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Vail Christian’s Linder leads the way in Kremmling

KREMMLING ” Sometimes in track, the trick to running quickly is actually going slowly.

That was certainly the case for Vail Christian track’s Jessica Linder. By doing this, she won the 1,600 meters at Saturday’s 2A Western Slope Meet in Kremmling.

“The thing that has impressed my with her the most is her level of maturity,” Saints coach Amy Flammang said. “She knows where in a race to hold back and when to go. Everyone went out fast. She held back and she had them beat by the third lap.”

And by showing her composure, she ran the mile in 5 minutes, 35 seconds, breaking the meet’s record by 10 seconds. If you’re wondering, the junior is already prequalified for state in both the 1,600 and 3,200.

And for good measure, Linder took second in the 800 (2:29).

The Saints were without Ryan Vlaar, whose services were required for the school play, in the 3,200 relay. The Saints kept trucking though with Stephen Cheesman, Eric Gallagher, Ian Hamina and Chris Purse, who finished third in 9:29.

The boys 400 relay of Kieran Hurtt, Bubba Murray, Travis Whitley and Gallagher took sixth. The 800 of Ian Ryan, Chessman, Sebastian Pierce-Durrance and Matt Myers also finished in the points.

Jason Propp soared past 18 feet in the long jump. Propp and Whitley had personal bests in the long jump, flying 5 feet, 6 inches. Murray (33 feet, 1 1/4 inches) and Steil Beagley (33-10) also got personal records in the shot put.

Vail Christian heads to Grand Junction this weekend for regionals.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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