Vail Christian girls dance to third, then to prom |

Vail Christian girls dance to third, then to prom

Preston Utley/Vail DailyVail Christians Leslie Peterson takes off from the starting line during the 100 meters Saturday.

GYPSUM – The Vail Christian track and field team danced all Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invite and danced into the night with its prom.The ladies did quite the number on the track, finishing third with 66.5 points, only behind Eagle Valley and Middle Park. Not too bad for the smallest school in the field.

“They’re doing well,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “We’ve got a little bit more depth. That’s really exciting. We’ve got some other girls who are working out whom we can use, Obviously, we have some quality athletes. Molly McGee and Katie Russ are really stepping up as sophomores.”Then, of course, there are Rachel Glandorf and Leslie Peterson. The latter won the 400 meters in 59.60, as well as taking second in the 100.”Yeah, it’s nice,” Peterson said. “I wish my time (in the 400) would have been a little bit better. The conditions weren’t too bad. I can’t really blame it on that. I think next weekend I have to start out faster.”Glandorf took gold in the 800 in 2 minutes, 39.3 seconds. She also struck silver in the 1600.

“Rachel got challenged coming into the first lap with two girls trying to pass her and then she held (them) off,” Isbell said. “(Eagle Valley’s) Heather (Mann) was challenging Leslie right at the end. Fortunately, Leslie had a little bit more there. To see both of them meet those challenges and move forward is a great thing.”The girls 800 relay won in 1:53.26.”They’re about one second off state qualifying time and we had some pretty not too wonderful handoffs,” Isbell said. “I’m going to write myself a note, ‘Chris Freud suggests we work on handoffs.'”Just a thought, Coach.

In Isbell’s favorite relay, the medley, the Saints took second.Under the category of “Fame is Fleeting,” Jaryd Francis held the school record in the long jump for around 90 seconds. The freshman went 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Teammate Caleb Pearson snatched that away with a jump of 16-8. Pearson also tied the school mark in the high jump, going 5-6.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or

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