Over 2000 youth athletes from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Texas descended upon Mesa Community College last Saturday and Sunday (April 4-5) for the 50th Phoenix Invitational. The weekend didn’t disappoint, as amazing young athletes ran fast, jumped and threw far at one of the oldest and most prestigious track meets in the country for youth track and field. This is a very difficult meet to get a ribbon (4th thru 8th place) and even harder to receive a medal (1st-3rd place) – but a handful of our Flyers did just that last weekend.
It wasn’t a huge surprise that Charlie Allison, in the boys 9-10 division, continued his strong season by placing 2nd in the javelin with a season best of 34.96 meters – just missing 1st by .3 meters and also setting a new long jump PR with a 3.78 meter mark; What was a pleasant surprise was newcomer, Carter Lolli, who found a third place medal in his possession on Sunday after he threw a season long 22.86 meters – beating his previous mark of 18.34 meters from March 15th.
Not to be outdone by his older brother, Braden Lolli not only took 3rd in the long jump with a new PR of 3.31 meters, but took 12 seconds off his 800 meter best (3:02.31) and taking 8th place, while also attaining a faster time in the 400 meters with a 1:21.44.
Dylan Anderson, only in his second-ever track meet, found success in the boys 11-12 high jump – placing 1st with a leap of 1.35 meters, and then coming back in the long jump and placing second with a tremendous jump of 4.80 meters.
Isabella Allison, managed a new PR in the javelin with a 4.4 meter toss. Jake Blair had a very solid mark of 2.84 meters in the long jump for a new best, as well as knocking off over 2 seconds in the 200 meters with a new time of 41.94. Levi Shoemaker also found another gear in the 200 meter race and setting a new fastest mark for himself with a time of 42.49 seconds.
Taite Lockett set a new personal best in the long jump with a nice improvement of 2.63 meters in the girls 9-10 division. While Hannah Weier, also one of our 9-10 year-old athletes, found two PRs in the 800 and 1500 meter races. Hannah squeaked a best in the 800 with a new time of 3:08.45, but really raised the bar in the 1500, where she was tenacious and strided to a very good time of 6:13.97.
Lexi Nissen, in our 11-12 girls division, came up with two new PRs over the weekend, with a nearly 2-second improvement in the 200 meters (36.6) and a very strong effort in her 400 meters, setting a new best for her of 1:20.68. Maddy Shoemaker, also came up with two new PRs over the weekend in the 800 and 1500. She chipped a bit deeper past the sub-3 minute 800 meters with a new best of 2:53.59, but like Hannah Weier, really shined in the 1500, where she dropped 13 seconds off her best time to a new mark of 5:40.91. Bekkah Weier, also found great success in the 11-12 girls 1500 meters, where she lowered her best time down to 5:49.48. Nate Foltz was another of our 1500 meter crew who found a new PR as well and looked solid in the process (5:38.68).
Away from the distance events, in our 11-12 division, you had Owen Donnelly throwing a great javelin to a new long mark of 21.63 meters, Tollen Lockett jumping to a new best distance of 3.17 meters and Diego Avila setting a PR in the 400 meters with a new time of 1:17.09.
In the 13-14 division, Carter Sokolovich was our other three-time PR athlete over the weekend. Setting new best times in the 200 meter hurdles (32.86), 800-meter run (2:27) and in the 1500-meter run (5:09.51). Kit Donnelly found his stride on Sunday and crossed the line with personal best in the 400 (1:17.87) and then our sole 15-16 girl athlete, Camille Avila, ran her first ever 400 meter with a respectable time of 1:18.56.
The Flyers next meet is on April 26th at South Mountain High School.