We are back for the 2016 season! Our Flyers hit the track yesterday for their first meet of our season. It looks like there will be some great things to come in 2016, based on the results we saw at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz. on Saturday.
8 & Under Division
Simon Reynolds somehow is going to be 8 years old this year and so is finally at the top of his age group (8 & Under) for the 2016 season. He stepped on the track for just one event (200 meters), but definitely made it count with a time of 39.76 seconds (a new personal record!) and was 13th out of 42 competitors.
Ava Clegg, one of our original team members, will be 10 years old this season, and like Simon, started off the season with some PRs. Ava ran a PR of 10.21 seconds in the 55 meter dash and then came back in the 200 with another PR of 39.61! Lucy Arana, one of our distance specialists, dropped down to the 400 to get things started in 2016 and managed a PR of 1:25.85! Sofia Jourdon, a star distance runner in the 8 and Under division last year, has moved up to the 9-10 division this season and kicked it off terrifically with a very strong effort of 1:23.41.
New team members, Benjamin Geist and Sean Camping, hit the track for their first track meets ever and had a great experience. Benjamin competed in three events – 400, 55 and 200. Although his 400 was tougher than he may have imagined (1:33.03), Benjamin bounced back like a champ and ran strong performances in the 55 and 200 (9.81 and 36.17 seconds, respectively). Sean was so excited to run his first race, he did it twice! He ran mistakenly in the 8 and Under division, but we managed to get him in the appropriate 9-10 division race and he sprinted a very solid 9.81 time in the event.
Carson Dada, a new member to the Flyers this season, was entered into the 400 and 200 meter runs. He competed well and ran a 33.3 second 200-meter and 1:20.83 in the 400. Nathan Lind, who I have given the nickname of “Spikes” because of his desire to wear his spikes constantly before, during and after his events, had a great meet on Saturday. Joking aside, Nathan got off the line quickly in the 55-meters and was able to make finals in the event, where he ended up taking 4th overall with a strong time of 7.13 seconds!
Emily Hancock, in her third season with the Flyers, started off her 2016 campaign quite strong. Although she had no PRs yesterday, Emily was over 1-second faster in her 200 meter time than she was at this date last year (33.21 yesterday versus 34.36 last year). Emily also ran 9.29 seconds in the 55-meter dash.
The Flyers next meet is on February 27th – location still TBD.