Vail Christian track readies for league meet
Girls looking for 2A slope title
By Chris Freud
Daily Sports Editor
Vail Christian senior Kyle Morris has been running the sprints for nearly four years now.
Wednesday, he said, “I just learned to run last week.”
Kyle, you’re on you’re way to lettering in track for the fourth year. You want to explain that?
“During my last 200 last weekend, I finished the last turn and coach (Eric Peterson) screamed at me, ‘Reach, reach reach,'” Morris said. “So, I lengthened my stride and I ran a faster 100 at the end than I did at the beginning, which doesn’t happen often in the 200.”
It’s those little breakthroughs for which Vail Christian looking in the hopes of putting up state times and distances – not to mention a possible league title for the girls – at Saturday’s 2A Western Slope League Meet in West Grand. It’s getting down to crunch time and every little bit helps.
“It’s a little scary because you go, ‘Wow, we just have three more meets. Next week is regionals,” head coach Bob Isbell said. “The week after is state. We were talking about how the season has disappeared all of a sudden. It’s been a great season, but boom, it’s here.”
The Lady Saints do not lack for talent, heading into the meet. The question, according to Isbell, is health. Of concern are Leslie Peterson and Amanda Larson who are dinged up. That could shuffle the relays and cost some points.
Nevertheless, the girls are optimistic after finishing seventh at this meet last year.
“I’m extremely excited,” senior Brittany Wright said. “I think we’re going to be more prepared than ever. We have eight girls for running, good field events a good guys team, and good pole vaulters. We’re taking a whole strong team.”
The leading ladies in this extravaganza are Rachel Glandorf and Peterson, both bronze medalists at state last year. Glandorf’s already qualified in the 800 and she’ll be looking to do the same in the mile Saturday. Isbell estimates that she needs a time of 5 minutes, 46 seconds to do so.
Peterson is already bound for state in the sprints, but she’ll get a tuneup in the 200 and 400 this weekend.
So how fast are those two, Ms. Wright?
“Let’s just say you really don’t see them,” Wright joked. “They just kind of go by you. We all do our workout and they do theirs. They run by us a bunch of times. They’re amazing. They’ve worked hard since the beginning and they deserve it.”
Isbell is also looking for points from Molly McGee, Wright and Katie Russ in the 200 and 400. Kaley Hagerman and Jessica Nevin could be in the hunt in the pole vault and Bradie Beagley and Sophia Martin will be competing in both throwing events.
The girls 400 relay is McGee, Russ, Karlie Peterson and Larson, with Wright as the alternate. In the 800 relay, it’s the same crew, except Wright goes in for Peterson. In the mile, look for McGee, Glandorf, Larson and Leslie Peterson with Wright again as the alternate.
Morris leads the boys’ team, running in the 100, 200 and 400. John McGee will be lining up for the 800 and 1600. Kyle Cureau will be doing iron-man duty , running both the mile and two mile. And, Andreas Bauer and Jonathan Armstead have been flirting with state distances in the shot. They’re at about 40 feet and Isbell believes that 42 might do the trick.
“It’s great to be out here,” Morris said. “Everyone’s competing as hard as they can to qualify and to get our entire team to state would be a great accomplishment.
“You’ve got to mentally kick it into another gear. Physically, you think smarter and just push yourself a lot more, knowing that you only have two weeks left to prove your worth.”
And learn how to run.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.