Flyers Meet Highlights

New Uniforms Brighten Flyers Performances

Allison & Newkirk Win Javelin & 1500 Meters

Bright colors were all the rage for the Flyers on Saturday, as most of our athletes were donning our new neon green uniforms at the March 31st USATF AZ Regulation Meet at South Mountain High School. Although it was the first really hot day of the season (over 90-degrees) our Flyers were still producing their own winning heat on the track and in the field on Saturday.

9-10 Division

Isa Allison was hoping to take the day off from the javelin on Saturday and run the 100 and 200 instead. Luckily, this didn’t happen because Isa ended up with a PR, club record and winning the mini-javelin with a 20.05 meter blast. Isa also PR’d in the 200 by almost two seconds with a 34.73 time and had a good mark (off the wrong foot) of 3.01 meters in the long jump. Simon Reynolds doing his best Jim Whittaker impersonation on Friday by going on supposedly a “light hike”, still had enough gas in the tank on Saturday to run not one, but two PRs. Simon ran a 6th place 2:53.79 800-meter race and came back later in the afternoon screaming down the straightaway in the 200 meters (head bobbing and all) with a 35.41 finish.  Max Columbus was sooooo close getting three PRs on Saturday. He had a .01 improvement in the javelin (19.91 m) for 6th place, a 34.60 PR in the 200 and missed a third PR by .01 seconds in the 400 where he ran a gutsy 1:20.53 in the 400 – great job Max! Italia Eason jumped like a champ with a new PR in the long jump with a strong mark of 2.89 meters. Italia also ran the 100 in 18.17 to round out her day.  Auggie Grimm, who I honestly didn’t see the entire day, managed to make it out to the 100 meters to run a pretty fast 15.65 time and then vanish once again into the ether. Isaiah Crowder came out to his first track meet and seemed to have a blast. To quote Isaiah, “I want to run the 200 meters next meet!”. Isaiah did run the 100 meters and ran well in his heat with a 16.98 time. Isaiah also threw the javelin for the very first time and did so quite admirably with a toss of 12.55 meters.  Emerson Rhodes is getting some serious wheels as she flew both in the 100 and 200 with two new PRs. Emerson broke 17-seconds for the first time in the 100 (16.98) and improved by about one second in the 200 with another great personal best of 38.45. Emerson’s legs also reached 2.84 meters in the long jump for a sizzling Saturday.

11-12 Division 

Micah Newkirk said he wasn’t feeling too great the past couple of days, well maybe he should feel “not so great” more often as he completely decimated the 1500-meter competition with a great season opener, PR and first place time of 5:30.71. Micah also ran a speedy 200 in 33.44 at the end of the afternoon. Gael Pacheco who has been training at sea-level in the Seattle area for the past week, ran a great personal best of 2:57.26 in the 800 meters and came back in the 200 meters in 34.47. Alex Columbus managed the triple-PR day. Alex started by running a 1:10.73, which was a five second PR. He then sent the javelin soaring and crushed his old javelin best by almost three meters to take 4th place overall in a deep field (25.04 m). Lastly, he showed some nice foot-speed by running 31.78 in the 200 meters – what a day Alex! Ava Clegg not only had two PRs, but two club records! Ava took third in the discus with a PR and club record of 13.72 meters. She then threw over seven meters for the first time ever to have another PR and club record in the shot put (7.48 m). And she just missed a third PR for the day by running a great personal time of 1:25.26 . Seth Henry, if we could only get him to practice a little more often he would be doing even better than the strong times he has already been producing out on the track. Seth ran a fast 100 meters in 13.88 and then came back in the 400 meters with an ever-so-close PR of 1:12.47.  Maddox Moses, who has been on medical IR for the first part of the season, finally got cleared to run and run he did! Maddox smashed the first heat of the 800 to run a solo-2:50.82 and then sped around half the track in the 200 at the end of the afternoon in a nice time of 33.87. Jake Blair needs to take a deep breath, exhale and remember he is a champion. Although he took third place in the javelin with a throw of 30.05 meters, let me remind him at the Phoenix Invitational last year he was happy throwing 24.06 meters. The season is young and we have many meters yet to throw. Jake also ran the 400 with a club PR of 1:15.02.

13-14 Division  

Charlie Allison almost gave this blogger/coach/dad a heart attack as he had a freak accident, which saw Charlie fly sideways high in the air and land with a thud into the long jump pit, after his right foot slipped on a buckled long jump board. Thankfully, Charlie is alright, but that ended his competition for the day. Before the long jump fiasco, Charlie did run the 100 meters in 13.19 and did get one jump in of 4.96 meters, to take 3rd overall. Matty Braun not a novice to track and field, but new to the Flyers this year, ran a 13.97 100-meter time  and also a zippy 28.90 200-meter clocking. Macy Baerman saw some overall speed improvement, as she managed a PR in the 200 meters with a good time for her of 33.89 seconds. Macy also competed in the long jump where the sand touched her toes 3.52 meters into the pit. Robert Vloemans tied a PR in the shot put (7.72 m), had a PR in the discus, where he went over twenty meters (20.67 – 6th place) and just missed breaking 30 seconds in the 200 with a line crossing of 30.46 ticks.  Khaleb Henry, who has great potential to be a great thrower, only needs to get to practice a bit more often to hone his mad field skills. Khaleb threw a club record in the discus to take 5th place (21.82 m) and is knocking on the door of the shot put club record, as he threw a PR of 8.71 m for a sixth place ribbon.

The Flyers will be back to the track on April 14-15 at Mesa Community College for one of the largest meets of the year, The Phoenix Invitational.

Go Flyers!