February Results Signify a Strong 2018 for Flyers

 Coburn, Lolli & Henry with Fast Early Season Times


The 27th Annual Arizona Classic, which is usually held up at the NAU Skydome, was “indoors” in name only this year as the meet was held at Mountain Pointe High School on Saturday Feb. 17th. The Flyers who came out to compete on Saturday continued to show great promise with some strong early season marks and times.

8U Division

Antonio Arana had his debut on Saturday where he ran the 55-meter and 200-meter races. “Oso”, as he’s lovingly called within his family, was a bit nervous in the 55, but managed a solid time of 10.89. Antonio looked a lot more confident in the 200, where he ran a quick 40.83 as he closed up his day.

9-10 Division

Simon Reynolds ran his first race of the year, but due to being under the weather only managed a time of 3:21.20, which is far from what Simon expects from himself; but knowing Simon, he’ll be back with vengeance when he steps back on the track again.  Italia Eason now in her second-ever meet, came out strong in the 55 m (10.45) and 200 m (41.75) to wrap up her Saturday at the track. Max Columbus left track early on Thursday due to a bad headache and then combine that with a Friday night flag football game (which his team won!) Max’s times on Saturday in the 55 m (9.65) and 400 m (1:30.22) were a tad bit off his norm. But as we move into javelin throwing season, Max will definitely get his swagger back and show the 9-10 boys who to watch out for in 2018 . Isa Allison realizes she’s not in 8U anymore as girls in her 55-meter heat got away from her pretty quickly as she ran 9.65. But when it came to the jumps, Isa showed she’s not missing a beat as she took 3rd place overall with a great early season mark of 3.05 meters. Emerson Rhodes, who just turned 9, was a bit excited about her horse riding party on Saturday, managed to hit the 2.80 meter-mark in the long jump.

11-12 Division 

Seth Henry, although he just turned 11 the other day, is showing he is going to be a force in the 11-12 division all year. Seth ran a PR in the 200 m (29.19), which also tied the club record and took 5th overall. Seth also made the finals in the 55-meter dash with a new PR and club record of 8.08 seconds. Good job Seth! Ava Clegg ran a terrific PR in the 400 m, as she took nearly 4 seconds off her time with a finish of 1:24.98. Ava had another strong throw in the shot put (6.78 m) as she took 3rd overall there. Ava also got out fast in the 55 m, where she ran a 9.33 . Braden Lolli “warmed up” with the long jump, which he hadn’t done in years, and found he was pretty springy as he took 5th place with a 3.69 meter jump. Braden then moved to the 800 m, where he ran a great race to set a new PR and club record (2:30.39) to achieve 2nd place. He finished up his day with a strong 200 m in 29.27.  Alex Columbus is slowly getting his legs and fitness back as he dropped almost 2 seconds in his 200 meter (33.78) and ran a solid 1:20.64 in the 400 for the first time this year.  Lucy Arana who is bound for some awesome things on the track this year, showed us all how to get it done with two PRs and one club record (which she already owned in the 800 m). Lucy ran a 2:48.38 basically by herself in a competitive  800-meters, where she will be dipping under 2:45 in no time flat. She then looked quite aggressive in the 200, where her other PR was made in 34.08. Gael Pacheco ran two very good races on Saturday. His first attempt at the 800 got him a 3:01.5 with pretty much even splits. He then came back to run the 200 in 34.18. Gael is sure to break the 3-minute barrier in the very near future.

13-14 Division  

Sebastian Arana even with an injured leg, still managed to throw another PR in the shot put (7.87 m) and take 4th place. Khaleb Henry is now in the “big boys” division, but held his own with a sixth place mark of 7.21 m with the new weight of 4K vs. the 11-12 division 6 lb weight. Macy Baerman had a great jump, which just missed the 4-meter mark (3.98 m), but was an enormous PR for Macy and a 5th place ribbon. Macy also ran her first 800 of the season with a time of 3:12.20.

17-18 Division 

Kenya Coburn is getting ready for a strong junior year at Tempe High School. She showed she will be a young woman to be reckoned with as she put out some solid performances on Saturday. Kenya set a club record in the 55 m, to take 1st overall (7.36). Kenya also PR’d in the long jump at Mountain Pointe, where she jumped 5.16 meters and took another 1st place medal. Kenya finished her day in the triple jump with a 9.49 m best, which got her 2nd overall.

The Flyers will be back to the track on March 3rd at Alhambra High School for the next USATF AZ Regulation Meet.

Go Flyers!