Saints’ mile, Peterson sizzle at state |

Saints’ mile, Peterson sizzle at state

Vail Daily/Bret Hartman Vail Christian's Rachel Glandorf crosses the finish line in seventh Friday during the girls 1600-meter final at the 2A state track meet in Pueblo. Glandorf recorded a time of 5:37.45.

The battle for the 2A girls mile relay state title is living up to its billing.Vail Christian’s foursome of Molly McGee, Rachel Glandorf, Amanda Larson and Leslie Peterson won its heat in a time of 4 minutes, 9.17 seconds to qualify for today’s finals at the 2A state track and field meet in Pueblo. In the other heats, Limon ran a 4:08 and Dolores ran a 4:09.This trio of mile squads is running faster than any of the qualifying teams in 3A.”We’re petitioning to move up to 3A,” Saints track coach Bob Isbell joked.

This is the best of the best and the Saints are holding their own after Day 1 at Dutch Clark Stadium.Friday primarily was a qualifying day and to no one’s surprise, Leslie Peterson made the cut in the 200 and 400 meters. In her specialty, the 400, Peterson logged the second-best time of the day in 59.17. She’s seeded fifth in the 200 after a qualifying time of 27.44.While the mile relay qualified, the 400 and 800 teams ran good races, but failed to make the cut. Katie Russ, McGee, Karlie Peterson and Larson ran a 54.14 in the 400, finishing sixth. The 800 team of Russ, McGee, Brittany Wright and Larson was outstanding, running a 1:52.09, just six-hundredths of a second off the school record. Unfortunately, that still put them in fifth and out of the running.Glandorf had a bit of a disappointing day by her very lofty standards. After winning regionals, she finished seventh in the mile, clocking in at 5:37.45, four seconds slower than her time last week. But, look for the junior to bounce back in the 800 today. Glandorf is the defending bronze medalist in this event, her specialty.Kyle Morris just got caught in the wrong heat of the 100. He finished third – and only the top two from each heat advance. His 11.39 was not only a school record, but it was faster than each of the second-place finishers in the three other qualifying heats. Morris didn’t advance in the 200. “Rachel has the 800 coming up and, hopefully, she’ll have a good race there,” Isbell said. “Leslie’s right in there in the 400 and 200 and our 4-by-4 relay is running really well. We’re right in the hunt.”Huskies solid at stateThe Huskies didn’t qualify anyone Friday at the 4A state track meet in Denver, but that’s not all bad. None of the team’s qualifiers are graduating, so call it a good learning experience.

The girls 800 relay team of Brittany Adamson, Meagan Reigel, Rolena Richardson and M.K. Zellars punched in at 1:50.1, but fell short of the finals. Adamson had a personal best in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.5. That was five-tenths of second off the school record and just six-tenths short of qualifying.”They had good times,” Huskies coach Lance Pratt said. “I’m proud of the hard work they did. They did a great job and they’re gaining a lot of experience by being at the state meet.”Freshman Crystin Rodrick runs in the 3200 today.

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