Saints solid at Lancer
COLORADO SPRINGS – March Madness is not limited to college basketball.Exhbit A is the Vail Christian girls 800-meter relay team, which had some exchange problems at Saturday’s Lancer invitational.”I think we double dribbled the baton and got a three-second violation in the lane,” Saints track coach Bob Isbell joked.Despite their adventures, Katie Russ, Molly Brooks, Molly McGee and Leslie Peterson finished ninth with a time of 1 minute, 57.05 seconds.”After dropping the baton, looking around for it and running again, that tells you how fast they were going,” Isbell said. “They were going to be third.”That was just one of many solid Saints performances Saturday.Caleb Pearson had never thrown a discus before in his life. He threw it 77 feet, 11 1/4 inches. Not to be outdone, freshman Jaryd Francis went 88-1 1/2 in the disc for a personal record.Then, there’s Blair Halverson who set a school record in the long jump, floating 15-8.The girls 400 relay was a little confusing. Keep up, readers. It was Karlie to Katie to Molly to Molly.”To Molly, to Molly,” said Isbell, who might be opening a Mexican restaurant after this meet.Karlie Peterson to Russ to McGee to Molly Brooks, respectively, came in seventh with a 55.86.”We worked a whopping one day on handoffs,” Isbell said. “They obviously overcame their coaching.”With Rachel Glandorf on her senior-year mission trip, Leslie Peterson filled in during the 800. Though not exactly her specialty – Peterson is a sprinter – she was sixth in 2:40.05.”Bless her heart,” Isbell said. “She had a lot of determination. It was only the second time she’s run the 800, and it takes a while to learn how to run that race. She was just blowing past people in the the last 150 meters.” The girls mile really had no handoff problems. McGee, Peterson, Russ and Brooks finished fifth in 4:30.8. Brooks, a freshman, also finished 13th in the open 100. Francis went 36-8 in the shot put.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or email@example.com.