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Flyers Meet Highlights

Coming Together for Flyers

Many eye-opening performance at Youngkers HS

After a little of a shaky start to the 2019 season, many of the Flyers turned the corner last weekend at Youngkers HS in Buckeye, AZ and put out some strong performances in nearly all areas.

8 and Under

Rajah Morris was our only 8U Flyer last weekend, but he showed some great improvement as he ran over a 2-second PR in the 100 meters with a new best effort of 19.41 seconds. 

9 and 10

Isa Allison had a very successful Saturday on the west side of town. Isa took 4th in the long jump with a new PR of 3.51 meters, ran a season’s best in the 200 meters (35.22) and took 1st place in the javelin with a new PR and club record of 23.92 meters.

Emerson Rhodes just loves to jump and showed that on Saturday by taking 3rd overall in the long jump with a tremendous mark of 3.71 meters, which was a PR and also a new club record. Emerson also ran the 400 meters (1:28.63) and the 100 meters (17.37) to round out her full Saturday at Youngkers.

Max Columbus was fired up to throw that javelin. On Saturday he was able to keep the energy focused in the right direction as he took 1st place, set a new PR (26.46 m) and is well on his way to heading to Nationals by season’s end if he continues to progress like this. Max also has a season’s fastest time in the 400 m (1:19.97) and rounded the bend in the 200 m with a time of 36.34.

11 and 12

Robert Morris took to his first meet of the season in the 100 meters and had some issues with his uniform and start to run a 16.40, which we know did not truly show how fast he can be out there on the track.

Elias Vega-Diaz just keeps getting faster and faster each meet. Saturday, Elias set two new PRs for himself. One in the 400 m (1:17.45) and the other in the 800 m (2:53.28). In both races Elias looked much stronger than he has in previous meets. We expect even speedier times in the coming weeks with Elias. He also ran a 16.46 in the 100 meters as well.

Auggie Grimm keeps setting PRs for himself in his new age division this season. Auggie ran 14.92 in the 100 m, which was a PR. He also ran 33.28 in the 200 meters.

Seth Henry had a really impressive day, especially seeing how his schedule only allows him to practice a couple times per week. Seth took 2nd in the 100 m (13.29) and 3rd in the 200 m (27.95), both personal records and new club records!

This 11-12 boys group has the chance at putting together a National-qualifying 4×400 relay team once we get Micah Newkirk out there regularly and everyone just getting some more training in over the next couple of months – should be exciting!

13 and 14

Gael Pacheco seems to have finally knocked-off the cross-country tempo-pace rust from his legs and found more turnover. Gael set a new PR in the 100 m (15.51) and also ran two season best times in the 400 m (1:12.30) and 800 m (2:48.25) for a nice upward trend on Saturday.

Ava Clegg, is becoming a discus goddess, as she threw 18.43 m! This was good for second place and a new club record. Ava also inched closer to breaking 16-seconds in the 100 meters (16.04), which was also a new PR and finally Ava threw 7.12 m in the shot put to complete her successful day out at Youngkers.

Alex Columbus throwing in the 13-14 boys Div. 1st Place, 600g Javelin

Alex Columbus had quite a good run and throw day on Saturday. Alex started off his morning with a 24.85 m throw in the 600-g javelin, which got him 1st place and gave him great confidence for the rest of 2019. Alex was no slouch out on the track either. He set two new PRs – 100 m (14.92) and 800 m (2:50.89). Alex finished his day with a solid 400 m (1:11.96). Like many of the 13-14 group, this was a turn-the-corner sort of weekend in a positive way and we expect more times to drop on the track and distances to increase on the field from here on out.

Lucy Arana looked fierce on the track Saturday. The days of Lucy being pushed around on the red oval are over, it would appear. Lucy ran many strong times on Saturday. Lucy PR’d in the 400 m (1:10.46), ran her second best time ever in the 800 m (2:46.94) and ran a fleet-footed 100 m (15.33) as well.

James Carter is getting into shape and it is showing! James dropped an amazing 18-seconds from his previous best in the 800 m, which was only two-weeks ago. James ran a 3:00.76 and so we will soon be seeing sub-3 from him in no time at all. James also showed more speed improvement, as he ran 17.05 in the 100 meters and 1:17.25 in the 400 meters.

Braden Lolli, due to a non-running-related mishap during the week leading up to Saturday, wasn’t even sure if he would compete. But he sucked it up and went after it. He did manage a PR in the 100 m (14.68) and ran his second fastest time ever in the 400 m (65.21). He did finish the 800 meters
(2:43.04) , but due to the pain he was in, was nowhere near his regular time of high 2:20s to low 2:30s.

15 and 16

Sebastian Arana is getting good at throwing the javelin! He moved up to the 800-g implement this year and it didn’t seem to phase him at all. Seb threw 29.96 m, which was good enough for 2nd place, a new club record and 3 meters farther than he threw the 600-g javelin last year – wow! Seb also went up in weight in the shot put, where he threw 8.38 m and 1st place.

The Flyers next meet will be on March 16th at Highland HS in Gilbert.

Go Flyers!