Bio

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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Complete performance pushes Xavier track



Wednesday (March 23) was a productive day for the Xavier Prep track and field team.
The Gators scored 107 points and shared the girls’ team top spot with Goodyear Millennium in the Fr. Olivier Friendship Invitational at the Brophy Sports Campus.
There were two categories for each event – the Invitational for the top younger athletes and the Open for the older athletes.

Overall team scores – Xavier Prep 107, Goodyear Millennium 107, Buckeye Verrado 103, Mesa Desert Ridge 83, Phoenix Mountain Pointe 75, Phoenix Shadow Mountain 58, Gilbert Mesquite 36, Buckeye Youngker 21, Phoenix Arcadia 18, Scottsdale Coronado 13, Phoenix St. Mary’s 13.

Xavier results (among the top 8 finishers) . . .
100-meter Invitational – 4 – Fr. Leila Grant 13.29; 5 – So. Bisola Ojeniyi 13.49.
100-meter Open – 2 – Jr. Maddie Minton 13:06; 5 – Jr. Taylor Ford 13.43.
200-meter Invitational – 4 – Fr. Leila Grant 27.23; So. Bisola Ojeniyi 28.34; Fr. Johnnie Mitchell 28.71.
200-meter Open – 1 – Jr. Maddie Minton 27.69; 3 – Jr. Taylor Ford 28.34.
400-meter Invitational – 7 – Fr. Helene Hart 1:05.90.
800-meter Invitational – 1 – Fr. Helen  Innes 2:31.50; 3 – Fr. Karina Hawkins 2:38.88; 5 – Fr. Kelli Rasmussen 2:39.82.
800-meter Open – 1 – Sr. Kelly Champeau  2:29.09; 2 – Sr. Ally Novacek 2:32.85; 3 – Jr. M.J. O’Gara 2:33.56.
1,600-meter Invitational – 1 – Fr. Helen Innes 5:27.14; 2 – So. Abbie Conrad 5:53.61; 3 – So. Annika Nielson 5:41.10; 4 – Fr. Karina Hawkins 5:55.90.
1,600-meter Open – 3 – Jr. M.J. O’Gara 5:44.01; 4 – Jr. Pamela Ebenroth 5:48.72; 7 – Jr. Victoria Amaro 6:08.05.
3,200-meter Invitational – 2 – So. Annika Nielson 12:59.28; 3 – So. Abbie Conrad 13:00.24.
3,200-meter Open – 1 – Sr. Tessa Weiss 10:57.23; 2 – Jr. Pamela Ebenroth 12:59.28; 3 – Jr. Victoria Amaro 13:36.99.
300-meter hurdles Invitational – 7 – Fr. Jackie Haring 58.49.
300-meter hurdles Open – 1 – Jr. Annie Grant 47.09; 8 – Jr. Tatum Cork 55.34.
4x400 relay Invitational – 3 – Xavier 4:22.65.
4x800 relay Invitational – 3 -- Xavier 11:45.23; 4 – 11:50.41; 6 – Xavier 11:52.98.
High jump Open – 3 – Jr. Emma Strouse 4-10.
Pole vault Invitational – 1 – Fr. Molly Cahill 6-09.
Pole vault Open – 4 – Sr. Rachel Purcell 6-0.
Long jump Open – 4 – Sr. Teresa Roessler 17-03; 5 – Sr. Cydeni Carter 16-04 ¼.

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