Great Start for Flyers in ’17

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2017 phoenix flyers meet results

The season is well on its way and the Flyers have been to three meets thus far. Let’s take a look at how our athletes have competed over these past 4 weeks.

8 & Under Division

Ellie Amsbaugh competed in her first track meet back in late January at Westwood High School, where she ran in the 100 and 200 meter races. Ellie competed hard and was able to land in the middle of the pack for both events with times of 21.21 seconds (100 meters) and 46.34 seconds (200 meters). Trenton Shirley entered his first track meet ever in early February in the 55 meters and  crossed the line in a strong 11.00 seconds. Charlotte Faltis, yet another new member to our Flyer family this season, ran the the 55 meters as well in early February and streaked by in a time of 11.11 seconds. Isa Allison, the 5th year grizzled 8 and Under veteran, started her season up in Flagstaff this past weekend and was able to set two new PRs for herself, along with team records in the 55 meters (9.66) and 200 meters (36.71). Isa also took 6th place in the long jump with a mark of 2.31 meters.

9-10 Division 

Auggie Grimm, a promising newcomer to the club, ran a very respectable 100 meters time of 16.34 seconds back in late January and then competed again the following week in the 55 meters, where he finished almost dead-center of the pack with a time of 9.28 seconds. Seth Henry, who we thought was a pretty fast kid when we met him at the beginning of the season, still has been able to surprise us with some very impressive early season times for his age. At Westwood High in January, he set a new club record in the 55 meter dash (8.53) and took 4th place overall. A week later at Millennium High School, Seth placed 8th overall in the 200 meters (31.43), and just missed the club record in that event as well. Micah Newkirk, an up and coming middle distance runner, started the season off right with a very strong 400 meter time of 1:21.91 back in January, and landed him 17th out of 45 athletes in his age group. Sienna Amsbaugh, the older sister to Ellie, who seems to have a perpetual smile on her face, ran two very solid times in January over at Westwood High School, where she ran 18.16 seconds in the 100 meters and a nice 38.67 finish in the 200 meters.

Zachary Esparza was a bit nervous last Sunday when he got on the line for the 55 m dash at the Skydome up in NAU. As the gun banged, Zachary exploded off the line with a very good performance of 8.84 seconds. Hours later, when he was getting ready for the 200 meters, Zach’s nerves started to creep up again; but he was able to focus that energy into a winning heat time of 32.38 second and a great start to the season. Simon Reynolds, one of our original cast members of the Phoenix Flyers and now somehow grew up to be in the 9-10 division, competed for the first time in Flagstaff. More as a warm up for Simon, he took to the 55 meter dash in 9.91 seconds and then later that day ran the 800 meters where he had a promising time or 3:13.51 at the 7,000 feet level.

11-12 Division 

It’s always a good sign to see PRs from our returning athletes so early in the season. Macy Baerman has managed three new personal records for herself in the last two meets. In Flagstaff, Macy had a nice PR of 3.54 m in the long jump and a swift 34.24 finish in the 200 meters, which was also a PR for her. Two weeks earlier, Macy also ran a new PR in the 400 meters and for the first time dipped under the 80-second mark with a time of 1:19.22. Braden Lolli, another original Flyers athletic artifact, looks like he’ll be picking up right where he left off in his impressive 2016 national qualifying run. He blistered a 1:11.76 400 meters in mid-February at Millennium HS, which was a new PR for him, as well as having a strong 2:44.61 result in the 800. These times clearly shows you that age is just a number; and although Braden’s in the lower half of his new age group this year, he’ll still be pushing for many top finishes in 2017.  Benjamin Geist is no neophyte runner anymore. In his second season with the Flyers, you can already see how his comfort level and confidence have risen since 2016. Benjamin ran a new PR in the 400, back in mid-February, in a time of 1:17.33, which should mean that his times will be dropping considerably. Khaleb Henry, Seth’s older brother, is waiting his time for the throwing events to begin, but back in February he did run the 55 meter dash with great effort and explosion off the line. Unfortunately, the clock that day malfunctioned and we have no official time for Khaleb in the race. Ava Clegg, yet another 5-year vet to the Phoenix crew, has definitely shed her little kid look and is right smack in the middle of “tweensville”. Ava, being a lot stronger and faster than last year, has already set two new PRs for herself in the 200 m (37.78) and 100 m (16.98) back in late January. Lucy Arana, after a brutal last season fighting off multiple bouts of various sicknesses, is back and better than ever! Lucy, a distance specialist, surprised maybe even herself when she tore off a time of 1:16.35 in the 400 meters, which shattered her old quarter-mile best by nearly 10 seconds!

Gael Pacheco, a quiet but determined new member to the Flyers, has been making great strides in meets this early season. Gael ran a 9.8 55-meters in mid-February and then ran three events up in Flagstaff, where he improved his 55 meters to 9.56 seconds and ran hard in the 200 m (37.02) and 400 meters (1:24.86) to fill out a long day up north. Another new 11-12 division boy who has joined our team this year is Austin Schrader. He has competed twice thus far in 2017. In the first meet of the season, Austin ran a solid 16.62 second 100-meter time. He then made the trek with his family up to the thin air of Flagstaff, where he ran a 9.58 second 55-meter race. Our last 11-12 to compete in the early part of 2017 is Maddox Moses. He’s a strong middle-distance runner, who was able to break 3-minutes in the 800 in late January (2:58.45). And we are hoping to put together our first 4×800 meter relay this year with the middle-distance talent we seem to be amassing with our 11-12 boys.

13-14 Division

Robert Vloemans, our only 13-14 athlete to compete so far this season, came out to the opening track meet to compete in the 100 and 200 meter races. With much improvement since his first day with us at practice, Robert was able to run a 16.89 and 35.44 in those sprints. Robert is looking forward to getting a chance to compete in the throwing events in the weeks ahead and focus more on the field side of track & field.

Our next meet is this weekend at Millennium High School – 8 a.m.

Go Flyers!

Nice Weather Brings Records and Smiles to Westwood

8 and Under 100 meter sprinters
8 and Under 100 meter sprinters
Max, Simon, Emerson, Solana and Isa – 8 and Under Crew

Saturday was a beautiful day at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. The Flyers came to compete with many PRs, ribbons and club records being had by our sleek-looking track and field athletes.

8 & Under Division

Simon Reynolds showing himself as a serious contender in the 8 and Under 800 and 1500 for Junior Olympic State and Regional competitions in the weeks ahead, dropped nearly 4 seconds in his 800 on Saturday to take 2nd overall with a new PR of 3:09.61. Simon also ran the 100 meters with a very respectable time of 18.51. Max Columbus found his wheels, as he set a new club record in the 100 meters for 8 and Under boys with a time of 18.03 seconds. Max also was getting a handle on the mini-javelin, where he threw a new personal best of 11.19 meters. Max rounded out his day with the 400 meters, where he seemed to smile through the tape in 1:35.63. Isa Allison, having been ill for the Phoenix Invite, got back to the track with some pretty solid performances. Isa took 3rd in the mini-jav with a throw of 9.51 meters, ran an 18.48 100 meters and jumped 2.37 in the long jump. Solana Leyva donned on her new speed suit Saturday to blaze through the line in the 100 meters (18.54) and the 200 meters (39.38) with two huge personal records. Emerson Rhodes was as always loving life as she jumped a personal best in the long jump (2.35 m) and ran some strong times in the 100 (19.29) and 200 (4.59) Saturday afternoon.

9-10 Division 

Braden Lolli after being injured early in the week, came to compete on Saturday with a solid run of 2:50.41 in the 800, which got him a 5th place ribbon. Braden also came back to the long jump after almost a year away from the event and found a mark of 3.21 meters. He  finished his day with a new PR in the 200 with an impressive time of 31.83 seconds. Sean Camping, as always, is ready to compete the moment he gets to the track. Sean found two new PRs for himself on Saturday. A great jump of 2.95 meters for Sean got him ever-so-much loser to the 3-meter mark. Sean also dropped his 100 meter time down to 16.76 seconds and ended his day with a solid 200 meter sprint of 36.72. Benjamin Geist after a great debut in the 800 at the Phoenix Invitational, found himself a bit out of step on Saturday for some reason and crossed the line with a time of 3:10 – disappointed he was, but we know he’ll be back in the weeks to come to show what he can truly do out there.

Camila Cornejo-Farmer had a very nice long jump, which was a new PR for her with a mark of 2.97 meters. Camila also ran a very strong 100 meters, dipping again under 17 seconds with a time of 16.84. Levi Shoemaker ran a strong 100 meters in a time of 16.42. But this day was Levi’s coming out party in the javelin where he threw not one, but two personal bests obliterating his former best throw of 15.75 with a new mark of 19.28 meters. Apparently Levi was done after the javelin, as he cruised in the 400 meters with a time of 1:30.43 to end his day. 🙂

11-12 Division

Macy Baerman had a wonderful debut in the 800 meter race, where she looked strong and focused as she crossed the line with a time of 3:07.01. Macy came back to long jump (3.05) and run the 400 (1:23.60) on Saturday to end a very satisfying Saturday. Ella Donovan only knew PRs and club records on Saturday, with each event she competed in setting one or both. Ella found a nice PR in the long jump with a leap of 2.71 meters, dropped her 200 meter time down to 35.69 and then set a PR and new club record in the 100 meters with a time of 16.35 seconds. Charlie Allison, finally found a time under 14 seconds in the 100, where he set a new PR and club record for himself with a finish of 13.73. Charlie’s debut in the discus was a good one; he took 1st (22.39 m) and then ended his day with a long jump mark of 4.06 “officially”. Jaiden Gilette perhaps the nicest kid on our team, had a PR in the mini-javelin with a new best of 13.63 meters and ran in the 100 (16.27) and 200 (33.21), which were not PRs, but very strong times for him. Taylor Pinteric did flirt with a new PR in the 400, but just missed her best with a time of 1:18.57. Taylor did though PR big in the long jump with a great jump of 2.92 meters.

13-14 Division

It was Groundhog Day for Haila Reed and Nathan Lind as they both once again set two new PRs and club records in the 100-meter and 200-meter races. Haila ran impressive 12.94 (5th) and 26.69 (4th) times in her races, as well as a very strong 400-meter time of 63.06. Nathan clocked in at 12.32 (2nd) and 25.51 (5th) in his races. Both athletes have great chances going to J.O. Regional and National competition in the weeks and months ahead.

Maddy Shoemaker, another potential Regional and National qualifier, set a new club record in the 800 with a time of 2:34.48 (4th) and won her first race as a club athlete in the 1500 meters, where she just missed the club record, but dusted the competition with a new personal best of 5:27.06. Peyton Burnside raced her first 3000 meters of the season and came out quite confidently, as she destroyed her personal best by over 13 seconds with a new best time of now 12:50.93.

15-16 Division

Aria Jones without the Yoda-like presence of Coach Todd, found her steps a bit out of sort on Saturday, but still had some strong marks in both the long jump (4.18 m – 2nd) and the triple jump (8.99 – 2nd). Aria did find a new personal best time in the 100 meters where she streaked by the white line in a competitive 14.27.

Most Flyers will not be competing at the next meet at Millennium High School on April 30th, due to the Flyers Coaching Staff not being at that meet.

The remaining meets for all Flyers athletes are:

  • Arizona State Meet – May 21-22 (Mesa CC)
  • Junior Olympic State Meet – June 4-5 (Mesa CC)

For those who can qualify for the Regional and National Junior Olympics, those dates and locations are as follows:

  • Region 10 Junior Olympics – Albuquerque, NM – July 7-10
  • Junior Olympic Nationals – Sacramento, CA – July 25-31