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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

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