Vail Christian sends six runners to 2A state track meet
From a team of only eight athletes, that’s quite a haul
Six Vail Christian athletes are headed to the state track meet starting Thursday and running through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. As a team, the Saints qualified for seven different events at the 2A meet.
There will be runners representing Vail Christian in the women’s 800-meter, 1600-meter, 3200-meter, and the men’s 4×800-meter relay, 800-meter, 1600-meter, and 3200-meter.
Freshmen Lindsey Whitton and Addison Beuche each qualified for the 800, 1600, and 3200. Beuche boasted a state qualifying 2-mile time of 12 minutes, 26 seconds at the Husky Invitational on May 18. Whitton also had a strong improvement in the 2-mile during the league meet.
“They are upbeat, outgoing and energetic girls,” said J.J. Cunningham, who coaches the Saints. “They feed off each other.”
According to Cunningham, both freshmen came in as strong runners but with different styles. She described Beuche as cerebral whereas Whitton runs “more free.” Both girls have been training together all season and have three more years to push each other.
Cunningham has four state meets under her belt. With a season of mile repeats, ladders and hills, the athletes are physically prepared. However, when it comes to track, the mental game is equally as important.
“Trust the training. Your body knows the rhythm,” Cunningham said. “It’s a tight competition for the podium. They are within seconds of each other. I am expecting a strong race.”
Junior Kaden Williams qualified for state with a mile time of 4.47 and a 2-mile time of 10.40. He is looking to cut both times by almost 10 seconds at the state meet.
“I envision every part of the race,” Williams said. “I picture the track in my mind and think about the splits I want to hit.”
Williams will be wearing his Vail Christian jersey and gold “good luck” chain. Sporting black and gray Nike Zoom Rival spikes, he pictures each stride.
Seniors Andres Ascencio, Langley Cerovich, Williams, and freshman Jorge Sinaloa will be passing the baton in the 4×800 race. Williams is also running in the 1600, and 3200. Joining Williams in the 1600 is Sinaloa.
The men’s 4×800 race is slated to be run at 4:45 p.m. Thursday. Williams will have a few more laps on the state track at 6:45 p.m. for the men’s 3200. Lastly, Williams and Sinaloa have the 1600m at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday.
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