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.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A big blue Xavier wave sinks opponent

Some of Xavier's track and field athletes had time to gather for a photo in between events. (Photos by Sr. Lynn Winsor).
Xavier Prep’s track and field team had an encouraging start to its 2020 season on Wednesday (March 4), defeating Gilbert Perry 105-26 in a dual meet at the Brophy Sports Campus. Xavier’s JV team also won 32-22, and Brophy’s boys also competed against Perry.

Individual standouts were victories in the 200- and 400-meter dashes by senior Sophie Brohard and wins by sophomore Ellie Higgins in the 300-meter hurdles and high jump, along with a third-place finish in the long jump.

Junior Jozlyn Tanner won the discus and finished second in the shot put.

Xavier will next participate in the Aztec Invitational at Tempe Corona del Sol on Saturday (March 7) at 10 a.m.

Top photo, Xavier runners are bunched together in the 1,600. Bottom, Gators' Macy Kerwin slips over the bar in the pole vault.
Xavier Prep 105, Perry 26

XCP highlights

100-meter dash – Madigan Moran, 1st, 13.80.

200-meter dash – Sophie Brohard, 1st, 27.43; Amaka Alilonu, 3rd, 27.93.

400-meter dash – Brohard, 1st, 1:04.67; Maria Benitez, 2nd, 1:05.31; Tatum Goforth, 3rd, 1:06.41.

800-meter run – Mia Olsen, 1st, 2:29.66; Kylie Brown, 2nd, 2:31.88; Jamie Stelnik, 3rd, 2:32.21.

1,600-meter run – Ansley Burns, 1st, 5:37.91; Hannah Wheeling, 2nd, 5:40.97; Brooke Bream, 3rd, 5:46.17.

3,200-meter run – Emmie Halter, 1st, 13:01.00; Rishita Shah, 2nd, 13:20.00; Erika Germinario, 3rd, 13:34.00.

100-meter hurdles – Mia Portillo, 2nd, 19.85.

300-meter hurdles – Ellie Higgins, 1st, Portillo 3rd, 58.17.

4x100-meter relay – XCP 1st, 57.32.

4x400-meter relay – XCP “A”, 1st, 4:21.40; XCP “B”, 3rd, 4:52.01.

4x800-meter relay – XCP “A”, 1st, 10:19.00; XCP “B”, 12:01.00; XCP “C”, 3rd, 12:24.00.

High jump – Higgins, 1st, 4-10; Ruby Halperin, 2nd, 4-00.

Pole vault – Macy Kerwin, 1st, 8-00.

Long jump – Cierra Gonzalez, 2nd, 15-01; Higgins, 3rd, 14-05.

Shot put – Elena Soderstrom, 1st, 28-05; Jozlin Tanner, 2nd, 26-01.

Discus – Tanner, 1st, 78-11; Bethany Barnwell, 2nd, 74-08; Serena Banghar, 3rd, 64-10.

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