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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 3:45 pm

Competing at the MSHSAA cross country championships can be a nerve-racking experience for any high school runner, much less a freshman.

Josie Plowman, a freshman, was the lone runner from Washington High School who qualified for the state meet.

Competing in the Class 4 girls race, Plowman finished in 112th place in a time of 21:15.

“Josie was a bit in awe when we got to the course,” said Washington Coach Mike Olszowka. “It can be overwhelming walking into such a huge meet. There were hundreds of tents, estimated to be over 5,000 spectators and over 1,300 runners.”

Plowman got into her running routine, which settled her nerves.

“Once we got Josie warmed up, she was her usual self,” Olszowka said. “Looking at her place is not fair when compared to her race. Josie ran her second fastest time of the year on the hardest course of the year. When you get a freshman to the state meet, you try to make it a learning experience.”

Olszowka said Plowman improved as a runner as the season moved along.

“After the race, we talked to Josie and she was able to talk about different parts of the race and the course,” Olszowka said. “That says so much about her learning curve throughout the season. She is no longer a runner, but is developing in to a strong young racer who has three years to continue to improve.”

Eureka sophomore Hannah Long cruised to a first-place finish in the Class 4 girls race in 18:06.

Francis Howell captured the Class 4 girls team title with 81 points.

Eureka finished second with 103 followed by St. Teresa’s Academy with 116 and Lee’s Summit West with 129.

Blue Springs’ Simon Belete flew to the Class 4 boys win in 15:48.

St. Louis University High won the Class 4 boys team crown with 98 points.

Blue Springs was second with 98 followed by Lafayette with 143 and West Plains with 188.

Season Recap

Olszowka said the Washington team had some tough breaks this season.

“Overall, our season was a bit disappointing. But when you break it down, there’s not much that was within our control,” Olszowka said. “We had three experienced kids who started training on day one. They missed the whole summer due to track injuries. We had one of our top three boys move to Texas. We had a car accident that sidelined two varsity runners for the last six weeks of the season.”

There were positives from the season.

“We lose only three runners to graduation, and some of the kids are already running their winter programs to prepare for the track season. We had the biggest group of freshman girls that we have had in five years. They all had spectacular rookie seasons. We had two freshman boys who were both varsity contributors by season’s end. We had 25 middle school kids on the team.

“We are learning as a team that the season cannot start on the first day of practice. Our little victories have made us a stronger team and we are sticking together so we can continue to prepare for the next season. On behalf of the coaches and the kids on the team, we would like to thank the parents for their support and commitment to Washington cross country. The 6:30 a.m. practices, pasta parties, long Saturdays and early Mondays. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Soldan vs. Washington, 6:30 p.m.

Borgia vs. Union, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Normandy vs. Carnahan, 5:30 p.m.

Pacific vs. Rockwood Summit, 7 p.m.

North Tech vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North vs. Carnahan, 5 p.m.

CBC vs. Soldan, 6:30 p.m.

Borgia vs. North Tech, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

St. Clair at Washington    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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