Saints pick up Day 1 points
GRAND JUNCTION ” When Jessica Linder gets upset, she sets personal records.
Linder, the Vail Christian sophomore didn’t have her best race in the 800 meter race at regionals Friday, placing fifth.
“She was really kind of miffed,” said Saints’ track and field coach Bob Isbell. “She said she was going to run the two mile and qualify for state.”
Linder went ahead and ran the 3,200-meter race in 12 minutes, 38 seconds, good for second place, which qualifies her for next week’s state meet.
“That’s her personal record and in 85-90 degree heat,” Isbell said.
Lettie Fickling was seventh in the 3,200 at 13:25.26, her personal best.
On the boys’ side, Ryan Vlaar shaved seven seconds off his best 400 time to finish in fourth at 2:09.59.
“He came into the field 13th and ended up fourth,” Isbell said. “In the last 100 yards, someone passed him, and he passed him back. It was a great race to watch.”
Steven Cheesman, a freshman, took 10th in the 400 at 2:16.21, also a personal best by seven seconds.
Caleb Pearson was sixth in the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches.
For Saturday, Isbell looks for the girls relay teams to pick up points. Elizabeth Shearon will be racing in the 100 and 200 finals, while Molly McGee will be in the 400, as well as the 1,600.