It was a good way to end the season.”

So which event is Leslie’s favorite?

“I like whatever is going the best for me at the time,” she said. “The pole vault went pretty well. We practiced pole vault a lot this year. We’ve definitely spent the most time on pole vault. I’m glad it paid off this year.”

Leslie also ran the anchor leg on the Lady Jays’ 400-meter relay team, which finished 11th in a time of 50.52.

MC Landolt, Lauren Brinkmann and Emily Stricker joined Leslie on the relay team.

Leslie ended her track and field career at Washington as an 11-time GAC champion, an 11-time all-district performer, a nine-time state qualifier and a four-time state medalist.

She finished fourth at state in the triple jump during her freshman season, giving her four career state medals.

“In the past few years, I’ve been nervous and stressed out here at state, but this year has been totally different,” Leslie said. “It’s my last year. I’m older. I guess that helped. It’s been a lot better.”

Washington Coach Mike Olszowka is thankful Leslie competed in four events, but said her state results could have been even better if she was involved in less events.

“If Kirstie concentrated on just two events, I think she could have been a state champion in both of them. I think she could have been a 40-foot triple jumper and a 12-6 or 13-foot pole vaulter. Those are her two best events,” Olszowka said. “Kirstie has great athletic ability. She can throw a shot put 30 feet, a discus 8-0 feet and a javelin 100 feet. Her versatility is one of her strongest attributes. People don’t realize how fast she is.”

Leslie recently was honored as a triathlete, participating in athletics in all three seasons during her entire career at WHS. She also played volleyball and basketball.

Leslie will continue her track and field career at Missouri State University in Springfield.

“I’ll do the heptathlon, the triple jump and I just found out that I’ll also be doing the pole vault. I guess I’ll be doing a little bit of everything there, too. I’m used to that. I like to stay busy,” Leslie said. “It was a good career for me at Washington. I owe a lot to the coaches. I’m ready to go to college and see what happens there.”


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

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 vs. Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.), Blue Springs South High School, 2 p.m.

Friday, July 11

Washington vs. Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.), Hidden Valley No. 1, 11:30 a.m.

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, 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 vs. Wentzville, 6 p.m.

G10 Elsberry vs. St. Charles, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G11 St. Peters vs. Washington, 6 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner 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 Hannibal vs. St. Peters, 6 p.m.

G10 Elsberry-Winfield vs. Wentzville, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 6 p.m.

G11 St. Charles vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner 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

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

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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