Citta has some hops – takes 2nd in Long Jump
It never seemed to warm up on Saturday at McClintock High School in Tempe for the USATF AZ Regulation Meet (indoor events only), but that didn’t stop some of our Flyers from heating it up on the track and field.
A little larger Flyers’ contingent came out on Saturday compared to 2 weeks ago at Mt. Pointe High School and it was nice to see more neon-green around the premises.
9 and 10
Emerson Rhodes continues a strong start to her 2019 season by setting a PR in the 55 m (9.78), running her first competitive 400 m (1:27.98) and taking 5th overall in the long jump with a great opening season mark of 3.40 meters. Citta Anspach may be Coach Todd’s new long jump protégé as he took 2nd overall with a very impressive jump of 3.60 meters. Citta also ran 9.51 in the 55 meters and 36.66 in the 200 meters to complete his great day. Max Columbus played a very aggressive game of flag football the night before and it appeared it took a little toll on his speed on Saturday. Not enough to stop him from running a new PR in the 55-meters (9.44), but he did not seem his old fun-loving self in the 400 meters, where he managed a gutsy 1:25.74 time. Isa Allison is back for her 7th Flyers season and opened up with a solid 9.66 55-meter time and a great opening long jump of 3.30 meters, which was good enough for 7th overall.
11 and 12
Micah Newkirk, rocked it out on the hardwood court by winning his basketball game before scrambling over to McClintock to win his heat in the 800 meters and take 3rd overall with a time of 2:50.92. Dylan French already is showing great improvement early on, as he ran a well executed 55-meters (9.94) and hacked off nearly 3 seconds from his 200 meters’ time two weeks ago to finish in a sub-40 seconds (39.94). Elias Vega-Diaz, who we are lucky to get from New Mexico, ran some encouraging times in the 400 m (1:20.34) and in the 800 m (3:05.63) on Saturday. Auggie Grimm, one of the fastest kids on our Flyers’ squad, went up to the 11-12 division this year, but is showing he shouldn’t be taken lightly. Auggie ran a new PR in the 55-meter dash (8.73), which means good things to come in the spring of 2019. Seth Henry wasn’t so sure he’d be back in 2019, but decided he wanted to get back on the track – and we are so glad he did! Seth ran a new club record in the 55-meters (7.79), which got him to the finals and a second-place overall ribbon!
13 and 14
Gael Pacheco had a good school cross-country season, but is still getting his bearings on the speed of track. Gael looked good out there at McClintock and ran a good opening 800 meters time (2:56.27). He did run the 400 m as well, but got DQ’d for stepping on the lane line, which the USATF is watching extremely closely this season. Ava Clegg, a veteran Flyer, ran a solid opening time of 9.38 in the 55-meters, but shined more in the shot put, where she took 4th overall and set a new 13-14 Flyers’ club record
The Flyers next meet will be on February 17th at NAU Skydome.