2016 Pacific Northwest Association Youth Track Meet Schedule.

May 7 Rainier Beach Track Club meet Rainier Beach High School

Contact: Vic Robersonrainierbeachtrackclub@gmail.com

May 22 SCAA meet French Field, Kent Meridian High School

Contact: Jasmine Andrews goscaa@gmail.com

June 4 Bremerton Jaguars Meet Bremerton High School 

Contact: David Nelsonheynels@gmail.com

June 4 Xtreme Speed Twilight Meet Fife High School

Contact: Rob Thomas rob2deuce@aol.com

June 4 & 5 Washington State Combined Events Championships Arlington High School

Contact: Chris Mattingly www.wastatedecahept.com chris_mattingly@comcast.net (only for ages 15-18 as of 12/31/16) Current USATF membership & age verification required prior to entering this meet.

June 11 Cascade Striders Meet Lake Washington High School

Contact: Craig Collier president@cascadestriders.com

June 12 J.O. Association Combined-Events Kent Meridian High School

Contact: Patti Petesch Sundaypatti.petesch@seattle.gov

June 18 South Puget Sound Track Festival Sumner High School

Contact: Saunsu Hendersonhillandvalleytrack@comcast.net

June 25-26 Junior Olympics Association Meet TBA

Contact: Patti Petesch patti.petesch@seattle.gov

July 7-10 Junior Olympics Regionals TBA

Contact: Patti Petesch patti.petesch@seattle.gov

July 16th Kitsap Fliers Invitational TBA

Contact: Delmas Whitaker dwhittakerhomes@comcast.net

July 25 - 31 Junior Olympics National Championship Sacramento, CA

USATF JO Nationals Website click HERE


The Simplot Games (simplotgames.com) are held in Pocatello Idaho. We normally fly into Boise on Thursday and drive into Pocatello. When we arrive in Pocatello, we typically tour the facility, have dinner and follow with a team meeting. 

We have a limited number of rooms reserved at the Towne Place Suites. 

The meet is Friday 2/20 and Saturday 2/21. (I don't think we have anyone throwing or running the 1600 or 3200 - in which case competition starts on Thursday). Friday is qualifying with finals on Saturday. This meet is for 9th-12th grade students.Friday night there is a dinner and dance put on by The Simplot Games.

After the meet Saturday, we drive to Boise, stay the night and fly home Sunday.

-You can run one track event unless you have a qualifying time in both events. -You may do 2 field events. 

-You must have your 2016 USATF card.

-You must have team travel, concussion and registration forms on file (located under the members only section of the website)

- We split Nate's fees, that amount will follow.

Curtis Practice Fee

During the weeks of November 23rd and December 7th, there will be a $10 fee for each athlete per practice to pay for the lights. If you have any questions, contact Coach Nate.

Here Is Our Summer Schedule:

June 6 Cascade Striders Meet

Contact: Craig Collier
Lake Washington High School, Kirkland president@cascadestriders.com

June 13 Xtreme Speed Twilight Meet

Contact: Rob Thomas; (206) 240-4423
Kent Meridian High School rob2deuce@aol.com

June 14 J.O. Association Combined-Events

Contact: Patti Petesch
Kent Meridian High School, Kent patti.petesch@seattle.gov
(only for ages 9-14 as of 12/31/15) (206) 604-6462
Current USATF membership & age verification required prior to entering this meet.
Registration deadline: June 11th by 7pm.

June 20 South Puget Sound Track Festival

Contact: Saunsu w/Hill 'n Valley or
Sumner High School Helen w/Flying AJ's

June 27-28 Junior Olympics Association Meet

Contact: Patti Petesch
Southwest Community Center patti.petesch@seattle.gov
2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126 (206) 604-6462
(top 8 qualify for JO Regionals)
Current USATF membership & age verification required prior to entering this meet.
Registration deadline: June 23rd by 7pm.

July 9-12 Junior Olympics Regionals

(top 5 qualify for JO Nationals)
Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

July 18th Kitsap Fliers Invitational

Contact: Delmas Whittaker
North Kitsap Stadium, Poulsbo, WA info@kitsapfliers.com

July 27 - Aug 2 Junior Olympics National Championship

Jacksonville, FL

Curtis freshmen Alexis Ellis, Saudia James-Heard already making noise in triple jump

By TJ Cotterill

Staff writer May 27, 2015

Saudia James-Heard reaches full speed. She quickly gains on Alexis Ellis, nothing slowing her down. It was impressive considering James-Heard was in school clothes and carrying her lunch. And it was in the cafeteria, not the track.

It was the second day at Curtis High School for the pair of freshmen and James-Heard couldn’t find Ellis at lunch. “I was scared, so I brought my lunch to the bathroom and I looked in the mirror and I was like, ‘OK Saudia, you have to look for Lexie. If you can’t find her, you are just going to sit in the bathroom and stay in there.’ ” She walked out, saw Ellis sitting at a table, sprinted to her and wrapped her arms around her.

The two clicked almost immediately when they met for the first time in August. They are alike in many ways, including their love for dancing, jumping and running — and both show early signs of being two of the best jumpers in state history....

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/05/27/3812473/curtis-freshmen-alexis-ellis-saudia.html#storylink=cpy

Mountlake Terrace's Okoronkwo has Olympic-sized aspirations

By Aaron Lommers, Herald Writer

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — For most athletes, winning a state championship in high school is as good as it gets.Chinne Okoronkwo isn't most athletes.The Mountlake Terrace junior is well on her way to becoming the type of athlete most of us only dream to be. Okoronkwo has won back-to-back state triple jump championships and added a long jump state championship as a sophomore. Her dominance against competition in Washington State is impressive, but it doesn't begin to tell the story. Okoronkwo has also established herself as one of the best jumpers in the country.......

Read more here... http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20150325/SPORTS01/150329386

Athletic.net finally recognizes ‘unlikely’ state-best jump from Curtis freshman Alexis Ellis

By TJ Cotterill

Staff writer May 22, 2015

Curtis High School freshman Alexis Ellis is now listed as having the top triple-jump mark in the state. But not because of her 41-foot effort on Thursday at the 4A West Central District meet.

She hit what was then the top mark in the nation this season at 42 feet, 41/4 inches at the 39th annual Lake Washington Invitational on May 2. That mark was not listed among the top results in the state on sports website Athletic.net until either late Thursday or early Friday.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/05/22/3804540/athleticnet-finally-recognizes.html#storylink=cpy

Swillie still the fastest — twice — in odd rerun of 100-meter sub-district finals

By Todd Milles

Staff writer May 16, 2015

It figures that Isaac Swillie had to go the extra mile to bury his worst Lakes High School track and field memory. Or in this case, an additional 100 meters.

Last season, Swillie was a Class 3A state contender in both sprint races, but saw his bid derailed by a serious hamstring injury suffered during the boys’ 100-meter finals at the SPSL 3A-2A/Seamount/KingCo sub-district championships at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

Swillie returned to that same venue — and home straightaway — on Saturday afternoon for the same sub-district meet.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/05/16/3795293_swillie-still-the-fastest-twice.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Curtis’ Alexis Ellis sets freshman record, national mark in triple-jump at Lake Washington Girls Invite


Staff writer May 2, 2015 

KIRKLAND — Alexis Ellis wasn’t supposed to be the best jumper on her own team.

The Curtis High School freshman now has the best mark in the nation this season, according to DyeStat, beating Mountlake Terrace standout and two-time meet champion Chinne Okoronkwo at 42 feet, 41/4 inches at the Lake Washington Girls Invite on Saturday

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/05/02/3772990_curtis-alexis-ellis-sets-freshman.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Federal Way cleans up at Bill Harris Invitational Track Meet

While the Federal Way boys track and field team racked up 175 points to win the Bill Harris Invitational Saturday, Mason Sallee and Marcus Tate focused on a different contest — the one between the two of them in the triple jump.


Contributing writer

April 5, 2015


Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/04/05/3725330_federal-way-track-and-field-hosts.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Lakes’ Isaac Swillie, center, runs the 100 meters to win in an official time of 10.75 seconds in a track meet against Auburn Riverside on Thursday. Swillie also won in the 200 meters (21.37), long jump (22 feet, 7 inches) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team (3:39.39)

Lakes’ Isaac Swillie, center, runs the 100 meters to win in an official time of 10.75 seconds in a track meet against Auburn Riverside on Thursday. Swillie also won in the 200 meters (21.37), long jump (22 feet, 7 inches) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team (3:39.39)

Lakes’ Isaac Swillie leaping, running way to an amazing comeback

By TJ Cotterill

Staff writerMarch 29, 2015

Isaac Swillie almost lost it when the doctor stuck his thumb in Swillie’s mouth.

The senior at Lakes High School was trying another in a long line of physical therapy remedies. All because Swillie’s left hamstring cost him the chance at competing in the 4A state track and field championships last year

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/03/29/3714814/track-and-field-lakes-isaac-swillie.html#storylink=cpy

Saudia James-Heard set the top mark in the state in the triple jump at 38 feet, 10 inches and fellow Curtis High School freshman Alexis Scott-Ellis finished second in the event at 35-03. They also helped the Curtis 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams set meet records at the Viking Relays on Saturday, March 28, at Curtis High School

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/03/28/3714488/curtis-freshmen-saudia-james-heard.html#storylink=cpy

Flying AJ's Travel Fundraiser


We are extremely excited to announce the start of our new fundraiser on Go Fund Me!!! In order for this to be successful, we will need the support from all of our parents. Please visit our Go Fund Me page and share our fundraiser on all of your social networks. Together we can raise the funds needed to help offset some of the costs associated with traveling to our summer meets and allow all of our athletes an opportunity to compete on a national stage.

2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals

New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, New York City


The Flying AJ's had a pretty good showing at the New Balance Nationals this past weekend. Chinne Okoronkwo and Saudia James-Heard both brought home multiple medals and set a couple new PR's. 

Chinne recieved a bronze medal in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump. She also improved her PR to 41' 10" in the Triple Jump. Saudia earned two bronze medals in the Long Jump, Triple Jump and she came in 6th in the 400m. Saudia's 400m time of 58.78 was a new indoor PR for her.

Here is a video of Chinne's bronze medal jump!

Flying AJ Alum Andrea Geubelle, is More than a Number 

Sports Stars of Tomorrow

Chinne Okoronkwo

National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Interview With Chinne & Saudia At The 2015 Simplot Games

National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Interview With Coach Nate At The 2015 Simplot Games

By Evan Thompson

Staff writerAugust 21, 2014 

Lakewood’s Saudia James-Heard keeps improving by leaps and bounds

When Lakewood’s Saudia James-Heard says she likes a good challenge, she means it.

At the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Houston in late July, the 13-year-old broke the girls’ triple jump record with a jump of 38 feet, 8 3/4 inches to win the national title. The previous record was 38-4, set in 2006. She also competed in the 400-meters – her favorite event — and the long jump, placing fourth and third, respectively. She’s ranked as the nation’s top triple jumper at her age in her first year competing in the event.

“I was honestly surprised she broke the record,” said Nate Wilford, who coaches her club team, the Flying AJs. “I knew she had it in her, but taking into consideration that she was also prepared to run (the) 400. You’re running against the best girls in the country and you’re competing against them day after day. “She was an All-American in three events over the course of five days of competition. That’s extremely hard to do.”

James-Heard, who works out year-round with Wilford and the Flying AJs, has been committed to the sport ever since she began six years ago. When her regular workout schedule begins around mid-September, she’ll practice up to six times a week for two hours at a time.

“I do school first, most definitely,” James-Heard said. “Then I go to track. I’ll come home, do my school work, get dressed and then go to track and then after track, I’ll eat and then go back to my school work.”

Wilford, who was a Division II All-American triple jumper and long jumper at Cal-State Bakersfield, has coached track and field for over more than 40 years. Wilford was forthcoming in his appreciation of James-Heard's approach to the sport at such an early age.

“She’s an extremely dedicated and highly responsive track athlete," Wilford said. "She picks up on technique and she’s willing to work super hard. She’s probably the hardest working person on my team, consistently. That’s probably the biggest reason for all of her early success. You could say maybe one out of every 5,000 kids is that focused. It’s pretty special. You don’t get a lot of people like that.”

Wilford has similar expectations for James-Heard this upcoming season. “She’s more than likely going to be the best triple jumper, definitely for her age group, in the country,” Wilford said. “I can’t see why she wouldn’t be one of the top triple jumpers ever. She is very, very talented.”

James-Heard has the attitude to back up her skill. Pit her against Olympic 4x400 meter relay champion Sanya Richards-Ross, whom she’s met twice in person, and she won’t back down. “I know for a fact I would lose, but I would keep an open mind,” James-Heard said. “I’d try to stick with her.” James-Heard joined Richards-Ross in the Junior Olympic track record book with her winning jump. Richards-Ross set the 100-meter record in 1999.

James-Heard hasn’t chosen which high school she will attend this fall. She’s considering nearby Curtis and Lakes. “She’s a track phenom. They’re champing at the bit to get her,” said her father, Michael Heard. “The academics is first, though, because track will always be there. “Math is her speciality.” Asked what she likes about math, James-Heard’s answer isn’t surprising. “It’s challenging,” James-Heard said. “I like a challenge.”

Her reasoning for her dedication to track and field isn’t a shocker, either. But for an athlete of her caliber, considering the number of hours she has already put in — and will continue putting in — it’s good to know her love for the sport is still strong. “I love track. I eat, drink, breathe, live track. It’s a lifestyle,” James-Heard said.