Not even April yet and the temperatures were rising into the 90s on Saturday at Chandler High School for the USATF AZ Regulation Meet (Mar. 28th). Our Flyers had some great results, many PRs and even some ribbons from their efforts on this sunny day in March.
8 & Under Division
Isabella Allison threw another personal best in the mini-javelin (8.06 m) and was able to squeak out a 6th place ribbon. She also long jumped with good form, but a bit short of her best with a 1.85 m leap. Looking smooth as usual, Jade Elcock found success in the 100 and the 200 meter races. She ran solid times for herself with a 22.93 and 53.68, respectively – just barely missing two new PRs for herself. But our 8 & Under athlete who had a banner day was our own Sofia Jourdon, who dropped nearly 2 seconds off her 800-meter time and took 3rd place (3:17.39). Sofia also took 4th in the long jump with a new personal best of 2.55 meters.
Ava Busot only competed in one event on Saturday, but she made it count. She knocked-off nearly a full second in her 100-meter dash with a very respectable time of 16.97 and a new PR. Anderson and Toby Lim made it just in time to the track after their basketball game to run the 200 meter and trucked it half-way around the track in 35.39 and 36.65, respectively. Jumping, running and throwing is what Ava Clegg does now on the track and she came away with two new PRs out of the three events. Ava jumped 2.47 meters (PR), threw the shot putted 3.3 m (PR) and ran a 18.59 time in the 100. Although no PRs for Braden Lolli on Saturday, he still came away with some very good performances. Braden jumped 3.23 m in the long jump and took 5th in the 800 meters in 2:56.12.
Brynn Pickavance took to three events on Saturday with some success. She PR’d in the long jump (2.55 m), ran a strong 100 m (18.35) and threw the shot put for the first time with a mark of 3.75 m. Camila Cornejo-Farmer missed setting yet another PR for herself in the 100 meters (16.85), but did find one in the long jump where she soared 2.88 meters and a 9th place finish. Jay Nergard came out for his second meet and ran a hard 19.78 in the 100 and threw 8.20 meters in the mini-javelin. Another javelin thrower, Levi Shoemaker, fell a bit short of his PR with a throw of 11.08 meters, but once again got below 18 seconds in the 100 (17.97).
Ty Stinson is getting the hang of the javelin and threw very nice first throws in competition, with a best of 12.32 meters. Ty also took to the air a bit longer than in his previous meet and long jumped to a new PR of 2.49 m. Taylor Pinteric couldn’t believe how much of a lead she had in her first ever 400-meter race and won her heat in an impressive 1:24.87. Taylor also long jumped for the first time with a good mark of 2.73 m. Lucy Arana dropped nearly a full 8-seconds off of her best 800-meter time and crossed the line in 3:10.92. Lucy also PR’d in the long jump (2.42) and got those fast-twitch muscles going in the 100 with a 18.36 finish.
Colorado Stanley got more competitive in the 80-m hurdles with a new PR of 19.41 seconds and then threw just short of another PR in the javelin with a best throw of the day of 18.68 m. Charlie Allison after not throwing competitively in the javelin since last July due to injury, took three throws only and came out with a victory (35.44). Charlie also PR’d in the 100 m (15.04) and jumped a solid 3.85. Clayton Huston took to the 800 with a great debut of 2:54.33 and then followed that up with a strong PR in the long jump (3.09 m).
Reece Johnson came out to her first ever track meet and got those knees high as she ran the 100 meters in 18.12. Reece also tried the long jump for the first time and found a mark of 1.95. Luke Busot, who is working on his form, ran a smooth 16.52 in the 100 and came back with maybe too much strategy in the 400, but finished strong in 1:22.66. Natalie Coats, like Reece, came out to her first meet, and ran a very solid 100 meters, as she took to the finish in 17.4 seconds.
Three events Emily Hancock competed in with some good solid performances. Emily had a season best 100 m in 15.09, did the 100-m hurdles in 21.08 and just missed a season’s best in the 400 with a 1:16.44. Maddy Shoemaker set yet another PR on Saturday running 2:37.88 in the 800 m (knocking almost 7 seconds off her time a month ago). She then came back and went after it in the 1500, where she took 5th with a 5:36.33, to complete a strong double for the day. Colby Grennan, a new Flyer this year, showed up big on Saturday. He took 5th in a very competitive long jump (4.81), 2nd in the 100-m hurdles (20.18) and ran a strong 400 (65.93). Another new member, Ariana Coats, competed in her first ever track meet as well and took to the 800 m. She gutted through the 2nd lap of the race and finished in a time of 3:21.84. A new jumper, but not new to the Flyers, Aria Jones, took 7th in the long jump (3.96), 2nd in the triple jump (8.88) and ran a new PR in the 100 with a time of 15.18.
The Flyers are heading west again to Millennium High School this weekend (7 a.m., Saturday, April 4th) and then are off for a couple of weeks before the prestigious Phoenix Invitational, April 18-19 at Mesa Community College.