Saturday and Sunday brought throngs of track and field athletes from all over the west, northwest and southwest of parts of the U.S. to the valley of the sun for 52nd annual Phoenix Invitational at Mesa Community College.
Perhaps suiting up for the first time in our new superhero style uniforms caused there to be tons of PRs and many club records by the Flyers this past weekend – that’s for you Levi Shoemaker and Braden Lolli 😉
8 & Under Division
Simon Reynolds dropped almost 10 full seconds in the 800 meters to have a terrific PR of 3:13.34 and a 9th place finish. Simon also ran a PR in the 100 meters with a time of 18.46. Max Columbus, in the same heat as teammate Simon Reynolds, edged him out at the finish line in the 100 meters with a time of 18.41. Max also ran a very gutsy 400 meters (his first one ever!) and kicked it down the last 80 meters in a time of 1:33.99. Max, although only got one legal attempt in at the long jump, made it a good one with a PR mark of 2.47 meters.
Ava Clegg must have had jets on her feet because she blew away her old PR in the hundred by over half a second with a new best of 17.81. Ava also had good marks in the long jump (2.65) and in the shot put (4.03) to round out her weekend. Braden Lolli only did one race on Sunday – the 1500 meters – but he made it count. He dropped 5 seconds to get a new PR of 5:39.27 and took 6th place in a very competitive field. Sean Camping just wanted to focus on the long jump on Saturday, unfortunately he couldn’t find his steps and no marked for the day. Benjamin Geist made his debut in the 800 this season with excellent results – he ran 3:01 flat and looked strong doing it. He also managed yet another PR in the 400, dropping his new best to now 1:17.42. Sofia Jourdon rocked it out in the 1500 meters on Sunday by smashing her previous best time by 16 seconds (6:03.42).
Camila Cornejo-Farmer made it out to the track for the 200 meters and set a new club record as well as a personal best of 34.21 seconds. Lucy Arana also competed in the 1500 meters, but drew the short straw as she was one of the last two runners to make the faster heat and was unfortunately in “no-man’s land” out on the track. She still ran a gutsy 6:20.55, but we know still that the best is yet to come from Lucy this season. Levi Shoemaker found a personal best in the 400 with strong time of 1:24.74, ran a solid 100 meters in 16.45 seconds and tossed the javelin 10.83 meters to round out his weekend in Mesa. Jake Blair, who got a concussion the last time he long jumped in Mesa, faced his demons and jumped a solid 3.14 leap, did a personal best in the 200 with a time of 36.35 seconds and placed 4th in the javelin with a strong hurl of 26.62 meters.
Macy Baerman found that next gear this weekend by running two great personal bests. Macy broke through the 80-second 400 meter barrier with a time of 1:19.41 and also ran a great 200 meters in 34.67. Macy also competed in the long jump where she jumped a sound 3.18 meters. Sebastian Arana had a great weekend with a new PR in the javelin (18.07 meters) and then trying the shot put for the first time in competition, he set a new club record of 5.44 meters. Charlie Allison, hoping to dip under 14 seconds for the first time this season in the 100 meters, came up just a bit short of the mark with a 14.1 second finish. But Charlie brought his A-game to the javelin where he took 1st overall and threw a new personal best and club record of 41.23 meters. Charlie also had a best of 4.58 meters in the long jump where he took 5th. Jaiden Gilette had two new PRs in the sprints. Jaiden ran just over 16 seconds in the 100 (16.17) and dropped over .5 seconds in the 200 to have a new best of 32.74 seconds. Jaiden also threw the javelin 9.84 meters over the weekend. Taylor Pinteric, having not raced all season, came out almost where she left off last season with a strong down the stretch finish in the 400, just missing a new PR, but still a very admirable time of 1:18.75.
Haila Reed continues to impress, as she ran two PRs (and two club records) in the 100 meters (13.23) and 200 meters (26.91) as well as a very strong race in the 400, which she ran in 1:03.62. Nathan Lind, like Haila, found two club and personal records in the 100 and 200 meter races. Nathan ran a season’s best of 12.46 in the 100 and 26.15 in the 200 meter. Nathan also tried the long jump this weekend and reached 3.83 meters in the pit. Maddy Shoemaker, ran her first 3000 meters of the season and looked strong doing it, taking 3rd overall and setting a new club and personal record by over 10 seconds in 11:29.53. Carson Dada, looked comfortable in the 100 meter hurdles where he crossed the line in 22.79 and then came back on Sunday to run a season’s best of 1:13.04 in the 400 meters. Peyton Burnside surprised herself with two new personal best marks this past weekend. She ran 2:53.39 on Saturday in the 800 meters and finished strong in the 1500 meters on Sunday, getting her time below the 5:50 threshold (5:49.05).
Emily Hancock found her stride on Saturday with a new PR in the 200 with a strong finish of 31.43 and then came back later in the day to race 15.06 in the 100 meters. Aria Jones got passed the 8 meter line in the triple jump and hopped-skipped and jumped her way to a new PR of 9.18 meters. Aria had a good attempt of 4.32 in the long jump and then ran the 100 meter to another personal record of 14.50 seconds.
The Flyers will head over to Mesa in a couple of weeks for their next Regulation meet at Westwood High School.