Overcast Skies Don’t Deter Flyers at Westwood

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A cloudy day that teased of rain never brought precipitation at the February 28th USATF AZ Regulation Meet held at Westwood High School. Our Flyers, many their first meet of the season (or first meet ever), preformed admirably in Mesa.

8 & Under Division

Jade Elcock and those tiny legs of hers had a new PR in the 200 meters with a time of 52.32 and also ran the 100 meters for the first time of the season with a solid finish of 23.6 seconds. Isabella Allison, who was one of only two of our Flyers who earned herself a ribbon on Saturday, had a personal best jump of 2.08 meters in the long jump and took 5th place.

9-10 Division

The largest division of our team this year had many first time athletes put in some very nice performances. Basketball stud and newcomer, Anderson Lim, took to the 100 meters where he ran a fast 16.39 seconds and then came back in the 400 meters where he had a  valiant effort with a time of 1:25.06. But bragging rights in the Lim family will be going to Toby Lim, who eeked out his brother Anderson’s time by .02 seconds in an earlier heat of the 400 with a finishing time of 1:25.04. Toby also took to the 100 meters where he crossed the line in 17.44 seconds.

Our “old timer”, Ava Clegg, came out blazing in her 100 meters on Saturday with a new personal best of 18.56 seconds, as well as jumping 2.12 m in the long jump and turning in a strong performance in the 200 with a time of 43.99 for a long day’s triple. Another strong and the most gutsy performance of the day is for our own Braden Lolli, who looked confident in the 800 meters before falling hard on the second turn. Not to be discouraged, Braden bounced right back up and held the lead through the first lap, but then by 500 meters he started feeling the effects of his fall in his back and arm, which slowed him down a bit, but he still managed to cross the line in a very respectable 3:13.05.

Brynn Pickavance, one of our first-time track athletes, was a bit nervous at first in the girls’ long jump, but pulled herself together with a 1.99 meter jump and then came back roaring in the 100 meters with a very good first time run of 18.7 seconds. Camila Cornejo-Farmer, one of our returning Flyers from last year, had the fastest 100-meter time for our 9-10 girls, with a personal best of 16.88 seconds and also leaped 2.27 meters in the girls’ long jump.  James (“Jay”) Nergard may have had the most fun at his first ever track meet where he competed in three events. In the 100 meters he ran an 18.84, in the tough to figure out mini-javelin, he had a blast and threw 8.38 meters and then finished his long day with a 200 in a time of 43.7 seconds.

The tight-lipped Lucy Arana, who ran many of our Time Trial Tuesdays last year, came out officially this year to become a Flyer – and we are glad she did. Lucy ran a strong 800 meters in 3:18.48, then came back and ran a tough-minded 400 in 1:28.96 and interspersed the long jump in between the two running events with a nice opening mark of 2.38 meters. Macy Baerman, who was so nervous had only brought her spikes and no training shoes to warm up in, settled down in the long jump where she made the finals and jumped a very solid 2.89 meters. Macy also competed in the 100 and 200 where she ran 18.52 and 39.49, respectively. Taylor Pinteric, after her long day up in Flagstaff a few weeks back, settled on just running the 100 meters on Saturday in a very strong time of 17.32 seconds.

11-12 Division

Although Colorado Stanley couldn’t find his steps in the long jump on Saturday, he looked awfully strong in the mini-javelin and 100 meters where he claimed two personal bests. Just missing the finals in the javelin, Colorado threw a nice dart of 17.34 meters and before that ran a time of 17.33 seconds in the 100. Sebastian Arana, who, like sister Lucy, doesn’t say too much, spoke with his actions on Saturday with a new personal record in the mini-javelin (12.88 meters) and a nice first go at the long jump this season with a top mark of 2.64 meters. Our last 11-12 athlete for the Flyers on Saturday was Peyton Burnside, who is chomping at the bit to run a 1500 or 3000 meter race, but is still working on her turnover. Peyton turned in two strong efforts in Mesa with a 1:25.29 400-meter time after competing in the 800, where she ran a solid 3:06.92.

13-14 Division

Our 13-14 girls are coming along nicely in the early track season. Track enthusiast, Emily Hancock, ran two good early season times in the 100 meters and 400 meters, where she crossed the tape at 15.42 and 1:17.55, respectively. Maddy Shoemaker just keeps setting personal bests this season with two more on Saturday, where she ran 1:15.03 in the 400 and a nearly 10-second PR in the 800, where she ran 2:44.44. Megan Griffith, who seems to want to try every event out there on the track, on Saturday competed in the long jump, high jump and 100 meters. Megan had a new PR in the long jump with a mark of 3.83 meters and just missing making the finals; she also took 3rd in the high jump with a mark of 1.15 meters and finished strong in the 100 with a time of 16.14 seconds.

The Flyers will be heading to the west side in a couple of weeks for their next meet and look to improve on some already strong performances in 2015.