Emerson takes 2nd in Long Jump; Flyers Sweep Javelin
There were many great story lines for the Flyers at this past weekend’s USATF AZ State Meet at Mesa Community College (May 20-21). There were over 20 personal records for our young athletes and five new club records as well set under the sunny skies of Arizona.
8 & Under Division
Max Columbus had probably the most impressive day out of all our Flyers this weekend. Max threw a huge personal record in the mini-javelin (19.43 m) to both win the event and set a new PR. Max then shaved off some tenths-of-seconds in his 100 meters to set a new 100-meter club record with a time of 16.58. But, Max’s most impressive achievement was in the 400 meters. Max ran a 1:22.97 (a new PR) to qualify for the 400 finals later Saturday evening. And running way past his bedtime on Saturday seemed not to slow him down one bit. He took 4th overall and set another PR for himself with a 1:21.45 – knocking on the door of the Flyers 8 & Under club record of 1:20.89. Emerson Rhodes finally found the board in the long jump and it propelled her 3.10 meters, which was good for 2nd overall, a new PR and bettering her own club record. Emerson also found some jets for her shoes in the 100 meters, where she ran another PR (17.63) and did it again in the 200 meters with another PR (39.5 seconds). Isa Allison was one of four Flyers who won the javelin this past weekend, throwing a very solid 16.11 meters. Isa also took 5th overall in the long jump where she set a new PR for herself of 2.85 meters. Isa also ran a strong 100 meters in a time of 16.8 seconds. Alexis Calcote, seemed to have fun on Saturday by setting a new best time for herself in the 100 meters (20.45) and competed for the first time in the 200, where she ran 44.87. Charlotte Faltis ran a great 100 meters, dipping below 20 seconds and tying her best time ever with as finish of 19.26 seconds.
Auggie Grimm, only ran one race on Saturday, but he definitely made it count by setting a new personal best time for himself in the 100 meters (15.39). Seth Henry had a great two days at the USATF AZ State Meet. He ran not one, but two 100-meters under 14 seconds. He ran 13.95 on Saturday to qualify for the 100-meters final on Sunday; and then on Sunday bettered that time to 13.94, which placed him 4th overall and improve his existing club record for 9-10 boys for the Flyers. Micah Newkirk, wanted to run the 1500 meters and a good decision it was for him. Micah ran a very impressive and hard 5:45.62 time, which garnered him a 4th place ribbon. Sunday Micah competed in the 800, but his legs still hadn’t recovered from his great run on Saturday and he crossed the line in 2:53.95. Zachary Esparza who I never see at the meet but miraculously appears on the starting line, ran a very fast 100 meters and a new PR for himself (15.13). On Sunday, Zachary got out hard and crossed the finish line of the 200 in a very respectable time of 32.2 seconds.
Macy Baerman just missed a PR in the 800 with a strong time of 3:03.79. Macy had some bad luck in the long jump, fouling all three times and not getting a legal jump in. Macy did get aggressive in the 400 meters and found a time of 1:22.06 as she leaned at the end. Braden Lolli, in his second ever 3000 meter race, took 2nd place overall and skimmed off a second from his new former personal best for a new club record and PR of 11:31.42. The day before, Braden ran a very gutsy 1500 meters, where he just got out-kicked, but not before setting a new PR and club record in that event as well (5:14.09). Benjamin Geist was ever so close in setting a new PR for himself in the 800 meters. And by running with teammate Jake Blair Ben still got firmly under the 3-minute barrier in a time of 2:56.22. Ben also ran the 400 meters on Saturday with a solid performance of 1:15.44. Khaleb Henry unfortunately missed his shot put event on Saturday, but Sunday was ready to throw the discus and took 4th place and achieved a new PR for himself. Jake Blair was our third javelin winner for the Flyers with a nice mark of 27.69 meters. Jake also set a new PR for himself in the discus (15.35 m), which was good enough for 5th place. As mentioned earlier, Jake also ran the 800 m. His first time running and he managed a very solid time of 2:54.51.
Gael Pacheco put together another strong weekend for himself as he PR’d in two events and a solid performance in the third. Gael broke the 16-second barrier in the 100 for the first time all year (15.94), broke 34 seconds in the 200 for the first time as well (33.55) and ran a valiant 400 in 1:19.76. Ava Clegg jumped and ran as if she was ready for the summer to be here. Ava leaped a personal best of 3.47 meters in the long jump and ran her fastest time ever in the 100 (16.33). Ava also took 6th in the shot put with a solid mark of 5.58 meters. Lucy Arana looked like a beast in the first 800 meters of her 1500-meter race, but her stomach started to act up, which slowed her down considerably. But, being the fighter she is, still managed to finish the race in 6:08.31. Austin Schrader ran two spirited races. He finished the 100 meters just a tad off his best time ever with the stopwatch fixing on 15.9 seconds. He later in the evening ran the 200 meters and fought hard to cross the white mark in 34.68 seconds.
Robert Vloemans competed well in 3 events over the weekend. He threw a new personal best in the shot put (6.69 m), was just a smidgen off his best time in the 200 (running 33.54) and thew the discus 13.39 meters, a bit off his best season’s distance. Charlie Allison had some calf issues early on Saturday, which knocked him out of the 200 meters, but he was able to still PR and better his own club record in the long jump (5.12 m) to take 7th place overall. On Sunday he completed the Flyers javelin sweep, by taking first place with a throw of 35.42, which he basically did off of one foot. Sebastian Arana also competed in the javelin and had a huge day. He set a new PR for himself in this event by over 2 meters (20.64 m) and took 4th place overall. He later threw the shot put with a good effort, but a bit shy of his best all-time landing of 5.57 meters. Peyton Burnside looked quite strong in her 3000 meters early Sunday morning and her time reflected that fact. Peyton dropped nearly 15 seconds from her former best time and finished the nearly 2-mile race in 12:23.73.
Chynna Simmons was back this past weekend with the Flyers after a high school season, which she was injured for the majority of the year. Chynna was able to set a new club PR for herself in the long jump (5.42 m) for 5th place and ran 13.19 seconds in the 100. Brittany Patterson who joined the club last year and made it all the way to Nationals, had her best club jump (5.36 m) on Saturday and was able to run 12.75 seconds in the 100 meters to round out her weekend.
It’s been a great season and many of our athletes will be hanging up their spikes as we move to the championship part of the year. Our next meet is on June 10-11: USATF Arizona Junior Olympic State Meet at Mesa Community College. The top 4 finishers in each event will qualify for the Region 10 Junior Olympic Meet, which will also be held at Mesa CC on July 6-9.