I apologize for not getting up any new blogs for the past month or so, but I will finish the year with this one.
The Flyers in our second season made some noise is USATF AZ-land and are a team to take notice of in the years to come. We had 9 athletes qualify for the Junior Olympic Region X Meet in Colorado Springs, CO (Rees Young, Charlie Allison, Chynna Simmons, Nic Sibley, Dylan Anderson, Tollen Lockett, Maddy Shoemaker, Jake Blair and Braden Lolli). Out of those 9, six took the trek over to Colorado for the meet. It was a great experience for all of the kids and it was cool being at the Air Force Academy for the event – what a beautiful and pristine spot!
In the 8 and Unders, we had two athletes – Jake Blair and Braden Lolli. Jake who just picked up the mini-javelin this year has had great success, especially in the last month or so. He had a best throw of 18.39 meters entering the Region X meet, but had a huge PR of nearly 3 meters and took the silver medal with a throw of 21.32!
Braden Lolli, found out that it only takes one good jump to get on the podium and that’s exactly what he did. Braden jumped a strong 3.30 m leap on his first attempt and scratched his next 5 jumps; but that turned out to be just fine because he managed to take home a bronze medal in the boys’ 8 and Under long jump. In the 1500 m, Braden didn’t have as much success due to being at 7200 feet above sea level, but ran valiantly to take 9th place in that event.
Charlie Allison was the favorite in the boys’ 9-10 mini-javelin and although not his best day, still threw a strong 35.19 throw to win the event; unfortunately, Charlie on his 5th throw hurt his arm (which ended up being a minor fracture) and will not be heading to Houston next week for Nationals. In the long jump, Charlie jumped very strong with 2 jumps at 4.01 m, but he needed 4.04 m to qualify for Nationals this year and so came up just a bit short.
Maddy Shoemaker was our other runner qualifier and was entered in a very competitive 3000 meters in the girls’ 11-12 division. Turned out that the 11-12 girls division was the fastest girls race of the entire day of any girls age bracket, and so, while Maddy tried mightily to not let the altitude in Colorado effect her, she had to settle for an 8th place finish in a time of 13.13.
Tollen Lockett was our 3rd javelin qualifier (11-12 division) for the Flyers and although she didn’t have her best throw of her short career, she competed like a champ. In the final round, she ended up throwing passed one girl who was ahead of her, which gave her a solid 20.17 m throw and more importantly a 5th place finish that punched her ticket to Houston for JO Nationals.
Chynna Simmons was a newcomer to our team late in the season after competing at Mt. Pointe High School as a freshman for the spring track year. Chynna had qualified in both the long and triple jumps and proved to be ready for the long drive out to the Rocky Mountains. Chynna took 5th in the long jump with a 5.00 m jump, and qualified for Nationals. But she really showed her wares in the triple jump, where she jumped a personal best of 11.04 meters, and taking the overall victory in the girls’ 15-16 division.
Out of all the qualifiers only Chynna will be making the trip to Nationals next week and we wish her the best of luck!
What a great season, Flyers! See you all next year!