While the Flyers once again had many great performances yesterday at the March 29th USATF Regulation meet at Chandler HS, the team from that funny sounding area of south Phoenix had more personal and competitive successes in the long jump then in any other event on Saturday (8 PRs and 4 ribbons awarded).
Starting with our 8 and Under girls and boys: Isabella Allison managed to make the finals in the long jump and have a new personal best of 1.84 meters. Camila Cornejo-Farmer, in only her second time jumping, took 2nd place and a very impressive 2.77 meter mark. Camila also had a PR in the 100 meters with a 17.64 finish. Braden Lolli was another athlete who had a new PR in the long jump (2.95 m), which netted him 2nd place as well. Also, Braden took 4th in the 400 m with a new PR in the single-lap event (1:23.20). Darian Dantzler also managed a new personal best in the long jump with a 2.60 m jump and getting 6th place for that attempt. Darian also ranked 9th in the 100 meters with a strong time of 18.32 seconds. The boys 4×100 team (Levi Shoemaker, Jake Blair, Cory Van Niekerk and Braden Lolli) had a new season best, improving their time by over a second to 1:13.26. Of that squad, Cory also had a new PR in the open 100 meters with a new bench mark of 19.77 seconds and Levi found success in the mini-javelin where he took 4th place with a new farthest throw of 8.89 meters. While Ava Clegg couldn’t find her steps in the long jump, she definitely knew what she was doing in the 100 meters, where she smoked her heat and had a huge PR by nearly 2-seconds with an 18.86* finish.
Highlights of the 9-10 division: Charlie Allison continued his season domination in the mini-javelin with another 1st place ribbon and a solid toss of 31.96. Charlie did find new PRs in the long jump (3.76 m – 3rd place) and in the 100 meters, where he crossed the line in a very respectable 15.46 seconds. Hannah Weier, who petitioned Coach Allison to compete in both the 800 and 1500 meter races, showed she was very much up to the task. Running a new personal record of 3:08.65 in the 800 (6th place) and came back to roll the 1500 meter race in a very solid 6:22.59 time and a top 3 finish. Sam Heaton, rounding out our 9-10 year olds, put his head up and nearly dropped a full 1-second from last week’s 100 meter race with a solid time of 16.62.
To the 11-12 year-old athletes: Lexi Nissen was yet another one of the Flyers who found a new personal mark in the long jump. Lexi managed to move the tape to 2.59 meters on Saturday. Due to Coach Allison having temporary amnesia, Maddy Shoemaker only ran the 400 meters on Saturday, but took the short race in great stride and improved her personal best by over 2 seconds to a 1:17.01. Owen Donnelly, both threw and jumped to personal bests on Saturday. In the long jump, Owen improved by more than half a meter to a 3.24 mark; and in the mini-javelin Owen found almost another meter with a better effort of 17.58. Nathan Foltz, while taking second place in the 1500 (6:00.59), really showed improvement in the long jump with a new best jump of 3.40 meters. Bekkah Weier, ran her best race as a Phoenix Flyer with a gutsy last 200-meter push in the 800 meters, which gave her a huge PR by almost 7 seconds (2:51.23). Unfortunately, after a fall in the 1500 meters, Bekkah was shaken up, but still was able to cross the line in 6:45.82. Dylan Andersen and Diego Avila competed in their very first track meet and had some solid performances to show for it. Dylan won both of his sprint heats (15.13 – 100 m, 30.75 – 200 m) and also jumped 3.74 in the long jump. Diego looked promising in the 400 and had a solid time of 1:18.01 and also sprang 3.4 meters in his first long jump competition.
Of the 13-14 age group: Carter Sokolovich had a PR in the 1500 of 5:16.20 (4th place overall), which equates to a 5:40 mile; and our newest addition to the Flyers, Emily Hancock, had three positive performances for her track debut (Long jump 3.3 m, 100 m – 15.62, 400 m – 1:15.85).
Our sole 15-16 athlete, Camille Avila, had her track debut as well and looked smooth as she crossed the finish line of her 100 meters in 16.22.
Next week the Flyers will head over to Mesa Community College for the 50th annual Phoenix Invitational. This is a two-day meet with excellent competition from both the western and southwestern parts of The United States.
*This was Ava’s actual time. There was a mistake in the results, but I had it confirmed by the timing crew that her 18.86 was what she should have been awarded.