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Garner earns All-State nod


Brian Hunsicker



    Osbourn head coach Matt Wilburn called it an “off-day”

for his girls’ 4×800 relay team at the Group AAA championships this weekend

at George Mason University.

The team, which had claimed titles in the Cardinal District and the

Northwest Region, didn’t make the top eight needed for All-State recognition.

The Eagles’ Steven Garner, however, did make All-State. He placed fifth

in the 55-meter hurdles, making him Osbourn’s first-ever All-State performer

since the school has been AAA.

“I’m extremely proud of Steven,” Wilburn said.

Garner was one of three Eagle athletes to qualify for states in multiple

events. He also competed in the triple jump.

Michael Lansdowne made the trip for the 300 and 500. But his best performance

was the 500, where he finished 10th in a time of 1:07.13.

“It’s been a terrific season, and I’m really happy with the way

things went,” Wilburn added. “Hopefully we can keep up our momentum

heading into outdoor.”

Osbourn Park’s two state competitors had a solid day at states, even

if they didn’t score any points. Moriah O’Brien and Brandice Flournoy each

set personal bests over the weekend.

Flournoy, a sophomore, took 10th in the long jump with a leap of 35-6

– a foot better than her previous best. She missed a spot in the finals

by an inch, since the top nine advance to the finals.

O’Brien ran in the 1000, and finished in 3:13, which was a few seconds

better than her previous best.

Yellow Jackets coach Bill Scott said he thought the meet’s atmosphere

helped Flournoy and O’Brien. “The atmosphere pushes you to do your

best. The adrenaline is really pumping,” he said. “It’s a lot

different than the little meets, like the one at Osbourn where you compete

in front of your parents and your friends. When you get states, there are

thousands of people. It definitely played a big role.”



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