In one of the largest meets that any of our athletes will compete in all year (over 2000 entrants), our Phoenix Flyers showed their mettle at the Phoenix Invitational at Mesa Community College on April 18-19.
8 & Under Division
Isabella Allison placed 4th in the mini-javelin with yet again another personal record (10.29 meters) beating many girls that are 1-2 years older than her. Isa also competed for the first time in the shot (2.68) and took part in the long jump where she jumped 2.03. Jade Elcock got another PR in the 100 meter, where she ran a quick 22.62 and sauntered in a 50.36-seconds in the 200 and long jumped 1.70 meters (her 2nd time competing in this event). Sofia Jourdon ran some gutsy races in the 800 and 1500, where she placed in the top-8 in both events (8th in 800 and 6th in 1500) and ran some new PRs – 3:14.36 and 6:19.96! Simon Reynolds made his first appearance on the track this season competing in the 100 (20.25), 200 (40.2 – new PR) and 400 (1:33.41 – new PR) with some good focused running.
Ava Clegg had no PRs over the weekend, but had some solid personal performances – 2.30 meters in the long jump, 3.71 meters in the shot put and 18.76 seconds in the 100 m. Braden Lolli set 2 new PRs for himself over the weekend and took 6th in the 1500. Braden ran a gutsy 800 m in 2:55.4 (PR) and also ran a 15-second PR in the 1500 with a great time of 5:54.15. Brynn Pickavance wasn’t totally on her game over the weekend in her field events, but shaved .01 seconds off her 100 to claim a new PR in that event. Jake Blair jumped, ran and threw over the weekend; but it was his new PR in the mini-javelin (24.43 m), which found him a 5th place overall finish in that event.
Levi Shoemaker boasted about how he was going to beat his older sister’s (Maddy) best time in the 200 from last season and that he did, with a new PR for himself in 37.21 seconds. Levi also threw a new PR in the javelin with a toss of 15.75. Ty Stinson came out and performed in the long jump and mini javelin just missing some PRs in both of those events. Lucy Arana had a terrific weekend with 2 new PRs and one great opening time in the 1500. Lucy jumped a PR of 2.69 in the long jump, ran a new 800 PR (3:07.92) and then ran her first 1500 in a very solid time of 6:09.42. Macy Baerman, due to scheduling conflicts couldn’t compete in the 400 and long jump, but on Saturday she did come out and hit some new PRs in the 100 (17.64) and 200 (37.03). Taylor Pinteric keeps improving in the longer sprints and Sunday was no different when she set a new club record and new personal best in the 400 meters with a time of 1:21.70.
Colorado Stanley had once again multiple PRs over the weekend. He threw over 20 meters for the first time in his career in the mini javelin with a 20.66 toss, jumped a very solid 3.24 meters in the long jump, yet another PR, and ran under 19-seconds in the 80-meter hurdles (18.88). Charlie Allison had no PRs over the weekend, but did have his season best jump of 4.08 meters and took 4th overall in the javelin with a 33.91 effort. Peyton Burnside, who was very excited to compete in the 3000 for the first time this season, came through with a great performance of 13:06.35. Clayton Huston had not his best weekend, but ran tough in the 800 with a 3:05.37 finishing time. Sebastian Arana jumped over 3 meters in the long jump (3.02) and threw over 16 meters in the javelin (16.79), both for the first time, setting two new personal bests for himself. Natalie Coats ran a very fast 100 meters to give herself a new PR (16.75) and tried the 200 meters for the first time as well and ran a competitive 35.08 split.
Emily Hancock had her 2nd PR of the year when she ran 31.77 in the 200 over the weekend. Emily also competed in the 100 hurdles where she ran 20.77. Cole Shapiro in his second track meet with the Flyers didn’t find PRs in the 100 (14.31) or long jump (4.51), but came out blazing in the triple jump, where he took 5th with a very good mark of 8.87 meters. Megan Griffith, came back to the pole vault where she vaulted 2.13 meters (PR) and took 6th in the triple jump (7.88 m) with her, I believe, first ever attempt in this event. Maddy Shoemaker had a 30-second PR in the 3000 meters and took 3rd place overall (11:39.49) and came back in the 1500 m the following day and just missed setting a second PR for the weekend (5:28.19). Colby Grennan didn’t find any PRs over the weekend in the long jump (4.33) or 100 hurdles (21.67). but he did run a solid 200 m (29.46) for his first attempt as a Flyer in this event. Aria Jones used those long legs of hers to take 5th in the triple jump with a very strong mark of 8.55 meters. And Ariana Coats in her 2nd meet ever dropped 5-seconds off her previous 800 meters time, to run a much improved 3:16.16.
The Flyers next meet is on May 2nd at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona.