Saints show promise at state |

Saints show promise at state

PUEBLO, Colorado” State champions in track and field are not born overnight. That having been said, Vail Christian track and field is off to a good start.

Junior Jessica Linder finished sixth in the 1,600 meters Friday at the 2A ” there is no 1A event in Colorado ” state meet in Pueblo.

Linder set a personal record and a new school record, finishing in 5 minutes, 23.52 seconds. Linder broke own record, but it’s still worth noting whose original record she shattered earlier this season ” Rachel Glandorf, Class of 2005.

In anything involving sports at Vail Christian, that’s saying something. Having just finished her junior year at NCAA track powerhouse Baylor, Glandorf did just about everything there is to do athletically with the Saints, and that speaks well of Linder’s continuing emergence.

“She ran her own race,” Saints coach Amy Flammang said. “Not only that, but she picked up her pace in her third lap. That’s where she’s tired in the past. That’s a conditioning thing. She didn’t fall off. She became faster.”

The boys 3,200 team took 10th with a time of 8:50.06, another best for this unit which has dropped about 45 seconds off the school record this season. The kicker is that Eric Gallagher and Ian Hamina are both sophomores; Chris Purse is a freshman and Ryan Vlaar a junior. If this crew keeps knocking off 45 seconds each year?

“We’ll be in the Olympics,” Flammang joked.

That’s a stretch, but it just goes to show the future is bright for this crew.

“It definitely helps the younger guys on the team to be here,” Flammang said.

“Everyone hasn’t (grown) physically, so it becomes a mental battle. Eric got caught in a turn, but once he came through the straight-away he made his way through the crowd. He knows from cross country running how to fight his way through and that carries on to the rest of the boys.”

The state meet continues today with Vlaar in the 800 and Linder in the 3,200.

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