The West Side is a Good Side for Flyers

The day before Easter brought a smaller number of athletes than usual from the Flyers to the west side of town for the April 4th USATF AZ Regulation Meet at Millennium High School. But the kids who made it out had some very good performances to show for their travel.

8 & Under Division

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 is moving up the ranks in the 8 & Under girls javelin, taking 3rd place on Saturday with a new personal best throw of 8.25 meters. Ijade 1sa also had a new best in the long jump, where she took 8th place and landed with a 2.13 meter jump. Jade Elcock, although she missed the 100 meter race due to the meet’s time change from 8 to 7 a.m., did make it to the 200 where she blasted her personal best by over 4 seconds, with a very solid 49.63 seconds.

9-10 Division

ava shotAva Clegg is becoming quite a well-rounded track & field athlete, competing in the shot put, 100 m and long jump on April 4th. Ava came away with a new PR in the long jump (2.52 m), a PR and a 3rd place finish in the shot (3.87 m) and dipped under 19 seconds in the 100 m (18.88). Brynn Pickavance another one of our multi-event athletes, mirrored Ava’s events with resounding success as well. Brynn took 8th in the long jump (2.77 m – also a PR), 4th in jake throwthe shot (3.60 m) and almost broke the 18-second barrier in the 100, with a new personal best (18.03). Jake Blair showed why he qualified for nationals last year in the mini-javelin with a 1st place toss and new PR at Millennium (24.41 m). Jake also dipped under 90-seconds in the 400 for the first time, with another personal best of 1:28.40.

Levi Shoemaker put it all together on Saturday to get some very nice throws in the mini-javelin that both earned him a 6th place ribbon and a new personal best of 14.74 m. Levi also dipped macy 400under 18-seconds again in the 100 meters (17.94) for a very solid overall day. Macy Baerman came ready to compete on the west side with two new very convincing personal bests. Macy dropped below 39 seconds for the first time in the 200 (38.11) and crushed the 400 with a new PR of 1:26.98.

11-12 Division

rado hhColorado Stanley had two new PRs on Saturday. He squeaked out a PR in the javelin with a new best of 18.99 (8th) and also jumped over 3 meters for the first time ever (3.04). Reece Johnson came out to run the 100 meters for the second time in her career and just missed besting her time with a 18.18 finish. Peyton Burnside, after a week off of running came out and ran a tremendous PR in the 1500 m( 6:10.50) and came back to run a very strong 800 (3:07.97).

13-14 Division

Emily Hancock came out and showed effort in the 100 meter (15.45), 100 meter hurdles (20.99)and 400 meter dash (1:16.44). Cole Shapiro competed in his first track meet for the Flyers withcole 100 some great success. He took 2nd in the long jump (4.53) and showed some flash in the 100 meters with a strong time of 14.02. Megan Griffith, who has been out sick for some time came back to the track with some nice performances. Megan took 8th in the long jump (3.40) and took 3rd in the triple jump (8.13).

The Flyers next meet is the Phoenix Invitational – one of the biggest meets of the season – on 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.

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.