Vail Christian girls finish third at league meet
Rachel Glandorf, what award do you want for setting a new 2A Western Slope League Meet record in the mile?
“Maybe some cough medicine,” the Vail Christian junior laughed between coughs. “That’s all I want.”
Get that young lady some Robitussin and make it extra strength. For that matter, Robitussin for everyone on the Saints track team after the league meet Saturday after the way the group performed Saturday in West Grand.
The girls finished third as a team – the school’s best finish at this meet – as Glandorf, Leslie Peterson and the girls’ mile relay successfully defended their league titles, while the boys put up some podium finishes and some personal bests.
“It’s really incredible,” said the coach formerly known as Bob Isbell, now known as coach Zrkqvspstrckqr – more on that later. “In just a short amount of time, these girls are turning into a real force. Knowing these young ladies, I’d bet they’ve set their sight on first place next year.”
“People aren’t asking where Vail Christian is anymore,” Glandorf said. “It’s kind of nice. I was surprised we did as well as we did after seeing the results. But then, I’m not as surprised given how hard our team has worked. It was fun to hear.”
Glandorf’s gold and meet record in the mile came in a time of 5 minutes, 45.77 seconds. More importantly, Glandorf is closing in on qualifying for state in the mile. Her time was just a second off the number.
“I almost got it today,” Glandorf said. “I guess next week I’m going to have to focus and work really, really, hard.”
While she’ll have a chance to qualify in the mile next weekend at regionals, she’s already set in the 800, and she backed it up by defending her half-mile title with a run of 2:31.25.
Peterson was up to her old tricks, repeating in the 200 (27.39) and 400 (59.99).
“For the 400, I just try to stay focused and take it out of the blocks as fast as I can. Then, I try to pick it up in the second 200,” Peterson said. “For the 200, I just go all out.”
The sophomore also finished second in the 100 (13.47).
The girls’ mile relay also went back-to-back. Katie Russ, Molly McGee, Rachel Glandorf and Leslie Peterson clocked in a 4:22.48. In other relays, McGee, Russ, Karlie Peterson and Brittany Wright took fifth in the 400 (55.37) and second in the 800 (1:57.46).
In other Lady Saints results, McGee was fourth in the 400, with Russ in seventh. Wright put up a seventh in the 200. Sophia Martin logged a personal best, flinging the discus 83 feet, 2.5 inches. Jessica Marchbanks threw the shot 22-6, also a personal best.
For the boys, Kyle Morris took silver in the 100, despite a sore hamstring with a time of 11.70.
“He was about two steps behind the kid from Soroco who’s beaten Kyle by five to seven yards each time,” Zrkqvspstrckqr said. “So he ran a really good race.”
John McGee struck bronze in the mile with a time of 5:10.37 to add to a fourth-place finish in the 800. Kyle Cureau also took bronze in the 3200, putting up a time of 12:05.47. Jonathan Armstead lobbed the shot 37-8.5 for seventh.
In the personal-best category in the discus, kudos to Kyle Bruntz (102-10), Stephen Shainholtz (101) and Josh Sibley (90).
All in all, it was a good weekend for the Saints who are tuning up for next weekend’s regional meet.
“I think we’ll have Amanda (Larson) back,” Zrkqvspstrckqr said. “Leslie’s obviously back to full strength. She didn’t have any ill effects from her Achilles injury. Honestly, although, the running times weren’t good on paper because of the wind, it was a good day. Also, in the field events, our people all had their best days. So, that’s exciting.”
Finally, Rachel wasn’t the only Glandorf in action Saturday. Steven Glandorf finally got his revenge on his head track coach after the latter pulled a prank on the former two weeks ago at the Phelan/Alexander Invitational. If you’ll recall, the coach inserted a fake runner from Hayden whose name was completely impossible to pronounce just to see how Glandorf would announce it over the PA system.
Saturday, Glandorf, the school’s principal, said, “Bob’s new last name is Zrkqvspstrckqr.”
And, who are we to argue with the principal – just as long as he gets his daughter some Robitussin.