End of Season Recap for 2015 Flyers

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The 2015 has come to a close for the majority of our athletes, so here’s a quick recap of how the last few meets played out for our fantastic Flyers!

May 16th – Regulation Meet

8 & Under

Isabella Allison – Long Jump – 2.19 m (PR) and 8.59 meters in javelin for 3rd place
Jade Elcock – Long Jump – 1.34 m; 100 meters – 23.04; 200 meters – 50.97
Sofia Jourdon – Long Jump – 2.22 m; Mile – 6:49.48 (PR) for 2nd place
Simon Reynolds – 100 meters – 20.00 (PR) and 3:25.80 (PR) in 800 for 1st place


Ava Clegg – Member of the 5:47 Medley Relay team; Long Jump – 2.67 m and 4.01 m (PR) in the shot put for 4th place
Braden Lolli  –  Member of the 5:44 Medley Relay team (took 3rd) and won the mile in 6:24.05
Jake Blair  – Javelin – 19.59 m for 4th
Jay Nergard – 100 meters – 18.12 (PR) and 7.7 meters in the javelin
Levi Shoemaker – 15.84 m in the javelin for 8th place
Lucy Arana – Member of the 5:47 Medley Relay team
Macy Baerman – Member of the 5:47 Medley Relay team; 3.0 meters in the long jump for 8th place and new PR
Taylor Pinteric- Member of the 5:47 Medley Relay team
Ty Stinson – 2.52 m in the long jump and 11.00 metes in the javelin


Charlie Allison  –  Long Jump – 3.92 meter (4th); 32.83 seconds in 200; 3rd in 80 m hurdles (PR) 17.53
Colorado Stanley  – 80 m hurdles – 18.60 (4th); 3:28.39 in 800 m; 13.65 in javelin
Peyton Burnside – 800 meters – 2:58.01 (PR and 8th) and Mile in 6:26.28 (PR and 6th)
Sebastian Arana – 15.32 m in the javelin and 2.93 m in the long jump


Aria Jones – Member of the 5:10.24 Medley Relay and took 3rd in long jump – 4.23 m (PR)
Emily Hancock  – Member of the 5:10.24 Medley Relay; 200 m – 32.37; 100 meter hurdles – 20.59
Maddy Shoemaker – Member of the 5:10.24 Medley Relay
Cole Shapiro – Long Jump – 4.19 (4th); 100 meters – 14.01 (PR)
Roxy Jones – Member of the 5:10.24 Medley Relay

May 30-31 – Arizona State Meet

8 & Under

Jade Elcock – Long Jump – 1.59 m; 100 meters – 18.01 (PR); 200 meters – 47.42 (PR)
Sofia Jourdon – 1500 meters – 6:20.40 (PR) for 4th place


Ava Clegg – Long Jump – 2.07 m; Shot – 3.53; 100 m – 19.51
Braden Lolli  –  800 – 2:46.88 (2nd and PR); 1500 – 5:44.62 (2nd and PR)
Brynn Pickavance – Long Jump – 2.98; Shot – 3.06
Lucy Arana – 1500 – 6:32.91
Macy Baerman – Long Jump – 3.12 (PR); 200 m – 36.55 (PR); 400 m – 1:23.18 (PR)
Jake Blair – 100 m – 17.72; Javelin – 26.10 (1st and PR)


Clayton Huston  –  1500 – 6:14.37
Colorado Stanley  – 80 m hurdles – 18.3 (3rd); Javelin – 21.45 (PR)
Sebastian Arana – Javelin – 15.86


Aria Jones – Triple jump – 8.50 m (2nd)
Emily Hancock  – 100-meter hurdles – 23.74
Megan Griffith – Pole Vault – 2.44 m (4th)


Kaleigh Conlon – Discus – 41.70 (1st); Shot – 10.98 m (2nd)

June 13-14 – Arizona USATF Junior Olympics


Ava Clegg – Long Jump – 2.71 (PR); Shot – 3.86; 100 m – 18.34 (PR)
Braden Lolli  –  400 m – 1:19.45; 1500 m – 5:51.77 (2nd – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet)
Lucy Arana – 1500 – 6:22; 800 – 3:01.38 (PR)
Jake Blair – 100 m – 17.71 (PR); Javelin- 25.85 (2nd – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet)
Macy Baerman – Long jump – 3.23; 400 m – 1:16.89; 200 m – 36.85
Taylor Pinteric- 400 m – 1:18.92


Charlie Allison  –  Long Jump – 4.55 meter (PR and 5th); Javelin – 32.65 (2nd – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet); seconds in 200; 80 m hurdles – 16.96 (PR and 3rd – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet)
Colorado Stanley  – 80 m hurdles – 17.92 (PR and 5th); Javelin – 24.31 (PR and 6th)
Peyton Burnside – 3000 meters – 13:04.66 (PR); 1500 meters – 6:08.78 (PR)
Sebastian Arana – Javelin – 16.25


Emily Hancock  – 100 meter hurdles – 19.91 (PR); 100 meter – 14.96
Maddy Shoemaker – 3000 meters – 12:26.87
Megan Griffith Cole – Pole Vault – 2.59 (PR and 2nd – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet)


Chynna Simmons  –  Triple Jump – NM; Javelin – Long Jump – 5.08
Tria Seawater-Simmons  – Triple Jump – 11.64 (1st – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet); Long Jump – 5.17  (3rd – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet)
Isaiah Banks – Triple Jump – 12.76; (3rd – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet); Long Jump – 6.11
Nic Sibley – Triple Jump -13.60 (PR and 1st – Qualified for J.O. Region Meet);  100 m – 11.03

A lot of PRs the last few meets, which is what we are striving for here. Braden Lolli, Charlie Allison, Jake Blair, Tria Seawater-Simmons, Isaiah Banks and Nic Sibley all qualified for the Junior Olympic Region Meet in El Paso, TX on July 9-12, and they all have a good chance of making it to the Junior Olympic Nationals.

Again, thank you to all of you who have made our 3rd season another successful one – see you in January of 2016 for our 4th!

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.

Phx Flyers: Many PRs at PIs


In one of the largest meets that any of our athletes will compete in all year (over 2000 entrants), our Phoenix Flyers showed their mettle at the Phoenix Invitational at Mesa Community College on April 18-19.

8 & Under Division

Isabella Allison placed 4th in the mini-javelin with yet again another personal record (10.29 meters) beating many girls that are 1-2 years older than her. Isa also competed for the first time in the shot (2.68) and took part in the long jump where she jumped 2.03. Jade Elcock got another PR in the 100 meter, where she ran a quick 22.62 and sauntered in a 50.36-seconds in the 200 and long jumped 1.70 meters (her 2nd time competing in this event). Sofia Jourdon ran some gutsy races in the 800 and 1500, where she placed in the top-8 in both events (8th in 800 and 6th in 1500) and ran some new PRs – 3:14.36 and 6:19.96! Simon Reynolds made his first appearance on the track this season competing in the 100 (20.25), 200 (40.2 – new PR) and 400 (1:33.41 – new PR) with some good focused running.

9-10 Division 

Ava Clegg had no PRs over the weekend, but had some solid personal performances – 2.30 meters in the long jump, 3.71 meters in the shot put and 18.76 seconds in the 100 m. Braden Lolli set 2 new PRs for himself over the weekend and took 6th in the 1500. Braden ran a gutsy 800 m in 2:55.4 (PR) and also ran a 15-second PR in the 1500 with a great time of 5:54.15. Brynn Pickavance wasn’t totally on her game over the weekend in her field events, but shaved .01 seconds off her 100 to claim a new PR in that event. Jake Blair  jumped, ran and threw over the weekend; but it was his new PR in the mini-javelin (24.43 m), which found him a 5th place overall finish in that event.

Levi Shoemaker boasted about how he was going to beat his older sister’s (Maddy) best time in the 200 from last season and that he did, with a new PR for himself in 37.21 seconds. Levi also threw a new PR in the javelin with a toss of 15.75. Ty Stinson came out and performed in the long jump and mini javelin just missing some PRs in both of those events. Lucy Arana had a terrific weekend with 2 new PRs and one great opening time in the 1500. Lucy jumped a PR of 2.69 in the long jump, ran a new 800 PR (3:07.92) and then ran her first 1500 in a very solid time of 6:09.42. Macy Baerman, due to scheduling conflicts couldn’t compete in the 400 and long jump, but on Saturday she did come out and hit some new PRs in the 100 (17.64) and 200 (37.03). Taylor Pinteric keeps improving in the longer sprints and Sunday was no different when she set a new club record and new personal best in the 400 meters with a time of 1:21.70.

11-12 Division

Colorado Stanley had once again multiple PRs over the weekend. He threw over 20 meters for the first time in his career in the mini javelin with a 20.66 toss, jumped a very solid 3.24 meters in the long jump, yet another PR, and ran under 19-seconds in the 80-meter hurdles (18.88). Charlie Allison had no PRs over the weekend, but did have his season best jump of 4.08 meters and took 4th overall in the javelin with a 33.91 effort. Peyton Burnside, who was very excited to compete in the 3000 for the first time this season, came through with a great performance of 13:06.35. Clayton Huston had not his best weekend, but ran tough in the 800 with a 3:05.37 finishing time. Sebastian Arana jumped over 3 meters in the long jump (3.02) and threw over 16 meters in the javelin (16.79), both for the first time, setting two new personal bests for himself. Natalie Coats ran a very fast 100 meters to give herself a new PR (16.75) and tried the 200 meters for the first time as well and ran a competitive 35.08 split.

13-14 Division

Emily Hancock had her 2nd PR of the year when she ran 31.77 in the 200 over the weekend. Emily also competed in the 100 hurdles where she ran 20.77. Cole Shapiro in his second track meet with the Flyers didn’t find PRs in the 100 (14.31) or long jump (4.51), but came out blazing in the triple jump, where he took 5th with a very good mark of 8.87 meters. Megan Griffith, came back to the pole vault where she vaulted 2.13 meters (PR) and took 6th in the triple jump (7.88 m) with her, I believe, first ever attempt in this event. Maddy Shoemaker had a 30-second PR in the 3000 meters and took 3rd place overall (11:39.49) and came back in the 1500 m the following day and just missed setting a second PR for the weekend (5:28.19). Colby Grennan didn’t find any PRs over the weekend in the long jump (4.33) or 100 hurdles (21.67). but he did run a solid 200 m (29.46) for his first attempt as a Flyer in this event. Aria Jones used those long legs of hers to take 5th in the triple jump with a very strong mark of 8.55 meters. And Ariana Coats in her 2nd meet ever dropped 5-seconds off her previous 800 meters time, to run a much improved 3:16.16.

The Flyers next meet is on May 2nd at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Overcast Skies Don’t Deter Flyers at Westwood

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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.

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!