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Vail Christian gets its ‘q’ at state

Relay teams take No. 1 spots

Vail Christian's Lolo Wilson, right, hands off to Kiana Brausch during 800-meter relay qualifying on Thursday at the state meet. Both the boys' and the girls' 800 teams qualified for the finals with the fastest times of the day.
Shelby Sticksel | Special to the Daily

Thursday was about the “q” for Vail Christian at state. You want that little “q” near your name.

It was about qualifying through the preliminaries to the finals, and, so far, so good for the Saints.

Kellen Kinsella took care of prelims in both the 100 and 400 meters. The No. 1-seeded Vail Christian boys 800 relay team of E.J. Koller, Kinsella, Luke Bowers and Quinn Mitchell held serve with a time of 1 minute 31.42 seconds. That was easily the fastest time of qualifying, knock wood.

Kendelle Smith punched her ticket to the finals in both the 200 and 400. She’ll have company in the latter as Mariana Engleby also got the coveted “q.”

The surprise of the day was the girls 800 team. Not only did Lolo Wilson, Engleby, Smith and Kiana Brausch move through to the finals, but they had qualifying’s fastest time with a 1:148.16. As always with qualifying, past results do not guarantee future results, but it can’t hurt.

The Saints had two finals on Thursday. Zack McKeever finished eighth in the discus, while the boys 3,200 relay was 11th.