DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for more than three decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Track and field has solid day in AMDG meet

Friday (March 9) offered the first big-meet test for Xavier Prep’s track and field team, and the Gators posted a respectable finish in the AMDG Invitational for girls and boys at the Brophy Sports Campus.

Xavier was fourth with 5930 points in team scoring, which was tabulated in the decathlon format. The top three teams were Chandler High (7635), Chandler Hamilton (6774) and Peoria Liberty (5998).

Running races featured anywhere from three up to seven heats in the picture-perfect weather for athletes and fans alike. In addition to medals for the top three finishers, Nike presented gifts of athletic bags, bags for spikes and socks.

Top individual finisher was junior Jada Sims in the high hump, who was second with a height of 5-4. That helped the Gators tie for first in the team category with Glendale Mountain Ridge.

IMDG Invitational

Xavier results

Shot put – Joyce Karekezi, Sr., 20th (27-1 ½), Gisselle Bojorquez, Jr., 33rd (24-11), Kendall Swanson, So., 36th (13-6).

Long jump – Kolbe Pierce, Jr., 16th (15-8 ½), Mariah Morales, Jr., 36th (13-8), Ciara Quiambao, Fr., 38th (13-6).

Pole vault – Molly Cahill, Jr., 15th (7-0).

High jump – Jada Sims, Jr., 2nd (5-4), Izzy Estes, Sr., 27th (4-6).

Discus – Bojorquez, 25th (71-2), Swanson, 34th (66-8), Janna Hynds, 35th (66-7).

Triple jump – Eliza Mulkern, So., 20th (30-2 ½), Cahill, 26th (28-1 ½), Bethany Barnwell, Fr., 29th (27-0 ¾).

4x800 relay – Xavier “A’’, 2nd (9:56.35). Karina Hawkins, Jr., Sammy Braun, Fr., Caroline McClelland, Sr., Karina Smith, Jr. Xavier “B”, 5th (10:35.70). Karli Baker, Jr., Annika Nielson, Sr., Kristen Keeble, So., Grace Valandra, So. Xavier “C”, 10th (11:02.24). Sophia Healy, Fr., Natalia Hiler, Jr., Ryleigh Corona, Fr., Mia Alejos, Fr.

100-meter hurdles – Sims, 5th (15.35), Mulkern, 18th (18.131), Estes, 23rd (18.43).                                                                                                                                      

4x100 relay – Xavier “A’’, 8th (51.43). Bisola Ojeniyi, Sr., Ololade Adebayo, Fr., Johnnie Mitchell, Jr., Sophie Brohard, So.

400 – Megan Zacher, So., 5th (59.25), Kinsey Ehmann, Sr., 10th (1:01.53), Leila Grant, Jr., 12th (1:02.78).

800 – Hawkins, 7th (2:26.33), Braun, 8th (2:27.76), Smith, 13th (2:32.06).

100 – Mitchell, 18th (13.36), Ojeniyi, 19th (13.46), Adebayo, 20th (13.50).

1,600 – Mia Olsen, So., 5th (5:17.78), Helen Innes, Jr., 6th (5:18.31), Jamie Stelnik, Fr., 8th (5:21.19).

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