As the heat index rose and summer vacation started to take hold, many of the Flyers did not compete at the USATF AZ State Meet last weekend (June 1-2, 3013). But for those who did, great results did follow.
Halle Yellowhair, who had a very solid performance in the 200 meters (40.96), really showed great improvement in the long jump. She jumped a season long of 2.31 meters, besting her former PR by over .3 meters (1.98).
Braden Lolli, in his last meet of the season, laid it all on the line when he came up with two PRs for the weekend. In the long jump, he squeaked a .01 meter PR by jumping 2.65 meters for the day. But his best performance came in the 400 meters where he broke the 1:27 mark by running a new season best of 1:26.7. Braden also ran a smart race in the 800 meter, by placing 2nd in the 8 & Under Boys’ age group with a confident run of 3:17.3.
Charlie Allison, although he couldn’t find his steps in the long jump and had to settle for a 3.31 meter performance, did not have any issue in finding his groove in the 9-10 Boys’ mini-javelin. He won the event by throwing over a 4-meter PR (32.04) in his 5th throw, after falling behind to Do-Right’s top thrower, who had just tossed the implement 30.44 meters and taking hold of 1st place, temporarily.
This week the team goes back to Mesa Community College to compete in the Arizona Junior Olympic meet. Top 4-finishers in each event will move on to the Junior Olympic Regional meet during the July 4th weekend back at Mesa Community College.
There’s nothing wrong with 2nd place, but Charlie Allison broke through to a 1st place ribbon for the first time this season, when he and the rest of the Flyers competed at the May 18 USATF Regulation Meet at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Having come in 2nd in the 300-g mini-javelin in every meet he’s competed in this season, Charlie was able to throw a personal record of 27.64 meters to win the 9-10 Boys javelin division by over 1 meter.
Simon Reynolds, who just turned 5 years old this year, was fearless when he toed the line in his first ever 100 meter race. He ran an impressive 23.90 time and the Flyers look for him to suit up for hopefully an entire 2014 track & field season.
Ava Clegg, got out of her comfort zone and attempted her first ever 400 meter race on Saturday as well. With grit and determination she crossed the line in a time of 1:51.72 – well done Ava!
Other notable marks were Bekkah Weier’s personal record in the long jump of 3.01 meters and sister Hannah just missing a PR in the 800 meters by less than 4-tenths of a second (3:10.55).
With summer break upon us, many of our athletes will be traveling out of state and missing the last two meets (Arizona State Meet, June 1-2 and Arizona Junior Olympic State Meet, June 15-16). For those who have completed their season at Central High School on May 18th, It has been an incredible and enjoyable inaugral season for you and the Flyers.
We hope to see you back, with friends, in 2014!
With just about a month left of the youth track and field season, the Flyers are planning their 1st Annual Phoenix Flyers Track Club End of Year Bash for Sunday, June 2nd at the home of Michael and Annalisa Lolli.
With over 20 members (both competitive and non-competitive) in the Flyers first season, Coach Allison and Coach Todd are proud of the personal and competitive accomplishments each of their athletes have made in the last 4 to 5 months.
The Bash will be bbq burgers/hot dogs, pool party and awards for the entire team and family members.
The Phoenix Flyers TC wish to recognize and thank everyone for making this first season with us a successful one. This Bash is our little way to say we thank you to the athletes as well as the parents for allowing us to hopefully pass along our track and field knowledge to the next generation.
Party is from 11:30-2:30 on Sunday, June 9th.
Hope to see many of you there.
RSVP: Coach Allison – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flyers arrived at Chandler high school missing a few athletes due to illness, injury and outside commitments, but the 7 who competed had some strong showings.
With only a month before the Arizona Junior Olympic meet our Flyers are definitely beginning to find their rhythm in many of their events.
Braden Lolli (7) in the 8 & Under boys’ 800 meter smoked the competition with an impressive 3:15.61 debut. This is the Phoenix Flyers Track Club first 1st place finish in a meet this season. Braden also managed a 5th place showing in the boys’ long jump with a mark of 2.46 meters.
Although Charlie Allison (9) didn’t win his events he took home two 2nd place ribbons with PRs in the javelin (25.97 m) and also in the long jump (3.74 m). Charlie ended his day with a strong effort in the 100 meters with a new personal best of 16.12 seconds.
Ava Clegg (6) kept her PR streak alive with a nice improvement in the long jump with a 2.19 meter mark.
Halle Yellowhair (9), even though in the unfavorable outside lane 8, was able to drop her 400 meter time by over a second with a 1:28.13 finish.
Bekkah Weier (11) can’t seem to break that 2.94 meter mark in the long jump with her 3rd meet in a row attaining this distance; but she has found improvement in the javelin each and every meet. This week she managed to take 5th place and improve her throw to 12.38 meters.
Sister, Hannah Weier (8), while not setting any bests around the oval on Saturday was able to manage a PR in the javelin with a 8.64 meter throw.
Christina Diggs, who didn’t compete last weekend, was able to have some solid performances as well in the 400 meters (1:28.87) and in the long jump (2.85 meters) at Chandler.
The Flyers have no meet this upcoming weekend, but will compete next at Central High School for the last Regulation meet of the season on Saturday, May 18th.
While there were many strong performances this past weekend (Apr. 27, 2013) for our Flyers at Weswood High School, none were more impressive than the 3 personal records set by Bekkah Weier.
While only tieing her long jump PR on Saturday with a solid 2.94 meter jump, Bekkah found herself becoming a bit more comfortable with the javelin technique and took a 6th place finish with a new best of 12.19 meters. Then Bekkah took to the track and ran a strong PR in the 400 meters (1:22.86).
Ava Clegg still kept her streak going of setting a PR in each meet she has competed in by setting a new long jump mark of 2.09 meters.
Braden Lolli had some solid performances on Saturday, but he saved his best for last as he ran a new personal record in the 200 meters with a time of 37.74 seconds.
Charlie Allison, after taking a hiatus from throwing the javelin at the Phoenix Invitational, came back strong this week by taking 2nd place in the 9-10 Boys Division and setting a new personal best by tossing the spear 24.54 meters.
The past two meets, Clay Diggs has figured out how to jump better and better. At The Phoenix Invitational two weeks ago every jump Clay attempted was a new PR. On Saturday, Clay once again set a new tape measurement in the long jump with a best of 2.72 meters.
Although Sarah Rusanowski had some foot issues, she still managed to take 3rd place in the 800 meters in the Girls 13-14 division, while also besting her 400-meter time with a new personal record of 1:09.04.
This weekend the Flyers head over to Chandler High School for their next Regulation Meet.