8 Flyers Qualify for National Meet in Kansas
Temperatures were in the triple-digits on July 8-9 in Mesa, Arizona, the site for the Region 10 USATF Championships, but there was nothing hotter that weekend than our own Phoenix Flyers. 8 of our 9 athletes who competed qualified for the National Championship Meet in Kansas due to placing in the top 5 in their respective events.
8 & Under Division
Max Columbus after a week away at camp was not as sharp as he has been all season, but the competitor inside of him found a way to make it into the top-5 with a 5th place throw of 15.83 meters. Isa Allison, the #1 ranked 8U thrower in the U.S. this year, had a slow start with her first few attempts, but tossed a season’s best, club record and PR with her final throw of the day of 18.37 meters, which was also a new Region 10 Championship meet record. Isa also had a PR and club record in the long jump with a great mark of 3.28 meters, which got her 2nd place and another ticket punched to JO Nationals.
Jake Blair is getting the hang of this aero-javelin. He once again set a new club, personal and state record in this inaugural season of the 450-g aero-javelin, with a great throw of 36.04 meters. Jake took 1st place and has him currently ranked #5 in the U.S. Maddox Moses in his first season with the Flyers had a very gutsy and hard fought race in the blaring heat. He ran 12:44.43, which didn’t get him into the JO National meet, but we know great things are on the horizon for Maddox in the 2018 season.
Kenya Coburn, Coach Todd’s sensational sophomore superstar, qualified for the JO national meet in the long jump (5.04 m – 2nd), triple jump (10.55 m – 4th) and she also ran a strong 100 meters as well (12.86 seconds). While Kenya won’t be traveling out to Nationals, she has had a very successful sophomore year and her junior season should bring her even more success with her continued focused work ethic.
Chynna Simmons set a couple of club PRs, a club record and qualified for USATF National Junior Olympic Championship meet by taking 3rd in the triple jump (11.26 m – PR), 4th in the long jump (5.18 m) and was on the second-place 4×100 team (50.54 – club record). Brittany Patterson, not to be outdone by Chynna, took 1st in the triple jump (11.62 – PR), 3rd in the long jump (5.45 m) and was also on the 4 x 100 meter girls’ team. Catera Lee was there to just run and run she did well by helping the 4×100 team take second place. Lastly, Nura Muhammad took 2nd in the triple jump (11.58 m) and was also a member of the qualifying 4 x 100 relay squad.
While only Max, Isa and Jake are heading out to Kansas for Nationals, all of the Flyers this season should hold their heads up high to a very strong 2017 season.
The National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship will be held in Lawrence, Kansas on July 24-30. Max, Jake and Isa will all compete Wednesday in the javelin and Isa will long jump on Friday.
Good luck Flyers!