Valley preps kick off spring season
Baseball, girls soccer and track have officially taken over for basketball, skiing, wrestling, hockey and the occasional Nordic affair.
A couple of schools headed down to Mickey Dunn in Grand Junction – Vail Christian and Battle Mountain – for a track meet, Devils baseball flaunted their diamond dominance at the Delta High School Tournament, Huskies soccer traveled to Grand Junction Central and Devils soccer stormed into Elizabeth for a 3-2 win.
Senior striker Sam Phillips garnered the first hat trick of the spring soccer season, as Eagle Valley won its season opener.
On a beautiful day in Grand Junction, the Vail Christian track team found itself competing against 4A and 5A schools. The Saints’ boys took 16th out of 18 teams, while the girls posted an impressive 12th out of 19 teams.
Vail Christian’s Leslie Peterson pre-qualified for state in the 400 on her first attempt by posting a time of 61.30 seconds – she was first place at the meet.
Junior Rachel Glandorf took second in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 30.24 seconds.
“She (Glandorf) was about a second from pre-qualifying for state,” said Saints track coach Bob Isbell. “She ran great until the last five yards. It was great to see Leslie pre-qualify in the 400 this early. I mean, that’s pretty incredible.”
Vail Christian’s 4-by-400 relay team – Peterson, Brittany Wright, Molly McGee and Glandorf – took fourth place with a combined time of 4:22.58. The Saints 4-by-100 team – Karlie Peterson, McGee, Katie Russ and Wright – placed sixth with a 56.03.
Leslie Peterson also finished seventh in the 100 with a 13.71.
“Brittany ran two very good races, so we were pleased with that,” said Isbell. “Molly had a good 400 run, and it’s the first time she’s ever done that (event). She also ran the 1600 earlier in the day, and she did a good job with that.”
Among the Vail Christian boys, Kyle Morris posted the best result with a seventh in the 400 (55.62). Seniors John McGee (5:07) and Kyle Cureau (5:23) ran personal bests in the 1600. And, sophomore John Armstead hurled a personal best in the shot put with a toss of 37 feet, 11 inches.
“Kyle ran his best in the 400, and I think it was a good meet because we were mostly competing with 4A and 5A schools,” said Isbell.
Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext.610, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.