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Union’s 1,600-Meter Relay Team Finishes Fourth in Class 3 Girls

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 3:45 pm

Competing in the final event of the MSHSAA track and field championships at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Union’s girls earned its fourth and final Class 3 all-state performance.

The Lady ’Cats’ 1,600-meter relay team of Janna Ruether, Amber Tharp, Taylor Lavalle and Anna Houston finished fourth in a time of 4:02.81. Their preliminary time was 4:01.33, a school record.

“This is the event I thought we would finish the highest in at state,” said Union Coach Chris Kelley. “We ran very well in the prelims, winning the heat and shattering the school record. It helps when your anchor leg, Anna, runs a 57.4.”

Heading into the final event, the Lady ’Cats were in position for a top four finish and a team trophy.

“We knew we had a shot at a team trophy, but we’d have to gain five points on Chillicothe, who also was in the finals. I figured we needed to finish second to have a shot at the trophy,” Kelley said. “Anna was wore out by the time this event rolled around. I gathered the other three runners and told them it was their turn to help Anna. We’ve relied on her all season. They needed to step up for her.”

Each of the four participants ran 400 meters, one lap, in the event.

Ruether took the opening leg for Union.

“It went pretty good,” Ruether said. “I was really pushing it and really felt it. My legs were hurting.”

Tharp ran the second leg.

“At the beginning, you have to push really hard,” Tharp said. “At the end, you have to give it whatever is left and make sure your handoff is good.”

Lavalle ran the third leg.

“It was all about pushing through until the end, starting strong and attacking the people at the beginning,” Lavalle said. “Everybody gave what they had. I’m proud of the way we ran.”

Houston ran the anchor leg.

“I came out pretty strong,” Houston said. “I was trying to chase down the girls in front of me. If I had maybe 10 more meters, I probably could have had them.”

While the Lady ’Cats fell short of the team trophy, they still managed to place fourth in the event and fifth in the team standings.

“We’re happy about how it went,” Houston said. “It was a good year for the team.”

Kelley said the Lady ’Cats ran a solid race.

“Janna ran her best split ever, a 59 out of the blocks. Amber and Taylor were just a tad off their marks, but still turned in good times. Anna still ran a 58 as the anchor,” Kelley said. “We ran well, just a little slower than the day before. A fourth-place finish at state is still awesome.”

Kelley was proud of his team’s performance at the state meet.

“I thought we could have a chance to be a top 10 team coming in, but then the girls stepped up their game a lot.  It was a great weekend and to even compete for a team trophy was fun,” Kelley said. “These girls gave everything they had and did their absolute best. That’s what makes them and the team a success. The community, school, parents and coaching staff could not be any prouder of this team.”


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