Glandorf takes bronze in 800; Saints place sixth
PUEBLO – It was 103 degrees at Dutch Clark Stadium, site of the 2A state track and field meet, at 6 a.m. Friday.The good news was that the Vail Christian girls were equally hot on Day 1. Led by a bronze medal from Rachel Glandorf in the 800 meters and solid performances from all comers, Vail Christian is sitting in sixth place with 10 points with many intriguing possibilities in today’s finals.Glandorf ran her best 800 time of the season in 2 minutes, 25.2 seconds. That put her in third place behind Limon’s Justine Sandersfeld (2:20.91) and Fountain Valley’s Mera McGrew (2:25.27).”I felt fine,” Glandorf said. “It’s kind of sad, but I’m not really disappointed because there’s probably a lot of different things I could have done differently. I had fun. I ran my hardest. That’s the way it goes.”That is Glandorf’s third state medal in the 800. She won bronze her sophomore year and silver last year.”My goal was to stay up with (Sandersfeld) who won last year,” Glandorf said. “She had the fastest time going into it. So my goal was to stay behind her. I did that pretty much the whole race. My (split) times were pretty even all the way around. The first lap was pretty fast, a lot faster than I normally do, but it was fine.”Glandorf had company in the 800. Sophomore Molly McGee continued to impress with a 2:25.9, good for fifth. That is her third personal record in as many weeks.”It’s really nice,” McGee said. “It’s really fun. I got a PR, so I’m happy. It’s just nice to know that I ran my hardest here.””She did great. She ran awesome,” Glandorf said. “There were just a few tenths (of a second) that separated us, so she ran very, very well. She impressed a lot of people.”Peterson on the prowlLeslie Peterson cruised into today’s 400 final with a 59.12, a season best and the second-fastest time of the preliminaries.”She’s tapered extraordinarily well,” coach Eric Peterson said. “She’s battled a lot of normal track-season weather and stuff, just running in the high Rockies. She’s missed a lot of meets and she’s been battling asthma. This last couple of weeks, she’s tapered very well. We’re hopefully optimistic that she can come away a champion.””It was good. It was just kind of a fun day for the team,” Leslie Peterson said. “It was kind of nice to finally break (60 seconds) and know that I can do it. Hopefully, tomorrow I can go a little bit lower. We’ll just see what happens. I’m encouraged about my run tomorrow.”Molly Brooks made a huge splash, qualifying for the finals from lane No. 8. For the track novice, this is all but unheard of, especially at state. By being on the outside of the oval she had no view of the rest of the field and no way of knowing where she was in the race until the final turn.”It’s just equally impressive just qualifying as a freshman,” Eric Peterson said. “This is a huge accomplishment for a new runner. In the beginning of the season, she really did not like the 400, but she’s made a transition.”Getting into positionBrooks, McGee, Glandorf and Leslie Peterson put down the third-fastest time in the 1,600 relay at 4:12. That was not one of the team’s better times. The point was to qualify and conserve energy for today’s final.”All we were doing is trying to finish in the top three to get into the final tomorrow,” Eric Peterson said. “Tomorrow is going to be a different race all together. We fully anticipate to at least medal. We’d like to come away with a gold and present that to Rachel on her way out.”Glandorf will have two opportunities for a medal today. She’s also running in the open 1,600 as the 2A Western Slope regional champion.”Honestly, I’m really excited about the mile, more so than I have been all season,” Glandorf said. “I’m just going to go into it and try to have fun and do the best I can. Otherwise, the pressure just makes it not as fun.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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