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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

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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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