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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

XCP relay team qualifies for spot in state meet

Xavier Prep’s 4x100-meter relay team qualified for the state meet and the Gators had five other athletes with provisional state qualifying finishes in the recent Toro Invitational at Mountain View High in Mesa.
The relay team of sophomore Bisola Ojeniyi, junior Annie Grant, senior Cydeni Carter and junior Maddie Minton covered the distance in 49.54 seconds.
The provisional qualifiers were Minton and Ojeniyi in the 100-meter dash (both at 12.87), junior Sarah Carter in the 3,200-meter run (11:46.28), sophomore Kinsey Ehmann in the 800 (2:25.13) and freshman Helen Innes in the 1,600 (5:23.94).
Xavier had three event winners. Sarah Carter, coming off an injury, won the 3,200, Annie Grant in the 100-meter hurdles (15.71) and senior Teresa Roessler in the long jump (17-6).
Freshman Jada Sims came up with season bests in three events – the 100-meter hurdles (16.75), the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (49.03) and the long jump (15-1).
The Gators next compete in the Northeast Valley Region Championships on Monday (April 25) and Wednesday (April 27) at Horizon High in Phoenix.

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