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Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014 7:00 pm

When the GAC Central Track and Field Championships came to an end on Thursday night at Rauch Field, Washington’s girls were celebrating in the pouring rain.

Neither the rain, nor the competition could do much to keep the Lady Jays from reaching their goal on this night.

Led by a total team effort, Washington’s girls won the conference meet for the fifth-straight year. With that, the streak continues.

“This year’s seniors have been GAC champions all four years of their careers,” Washington Coach Michael Olszowka said. “This is something that they will always have. This kind of persistence shows the value of not just great athletes, but also of great kids with strong character and leadership. Each and every year we have great kids that pass on their dedication, desire, and work ethic to the next class. This doesn’t just build teams, it makes an entire program a success.”

Washington’s girls finished first in the team standings with 97 points. Holt was second with 88 team points, Fort Zumwalt South (75) was third, while Fort Zumwalt North (63) took fourth and Fort Zumwalt East (48) was fifth.

Zumwalt East took the boys’ crown with 98 points, with Holt (89) second and defending champ Zumwalt South (83) settling for third. Washington finished fourth (58), and Zumwalt North (46) was fifth.

“Our boys team may have finished fourth, but they had a great meet,” Olszowka said. “We moved most of the freshman and sophomores down to the JV division so they could race the kids they will see for the next three years. This left the varsity team a little short-handed in their division.”

Olszowka added the meet ran very smoothly, thanks to a lot of help.

“The great thing about being a Blue Jay is the support that you receive from across the community and the district,” Olszowka said. “Usually at the GAC Meet each team must supply a coach or two to help run the events and work other parts of the meet. Mr. (Bill) Deckelman takes great pride in setting up high-class events here at Washington. We had enough parents, teachers, coaches, and administrators volunteer to help at the meet that not one coach from another school had to take time to be an official. Instead, their time was used to focus on coaching their kids. The kids on our track team had more than great track performances. They also worked their butts off. They know they are always on call. We would have kids finish an event and then run over to a field event to take someone else’s place so they could prepare for their next event. We had our kids run up to coaches from other schools and physically take hurdles out of their hands, because this is “their track and their home.” And they take pride in being the ones that are responsible for their facility.”

Girls Meet

Washington’s girls scored points in all but one event. In fact, Washington’s girls had top three finishes in 13 of 18 events.

Washington had four event champions in the meet.

• M.C. Landolt captured the 100-meter dash championship, crossing the line at 12.57. “M.C. had another amazing GAC Meet, capping a great GAC career,” Olszowka said. “She has become one of three athletes I have ever coached to win a conference title in the same event all four years. This is an extraordinary feat. It takes more than talent to not only maintain one’s physical strengths, but also the discipline and dedication to continue to improve through all four years.”

• Makenzie Straatmann won the 400 with a time of 1:02.68. “Makenzie’s dedication has finally given her an individual GAC title,” Olszowka said. “We were hoping to steal some points in the 400, and Coach (Tim) Rinne recommended moving Makenzie from a sprint relay to the open 400. Makenzie tends to put a lot of pressure on herself. But a great thing about Makenzie is that with the added pressure comes greater strength. Her career has been marred by injuries, but her dedication and desire have helped her overcome injuries and become a GAC champion.”

• Abi Brown topped the field in the 800 at 2:20.34. “Abi ran her best 800 of the season,” Olszowka said. “She was a little stressed because her times have been stagnant. She looked smooth through 500 and she decided to make her ending push 100 earlier than she is used to, earning her a season best.”

• The 3,200-meter relay team of Sarah Bretzke, Sarah Brock, Josie Plowman, and Brown won in 10:07, eight seconds faster than second-place FZS. “The girls 3,200 relay had another strong day. We had Abi going across the board with four events, and we really needed Josie, Brock, and Bretzke to run strong to get us a nice lead so we could hold Abi back a little bit. We had three very strong splits from the first three, including Bretzke’s season best to put us in great position to coast in to a GAC championship.”

Washington’s second-place finishers were Jenna Haas in the high jump (4-10) and the triple jump (31-4.5), M.C. Landolt in the long jump (16-7) and the 200-meter run (26.45), Megan Bauche in the 100 hurdles (16.43), and Plowman in the 3200 (12:06.31). The 800 relay (Brock, Brown, Landolt, Anna Arnold) finished second in 1:51. Bauche took third in the long jump (16-0) and in the triple jump (31-2). Plowman was fourth in the 1,600 (5:38.41) and the 400 relay (Arnold, Bauche, Katie Trigg, Karlee Toraason) took fourth (55.78).

Others who contributed points were Alyssa Unnerstall in the pole vault (fifth), Katie Chafin in the shot put (fifth), Brock in the hurdles (fifth), Bretzke in the 800 (fifth), and Cheyanne Leslie in the 3,200 (fifth).

Boys Meet

The Blue Jays had two meet champions, both in the throwing events.

• Austin Subke won the discus with a toss of 135-10, and Nathan Kopp took first in the shot put (45-0.75). “Our throwers got the boys off to a great start,” Olszowka said. “We went 1-2 in the shot and 1-3 in the discus. Nathan and Austin won their first GAC individual championships. These two have been coming on strong for the last four weeks. They have been so consistent that it is easy to focus on technique. As their technique improves I believe that they have a chance to quality out of the district meet this Saturday at Jefferson City.”

Washington’s second-place finishers were Austin Beers in the long jump (19-6.5), Alex Templeton in the shot put (40-9.25), and Caleb Curran in the 400-meter dash (52.88).  “Austin Beers has had a tough year,” Olszowka said. “He has been dealing with a hamstring injury on and off all season. With the warmer temperatures he is finally getting back to 100 percent. He stuck a huge PR in the long jump, making him the GAC runner-up for the event.”

Taking third were Curran in the long jump (19-1), Kopp in the discus (122-2), and Travis Elbert in both the 1,600 (4:35.84) and 3,200 (10:23). Isaac Lippert took fourth in the high jump (5-6), while the 3,200 relay (Tate Kitchell, Landon Jarvis, Billy Schneider, Curran) finished fourth in 8:57.02 and the 1,600 relay (Beers, Curran, Jarvis, Lippert) took fourth in 3:55.75.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games