DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four 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.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gators edge North Canyon in track meet

Wednesday’s (March 11) track and field meet went down to the wire, but Xavier Prep responded with a two-point win over Phoenix North Canyon at the Brophy Sports Campus. Gilbert Arete Prep and Phoenix Christian Prep also participated.
Xavier was strong in the distance events, the long jump and the high jump.
The Gators return to action on Friday (March 13) with the AMDG Invitational at the Brophy Sports Campus. Start time is 2 p.m.

Girls’ track and field results – Wednesday, March 11
At Brophy Sports Campus
Team scores – Xavier Prep 98, Phoenix North Canyon 95, Gilbert Arete Prep 40, Phoenix Christian 4.
Varsity 100-meter dash – Crystal Akpede, Arete, 13.28; Olivia Chan, Xavier, 13.67; Genevieve Perry, NCanyon 14.03.
Varsity 200-meter dash – Drianna Mustin, NCanyon, 25.80; Crystal Akpede, Arete, 27.07; Olivia Chan, Xavier, 28.03.
Varsity 400-meter dash – Jasmine Stauffacher-Gray, NCanyon, 57.37; Kinsey Ehmann, Xavier, 1:05.20; Shannan Higgins, Xavier, 1:05.40.
Varsity 800-meter run – Genevieve Perry, NCanyon, 2:33.6; Kelly Champeau, Xavier, 2:36.5; Mackenzie Huggins, NCanyon, 2:41.6.
Varsity 1,600-meter run – Maddie Van Sickle, Xavier, 5:54.0; Alexis Rios, NCanyon 5:59.0; Abbie Conrad, Xavier, 6:23.0.
Varsity 3,200-meter run – Pamela Ebenroth, Xavier, 14:43.3; Victoria Amaro, Xavier, 14:44.7; Ruth Oliver, Arete, 16:29.7.
Varsity 4x100-meter relay – North Canyon 48.42; Xavier 55.30; Phoenix Christian 55.87.
Varsity 4x400-meter relay – North Canyon 4:24.53; Xavier 4:24.98; Arete 4:55.33.
Varsity 4x800-meter relay – Xavier 10:59.0; Arete 12:55.0.
Varsity 100-meter hurdles – Drianna Mustin, NCanyon 16.53; Cydeni Carter, Xavier, 18.50; Jenna Fitzgerald, Xavier, 18.93.
Varsity 300-meter hurdles – Drianna Mustin, NCanyon 48:23; Jenna Fitzgerald, Xavier, 50.73; Cydeni Carter, 54.07.
Varsity high jump – Mary Long, Xavier, 4-4; Olivia Zanzucchi, Xavier, 4-4; Nika Gorski, Xavier, 4-4.
Varsity pole vault – Jenna Fitzgerald, Xavier, 10-0; Faith Garza, North Canyon, 8-6; Julija Sekulic, North Canyon, 8-0.
Varsity long jump – Crystal Akpede, Arete, 15-9; Jenna Fitzgerald, Xavier, 15-5 ½; Cydeni Carter, Xavier, 15-5 ½.
Varsity shot put – Gabrielle Henrie, North Canyon, 34-2; Jamie Young, Arete, 31-4; Dana Hinrichs, North Canyon, 31-0.
Varsity discus – Dana Hinrichs, North Canyon, 101-0; Gabrielle Henrie, North Canyon, 99-5; Jamie Young, Arete, 83-10.


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