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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Track & field impressive in invitational

Xavier Prep’s track and field team had what might have been its best overall performance of the season on Thursday (March 30) in the Ron Smith Classic invitational at Phoenix Shadow Mountain.
The Gators had six first-place finishes, including two relays and seven second-place finishes, including another relay.
Xavier individual winners were Paris Rasheed-Moore in the 200-meter dash, Helen Innes in the 1,600-meter run, Sarah Carter in the 3,200-meter run and Jada Sims in the 100-meter hurdles. Xavier also won the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays.
The Gators are expected to participate in the Sun Angel Classic invitational at Arizona State on April 6 and the Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational on April 7 and 8.

Thursday’s Xavier results
Ron Smith Classic
At Shadow Mountain High
100-meter dash – Bisola Ojeniyi 2nd, 12.98. Paris Rasheed-Moore 3rd, 13.04. Maddie Minton 4th, 13.10.
200-meter dash – Moore 1st, 27.10. Ojeniyi 3rd, 27.40. Minton 5th, 27.73.
400-meter run – Leila Grant 2nd, 1:01.32. Johnnie Mitchell 10th, 1:04.74.
800-meter run – Megan Zacher 2nd, 2:26.25. M.J. O’Gara 3rd, 2:30.10. Kristen Keeble 8th, 2:35.37.
1,600-meter run – Helen Innes 1st, 5:25.12. Karina Smith 2nd, 5:37.12. Annika Nielson 6th, 5:54.53.
3,200-meter run – Sarah Carter 1st, 10:55.64. Karina Hawkins 7th, 12:35.02. Karli Baker 11th, 12:59.84.
100-meter hurdles – Jada Sims 1st, 15.57. Izzy Estes 10th, 18.41.
300-meter hurdles – Annie Grant 2nd, 48.17. Sims 7th, 52.08.
4x100-meter relay – Xavier 1st, 49.50 (Ojeniyi, Annie Grant, Moore, Minton).
4x400-meter relay – Xavier 1st, 4:14.06. (Elysia Fleetwood, Moore, Leila Grant, Zacher).
4x800-meter relay – Xavier 2nd, 10:13.22. (Keeble, Caroline Liddy, Mia Olsen, Kinsey Ehmann).
Shot put – Tatum Cork 7th, 28-8 ½. Gisselle Bojorquez 15th, 26-3 ¾. Joyce Karekezi 17th, 25-7 ¼.
Discus – Kendall Swanson 17th, 77-0 ½. Bojorquez 19th, 75-5 ¾. Cork 28th, 67-3 ½.
High jump – Sims tie 9th, 4-9. Estes tie 12th, 4-7. Mary Long tie 12th, 4-7.
Pole vault – Molly Cahill tie 9th, 8-0. Remy Feagles tie 9th, 8-0.
Long jump – Maddy Todd 2nd, 16-2. Sims 3rd, 16-2. Mariah Morales 19th, 14-1 ½.

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