Saints track spotlight: Molly Brooks |

Saints track spotlight: Molly Brooks

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyVail Christian freshman Molly Brooks will be competing in three events at this weekend's 2A state meet in Pueblo.

There seems to be a fountain of youth at Vail Christian. Every year, track coach Bob Isbell seems to come up with a freshman jewel. The last three years, it’s been Rachel Glandorf, Leslie Peterson and Molly McGee. This year, it’s another Molly – Molly Brooks. As the only freshman on the team, she’s going to state in three events – the open 400 meters, the 400 relay and the 1600 relay. For more on Brooks read on:Date of birth: Dec. 28, 1989Parents: Dr. Larry and Muffy BrooksSiblings: Megan, junior at Battle MountainClass: FreshmanWhat’s it like to be the only freshman on the team?: “It’s intimidating, but at the same time they encourage me to the ends of the world. I know that I have people behind me, pushing me. It’s fun to be a freshman, the only one on the team just for the sake of being different. I have something with the upperclassmen that no one else has.”

Do you prepare differently for the 400 than you do for relays?: “I do because for the individual events it’s just me and the track and the girls I’m racing with, instead of being in the 4-by-4 or 4-by-1, where I have the girls backing me up.”What are handoffs like?: “For the 4-by-4 race, it’s not too hard. It’s pretty self-explanatory. For the 4-by-1, I’m not very good at handing off so they always anchor me, so I just have to take it and run.”What’s it like being the anchor of the 400?: “It’s really fun. You can see the position your teammates have put you in. If you’re not in first, you have a chance to get better.”What’s it like going to state as a freshman?: “It’s going to be exciting. I’ll know what to do as a sophomore, junior and senior. I’ll have experience. I’m just excited for the team bonding and Rachel’s final races. It’s exciting.”What’s coach Bob Isbell like?: “He’s amazing. He knows track and strategies and statistics. He just knows what’s going on. He’s awesome.”Favorite subject: SpanishCareer plans: “I think it would be fun to play volleyball. I always thought that volleyball and track were just kind of high school sports. Now, I’m thinking deeper into it. I have lists of colleges at home. I have lots of different things I might want to do.”Favorite movie: The Notebook

Favorite movie star: Sandra BullockFavorite TV shows: Friends and SeinfeldFavorite Friend: RachelFavorite food: Pancakes with syrup and butterFavorite pizza slice: Cheese and pepperoniFavorite drink: MilkFavorite book: Where the Red Fern GrowsMac or PC: PC

Favorite Web site: GoogleFavorite type of music: “I’m open to all music because I want to be a singer when I grow up. I sang at Talent Show and won that. I sing at volleyball games, the national anthem.”Favorite singer: Joy WilliamsWhat are you going to eat after state?: “I don’t eat very healthy. I’ve had my own personal nutritionist who’s Katie Russ. She’s always telling me what not to eat and what to eat. I’m kind of in the habit of eating healthy now, so I’ll probably stick to it. Maybe, I’ll vege out once in a while.If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?: “I would be an evergreen so I could see all the seasons.”If you were ruler of the world for one day, what would you do?: “All of the homeless kids and orphans and kids who have disabilities, I would make their dreams come true and give them money and food and housing.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or, Colorado

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