Saints set school record in 1,600
PUEBLO – It’s about 110 miles from Aurora, the site of the 4A state track and field meet, to Pueblo, where the 2A competition was concluding Saturday.Yet some eerily similar things were happening on the Interstate-25 corridor.Up in Aurora, Eagle Valley’s Chris Gamble, the prohibitive favorite in the 110-meter hurdles, clipped a hurdle and staggered to a fourth-place finish. He responded with an emphatic win in the 300 hurdles.Down in Pueblo, Vail Christian’s Leslie Peterson led Limon’s Justine Sandersfeld in the 400 by a body length with 50 meters to go and inexplicably tripped, falling out of contention. She responded by anchoring the Saints 1,600 relay team to a silver medal and a school record with a time of 4 minutes, 8.04 seconds.You may cue up the Twilight Zone music now.”I thought I was doing well. I was on the back stretch,” Peterson said. “I just gave everything I had and I kind of collapsed. I don’t know. My leg gave out.”Obviously, I was disappointed, but I guess you pray about it and you give it everything you have and you go out with pure motives. What happens happens. You’ve just got to be thankful no matter what the circumstance. I tried to forget about it and I set my mind on the 4-by-4 and do the best I could for the team.”She as well as Molly Brooks, Molly McGee and Rachel Glandorf did. They laid down their record run, finishing just one second behind powerhouse Limon and walloping regional rival Dolores County by five seconds.Not too bad of a way to end the season.”They really wanted to finish strong and they all came out with their best performances,” coach Amy Flammang said. “Each individual girl took off at least a second if not two second off their previous time. They gave all they had.”Glandorf’s finaleFor Glandorf, the silver was the fifth medal of her track career, a nice way to cap her storied career. For those of you scoring at home that’s five track medals, four all-league basketball awards, three all-league volleyball awards, two all-state honorable mentions (volleyball and basketball) and a partridge in a pear tree for Glandorf.”It’s nice. It was a good way to end,” she said. “Everyone ran their fastest. We’re happy. It’s bittersweet. I’m very, very blessed to be able to run next year because it makes it not as hard.””This year, this girl in all her actions, everything she does, is so positive and encouraging,” Flammang said. “She’s a true role model in her word and her actions. She’s been a true leader as the only senior.”The future Baylor Bear took ninth in the mile with a 5:48.98.”It was hot. It was tough mentally battling though that and I think that’s probably what got the best of me,” Glandorf said. “I learned a lot. Now I know exactly how I’m meant to run that race.” “She is remarkable’Peterson was cruising in the 400.”She is remarkable,” Eric Peterson said. “You have to understand it was a great race. I kept her splits. She was right where she needed to be at 100 (meters) and 200. At the 300, she was at 41 seconds. Our goal was to break 58 seconds and she was on that pace and ahead of (Sandersfeld) and then just hung her foot out there.”Leslie Peterson got up to finish eighth in 69 seconds. Most impressively, she dusted herself off and got ready for the relay, something that did not shock her teammates.”It’s not surprising at all because of her character,” Glandorf said. “She’s more competitive than I’ve ever seen her in that race. We had a couple goals. We wanted to beat Dolores because they got us at the end of regionals and we did beat them by a good five seconds. She almost got (Sandersfeld). Bless her heart, she worked so hard. It’s just the way. If you win you praise the Lord. If you lose, you praise the Lord.”Those eight points vaulted the Saints into 11th place with 21.Also contributing was freshman Brooks. She finished seventh in the 400 in 64.04.”Molly has come so far from the beginning of the year,” Flammang said. “She was not looking forward to doing the 400 (earlier in the year). She did what she was asked to do and she came forward and did it and gave it her best.”Is there a doctor in the house?Saints head coach Bob Isbell missed all the action Saturday. But he can get a note from his new doctor, Dr. Travis Isbell. Bob Isbell and his wife, Linda, were at Texas A&M, watching Travis graduate from medical school.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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