Great Performances at State J.O. Meet for Flyers

Blair Gets Jav-Mojo Back – Junior Olympic State Champion

Boys 11-12 3200-Meter Relay Punches Ticket to Colorado

Bond – Quadruple Threat at JO State Meet


The Arizona weather gods were in kind spirits this past weekend as a light rain lowered the temperatures on Riggs Field at Mesa Community College, which lead to many great performances for our Phoenix Flyers.

8U Division

Antonoio Arana ended his season with two big PRs! Antonio threw 8.81 meters in the mini-javelin, which got him a 5th place ribbon and also ran a blistering time in the 100-meters, as he flew under the 18-second mark with a time of 17.84 seconds.

Auggie Grimm was no ghost this weekend and made his presence felt by all. Auggie ran a phenomenal 14.96 second 100-meter prelim, which got him into the 100-meter final, where he just missed qualifying for the Colorado Region Meet with his 5th place finish. Auggie also sprinted another PR in the 200, where he crossed the line in 31.95. Maybe if we can get more track and less baseball from Auggie next season, we will all be a witness to some even more amazing times than he had this spring. Isaiah Crowder had a good weekend on the track and field. Isaiah ran a new PR in the 100 m with a time of 16.18 and threw a very respectable 20.10 meter mark in the javelin to close out a terrific first season with the Flyers. Isa Allison had two PRs and club records this weekend. Isa threw 21.45 m in the javelin to take 2nd overall and set a new club  and personal record. Isa also jumped 3.46 m in the long jump, which was a huge PR for her and also another club record.  Emerson Rhodes, who due to a scheduling snafu only competed in one event this weekend, but luckily it was her favorite one – the long jump. Emerson “Tigger” Rhodes, as I affectionately call her, didn’t disappoint as she bounced down the runway with an amazing new PR and new club record (which she now shares with Isa) of 3.46 meters. Simon Reynolds was battling some sort of stomach-bug all week, which had me pull him from the 1500 meter on Saturday. But Simon has been wanting to throw the javelin all season and he looked like he had some promise. On Sunday he showed why it was a good decision to put him in the mini-jav, as he snatched the final spot to the Region meet with a great throw of 24.63 m for 4th place. Simon did manage to also run the 800 m on Sunday, where he ran a solid 2:58.31. Max Columbus who just turned 9 this past weekend, had a  great JO meet. Max threw a HUUUUUGE PR in the javelin of 23.97 m for 5th place and jumped another PR in the long jump, where he launched himself 3.34 meters into the sand pit. Max also ran a very good 800 meters in 3:04.62.

11-12 Division 

Ava Clegg had a great weekend in the throws. Ava set a new PR, club record and took 3rd place in the discus (16.32 m) to qualify for Colorado. Ava also took third in the shot put, where she found a mark over 7 meters (7.24), which is her 2nd best throw all-time. Braden Lolli had some stiff competition in the middle-distance events, but “B” came up smelling like roses in both the 800 and 1500 events. B got out-kicked in the 1500 to take 2nd place and had a gutsy finish in the 800 to nudge out a 3rd place and qualify for his second event of the weekend for the Region 10 Championships. Micah Newkirk ran hard in the 1500 and he managed to hold off enough competitors to snatch the 3rd place medal with a 5:18.44 finish. Micah also lead the team’s 4×800 relay, which qualified easily, but showed it would not be outrun by any 11-12 girls’ teams, as the boys managed to win the race outright. Ginger Money had a very good weekend to end her 2018 season. Ginger ran a sold 3:13.95 in the 800 m, but really showed her stuff in the 1500 m, where she ran possibly her fastest 1500 m of the year with a time of 6:26.24 (which equates to a 6:55 mile). Jake Blair has got his jav-mojo back as he won the boys’ aero-javelin with his second best throw ever (34.30 m) and Jake also ran the second-leg of the boys’ 4×800 relay with a sound split. Alex Columbus had such a great track season this year – his first with the Flyers. And in his first ever season doing the javelin, he took to it quite admirably. He was laser focused in the boys’ javelin on Sunday, where he threw a great PR of 28.76 meters to take 6th place and is poised to throw even better next season with the 600-g javelin. Lucy Arana definitely ran hard both Saturday and Sunday, but unfortunately fell a bit short in grabbing a qualifying place in either the 1500 m or 3000 m races. Lucy ran 5:56.96 in the 1500 and 12:53.52 to wrap up a good season, but we know she’ll have even more fire in her eyes come her 2019 track campaign. Gael Pacheco just keeps getting faster each week. We had him at a 2:41.99 split in the boys’ 4×800 and on Sunday came back ran a 2:46.73, which is his official new open 800-meter PR for him as well. Maddox Moses ran in the boys 4×800 meter relay, but really showed his mettle in the 3000 m early the very next day, where he almost pulled off an amazing qualifying run by gaining ground on the 4th place runner, but Maddox unfortunately ran out of real estate and had to settle for 5th (12:02.34), but believe me he left everything out there on the track!

13-14 Division  

Macy Baerman  ran a scorching 15.74 100-meter, which is the first time Macy has ever run under 16 seconds! Macy also had another first for her, which was competing in the triple jump. Macy showed great promise as she hopped-skipped-and-jumped 8.08 meter for 5th place. Macy also long jumped 3.61 m and ran 34.12 in the 200 m to round out her weekend. Sebastian Arana had a puncher’s chance at breaking into the top 4 in the boys’ javelin, but unfortunately he couldn’t put all of the elements together to get that last qualifying spot and ended up throwing 26.50 meters, which is still his second best throw ever. Seb also threw the shot put on Saturday with a strong personal mark for him of 8.49 meters.

15-16 Division  

Maddy Shoemaker was on pace for an overall PR (high school or club) through the mile of the 3000 m, but after a long track season, her legs got a bit heavy and she crossed the line 1st in her age group, but short of her goal. Her time of 11:28.68 is still a club PR and club record – so that’s not too shabby, baby! Leopold Bond was able to qualify in four events, which is pretty impressive at any level. Leo took first in the triple jump (11.30 m), 4th in the long jump (5.61), 2nd in the 100 m (11.41/11.74) and 2nd in the 200 m (23.88/23.4). Leo has an excellent chance to go all the way to nationals in a number of his events – way to go, Leo!

17-18 Division  

Kenya Coburn is really feeling her groove now, sista! Kenya took 3rd in the 100-meter hurdles and ran a big PR of 15.29. She jumped another PR in the triple jump (10.99 m) for 2nd and ran a third PR in the 100 m (12.44 in prelims) for took 3rd place in the 100-meter finals on Sunday in 12.94. Cameron Peters another one of Coach Todd’s Tempe Buffaloes came out to join the Flyers and qualified for Region in two events. Cameron jumped 12.73 m for 2nd in the triple jump and 6.20 m in the long jump for a 2nd place finish as well. Cameron did make the finals in both the 100 (11.58) and 200 (23.70), but wasn’t able to capture a 4th place slot in either.

Some of our Flyers will continue their season at the Region 10 USATF Junior Olympic Meet in Aurora, CO on July 5-8.

As always, it’s been a pleasure coaching all of you. Thank you this year to our great coaches (Elam Pacheco, Kim Mays, Maria Arana and Coach Larry Todd). It’s truly wonderful to see how our kids improve over the course of 4-5 months. We are lucky to have great parental support and kids with great attitudes (well…usually)…Seriously, to all of you whose season is finished – congrats on a great 2018. Hope to see you all next year. To the remaining athletes, let’s keep pushing for greatness!

Go Flyers!