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Pearson sets two school recordsBy Ian CroppDaily Sports WriterTHORNTON – Never mind that the Vail Christian Saints track and field team was the only 1A squad at Friday’s Horizon meet in Thornton. The girls had a flurry of top finishes and took first in the 3,200-meter relay.Oh, and even though the Saints only had one guy – Caleb Pearson – he racked up 22 points and set two school records.”We were really pleased, especially by the (3,200) relay team that got things started with a good win,” said Vail Christian coach Bob Isbell.Katie Russ, Allison Vossler, Molly McGee and Jesse Linder teamed up to win the 3,200. Russ and Vossler were then joined by Jackie Parker and Molly Brooks, and the group took third in the 1,600 relay.Linder may not have run in the 1,600 relay, but she wasn’t exactly resting as she took fourth in the 1,600 individual (5 minutes, 39.13 seconds). Then, Linder picked up her second medal of the day, earning a bronze in the 3,200 with a personal-best time of 13:09.89.”You can’t say enough about what she’s accomplishing as a freshman,” Isbell said. “She’s a tough competitor.”Russ placed fourth in the 800 (2:41.90), while Brooks came in fourth in the 200 (28.29) and the long jump (13 feet, 5 1/2 inches).”Molly had a great jump of almost 15 feet, but she scratched by a quarter-inch,” Isbell said.Parker took sixth in the 400, and the girls earned 39 points to put them seventh in a field of 12 teams.What a showAs he’s done all year, Pearson placed in several events. And just in case the previous Vail Christian records he set earlier this year weren’t good enough, well, he rebroke them.Pearson took second in the high jump (5-8) and reestablished the school mark in the long jump (18-8 1/2) to earn another silver. His third medal of the day came in the 300 hurdles, where a school-best time of 45.38 earned him third.Next Saturday the Saints head to Rangely.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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