Seven does the trick for Vail Christian track
KREMMLING – For Vail Christian track and field, less is more.The Saints had all seven female athletes at Saturday’s league meet. All those seven ladies did was finish fifth out of 10 teams with an astonishing 74 points.The Saints won the girls’ 3,200-meter relay in a time of 10 minutes, 24.34 seconds. Not only is that a new Vail Christian record, but Jessica Linder, Katie Russ, Molly McGee and Brooke Bowles also set the 2A Slope league meet mark as well.When you have only seven runners, you need flexibility. The Saints got it as Russ and McGee, in addition to competing in the 3,200 relay, also ran in the 400. The team of Russ, McGee, Molly Brooks and Elizabeth Shearon grabbed silver in a time of 53.19 seconds.”That’s pretty unusual,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “Here they are seniors and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to get a relay team to state. They realize the 4-by-8 has got a really good chance. They’re willing to make the commitment to do that. That just shows the quality of young ladies that they are.”Shearon’s not to bad herself. The sophomore, in her first track season, whisked to second in the 100 (13.49) and fourth in the 200 (28.11). “We knew she was fast, but we didn’t know quite how fast and how she compared in the league,” Isbell said. “Obviously placing second 100 and fourth in the 200 is a lot of talent.”The points just kept coming for the Saints with Linder second in the 1,600 (5:47.64) and Lettie Fickling fourth (6:13.50). The duo was also second and fifth, respectively, in the 3,200.Bowles set a school record in the high jump, going 4 feet, 6 inches, which was good for fifth. Russ and Bowles went sixth and seventh in the 400, while Brooks leapt to fourth in the long jump (14-4 1/4). McGee sped to fifth in the 800 (2:46.59).
Senior Caleb Pearson still has some work to do before his distinguished athletic career is over. He went 6-2 in the high jump to win the event and prequalify for state. For good measure he was third in the discus with a throw of 118-2 and eighth in the 200.”That was exciting to see him prequalify because he was so close (in the high jump) last week,” Isbell said. “He’s worked hard for four years in all of those sports. To see him have that opportunity is really exciting.”While Pearson is a senior, the young Turks of the boys’ team – Eric Gallagher, Stephen Cheesman, Raphael Joly and Ryan Vlaar – set a school record in the mile relay. The quartet knocked off their previous mark with a 4:05.67.Vlaar took fourth in the 800 with a 2:16.79., while Cheesman was eighth in that race (2:23.59). Ian Hamina was in the points in the 1,600 with time of 5:29.05.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.