20+ Flyers came out to compete in the USATF AZ State Meet at Mesa Community College on May 21-22. Many great performances were had by our athletes that weekend (even some of our older guys).
8 & Under Division
Max Columbus had three solid performances over the weekend. He ran 18.68 in the 100 meters, 1:35.13 in that long 400 meter race and then a 10.19 meter best throw in the mini-javelin. Emerson Rhodes made it out for the 100 meter race, where in a very windy day managed to blow by in 19.92 seconds. Isa Allison was able to throw a PR of 13.14 meters in the javelin to take a third place medal and then jumped 2.38 m in the long jump and ran 19.5 against the wind in the 100 meters.
Ava Clegg keeps putting up PRs. Again this week, Ava jumped a personal best of 2.82 meters and then threw the shot put 4.32 m, for yet another personal record. Ava did get on the track and ran an 18.61 second 100 meter race as well. Braden Lolli ran like a man possessed in the 1500 meters and was able to out kick Do Right’s Justice Horace to win and set himself a new PR as well (5:35.76). Still trying to capture that 200 m 9-10 age group club record, Braden ran the 200, but fell a bit short of the mark with a time of 32.76. Braden also took 6th overall in the 800 with a time of 2:48.25. Benjamin Geist decided he wanted to see how fast his legs could take him in the 100 meters and he found out with a time of 16.46 seconds. Ben came back to run the 800, where he ran a very gutsy and tough 3:04.67.
Camila Cornejo-Farmer ran against the crazy winds in the 200 with a time of 35.05 and then also found a pretty good mark for herself in the long jump (2.89) to close out her weekend. Lucy Arana looked more like her old self with a very strong season’s best of 6.11.34 in the girls 1500 meters race. All systems were not go unfortunately for Levi Shoemaker this weekend and he needed to be scratched from the 400 meters. Levi did manage to throw 15.52 meters in the javelin and run a 17.75 in a strong head-wind in the 100 meters. Jake Blair leaped a personal best in the long jump with a 3.50-meter mark (8th place) and then took 2nd in the mini-javelin with a good showing of 27.03 meters.
Sebastian Arana, due to a mess up with the javelin officials, Sebastian was unable to get his throws in, but he did do the shot put and found a great PR in that event with a toss of 6.05 meters. Charlie Allison, had a fantastic weekend: 1st in javelin – 44.71 meters (new PR), 2nd in long jump (4.90 meters) – new PR and made it for the first time to the finals in the 100 meters, where he took 6th with a strong time of 13.8 seconds. Taylor Pinteric, raced a very impressive 400 with a new PR of 1:16.94 and jumped a very solid mark of 3.21 meters. Macy Baerman did set a new PR for herself in the 100 m (17.27 seconds) and ran a solid 3:17.04 in the 800 meters.
Nathan Lind, had no PRs this weekend, but raced and placed quite well. Nathan took 3rd overall in the 100 meters with a time of 12.39 and made the finals in the 200 meters with a qualifying time of 25.78. Carson Dada, found a new PR in the 400, as he dipped under 70-seconds for the first time with a 69.69 finish. Carson also competed in the 100 hurdles where he broke the tape with a time of 22.29.
Kenya Coburn, one of Coach Todd’s high school girls, joined the Flyers recently and was able to take 1st place in the 100 meters (12.74), triple jump 9.7 meters (her first time competing in this event, I believe) and long jumping 4.72 meters as well.
Chynna Simmons, took 2nd in the triple jump (11.03 m), 3rd in the long jump (5.26 m) and managed to make it to the finals in the 100 meters (13.63). Nura Muhammad took an impressive first in the long jump (5.53 meters) and another first in the triple (11.97 meters) for the double-win this weekend. Kayla Callendar also competed this weekend, but unfortunately no-marked in the long jump.
Masters (Aka “Old Man”) Division
Louis Clegg, more in a half-marathon frame of mind, did dip way down to the 400 meters, where he took first in his age-group with a time of 1:11.09. Coach Allison set two age-group state records (45-49) in the 800 (2:05.19) and in the 1500 (4:24.16), to close out the weekend.
The Flyers will have the Arizona Junior Olympic State Meet on June 3-4 at Mesa Community College. Many of our athletes have an opportunity to make it to the J.O. Region Meet in July in Albuquerque. Good luck Flyers!