Clegg & Arana “Put” in High Places with Their Throws
Grimm Makes it to 55-meter Finals and Takes 3rd
Although the journey was a bit far to Youngker High School on Saturday, it was a good trip for our Flyers all around.
Auggie Grimm showed it was no fluke two weeks ago when he took 3rd in the 100. On Saturday, Auggie made it to the finals in the 55-meter dash and ended up placing a speedy third with a great time (and new PR) of 8.74 seconds. Auggie also had his first go at the 200, where we ran a quite respectable time of 33.74. Max Columbus took a break from the 400 to work on some short speed. He ran a nice PR in the 200 (36.37) and ran his very first competitive 55 meter in a solid mark of 9.47 seconds. Isa Allison found a new PR and club record in the 55-meter dash (9.6 seconds), ran another PR in the 200 (36.35) and began her season off nicely with a powerful take-off of 2.87 m in the long jump. Emerson Rhodes, who I fondly call “Tigger” leaped to a great season opener in the long jump of 3.01 meters and is on her way to another great season in the jumps this year. Emerson also ran 10.3 in the 55 m and 40.62 in the 200. Italia Eason, a third member of our lady 9-10 amigas, had a very successful day as well. She ran 10.23 in the 55 meters and got under the 40-second mark in the 200 with a 39.28 clocking.
Ava Clegg is having one heck of a year thus far. Ava blasted a 6.82-meter mark in the shot put to take 2nd place and set a new PR and club record in the process; Ava also ran another PR in the 55-meter dash (9.14) and finished up her day, even while trying to keep her heat/lane sticker from falling off, with a third PR of 35.69 in the 200 meter race. Braden Lolli is also looking sharp thus far in 2018. He cruised to winning his heat in the 800 with a 2:38.79 (taking second overall by missing out on first by only .05 seconds because of the winner of heat 1), but then showed some real wheels when he flirted with breaking 29 in the 200 (29.19) and took 5th overall, which was both a PR and club record. Micah Newkirk started out quite strong in early February in the 800, by taking 3rd overall and running a new PR of 2:44.36. Alex Columbus, older brother of Max, ran his first track meet and did so admirably. He ran a 3:04.03 800-meter, and is sure to break the 3-minute barrier in the not-so-distant future and then came back to run a solid 35.55 in the 200-meter race. Ginger Money, who was a bit nervous before the 800 m, had no reason to be as she ran a very strong race in 3:10.31. She then came back in the 200 m with a time of 38.18. Lucy Arana, showed some great poise on Saturday. She ran a terrific opening time in the 800 in 2:52.23 (6th) and had a spirited 200 meter race with a good time of 34.49. Gael Pacheco looked like a wily veteran in the 400, where he ran a great opening season time of 1:16.95 and will sure to be under the 70-second mark by season’s end.
Sebastian Arana is growing up right before our eyes and looked quite confident on Saturday as he took 3rd place in the shot put and set a new PR with a throw of 7.39 meters.
Maddy Shoemaker ran the 800 m, where she crushed the competition and cruised to a 2:40.6 1st place victory, setting herself up for a great 2018 high school campaign.
The Flyers will be back at our home track (Mountain Pointe HS) on Feb. 17th for the 27th Annual Arizona Classic & Arizona Association Indoor Championship. Once again, only indoor events will be competed at this event.