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 3, 2016

Successful start for Xavier track and field

Xavier Prep’s track and field team posted a strong victory over Phoenix North Canyon and Fountain Hills in the Gators’ first home meet of the season on Wednesday (March 2). Xavier scored 82 points, North Canyon 55 and Fountain Hills 30.
The Gators were victorious in the following events – 800-meter run, 1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run, 4x100-metere relay, 4x800-meter relay, 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and long jump;
To no one’s surprise, Xavier was sharp in the distance events, with Tessa Weiss winning the 800, state cross-country champion Sarah Carter winning the 1,600, and Jane Miller winning the 3,200.
Xavier also won two relay events, the 4x100 and the 4x800.
Annie Grant won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, while Teresa Roessler won the long jump and finished second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Xavier will meet up again with North Canyon on Saturday (March 5) in the Rattler Invitational at North Canyon.
Preliminaries run from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., finals from 4-7 p.m. and field events all day.

Team scores – Xavier Prep 82, Phoenix North Canyon 55, Fountain Hills 30.
100-meter dash – Symone Wright-Flowers, North Canyon; Maddie Minton, Xavier; Tiana Turner, North Canyon.
200-meter dash – Mackenzie Huggins, North Canyon; Leila Grant, Xavier; Cydeni Carter, Xavier.
400-meter dash – Makyah Richard, North Canyon; Kinsey Ehmann, Xavier; Mackenzie Huggins, North Canyon.
 800-meter run – Tessa Weiss, Xavier; Stefana Purkovic, North Canyon; Ally Novacek, Xavier.
1,600-meter run – Sarah Carter, Xavier; Drianna Mustin, North Canyon; Caroline McClelland, Xavier.
3,200-meter run – Jane Miller, Xavier; Shannan Higgins, Xavier; Helen Innes, Xavier.
4x100-meter relay – Xavier (Cydeni Carter, Maddie Minton, Annie Grant, Leila Grant); North Canyon.
4x400-meter relay – North Canyon A; Xavier A; Xavier B.
4x800-meter relay – Xavier (Kelli Rasmussen, Kelly Champeau, Karina Hawkins, Ally Novacek); Fountain Hills.
100-meter hurdles – Annie Grant, Xavier; Cydeni Carter, Xavier; Kelsey Schultz, Fountain Hills.
300-meter hurdles – Annie Grant, Xavier; Teresa Roessler, Xavier; Kelsey Schultz, Fountain Hills.
Pole vault – Trista Smith, Fountain Hills; Julija Sekulic, North Canyon; Alexandra Coons, Fountain Hills.
High jump – Drianna Mustin, North Canyon; Emma Strouse, Xavier; Olivia Zanzucchi, Xavier.
Long jump – Teresa Roessler, Xavier; Leah Carillo, Fountain Hills; Tiffany Frasca, Fountain Hills.
Shot put --  Ashlee Ruehs, North Canyon; Symone Wright-Flowers, North Canyon; Maranda Myatt, Fountain Hills.
Discus – Ashlee Ruehs, North Canyon; Corrin Schulz, Fountain Hills; Maranda Myatt, Fountain Hills.

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