4 New Club Records Set at Arcadia High School


With only about half the team coming out this past Saturday for the USATF AZ Regulation Meet held at Arcadia High School on May 2nd, you would think that maybe the Phoenix Flyers had lost some momentum in the early days of May – nothing could be farther from the truth, as 4 athletes set new club records for the Flyers, with many others setting new personal best marks/times for themselves.

8 & Under Division

Jade Elcock got another PR, this time in the 200 m (22.43) and also jumped for only the second time this season with a leap of 1.52 in the long jump. Emma Fernandez who has run a couple of our Time Trial Tuesday events, hadn’t been out for a meet all year – but wow, did she show her stuff on Saturday! Emma took 4th overall in the 400 with a great time of 1:26.83, ran 18.48 in the 100 m and jumped a 2.11 in the long jump. Isabella Allison placed 5th in the mini-javelin with a solid throw of 8.47 meters and jumped a respectable 1.84 meters in the long jump, as well. 

9-10 Division 

Ava Clegg just missed her PR in the long jump, going 2.50 meters and ran the  100 meters in 19.27 seconds. Braden Lolli set 2 new PRs for himself over the weekend, one of those being a club record as well (400 meters). Braden ran 15.82 seconds in the 100 meters (not too shabby for a distance guy) and then came back with an 8th place finish, from the outside lane, to run 1:14.02. Brynn Pickavance was ready to go on Saturday with 2 new PRs of her own – got to the 3-meter mark in the long  jump for the first time and also broke 18 seconds in the 100 meters with a good split of 17.74 seconds. Jay Nergard running one event all day, made it count as he ran a new PR in the 100 with a time of 18.2 seconds.

Ty Stinson got his feet out in front of him finally and that enabled him a new PR in the long jump of 2.77 meters; Ty also competed in the javelin where he threw 11.66. Macy Baerman came so close to hitting a new PR in the long jump, leaped a very solid 2.86 meters. Macy also ran in the 200 (38.37) and 400 (1:29.34) on Saturday. Taylor Pinteric had 2 new PRs, and one of those breaking her own club record (400 m). Taylor jumped 2.86 meters in the long jump, but took 6th in the 400 meters and went under 80 seconds for the first time with a very strong run of 1:18.21.

11-12 Division

Although Colorado Stanley  didn’t have his best jump (2.94) or best throw (18.74) on Saturday, he definitely left it all out there in the hurdles where he ran a new PR and a new club record. Colorado nearly dropped a full second off his best hurdle time and took 2nd overall in the 80 m hurdles (17.93). Charlie Allison having been getting over bad allergies and breathing issues, stuck with field events on Saturday and had some solid performances. Charlie jumped 3.71 m to take 8th and won the javelin with his first throw (37.91), which also is a new Flyers’ club record. Peyton Burnside, who doesn’t usually like the faster races, showed great enthusiasm as she took the 800 and the 400 with gusto and ran two new PRs (2:58.50 and 1:20.92). Clayton Huston had some solid performances on Saturday with a 2.96 jump and 3:02.07 800 meters. Reece Johnson, like Jay Nergard, came out to run only one race (100 meters) on Saturday, but made it count, as she ran a new PR of 17.50 seconds.

13-14 Division

Emily Hancock, our sole 13-14 athlete, had a new season’s best in the 100 (14.95) and ran the 400 in 1:16.89 to finish out her day.

In two weeks (May 16th), the Flyers will be heading west to compete in the new Walter Wallace Relays. It should be a fun and different feel due to the number of different relays the Flyers will be able to compete in.

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.

A Baker’s Dozen (+1) of PRs on Saturday at Millennium


In the truly first hot day of the year the Phoenix Flyers headed west to Millennium H.S. for a USATF AZ Regulation meet on Saturday, March 14. There were 14 personal bests by our athletes this weekend, plus some top-6 performances that earned some of them ribbons as well.

8 & Under Division

jade 100Jade Elcock had a strong performance in the 100 meters on Saturday, nearly dropping an entire second off her previous best time as she crossed the finish in 22.72 seconds. Isabella Allison, maybe will try to set some state records like her brother in the mini javelin one day, but at 6 years old, she found a way to get 5th place and set a new PR for herself with a nice throw of 7.41 meters.

9-10 Division

Ava Clegg, didn’t set any new PRs on Saturday (but just missed one in the long jump where she jumped 2.31 m), but she did try a new event – shot put – where she found air under the weighted orb for 3.06 meters. Braden Lolli found another gear in the 400 meters, where he shattered his previous time by almost 5 seconds with a new best of 1:15.98. Braden also managed to garner himself with two ribbons (5th and 6th places) in the long jump (3.24 m) and in the 800 meters (2:55.79 – PR by over 4 seconds), respectively.

Brynn Pickavance was no novice this day. With now one track meet under her belt, Brynn competed much more confidently and found 2 new PRs for herself in the long jump (2.52 m) and in the 100 meters (18.26). A new member of our team, Ava Busot, ran a very strong 100 meters with a time of 17.89 seconds. Ava’s friend, Camila Cornejo-Farmer, keeps knocking down her time in the 100 meters, where on Saturday she set another PR for herself jake tjwith a finishing time of 16.73.  Jake Blair, who came directly from a lopsided soccer victory to make the meet, wasted no time in setting two new PRs for himself and taking a 2nd place ribbon. In the long jump, Jake jumped a new best of 3.15 m; but Jake showed why he was a national qualifier in the mini-javelin last year by throwing 22.78 meters on the west side of town and landing himself in the 2nd spot.

Levi Shoemaker, absolutely crushed his former best in the 100 meters by over a full second with a new time ofmacy-400-m-300px 17.74. Macy Baerman, moved up to the 400 meters for the first time on Saturday with a strong race and finish (1:28.94) and looked like she may have found her new event for 2015. Ty Stinson, a bit apprehensive about competing in his second track meet ever, performed admirably in the 100 meters (20.36) and long jump (2.06 m) on Saturday, as well.

11-12 Division

rado-300px-hColorado Stanley seems to be taking a strong liking to the mini-javelin, where he once again set a new PR for himself (18.98 m) and made it to the final round. Colorado also had his first go at the 80-meter hurdles, where he placed 3rd and succeeded in the first goal of hurdling – to not fall down. Charlie Allison, like Colorado, also tried the 80-meter hurdles for the first time, didn’t fall either and took 2nd. Charlie found a new PR in the 100 meters, where he posted a 15.09 time and clay-100-300pxalso managed to find his mark in the long jump to take a 5th place ribbon (3.73 m). Clayton Huston (I am allowed to call him “Clay”) had nearly a 5-second PR in the 400 meters, where he ran 1:17.66 and also enjoyed the long jump (2.91 m) and 100 meters (17.05), as well.

Peyton Burnside, who finally had her chance at a distance event (1500 m) didn’t squander the opportunity at all by taking 6th place and ran a very impressive opening season time of 6:14.85. Luke Busot, another new addition to the Flyers this season, ran a strong 400 meters where he clocked in at 1:19.98 and also took to the air in the long jump where he got a mark of 3.25 meters.

13-14 Division

The lover of track and field, Emily Hancock, had a very strong day on Saturday. Although no new PRs were established, she ran season bests in the 100 m (15.14), 400 m (1:16.4) and looked great over the 100-meter hurdles for the first time ever with a time of 20.56 seconds. Maddy Shoemaker is getting too predictable by setting PRs every meet and Saturday she didn’t disappoint. She set a new PR in the 1500 by over 12 seconds (5:27.95) and just missed our club record by 2 seconds in the 13-14 girls’ division – oh, and she took 2nd place in the race, by the way…ho-hum…

The Flyers are off this weekend, but will have a shorter trek for their next meet, which will be at Chandler HS on March 28th.

Overcast Skies Don’t Deter Flyers at Westwood

overcast sky

overcast sky

A cloudy day that teased of rain never brought precipitation at the February 28th USATF AZ Regulation Meet held at Westwood High School. Our Flyers, many their first meet of the season (or first meet ever), preformed admirably in Mesa.

8 & Under Division

Jade Elcock and those tiny legs of hers had a new PR in the 200 meters with a time of 52.32 and also ran the 100 meters for the first time of the season with a solid finish of 23.6 seconds. Isabella Allison, who was one of only two of our Flyers who earned herself a ribbon on Saturday, had a personal best jump of 2.08 meters in the long jump and took 5th place.

9-10 Division

The largest division of our team this year had many first time athletes put in some very nice performances. Basketball stud and newcomer, Anderson Lim, took to the 100 meters where he ran a fast 16.39 seconds and then came back in the 400 meters where he had a  valiant effort with a time of 1:25.06. But bragging rights in the Lim family will be going to Toby Lim, who eeked out his brother Anderson’s time by .02 seconds in an earlier heat of the 400 with a finishing time of 1:25.04. Toby also took to the 100 meters where he crossed the line in 17.44 seconds.

Our “old timer”, Ava Clegg, came out blazing in her 100 meters on Saturday with a new personal best of 18.56 seconds, as well as jumping 2.12 m in the long jump and turning in a strong performance in the 200 with a time of 43.99 for a long day’s triple. Another strong and the most gutsy performance of the day is for our own Braden Lolli, who looked confident in the 800 meters before falling hard on the second turn. Not to be discouraged, Braden bounced right back up and held the lead through the first lap, but then by 500 meters he started feeling the effects of his fall in his back and arm, which slowed him down a bit, but he still managed to cross the line in a very respectable 3:13.05.

Brynn Pickavance, one of our first-time track athletes, was a bit nervous at first in the girls’ long jump, but pulled herself together with a 1.99 meter jump and then came back roaring in the 100 meters with a very good first time run of 18.7 seconds. Camila Cornejo-Farmer, one of our returning Flyers from last year, had the fastest 100-meter time for our 9-10 girls, with a personal best of 16.88 seconds and also leaped 2.27 meters in the girls’ long jump.  James (“Jay”) Nergard may have had the most fun at his first ever track meet where he competed in three events. In the 100 meters he ran an 18.84, in the tough to figure out mini-javelin, he had a blast and threw 8.38 meters and then finished his long day with a 200 in a time of 43.7 seconds.

The tight-lipped Lucy Arana, who ran many of our Time Trial Tuesdays last year, came out officially this year to become a Flyer – and we are glad she did. Lucy ran a strong 800 meters in 3:18.48, then came back and ran a tough-minded 400 in 1:28.96 and interspersed the long jump in between the two running events with a nice opening mark of 2.38 meters. Macy Baerman, who was so nervous had only brought her spikes and no training shoes to warm up in, settled down in the long jump where she made the finals and jumped a very solid 2.89 meters. Macy also competed in the 100 and 200 where she ran 18.52 and 39.49, respectively. Taylor Pinteric, after her long day up in Flagstaff a few weeks back, settled on just running the 100 meters on Saturday in a very strong time of 17.32 seconds.

11-12 Division

Although Colorado Stanley couldn’t find his steps in the long jump on Saturday, he looked awfully strong in the mini-javelin and 100 meters where he claimed two personal bests. Just missing the finals in the javelin, Colorado threw a nice dart of 17.34 meters and before that ran a time of 17.33 seconds in the 100. Sebastian Arana, who, like sister Lucy, doesn’t say too much, spoke with his actions on Saturday with a new personal record in the mini-javelin (12.88 meters) and a nice first go at the long jump this season with a top mark of 2.64 meters. Our last 11-12 athlete for the Flyers on Saturday was Peyton Burnside, who is chomping at the bit to run a 1500 or 3000 meter race, but is still working on her turnover. Peyton turned in two strong efforts in Mesa with a 1:25.29 400-meter time after competing in the 800, where she ran a solid 3:06.92.

13-14 Division

Our 13-14 girls are coming along nicely in the early track season. Track enthusiast, Emily Hancock, ran two good early season times in the 100 meters and 400 meters, where she crossed the tape at 15.42 and 1:17.55, respectively. Maddy Shoemaker just keeps setting personal bests this season with two more on Saturday, where she ran 1:15.03 in the 400 and a nearly 10-second PR in the 800, where she ran 2:44.44. Megan Griffith, who seems to want to try every event out there on the track, on Saturday competed in the long jump, high jump and 100 meters. Megan had a new PR in the long jump with a mark of 3.83 meters and just missing making the finals; she also took 3rd in the high jump with a mark of 1.15 meters and finished strong in the 100 with a time of 16.14 seconds.

The Flyers will be heading to the west side in a couple of weeks for their next meet and look to improve on some already strong performances in 2015.

Flyers Travel North and Have Positive Start to 2015 Season

NAU skydome

NAU skydome

Although technically the second meet of the season, a handful of Flyers traveled up to NAU last Sunday to compete in the only indoor meet of the year – 2015 Youth Zonal Indoor Track & Field Championships. This meet is both a great chance to run on a collegiate indoor track (NAU’s Skydome) and also compete against many of the top club athletes in Arizona.

In the 8 & Under division, Isabella (Isa) Allison  was the sole participant from our squad. Being one of the younger participants in the meet (6 years old) she definitely held her own. In the 55-meter dash, she bettered her time from last year from 12.35 seconds to 11.39 seconds on Sunday. In the long jump she started out the year just a bit away from her PR (personal record) with a jump of 1.75 meters and taking 11th place out of 20 girls.

Taylor Pinteric, is a new member to the Flyers in 2015 and performed admirably in the girls’ 9-10 division. Taylor ran the 55-meter dash in 9.70 seconds and showed some good leg speed. In the 200-meter dash she ran a 38.63, which is a great start in the longer sprint events. We see good things on the horizon for Taylor this year.

Another new member to the Flyers this year is Megan Griffith who is in the 13-14 girls’ division this spring. Megan had an early start on Sunday with the pole vault being the first event; she set a new PR with a vault of 2.28 meters (7′ 5.75″). Megan also participated in the girls’ long jump where she placed 6th and jumped 3.80 meters, another good start to her early season.

We had a handful of high school kids head up to Flagstaff on Sunday to compete for the Flyers and Kayleigh Conlon was one of those athletes. Kayleigh is a sophomore at Mountain Pointe and was a state qualifier in the shot and discus her freshman year. On Sunday, still coming off of an injury, took 1st place in the shot put with a throw of 11.22 m (36′ 9.75″).

Another Mountain Pointe Pride track up and comer who joined the Flyers late last season is Chynna Simmons – also a sophomore. She had a very strong day up at NAU with a 2nd place finish in the 55-meter dash (7.43), 1st in the long jump (5.07 m) and 1st in the triple jump (10.85 m).

Rees Young, who was on the Flyers last season and also a Pride athlete, took 3rd place in the girls 17-18 division long jump with a leap of 4.91 meters. Rees, unfortunately didn’t get a legal mark in the triple jump, but we expect this to be a strong event for her this spring as well.

Many of our athletes moved up in age divisions this year, and Braden Lolli was one of those athletes. Now in the 9-10 boys division, he ran the 200 meters (where he won his heat) in a strong 34.30 seconds, placed right in the middle of the pack in the 400 m (1:21.52) and just missed making the finals in the long jump with a vault of 2.96 meters.

Two of our athletes, Charlie Allison and Colorado Stanley, both moved up to the boys’ 11-12 age division this season. Charlie managed to better his 55-meter dash time by nearly .5 seconds with a solid effort of 8.62 seconds, and Colorado, in the another heat of the 55 -m dash, was working on his turnover for his distance races with a time of 9.59 seconds. Colorado also ran the 400 m dash where he clocked a 1:36.24. But Colorado’s best performance of the day was his long jump, where he kept improving both form and distance with each jump, ending with a best of the day of 2.98 (tying his PR from last season). Charlie was able to make finals in the long jump, but having not even practiced long jump yet this season still had a respectable 3.58 jump for the day.

We had 5 high school young men compete for the Flyers on Sunday up in Flagstaff – all with strong results. Nic Sibley (6.56  sec.), Isaiah Banks (6.67 sec.) and Raymond Caayon (7.00 sec) took 2nd, 5th and 16th in the qualifying round of the 55-meter dash. Tyrek Cross, due to him turning 19 before August of this year, had to race in the open division, where he took 3rd place with a 6.92 sec time. Isaiah and Nic both came back in the long jump and triple where they took 1st and 2nd in both events, respectively. Isaiah jumped 6.51 m and 12.94, while Nic was able to muster 6.28 m and 12.85 m jumps. Alonzo Wilson, another high school Pride athlete, but who also turns 19 before August, jumped in the open division. He had a mark of 5.36m in the long jump and unfortunately fouled in the triple jump with no legal mark.

It was a good competitive meet for all of our athletes and showed good signs of the next 4 months to come. This weekend (Feb. 28th) the Flyers will be competing at Westwood High School in Mesa for a regulation meet.


Lolli Lolli Lolli: Braden and Carter Lolli get Awards not Adverbs at Phoenix Invitational

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Over 2000 youth athletes from Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Texas descended upon Mesa Community College last Saturday and Sunday (April 4-5) for the 50th Phoenix Invitational. The weekend didn’t disappoint, as amazing young athletes ran fast, jumped and threw far at one of the oldest and most prestigious track meets in the country for youth track and field. This is a very difficult meet to get a ribbon (4th thru 8th place) and even harder to receive a medal (1st-3rd place) – but a handful of our Flyers did just that last weekend.

Charlie Allison

It wasn’t a huge surprise that Charlie Allison, in the boys 9-10 division, continued his strong season by placing 2nd in the javelin with a season best of 34.96 meters – just missing 1st by .3 meters and also setting a new long jump PR with a 3.78 meter mark; What was a pleasant surprise was newcomer, Carter Lolli, who found a third place medal in his possession on Sunday after he threw a season long 22.86 meters – beating his previous mark of 18.34 meters from March 15th.

Not to be outdone by his older brother, Braden Lolli not only took 3rd in the long jump with a new PR of 3.31 meters, but took 12 seconds off his 800 meter best (3:02.31) and taking 8th place, while also attaining a faster time in the 400 meters with a 1:21.44.

Dylan Anderson

Dylan Anderson, only in his second-ever track meet, found success in the boys 11-12 high jump – placing 1st with a leap of 1.35 meters, and then coming back in the long jump and placing second with a tremendous jump of 4.80 meters.

Jake Blair

Isabella Allison, managed a new PR in the javelin with a 4.4 meter toss. Jake Blair had a very solid mark of 2.84 meters in the long jump for a new best, as well as knocking off over 2 seconds in the 200 meters with a new time of 41.94. Levi Shoemaker also found another gear in the 200 meter race and setting a new fastest mark for himself with a time of 42.49 seconds.

Taite Lockett set a new personal best in the long jump with a nice improvement of 2.63 meters in the girls 9-10 division. While Hannah Weier, also one of our 9-10 year-old athletes, found two PRs in the 800 and 1500 meter races. Hannah squeaked a best in the 800 with a new time of 3:08.45, but really raised the bar in the 1500, where she was tenacious and strided to a very good time of 6:13.97.

Maddy Shoemaker

Lexi Nissen,  in our 11-12 girls division, came up with two new PRs over the weekend, with a nearly 2-second improvement in the 200 meters (36.6) and a very strong effort in her 400 meters, setting a new best for her of 1:20.68. Maddy Shoemaker, also came up with two new PRs over the weekend in the 800 and 1500. She chipped a bit deeper past the sub-3 minute 800 meters with a new best of 2:53.59, but like Hannah Weier, really shined in the 1500, where she dropped 13 seconds off her best time to a new mark of 5:40.91. Bekkah Weier, also found great success in the 11-12 girls 1500 meters, where she lowered her best time down to 5:49.48. Nate Foltz was another of our 1500 meter crew who found a new PR as well and looked solid in the process (5:38.68).

Owen Donnelly

Away from the distance events, in our 11-12 division, you had Owen Donnelly throwing a great javelin to a new long mark of 21.63 meters, Tollen Lockett jumping to a new best distance of 3.17 meters and Diego Avila setting a PR in the 400 meters with a new time of 1:17.09.

In the 13-14 division, Carter Sokolovich was our other three-time PR athlete over the weekend. Setting new best times in the 200 meter hurdles (32.86), 800-meter run (2:27) and in the 1500-meter run (5:09.51). Kit Donnelly found his stride on Sunday and crossed the line with personal best in the 400 (1:17.87) and then our sole 15-16 girl athlete, Camille Avila, ran her first ever 400 meter with a respectable time of 1:18.56.

The Flyers next meet is on April 26th at South Mountain High School.


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.


9 Personal Records Set By Flyers at Copper Canyon

8 and Under 4x100 relay

The Phoenix Flyers headed west again this past weekend for the second outdoor regulation meet of the season. With some of the athletes out of town for spring break, only 19 of our young newly neon-green outfitted members made the trek to Copper Canyon High School on March 15th. But as it has been the case thus far this season, those who competed raised the bar once again on their personal performances, as well as on the rest of the competition.

Starting with the 8 and Unders, newcomer Camila Cornejo-Farmer showed great promise with the fastest Flyer 8 and Under 100-meter time of the day with a 18.46 finish, and a nice splash in the long jump as well, as she managed to reach 2.05 meters in the pit. The wily veteran, Ava Clegg, had a very solid day on the west side. She took 6th in the long jump with a mark of 2.06 and set a PR in the 100 meters with a time of 20.14. She finished up her day with a 46.43 200-meter time.

Flyers 8 and Under 4x100On the boys’ side, Levi Shoemaker, Jake Blair, Cory van Niekerk and Braden Lolli took 2nd in the boys’ 4×100 relay with a 1:15 finishing time. Christoff van Niekerk, who was an alternate on the 4×100 team, later that afternoon crushed his 200-meter time by nearly 13 seconds, as he crossed the line in blustering winds with a time of 52.61 seconds. And Braden Lolli again had a standout day, with a 2nd place finish in the long jump (2.72 m) and a new personal best in the 800 meters (3.12.2) with a 4th place ribbon to show for it.

Onto the 9-10 division, where a number of our athletes had personal bests and high finishes. Taite Lockett, ran a new 400-meter PR with a time of 1.29.52. Carter Lolli, took a break from being on the baseball diamond and tried his hand at the javelin, where he managed a 5th place finish and a solid opening throw of 18.34 meters. Charlie Allison hurled the mini-javelin as if on Mt. Olympus high, with a new personal best of 33.79 meters and a 1st place blue ribbon. Sam and Sophie Heaton, competing in their first ever track meet, fared well as they ran hard 100-meter times (17.56 and 19.63, respectively), as well as jumping 2.88 meters and 2.13 meters in the boys’ and girls’ long jump competition.

Moving onto the 11-12 division, all of our athletes had strong showings either personally or competitively. Lexi Nissen looked light on her feet in the 400-meters as she floated by with a 4-second PR and a 1:21.4 time. Maddy Shoemaker ran a very tactical race in the 1500 meters and ended up with a PR of 5:53.74, as well as snagging a 5th place ribbon. Owen Donnelly, who has a lot of untapped talent, competed very well in all three of his events on Saturday – most notably, his 16.6 meter throw in the mini-javelin. We found out that Nathaniel Foltz is human after all, as he broke his streak of personal records in the 800 meters with a time of 2:47.65. He did manage to bounce back well in the 400 meters, where he found a new PR there with his 1:12.17 finishing kick.Tollen-400m-3.15.14_description A PR is a PR, and Tollen Lockett, in her 2nd time running the 80-meter hurdles, shaved a sliver of time off her last performance with a .01 second best of 18.97 seconds and a 5th place finish.

Our two 13-14 boys had good days for different reasons. Carter Sokolovich keeps dropping his time in the 800-meter run, and found 5th place and a 2:30.06 finish off of a smartly run race. Amazingly, Carter ran 34.09 in the 200 meter hurdles, which was a fast as his pace in the open 400-meters (68.03). Kit Donnelly, although having a mishap in the 100-meter hurdles, an event he is just learning this season, shook off the race and ran a steady and gutsy 400 meters later that day (1:21.85).

Flyers next meet is on March 29th at Chandler High School and then the prestigious Phoenix Invitational on April 6th, where there will be teams from California, Nevada, Texas, Colorado and Utah all competing.

Go Flyers!



Rain Washes out Meet Early – Still Sunshine For Flyers

Phoenix Flyers Track Club

Phoenix Flyers Track ClubKnowing that the meet on March 1st was going to be threatened by rain all day, the Flyers showed they were mentally and physically prepared for the elements with many personal records and high place finishes at the USATF regulation meet at Kellis High School in Glendale, Ariz.

Although a number of the Flyer athletes didn’t get a chance to compete due to the meet being canceled around noon, the over dozen that did compete gave some wonderful performances.

In the 100 meters, Although Owen Donnelly did compete, there were no official results for the 11-12 boys division, unfortunately. But our younger runners all had official marks. In the 8 and Under Girls: Ava Clegg ran a 20.61 and Isabella Allison ran a 22.53, which was a personal best by nearly 10 seconds! In the 8 and Under Boys: Cory Van Niekerk got blindsided by the lane two runner and was knocked down, causing him to be unable to finish his race. But brother Christoff had a clear path to the finish line, fortunately, and ran a very solid 23.29 seconds. Levi Shoemaker’s blazed a 18.9 time, while Braden Lolli set a new personal record in the 100-meters with an 18.07 finish. Charlie Allison was the sole 9-10 runner for the Flyers and finally got under the 16-second threshold, with a 15.89 finish – winning his heat and taking 8th place overall.carter-and-isa2

The long jump only had official results for our 8 and Under athletes on Saturday due to the inclement weather. Ava Clegg made the finals in the girls’ division and jumped 1.98 meters for a top-10 place. Isabella Allison had her second personal record of the day with a 1.65 meter jump, beating her previous best of 1.58, which she did up in Flagstaff two weeks ago.  Braden Lolli in the boys’ division, like Isa, found his second personal record of the day with a leap of 2.87 meters and also a 3rd place ribbon.

Our two hurdlers on Saturday, Tollen Lockett (11-12 Girls) and Carter Sokolvich (13-14 Boys) had never before competed in the 80-meter and 100-meter hurdles, respectively. Tollen had a strong showing in her first ever hurdling competition with a 6th place finish and a time of 18.98 seconds. Carter, although he had raced the hurdles at the junior high level, had never gone over 33″ hurdles at a 100-meter distance before, and crossed the line with a time of 21.05 seconds.

The 800-meter races were filled with personal records (or near personal bests) and some top finishes for the Phoenix Flyers. Braden Lolli, at this time last year was only competing in the 100 and 200 meter races, but this Saturday he took 2nd place the 8 and Under Boys’ division and was just a little over 1-second off his personal best of 3:15.61 with a time of 3:16.84. Hannah Weier, in the Girls’ 9 and 10 division just missed her best time ever by 1-second exactly with a 3:1Phoenix Flyers Track Club1.16  and an 8th place finish. Maddy Shoemaker (6th place) and Bekkah Weier (7th place), in the Girls 11-12 division, both broke the 3-minute barrier with personal best times of 2:56.41 and 2:58.10, respectively. In the Boys’ 11-12 division, Nathaniel Foltz just keeps dropping his times each meet and improving his placing. Saturday, Nate took 1st place in a decisive fashion and ran a new personal best of 2:41.33 – a full 2-seconds better than his time up at Flagstaff on Feb. 16th. Lastly, Carter Sokolvich in the Boys’ 13-14 division, had an 8th place finish and a very fast new personal record of 2:32-flat.

The mini-javelin had some great results, too. Charlie Allison, 9-10 boys’ division, crushed the competition by over 15 meters with a throw of 30 meters-even. In the girls 8 and Under division, we may have to check the water Isabella Allison and Sophia Walstad were cha-and-taitedrinking or check if there wasn’t a mix-up with the results. The official results had Isa (2nd) with a 8.11 meter throw and Sophia (3rd) with a 6.59 meter mark. I can’t speak for Sophia, but I am pretty confident my daughter didn’t hurl the javelin farther than Levi Shoemaker can throw. If anyone has video evidence of this event, I’d love to see it :-).

Although the weather wasn’t typical Phoenix sunshine, all of the Flyers seemed upbeat, laughing and having a good time overall in the crazy precipitation in Glendale on Saturday morning.

The Flyers next meet is on March 15th at Copper Canyon HS in Glendale, Arizona.



Strong Performances by Flyers in Season Opener

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).