Lady Saints take third at regionals |

Lady Saints take third at regionals

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyVail Christian's Rachel Glandorf, center, powered her way Saturday to a regional title in the 1,600 meters in Grand Junction. The Saints finished third at the meet, a school best.

GRAND JUNCTION – Don’t say mean things about Vail Christian’s Rachel Glandorf.First of all, she’s a nice person and doesn’t deserve it.Second. her dad, Steven, is something like 6-foot-8 and probably wouldn’t take to kindly to it.Finally, all you’re going to do is motivate her.After finishing third in Friday’s 800 meters in 2A regionals, Glandorf was already upset going into today’s 1600.

“The girl who beat her in the 800 made it known that she was going to beat her today,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “She threw down the gauntlet and wrote Rachel off after the 800. That was a huge mistake.”Glandorf was sixth at 450 meters, moved to third in the third lap and blew past the final two runner in the final 75 meters to win 1,600 gold in 5 minutes, 45.44 seconds.While opponents might want to keep their yaps shut, Vail Christian’s girls had a lot of talking to do after finishing third as a team, the school’s best regional result. At 68 points, the Saints were two points behind Dolores County and 10 behind the champion, West Grand.Leslie Peterson joined Glandorf as a regional champ. Peterson made it three in a row in the 400 with a time of 60.28.”She ran a really great race, especially because she had such a busy day (Friday),” Isbell said. “To go out today and run the her best time of the year, she’s really cutting down on her time.”

The Saints went 1-3-5 in the 400. Molly Brooks is going to state, finishing third in 64.92. Katie Russ added valuable points in fifth (65.77).”That in itself says a lot about the ladies’ hard work, (coach) Eric Peterson developing their attitudes and Rachel’s and Leslie’s leadership,” Isbell said.Leslie Peterson is going to state in the 100, by taking bronze in the 100 (13.50). She finished fourth in the 200, but is already prequalified there, so she has a busy weekend ahead in Pueblo next week.The girls 1600 relay of Molly McGee, Brooks, Glandorf and Peterson is off to state after finishing second in 4:12.54. The Saints flashed their youthful talent as the 400 team of Katie Russ, McGee, Karlie Peterson and Brooks took third and a state birth in 53.54.The medley of Megan Doughty, McGee, Peterson and Brooks finished fourth, just out of the running. One nice note on both the medley and 400 teams is that they are made up of three sophomores and one freshman.

The Saints boys put two in shot put finals for the first time. Jaryd Francis and Jonathan Armstead finished sixth and seventh, respectively.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or, Colorado

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