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Vail Christian runs well in Craig

Chris Freud

Happy birthday, Coach.

The Vail Christian track and field team put up some good marks for birthday boy, coach Bob Isbell, in the Thursday’s North Park Invitational, including some new school records and personal bests.

“What a better way to spend your birthday outside, watching young athletes compete,” said Isbell, who was celebrating some form of anniversary of his 29th birthday.

As a sidenote, other dignitaries whose birthdays are on April 15th include actress Emma Thompson and Leonardo da Vinci.

But, it’s safe to say that Thompson can’t throw a shot put as far as Bradie Beagley, John McGee and Andreas Bauer. And, we’ll take Rachel Glandorf and Leslie Peterson on the oval over da Vinci any day.

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Speaking of Glandorf and Peterson, they were in their usual fine form. On a windy day in Moffat County, Glandorf took gold in both the mile (5 minutes, 58.64 seconds), the first time she’s broken six minutes this year, and the 800 meters (2:40).

Peterson took first in the 100 and 200 and was second in the 400. She has now qualified for state in all three events, thank you very much. Her time of 26.77 seconds in the 200 is a new school record, breaking the old one held by, well, Leslie Peterson.

Take that, da Vinci.

Molly McGee ran a 2:52 in the 800 to take third. We shudder to think what she’ll do in the longer distance races when she gets going. Freshman Karlie Peterson took eighth in the 200 with a 13:31.

The relay team got going, as well. Katie Russ, Karlie Peterson, McGee and Amanda Larson were fifth in the 800 and sixth in the 400.

Beagley set a school record in the shot put, throwing 26 feet, five inches. And, the Saints seemed to be in a throwing mood Thursday. John McGee and Bauer tied for six with throws of 37-6. For Bauer, that’s a personal best.

Take that, Ms. Thomspon.

McGee can also run, as shown by his second in the 800 (2:17.24). The guys picked up silver No. 2 when Kyle Cureau ran the 3200 in 12:01.

Vail Christian heads to Greeley today for the Greeley Invitational. Tuesday, the Saints are in Kremmling for a make-up of the snowed-out Joe Shields Invitational.

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