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Saints’ 3,200-meter relay rallies for fifth

PUEBLO ” And now for the first time likely in school history, we link the band Chumba Wumba to Vail Christian.

“I get knocked down, and I get back up again.”

As is customary with state meets, the Vail Christian track and field team got zapped with misfortune, but rebounded heroically. Running the third leg of the 3,200-meter relay, Brooke Bowles went down after being bumped by a fellow competitor. She got off the track and continued as the Saints rallied to fifth place Saturday at the 2A state meet.

“At that moment, I was kind of in shock,” said Bowles, a freshman who ran beyond her years. “I didn’t feel like it happened. It was like slow motion. It was kind of shocking. I was thinking that the people were still going, so I had to get back up. I didn’t want to let the team down.”

Despite Bowles hitting the deck, the Saints, including Molly McGee, Katie Russ and Jessica Linder, still managed to finish in 10 minutes, 12.47 seconds, only 1-tenth of a second off the school record they set last week.

“She gets ready to pass and they get tied up,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “She went down, and bless her heart, we were lucky she had the heart and the strength to get back up. Probably part of what Brooke was thinking, knowing her relationship with Molly, Katie and Jess, was that I’ve got to get back up for my teammates.”

The 3,200 wasn’t the only relay picking up points for Vail Christian. Russ, McGee, Elizabeth Shearon and Molly Brooks took seventh in both the 400 (52.56 seconds) and the 800 (1:52.23).

Senior Caleb Person, with tendonitis in his jumping knee, only cleared 5 feet, 6 inches. Nevertheless, he likely leaves Vail Christian as one of the most decorated athletes in the school’s history.

“It’s been incredible,” Isbell said. “The last three years, he’s been all-league in three sports. That’s an incredible accomplishment.”

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