McGee, Saints shine at Western Slope meet
KREMMLING – Good golly, miss Molly McGee.Or as Vail Christian track coach Bob Isbell said, “That is not something I have seen in 30-plus years of coaching track.”On a day of many stellar performances from the Saints at the Western Slope League Meet Saturday – the ladies took fourth with only two races from Leslie Peterson, more on that later – McGee’s outing in the 3,200 meters will be remembered for quite a while.Having already run the 800 and the 1,600, the sophomore was a late entry in the 3,200. Not a regular in this race, McGee was doing really well, holding down the second spot, until the eighth and final lap.With around 300 yards to go, to put it tactfully, McGee began to have some stomach problems.”She just kneeled down in lane one, while the third-place runner passes her,” Isbell said. “She’s right by me and I said, ‘Why don’t you just take a walk with me?’ She looks at me with her eyes and said, ‘I’m going to finish this.’ “By this time, the fourth-place runner was right next to Molly when she continued. The fourth-place runner tried to pass Molly and she blows her out of the water. After the race, one of the girls said, ‘Nice job.’ Molly said, ‘I just took a break in the middle of the race.'”Travails and all, McGee took third place in 14 minutes, 39.82 seconds.Shuffling the deckPeterson was out for most of the day, taking her SATs, which forced Isbell to rearrange his lineup. The Saints were up to the challenge.Earlier in the day, Rachel Glandorf won the 800 in 2:37.33, followed by McGee in second (2:42.71). In the 1600, McGee took gold in 5:58.08 with Glandorf striking bronze with a time of 6:11.25. The first-place finishes included all-league honors for both in their respective races.In the 400, Molly Brooks continued to show that she’s no ordinary freshman, winning in 63.80. She joined Glandorf and McGee as all-league. Katie Russ finished sixth in 67.53.The relays were jumbled, but still did well. In the medley, Megan Doughty, Karlie Peterson, Russ and Glandorf were third in 2:03.98. In the 800 relay, Karlie Peterson, Doughty, Britni Beagley and Russ finished in 2:06.13, good for fifth. Karlie Peterson, Doughty, Beagley and Kristen McGinty took eighth in the 400 relay in 59.65.In the discus, cheers to Sophia Martin for setting a school mark with a throw of 91 feet, 0.5 inches. Martin also was eighth in the shot with a 25-5.25. Brooks was third in the 100, punching in at 13:59. In the long jump, Doughty was eighth with a leap of 13-5.And then, Leslie Peterson arrived back from her SATs.She:a) finished second in the 200 in 27.24.b) helped the girls 1600 team, including Russ, Brooks, and Glandorf, win gold by a good 25 seconds.c) had no stomach problems.Or:d) did all of the above.Jaryd, Caleb and KyleJaryd Francis put himself into the Vail Christian record books with a triple jump of 35-7. He finished eighth. Caleb Person was fourth in the high jump in 5-6. Francis was right behind in eighth (5-4).Kyle Bruntz also had a personal record in the discus, going 100-8.”Everyone’s really competing well,” Isbell said. “Molly McGee is feeling more comfortable in her events. Molly Brooks is running extremely well. Kate Russ is a little banged up. Hopefully, we can get her well. Everybody’s running extremely well. The girls on the relay teams knew their points counted. It was nice to see how the team worked together to make this happen.”Next up is the 2A regional meet in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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