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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Gator track & field competes well in weekend meet

Xavier Prep’s track and field athletes got a chance to do what they do best and had a solid effort on Saturday (March 16) in the Rattler Booster Invite at Phoenix North Canyon.

The Gators’ top performers were Jada Sims (first in the high jump at 5-6 and third in the 100-meter hurdles), the 4x400 and the 4x800 relays (second in both) and Jamie Stelnik (third in the 3,200-meter run).

Xavier’s next meet, a dual against Phoenix Mountain Pointe, is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday (March 20) at the Brophy Sports Campus. Start time is 3:45 p.m.

Xavier results, Rattler Invite

100-meter dash – Sierra Gonzalez, 36th, 13.85; Lana Kline, 55th, 14:23.

200-meter dash – Lauren Eby, 35th, 29.49; Alessandra Galasso, 57th, 30.73.

100-meter hurdles – Jada Sims, 3rd, 15.12; Mia Portillo, 32nd, 20.54.

300-meter hurdles – Leila Grant, 6th, 49.09; Ellie Higgins, 33rd, 57.97; Mia Portillo, 40th, 1:00.42.

400-meter dash – Sophie Brohard, 6th, 1:00.87; Johnnie Mitchell, 7th, 1:02.74; Maria Benitez, 25th, 1:06.10.

800-meter run – Karina Hawkins, 6th, 2:29.35; Sammy Braun, 7th, 2:31.62; Karina Smith, 9th, 2:32.77.

1,600-meter run – Karina Hawkins, 5th, 5:30.59; Sammy Braun, 8th, 5:32.80; Karina Smith, 10th, 5:38.35.

3,200-meter run – Jamie Stelnik, 3rd, 11:40.57; Helen Innes, 5th, 11:47.92; Grace Valandra, 16th, 12:48.34.

4x400-meter relay – Xavier Prep, 2nd, 4:08.91 (Sophie Brohard, Leila Grant, Johnnie Mitchell, Jada Sims).

4x800-meter relay – Xavier Prep, 2nd, 10:25.24 (Sophie Brohard, Ellie Higgins, Maria Benitez, Johnnie Mitchell).

Discus – Janna Hynds, 22nd, 77-10; Bethany Barnwell, 36th, 69-10; Maeve Jones, 41st, 66-05.

High jump – Jada Sims, 1st, 5-06.

Long jump – Kolbe Pierce, 15th, 14-10; Sofi Valencia, 19th, 14-06.

Shot put – Janna Hynds, 21st, 27-07; Kendall Swanson, 32nd, 26-02; Jozlin Tanner, 33rd, 26-01 ½.

Javelin – Bethany Barnwell, 20th, 69-06; Jozlin Tanner, 29th, 58-04.

Pole vault – Macy Kerwin, 9th, 6-06; Lauren Besh, 11th, 6-00.

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