Saving the Best for Last

phoenix flyers at arizona Junior Olympics

phoenix flyers at arizona Junior Olympics

14 Flyers Qualify for JO Region Meet – 18 PRs Set – 9 Club Records

All things being equal, the weather for the 2017 Arizona Junior Olympics meet this past weekend was pretty fair for Phoenix standards. And with this good AZ climate came performances from our Flyers which were quite impressive; as the majority of them who competed over the weekend managed to qualify for the Region Junior Olympics meet that will be held on July 6-9 at Mesa Community College. Teams from El Paso, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona will all be there competing to make it to the Junior Olympics National meet in late July.

8 & Under Division

Max Columbus managed to make it once again to the finals of the boys 400 meters and in the process set a new club record of 1:20.52, which got him 7th place. After an extremely long day/evening, Max came back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Sunday morning to capture the mini-javelin title with a strong throw of 17.56 meters.  Emerson Rhodes competed like a champion and made it to the finals of a very competitive 8 & Under long jump group. While she didn’t PR, she took 7th with a long leap of 2.88 meters. Emerson also competed in the 100 m (19.94) and 200 meters (39.98). We know Emerson will be back better than ever in 2018 to build upon her already amazing leaping prowess. Isa Allison finally managed to find the board in the long jump, which allowed her to set a new club record, PR and a third place medal with a mark of 3.15 meters. Isa also set a new PR in the javelin and is inching closer to a state record with her 1st place throw of 18.23 meters. Isa also had a PR and new club record in the 200 (36.52) even though her “chicken wing” left arm started  flapping in the last 80 meters of the race.  Isa will be competing at the JO Region meet in the javelin and long jump.

9-10 Division 

Micah Newkirk had an amazing meet. He dropped his 1500 meter time by 8 seconds (5:37.54) and took 3rd place to qualify for the JO Region meet. He also ran another PR in the 800 meters the following day (2:45.38), which he narrowly missed qualifying in by taking a well fought 5th place finish. Simon Reynolds, even though his father was sure he had run a sub-6 minute time in 1500 m before, Simon hadn’t reached this mark until Saturday where he shredded his old best time of 6:06.16 to a new personal record of 5:53.05. Simon also ran the 800 meters on Sunday with a strong showing of 3:03.36.

11-12 Division 

Lucy Arana finished up her 2017 season very focused as she ran two great races this past weekend. Lucy just missed a PR in the 1500 m on Saturday by running 5:48.21; but Sunday she was calm and poised and unleashed a stellar 800 meter race (2:48.39), which beat her old PR by over 3 seconds and also broke one of the team’s older club records in the process. Gael Pacheco also finished strong for the 2017 season. He had very good personal showings in the 100 m (16.16) and 200 m (34.73), but this weekend was made for the 400 m. Gael took nearly 2 seconds off his previous best to now have a top time of 1:15.72  Ava Clegg competed hard in her last meet of the season, but came up just a bit short in attaining any new PRs for herself. All of her times and marks were very solid; she ran 16.8 in the 100 m, jumped 3.34 m in the long jump and got over 6 meters in the shot put (6.06).

Benjamin Geist one of the hardest working kids on the team, didn’t find a new PR in the two events he ran but definitely went for it in the 800 m, where he unfortunately ran out of gas at the end to run a 3:01.32. He also ran a 1:16.94 on Saturday in the 400 meters.  Jake Blair set a new club, personal and state record in this inaugural season of the 450-g aero-javelin, with a great toss of 31.05 meters, which got him 1st place and qualified him for the JO Region meet. Jake also PR’d in the discus (16.84 m) to take 5th place and skimmed 2-seconds off his 800 meters to cross the line in 2:53.35. Macy Baerman had never had as good of a weekend in track and field as she did this past Saturday and Sunday. Macy crushed her 400 best time by running 1:15.72, she squeaked out a new PR in the 200 meters (34.13) as well and tied her best long jump ever for the unteenth time (3.52 m). Braden Lolli ran a perfect race on Saturday, but sometimes perfection doesn’t manifest into a victory. Braden ran a very gutsy 1500 meters and took 2nd place by only .19 seconds with a great time of 5:15.50. Although Braden qualified for the JO Region meet, due to his “rock star” travel/vacation itinerary, he is forced to slum it in Antigua and Chicago this summer with the common folk and thus won’t be in town for the Region meet. Maddox Moses with bad foot and all found a way to qualify for the Region meet in the 3000 meters with a time of 12:29.66. Maddox seemed very determined to reach this goal and it showed in his effort in the latter part of the race.

13-14 Division 

Charlie Allison knowing he was going to be taking a month long sabbatical in Honduras this summer for a myriad of reasons, knew this meet would be his last for the 2017 campaign. He performed admirably with a 1st place throw in the javelin (38.33  m), a new PR in the long jump (5.19 m) and managed to get over 10 meters again in the triple jump to take 2nd place (10.02 m). Sebastian Arana showed us all that he really has teeth as he managed more than once to reveal his pearly whites and smile this weekend. His smiles may have something to do with him setting two new PRs for himself – 6.28 meters in the shot put and 20.67 meters in the javelin – or it may have to do with the fact the season is over…We are hoping it’s for the two PRs. Peyton Burnside put in a good effort and did manage to qualify for the JO Region meet in early July. While Peyton was not thrilled with her time (12:43.55), we know her desire to be a strong runner will continue as her running focus will now be aimed at the high school level as she enters Corona this fall.

15-16 Division 

Maddy Shoemaker came back to the Flyers and competed in the 1500 after getting over a bad knee. She ran tough and took 2nd to qualify for the JO Region meet with her time of 5:33.47. Kenya Coburn set a new club record in the 100 m (12.59) and placed 2nd overall. Kenya also managed to win the triple jump (10.42 m) and place 3rd in the long jump (4.88 m) to round out a quite successful weekend.

17-18 Division 

Chynna Simmons, who is 0ne of our four high school graduates heading out to college to continue their track and field journey next year, took 3rd in the triple jump (10.83 m), 3rd in the long jump (5.30 m) and was on the winning 4×100 team (51.46 seconds). Brittany Patterson, our second collegiate bound athlete, set two new club PRs for herself in the triple jump (11.36 m – 1st) and the long jump (5.36 m – 2nd). Brittany also rounded out her weekend by being on the winning 4 x 100 meter team. Catera Lee, was the last piece of the puzzle for the girls’ 4 x 100 and guaranteed success for the lady Flyers as they took first. Nura Muhammad, back from injury managed to jump 10.85 meters in the triple jump for  a silver medal, jump 5.13 meters in the long jump and was also a member of the victorious 4 x 100 relay squad.

Good job Flyers!

The Region 10 Junior Olympics Meet, will be held at Mesa CC on July 6-9.