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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.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Another Chandler Rotary meet is in the books

Several Xavier Prep track and field athletes performed at personal records, while others
posted season bests at the 79th annual Nike Chandler Rotary Invitational on Friday (March 22) and Saturday (March 23) at Chandler High.

Top performers on Saturday were (Friday's results will be announced soon):

Senior Jada Sims, with a new personal and school record in the 100-meter hurdles. Sims, who will compete in college at Vanderbilt in Tennessee, also finished third in the high jump. Junior Sophie Brohard, with a personal record in the 400 meters and fifth all-time on the XCP Track Top Ten List.

Sophomore Sammy Braun had a personal record in the mile. Senior Johnnie Mitchell had a personal record in the 800-meter run.

Senior Karina Hawkins had a season best in the mile, as did sophomore Brooke Bream. Senior Leila Grant had a season best in the 300-meter hurdles.

Junior Mia Olson and sophomore Jamie Stelnik both had a season best in the 2-mile (3,200 meters).

Top effort of the day was the 4x400-meter relay. They had a season-best but they also earned a trip to the podium, meaning the Gators placed in the top five of all 175 school entries.

Next up for the Gators are the Fr. Olivier Invitational on Thursday (March 28) at 3 p.m. and the Dutch Decathlon on Thursday (2:30 p.m.) and Friday (March 29) at 11 a.m. Both events are at the Brophy Sports Campus.



Xavier results, Nike Chandler Rotary Invitational

100-meter dash – Taylor Brown, 13.33; Cierra Gonzalez, 13.84; Lana Kline, 14.25.

200-meter dash – Lauren Eby, 29.21; Amaka Alilonu, 29.58; 35th, 29.49; Alessandra Galasso, 31.34.

100-meter hurdles – Jada Sims, 14.83; Mia Portillo, 20.20.

300-meter hurdles – Leila Grant, 48.71; Ellie Higgins, 54.73; Mia Portillo, 57.32.

400-meter dash – Sophie Brohard, 58.74; Amaka Alilonu, 1:06.85.

800-meter run – Johnnie Mitchell, 2:30.91.

1,600-meter run – Karina Hawkins, 5:18.81.

3,200-meter run – Mia Olsen, 11:22.66; Jamie Stelnik, 11:28.83.

4x400-meter relay – Xavier “A’, 4:02.5310:35.82. (Sophie Brohard, Johnnie Mitchell, Jada Sims, Leila Grant).

Discus – Janna Hynds, 68-02; Maeve Jones, 61-11.

High jump – Jada Sims, 5-06.

Long jump – Kolbe Pierce, 14-10.

Shot put – Jozlin Tanner, 26-06.

Javelin – Bethany Barnwell, 61-02; Kendall Swanson, 49-02.


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