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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:00 pm

Anna Houston had a busy weekend competing at the MSHSAA track and field championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

The Union High School junior competed in four Class 3 girls events, and won four state medals. She recorded two second-place finishes, one third-place mark and one fourth-place spot.

“Winning four medals, I’m very happy about that,” Houston said. “It worked out good. I didn’t think I would get that many this year.”

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

“Anna was in a zone. She was a part of three school records that fell during the meet,” said Union Coach Chris Kelley. “She had a great season. I would say she’s one of the top athletes to ever come through our school. She’s the leader of our team.”

Houston ran in eight races in two days at the state meet. Those events were the preliminaries and finals of the 100-meter high hurdles, the 300-meter low hurdles, the 800-meter relay and the 1,600-meter relay.

In the 100-meter high hurdles, Houston ran to a second-place finish in the finals in a time of 15.45. She reached the finals with the third-best preliminary time, 15.66.

In the 300-meter low hurdles, Houston placed third in the finals in a school record time of 44.79. She qualified for the finals with a time of 45.27 in the preliminaries, which was the best time in the field.

“I felt good during the race. I felt like I was doing good,” Houston said about the finals. “I hit a few hurdles, but I tried not to slow down too much.”

Kelley said Houston proved to be one of the top hurdlers in the state in Class 3.

“Before the meet, we figured she was sitting around fourth in both hurdle events,” Kelley said. “She performed to her capabilities and took home a silver and a bronze in her hurdles.”

So which hurdles event does Houston prefer?

“I really don’t know,” she said. “I like both of them.”

Houston also ran the anchor leg on the Lady ’Cats 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams.

The 800-meter relay team of Amber Tharp, Ali Overstreet, Janna Ruether and Houston finished second in the finals in a school record time of 1:44.72. Their preliminary time Friday was 1:45.58, which won the heat from lane eight.

Union’s 1,600-meter relay team of Taylor Lavalle, Ruether, Tharp and Houston finished fourth in 4:02.81. Their preliminary time on Friday was 4:01.33, a school record.

“Anna knew coming in there was a chance she would run eight races in two days and that’s what she did,” Kelley said. “Some people may not know how tough that actually is to do. Races are typically a 48-hour recovery. She had less than 24 hours until she was racing again with the same four events. She looked incredibly strong in each one.”

With her junior season at Union completed, Houston now has won seven all-state medals during her career in three trips to the state meet.

She placed eighth in the 300-meter low hurdles as a freshman. During her sophomore season, she tied for fifth place in the pole vault and finished eighth in the 100-meter high hurdles.

Houston’s versatility gives her the option to compete in many events.

For her senior season, she might try to reach the state meet in four individual events.

“I think next year I want to do the long jump and the pole vault, along with the two hurdles,” Houston said.

Track and field is not Houston’s only sport. She’ll have a busy summer preparing for her senior season.

“In the summer, I mostly play basketball,” Houston said. “The volleyball coach wants me to play volleyball next year, but I’m usually a manager for football. I guess I’ll think about playing volleyball and then basketball in the winter and track in the spring.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6


Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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