The Phoenix Flyers headed west again this past weekend for the second outdoor regulation meet of the season. With some of the athletes out of town for spring break, only 19 of our young newly neon-green outfitted members made the trek to Copper Canyon High School on March 15th. But as it has been the case thus far this season, those who competed raised the bar once again on their personal performances, as well as on the rest of the competition.
Starting with the 8 and Unders, newcomer Camila Cornejo-Farmer showed great promise with the fastest Flyer 8 and Under 100-meter time of the day with a 18.46 finish, and a nice splash in the long jump as well, as she managed to reach 2.05 meters in the pit. The wily veteran, Ava Clegg, had a very solid day on the west side. She took 6th in the long jump with a mark of 2.06 and set a PR in the 100 meters with a time of 20.14. She finished up her day with a 46.43 200-meter time.
On the boys’ side, Levi Shoemaker, Jake Blair, Cory van Niekerk and Braden Lolli took 2nd in the boys’ 4×100 relay with a 1:15 finishing time. Christoff van Niekerk, who was an alternate on the 4×100 team, later that afternoon crushed his 200-meter time by nearly 13 seconds, as he crossed the line in blustering winds with a time of 52.61 seconds. And Braden Lolli again had a standout day, with a 2nd place finish in the long jump (2.72 m) and a new personal best in the 800 meters (3.12.2) with a 4th place ribbon to show for it.
Onto the 9-10 division, where a number of our athletes had personal bests and high finishes. Taite Lockett, ran a new 400-meter PR with a time of 1.29.52. Carter Lolli, took a break from being on the baseball diamond and tried his hand at the javelin, where he managed a 5th place finish and a solid opening throw of 18.34 meters. Charlie Allison hurled the mini-javelin as if on Mt. Olympus high, with a new personal best of 33.79 meters and a 1st place blue ribbon. Sam and Sophie Heaton, competing in their first ever track meet, fared well as they ran hard 100-meter times (17.56 and 19.63, respectively), as well as jumping 2.88 meters and 2.13 meters in the boys’ and girls’ long jump competition.
Moving onto the 11-12 division, all of our athletes had strong showings either personally or competitively. Lexi Nissen looked light on her feet in the 400-meters as she floated by with a 4-second PR and a 1:21.4 time. Maddy Shoemaker ran a very tactical race in the 1500 meters and ended up with a PR of 5:53.74, as well as snagging a 5th place ribbon. Owen Donnelly, who has a lot of untapped talent, competed very well in all three of his events on Saturday – most notably, his 16.6 meter throw in the mini-javelin. We found out that Nathaniel Foltz is human after all, as he broke his streak of personal records in the 800 meters with a time of 2:47.65. He did manage to bounce back well in the 400 meters, where he found a new PR there with his 1:12.17 finishing kick. A PR is a PR, and Tollen Lockett, in her 2nd time running the 80-meter hurdles, shaved a sliver of time off her last performance with a .01 second best of 18.97 seconds and a 5th place finish.
Our two 13-14 boys had good days for different reasons. Carter Sokolovich keeps dropping his time in the 800-meter run, and found 5th place and a 2:30.06 finish off of a smartly run race. Amazingly, Carter ran 34.09 in the 200 meter hurdles, which was a fast as his pace in the open 400-meters (68.03). Kit Donnelly, although having a mishap in the 100-meter hurdles, an event he is just learning this season, shook off the race and ran a steady and gutsy 400 meters later that day (1:21.85).
Flyers next meet is on March 29th at Chandler High School and then the prestigious Phoenix Invitational on April 6th, where there will be teams from California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado and Utah all competing.