Although technically the second meet of the season, a handful of Flyers traveled up to NAU last Sunday to compete in the only indoor meet of the year – 2015 Youth Zonal Indoor Track & Field Championships. This meet is both a great chance to run on a collegiate indoor track (NAU’s Skydome) and also compete against many of the top club athletes in Arizona.
In the 8 & Under division, Isabella (Isa) Allison was the sole participant from our squad. Being one of the younger participants in the meet (6 years old) she definitely held her own. In the 55-meter dash, she bettered her time from last year from 12.35 seconds to 11.39 seconds on Sunday. In the long jump she started out the year just a bit away from her PR (personal record) with a jump of 1.75 meters and taking 11th place out of 20 girls.
Taylor Pinteric, is a new member to the Flyers in 2015 and performed admirably in the girls’ 9-10 division. Taylor ran the 55-meter dash in 9.70 seconds and showed some good leg speed. In the 200-meter dash she ran a 38.63, which is a great start in the longer sprint events. We see good things on the horizon for Taylor this year.
Another new member to the Flyers this year is Megan Griffith who is in the 13-14 girls’ division this spring. Megan had an early start on Sunday with the pole vault being the first event; she set a new PR with a vault of 2.28 meters (7′ 5.75″). Megan also participated in the girls’ long jump where she placed 6th and jumped 3.80 meters, another good start to her early season.
We had a handful of high school kids head up to Flagstaff on Sunday to compete for the Flyers and Kayleigh Conlon was one of those athletes. Kayleigh is a sophomore at Mountain Pointe and was a state qualifier in the shot and discus her freshman year. On Sunday, still coming off of an injury, took 1st place in the shot put with a throw of 11.22 m (36′ 9.75″).
Another Mountain Pointe Pride track up and comer who joined the Flyers late last season is Chynna Simmons – also a sophomore. She had a very strong day up at NAU with a 2nd place finish in the 55-meter dash (7.43), 1st in the long jump (5.07 m) and 1st in the triple jump (10.85 m).
Rees Young, who was on the Flyers last season and also a Pride athlete, took 3rd place in the girls 17-18 division long jump with a leap of 4.91 meters. Rees, unfortunately didn’t get a legal mark in the triple jump, but we expect this to be a strong event for her this spring as well.
Many of our athletes moved up in age divisions this year, and Braden Lolli was one of those athletes. Now in the 9-10 boys division, he ran the 200 meters (where he won his heat) in a strong 34.30 seconds, placed right in the middle of the pack in the 400 m (1:21.52) and just missed making the finals in the long jump with a vault of 2.96 meters.
Two of our athletes, Charlie Allison and Colorado Stanley, both moved up to the boys’ 11-12 age division this season. Charlie managed to better his 55-meter dash time by nearly .5 seconds with a solid effort of 8.62 seconds, and Colorado, in the another heat of the 55 -m dash, was working on his turnover for his distance races with a time of 9.59 seconds. Colorado also ran the 400 m dash where he clocked a 1:36.24. But Colorado’s best performance of the day was his long jump, where he kept improving both form and distance with each jump, ending with a best of the day of 2.98 (tying his PR from last season). Charlie was able to make finals in the long jump, but having not even practiced long jump yet this season still had a respectable 3.58 jump for the day.
We had 5 high school young men compete for the Flyers on Sunday up in Flagstaff – all with strong results. Nic Sibley (6.56 sec.), Isaiah Banks (6.67 sec.) and Raymond Caayon (7.00 sec) took 2nd, 5th and 16th in the qualifying round of the 55-meter dash. Tyrek Cross, due to him turning 19 before August of this year, had to race in the open division, where he took 3rd place with a 6.92 sec time. Isaiah and Nic both came back in the long jump and triple where they took 1st and 2nd in both events, respectively. Isaiah jumped 6.51 m and 12.94, while Nic was able to muster 6.28 m and 12.85 m jumps. Alonzo Wilson, another high school Pride athlete, but who also turns 19 before August, jumped in the open division. He had a mark of 5.36m in the long jump and unfortunately fouled in the triple jump with no legal mark.
It was a good competitive meet for all of our athletes and showed good signs of the next 4 months to come. This weekend (Feb. 28th) the Flyers will be competing at Westwood High School in Mesa for a regulation meet.