Glandorf, Peterson earn silver
Vail Christian’s dynamic duo is trending in the right direction.
Last year, Rachel Glandorf and Leslie Peterson took bronze at the 2A state track meet in the 800 and 400, respectively, in Pueblo.
Saturday, they both moved up a notch to silver in their races at state.
And with both returning next year, can the top of the podium be far behind?
“Definitely gold,” Glandorf said. “Golds all the way around.”
“That’s what I’m hoping,” Peterson said. “That’s what we’re planning on.”
For now though, the Saints girls track team finished the season Saturday with a ninth-place finish with 26 points, another school best, and then celebrated with a much deserved trip to the Cold Stone Creamery.
As Glandorf put it, after a tough track season, it was time for “the healthy food detox.”
“There’s around 10,000 calories around here,” Saints coach Bob Isbell joked.
“I’m eating cheese cake fantasy,” Glandorf said. “It’s dripping all over me. It’s the best feeling of my life.”
For the record, Peterson celebrated silver with mint chocolate chip and Isbell was having mudpie mojo, “without the almonds because I don’t want my figure to go to the dogs.”
Before the ice-cream binge, the main concern was Glandorf’s health after finishing a disappointing seventh in the mile on Friday.
“She was having a hard time breathing last night. We were worried about her being able to run today,” Isbell said. “I think she went through a box of Kleenex last night. I don’t know if it was an allergy. She got some medicine and was back to normal.”
And, normal for Glandorf is not exactly normal for the rest of the human race. Glandorf tried to take it out faster than usual in the 800, running her first lap in less than 70 seconds.
From there on, it was a pretty typical Glandorf race. She was in fourth place going into the last 200 meters and then kicked it into over drive. Limon’s Justine Sandersfeld and Glandorf dueled down the stretch. Glandorf just ran out of track.
“Rachel was running much faster than the Limon girl at the end of the race,” Isbell said. “She just needed a little more room, maybe 805 meters.”
Sandersfeld finished in 2 minutes, 20.91 seconds, with Glandorf just behind in 2:21.24.
“I’m excited, but I’m still disappointed,” Glandorf said. “You know that there is room for improvement. But, it was still exciting to have been there.”
Sandersfeld and Limon seemed to be a thorn in Vail Christian’s side this weekend. Limon won the meet with 62 points and Sandersfeld topped Peterson in the 400 with a run of 57.45. Peterson finished in 59.23.
“Truthfully, how can you not be excited about finishing second at state,” Isbell said. “She competed so well. She’s disappointed, but she shouldn’t be.”
Peterson also finished fourth in the 200 with a time of 27.11.
“I guess I’m thankful to God that I can run,” Peterson said. “I’m a little disappointed … I appreciate (the silver medal). It was a tough meet. I don’t want to be a downer. I’m still happy.”
The Saints finished their season with the mile relay. Limon ran away with the race in 4:06.44. Then, it was the closest of battles for second, third and fourth place. Akron punched in at 4:10.17. Dolores was third (4:10.59) and the Saints – Molly McGee, Glandorf, Amanda Larson and Peterson – were right behind in fourth (4:10.84).
“Bless their hearts, they were hurting afterward,” Isbell said. “They had high expectations. At the same time, you’ve got to applaud them on everything they’ve accomplished. You can’t really be disappointed finishing fourth the first time you’ve been there. The exciting part is that they’re all coming back next year.”
And, that will include some unfinished business for Glandorf and Peterson.