Hot Day, Scorching Results for Flyers at Chandler

Not even April yet and the temperatures were rising into the 90s on Saturday at Chandler High School for the USATF AZ Regulation Meet (Mar. 28th). Our Flyers had some great results, many PRs and even some ribbons from their efforts on this sunny day in March.

8 & Under Division

10518346_485751924905468_7990223152479810820_oIsabella Allison threw another personal best in the mini-javelin (8.06 m) and was able to squeak out a 6th place ribbon. She also long jumped with good form, but a bit short of her best with a 1.85 m leap.  Looking smooth as usual, Jade Elcock found success in the 100 and the 200 meter races. She ran solid times for herself with a 22.93 and 53.68, respectively – just barely missing two new PRs for herself.  But our 8 & Under athlete who had a banner day was our own Sofia Jourdon, who dropped nearly 2 seconds off her 800-meter time and took 3rd place (3:17.39). Sofia also took 4th in the long jump with a new personal best of 2.55 meters.

9-10 Division

Ava Busot only competed in one event on Saturday, but she made it count. She knocked-off nearly a full second in her 100-meter dash with a very respectable time of 16.97 and a new PR.  Anderson and Toby Lim made it just in Ava_B100time to the track after their basketball game to run the 200 meter and trucked it half-way around the track in 35.39 and 36.65, respectively. Jumping, running and throwing is what Ava Clegg does now on the track and she came away with two new PRs out of the three events. Ava jumped 2.47 meters (PR), threw the shot putted 3.3 m (PR) and ran a 18.59 time in the 100. Although no PRs for Braden Lolli on Saturday, he still came away with some very good performances. Braden jumped 3.23 m in the long jump and took 5th in the 800 meters in 2:56.12.

Brynn Pickavance took to three events on Saturday with some success. She PR’d in the long jump (2.55 m), ran a strong 100 m (18.35) and threw the shot put for the first time with a mark of 3.75 m. Camila CornejoCamila100-Farmer missed setting yet another PR for herself in the 100 meters (16.85), but did find one in the long jump where she soared 2.88 meters and a 9th place finish. Jay Nergard came out for his second meet and ran a hard 19.78 in the 100 and threw 8.20 meters in the mini-javelin. Another javelin thrower, Levi Shoemaker, fell a bit short of his PR with a throw of 11.08 meters, but once again got below 18 seconds in the 100 (17.97).

Ty Stinson is getting the hang of the javelin and threw very nice first  throws in competition, with a best of TY_jav12.32 meters. Ty also took to the air a bit longer than in his previous meet and long jumped to a new PR of 2.49 m. Taylor Pinteric couldn’t believe how much of a lead she had in her first ever 400-meter race and won her heat in an impressive 1:24.87. Taylor also long jumped for the first time with a good mark of 2.73 m. Lucy Arana dropped nearly a full 8-seconds off of her best 800-meter time and crossed the line in 3:10.92. Lucy  also PR’d in the long jump (2.42) and got those fast-twitch muscles going in the 100 with a 18.36 finish.

11-12 Division

Colorado Stanley got more competitive in the 80-m hurdles with a new PR of 19.41 seconds and then threw just Clay800short of another PR in the javelin with a best throw of the day of 18.68 m. Charlie Allison after not throwing competitively in the javelin since last July due to injury, took three throws only and came out with a victory (35.44). Charlie also PR’d in the 100 m (15.04) and jumped a solid 3.85. Clayton Huston took to the 800 with a great debut of 2:54.33 and then followed that up with a strong PR in the long jump (3.09 m).

Reece Johnson came out to her first ever track meet and got those knees high as she ran the 100 meters in 18.12. Nat and Reece 100Reece also tried the long jump for the first time and found a mark of 1.95. Luke Busot, who is working on his form, ran a smooth 16.52 in the 100 and came back with maybe too much strategy in the 400, but finished strong in 1:22.66. Natalie Coats, like Reece, came out to her first meet, and ran a very solid 100 meters, as she took to the finish in 17.4 seconds.

13-14 Division

Three events Emily Hancock competed in with some good solid performances. Emily had a season best 100 m in Emily 10015.09, did the 100-m hurdles in 21.08 and just missed a season’s best in the 400 with a 1:16.44. Maddy Shoemaker set yet another PR on Saturday  running 2:37.88 in the 800 m (knocking almost 7 seconds off her time a month ago). She then came back and went after it in the 1500, where she took 5th with a 5:36.33, to complete a strong double for the day. Colby Grennan, a new Flyer this year, showed up big on Saturday. He took 5th in a very competitive long jump (4.81), 2nd in the 100-m hurdles (20.18) and ran a strong 400 (65.93). Another new member, Ariana Coats, competed in her first ever track meet as well and took to the 800 m. She gutted through the 2nd lap of the race and finished in a time of 3:21.84. A new jumper, but not new to the Flyers, Aria Jones, took 7th in the long jump (3.96), 2nd in the triple jump (8.88) and ran a new PR in the 100 with a time of 15.18.

The Flyers are heading west again to Millennium High School this weekend (7 a.m., Saturday, April 4th) and then are off for a couple of weeks before the prestigious Phoenix Invitational, April 18-19 at Mesa Community College.

Jump Around…Jump Around: Flyers Jump Up and Up and Get Down

While the Flyers once again had many great performances yesterday at the March 29th USATF Regulation meet at Chandler HS, the team from that funny sounding area of south Phoenix had more personal and competitive successes in the long jump then in any other event on Saturday (8 PRs and 4 ribbons awarded).

isa1Starting with our 8 and Under girls and boys: Isabella Allison managed to make the finals in the long jump and have a new personal best of 1.84 meters. Camila Cornejo-Farmer, in only her second time jumping, took 2nd place and a very impressive 2.77 meter mark. Camila also had a PR in the 100 meters with a 17.64 finish. Braden Lolli was another athlete who had a new PR in the long jump (2.95 m), which netted him 2nd place as well. Also, Braden took 4th in the 400 m with a new PR in the single-lap event (1:23.20). Darian Dantzler also managed a new personal best in the long jump with a 2.60 m jump and getting 6th place for that attempt. Darian also ranked 9th in the 100 meters with a strong time of 18.32 seconds. The boys 4×100 team (Levi Shoemaker, Jake Blair, Cory Van Niekerk and Braden Lolli) had a new season best, improving their time by over a second to 1:13.26. Of that squad, Cory also had a new PR in the open 100 meters with a new bench mark of 19.77 seconds and Levi found success in the mini-javelin where he took 4th place with a new farthest throw of 8.89 meters. While Ava Clegg couldn’t find her steps in the long jump, she definitely knew what she was doing in the 100 meters, where she smoked her heat and had a huge PR by nearly 2-seconds with an 18.86* finish.camila1

Highlights of the 9-10 division: Charlie Allison continued his season domination in the mini-javelin with another 1st place ribbon and a solid toss of 31.96. Charlie did find new PRs in the long jump (3.76 m – 3rd place) and in the 100 meters, where he crossed the line in a very respectable 15.46 seconds. Hannah Weier, who petitioned Coach Allison to compete in both the 800 and 1500 meter races, showed she was very much up to the task. Running a new personal record of 3:08.65 in the 800 (6th place) and came back to roll the 1500 meter race in a very solid 6:22.59 time and a top 3 finish. Sam Heaton, rounding out our 9-10 year olds, put his head up and nearly dropped a full 1-second from last week’s 100 meter race with a solid time of 16.62.

To the 11-12 year-old athletes: Lexi Nissen was yet another one of the Flyers who found a new personal mark in the long jump. Lexi managed to move the tape to 2.59 meters on Saturday. Due to Coach Allison having temporary amnesia, Maddy Shoemaker only ran the 400 meters on Saturday, but took the short race in great stride and improved her personal best by bekkah12over 2 seconds to a 1:17.01. Owen Donnelly, both threw and jumped to personal bests on Saturday. In the long jump, Owen improved by more than half a meter to a 3.24 mark; and in the mini-javelin Owen found almost another meter with a better effort of 17.58. Nathan Foltz, while taking second place in the 1500 (6:00.59), really showed improvement in the long jump with a new best jump of 3.40 meters. Bekkah Weier, ran her best race as a Phoenix Flyer with a gutsy last 200-meter push in the 800 meters, which gave her a huge PR by almost 7 seconds (2:51.23). Unfortunately, after a fall in the 1500 meters, Bekkah was shaken up, but still was able to cross the line in 6:45.82. Dylan Andersen and Diego Avila competed in their very first track meet and had some solid performances to show for it. Dylan won both of his sprint heats (15.13 – 100 m, 30.75 – 200 m) and also jumped 3.74 in the long jump. Diego looked promising in the 400 and had a solid time of 1:18.01 and also sprang 3.4 meters in his first long jump competition.

Of the 13-14 age group: Carter Sokolovich had a PR in the 1500 of 5:16.20 (4th place overall), which equates to a 5:40 mile; and our newest addition to the Flyers, Emily Hancock, had three positive performances for her track debut (Long jump 3.3 m, 100 m – 15.62, 400 m – 1:15.85).

Our sole 15-16 athlete, Camille Avila, had her track debut as well and looked smooth as she crossed the finish line of her 100 meters in 16.22.

Next week the Flyers will head over to Mesa Community College for the 50th annual Phoenix Invitational. This is a two-day meet with excellent competition from both the western and southwestern parts of  The United States.


*This was Ava’s actual time. There was a mistake in the results, but I had it confirmed by the timing crew that her 18.86 was what she should have been awarded.