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 8, 2019

Sims shines in AMDG track & field meet

Senior Jada Sims was in elite form on Thursday (March 7), winning two events in the AMDG Invitational track and field meet at the Brophy Sports Campus.

Sims captured the 100-meter hurdles event with a time of 15.28. She also led the field in the high jump at 5 feet, 8 inches.

The next-best finishers were junior Sophie Brohard, second in the 400-meter dash at 59.95, and the 4x800-meter relay “A’ team, second at 10:00.85.

Defending state champion Chandler High dominated in most of the events.

AMDG Invitational

Thursday, March 7 at Brophy Sports Campus

Xavier results

100-meter dash – Sophie Brohard, 19th, 13:58.

100-meter hurdles – Jada Sims, 1st, 15.28; Mia Portillo, 11th, 20.33.

300-meter hurdles – Leila Grant, 8th, 51.11.

400-meter dash – Sophie Brohard, 2nd, 59.95; Johnnie Mitchell, 8th, 1:02.89.

800-meter run – Karina Hawkins, 8th, 2:29.12; Sammy Braun, 11th, 2:32.00; Karina Smith, 14th, 2:35.04.

1,600-meter run – Helen Innes, 5th, 5:21.34; Mia Olsen, 6th, 5:23.66; Jamie Stelnik, 7th, 5:26.73.

4x400-meter relay – Xavier Prep “A,’’ 4th, 4:09.60.

4x800-meter relay – Xavier Prep “A,’’ 2nd, 10:00.85; Xavier Prep “C,’’ 7th, 11:12.52; Xavier Prep “B,’’ 8th, 11:26.65.

Discus – Janna Hynds, 14th, 71-05; Bethany Barnwell, 19th, 65-11; Maeve Jones, 21st, 62-02.

High jump – Jada Sims, 1st, 5-08.

Long jump – Kolbe Pierce, 5th, 16-01.

Shot put – Kendall Swanson, 9th, 27-06; Jozlin Tanner, 15th, 25-06; Janna Hynds, 17th, 24-11.

Phoenix Union High School District Metro Relays

March 1 at Phoenix Alhambra

Xavier results (28 points, 8th place)

1,600-meter run – Sammy Braun, 1st, 5:37.71; Mia Olsen, 3rd, 5:42.12; Helen Innes, 4th, 5:43.96; Grace Valandra, 7th, 6:05.19.

4x800-meter relay – Xavier Prep, 2nd, 10:36.64 (Karina Hawkins, Karina Smith, Karli Baker, Johnnie Mitchell).

4x1600-meter relay – Xavier Prep 1st, 23:08.98 (Grace Valandra, Mia Olsen, Sammy Braun, Helen Innes).

DMR relay (1,200, 400, 800, 1,600) – Xavier Prep, 1st (Mia Olsen, Johnnie Mitchell, Sammy Braun, Jamie Stelnik).

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