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Flyers Meet Highlights

Foltz and Allison Take Home Some Hardware – Flyers Improve in Thin Air

NAU mascotThe Phoenix Flyers were a small, but easily viewed group (with our new bright green tech shirts!) this past Sunday at the 23rd Annual Arizona Indoor Classic Youth West Zone meet up at NAU in the Skydome.

Nathaniel Foltz is finding success in the 800 meters thus far this season. Nate improved his time by nearly 5 seconds from his Feb. 1st performance. He ran a speedy 2:43.38 and took 2nd place in the 11-12 boys group. Later in the day Nate toed the line for the 1500 meter run and ran a gutsy 5:58.58 to take a 5th place ribbon.

Charlie Allison only taking one day of practice down the runway this early track season, still managed to pull off his second best all-time mark of 3.64 meters and taking the silver in the 9-10 boys long jump. Charlie also ran his first ever 55-meter dash and ran a respectable time of 9.16 seconds.

Although a bit nervous before each of her three events, Tollen Lockett still managed to come up with some very solid performances in the high altitude. Tollen had a best mark of 2.60 meters in the girls 11-12 long jump, which is a great start for her first time ever competing in this event. Another first for Tollen was running the open 400 meters. She managed to run a solid 1:25.55 time in this race. To round things out, Tollen just missed beating her previous time of 9.84 seconds in the 55-meter dash, as she broke the tape this day at 9.86 seconds.

Tollen’s sister, Taite Lockett also competed for the first time in the long jump, and there she had a leap of 2.29 meters. Taite, running always determined, was able to get two new personal records in her young track and field career with a 10.07 time in the 55-meter dash (previous best was 10.27) and smashing her 200-meter best by nearly 3-seconds with a PR of 36.67 seconds and placing 2nd in her heat.

The young Isabella Allison (5), who hadn’t done a running event since the Tucson meet last spring, braved the masses and was able to run a wild-legged 12.35 second 55-meter dash, beating 10 girls older than her in the girls 8 & Under division. But where Isa really showed her stuff was in the long jump, where she improved by more than .3 meters and had a personal best mark of 1.58 meters in the 8 & Under girls long jump.

The five athletes that made it up north this past weekend had a great time and more importantly a wonderful experience competing at the Skydome against kids from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.

The Flyers next meet is March 1st at Kellis High School.