21 athletes competed for our Phoenix Flyers Track Club yesterday at Westwood High School in Mesa, which was nearly double the largest turnout we had for any meet in 2013. With the rapid growth of the team in only a year, the Flyers already have hit some pay dirt with some PRs (personal records) and top-6 marks and finishes in the East Valley on Saturday.
Starting in the 8 and under division, Darian Dantzler took 3rd in the long jump (1.95 m), but also made the final in the 55 m dash, where he took 7th overall with a 10.66 finish. Levi Shoemaker, although a little groggy and grumpy when he stepped onto the track early Saturday morning, found a little pep in his step as he took 2nd place in the boys long jump with a 2.03 meter leap. Another top-6 finisher was Braden Lolli, who worked on his speed in the 400 meters and took 5th overall with a nice opening time of 1:28.06. Although not top-6 finishers, there were two personal records set by our “veteran” teammates – Ava Clegg and Isabella Allison. Ava had a personal record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 43.72 seconds, while Isabella had her best long jump mark ever with a 1.22 vault.
In the 9-10 division, triathlete Colorado Stanley found that maybe they should add long jump after the swim, bike and run because he took 6th place in his first time on the long jump runway with a very respectable 2.98 meters. Another “veteran” Flyer, Hannah Weier, had a PR in the 200 meters (37.62) and also had a strong opening 800 m for the season with an 8th place finish (3:15.21).
The 11-12 age group had one of the many new additions to the Flyers this year, Nathaniel Foltz, showing an impressive kick in the final lap of the boys’ 800 meter race and winning his heat; but even more impressive was that his solid 2:48.15 time placed him 3rd overall. Another “old guard” of the Flyers, Bekkah Weier, bested her top 400-meter time from 2013 with a 1:21.89 on the Westwood High oval. Also Bekkah was the anchor-leg of our the Flyers’ first ever relay team (4×400) with Tollen Lockett, Maddy Shoemaker and Lexi Nissen running the prior legs. The girls took 4th place with a very respectable time of 5:41.86.
Two of our high school athletes, Marquis Nelson and Rees Young, who are getting ready to compete for Mountain Pointe High this spring, worked on their events with good opening marks. Maquis in the boys 17-18 shot put, had a PR of 9.45 meters and took 4th place. Rees Young, nursing a sore ankle, scratched from the 55-meter dash, but did compete in the long and triple jump, where she took 4th and 3rd respectively with jumps of 4.65 meters and 9.41 meters.
Overall, it looks like this is going to be a fun and competitive year for the Flyers. Everyone competed hard yesterday and we look forward to all of our athletes improving as the season progresses.
The next meet we can compete in is the 23rd Annual Arizona Indoor Classic Youth West Zone up at NAU on Sunday, February 16th. Then the first outdoor meet will be on March 1st (location still being determined).