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.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Strong effort by track & field in Toro Invitational

 Xavier Prep’s track and field team had a strong showing on Friday (March 26) in the Toro Invitational at Mesa Mountain View.

The Gators had three individuals cross the finish line first along with one of their relay teams.

Junior Tatum Goforth led the way with victories in two events – the 800- and 1,600- meter runs. And junior Macarthy Mahoney triumphed ih the 3,200-meter run.

The relay winner was in the 4x100 meters.

Xavier’s next meet will be Wednesday (March 31) against Phoenix Mountain Pointe and Phoenix Shadow Mountain at Brophy Prep, with a 4 p.m. start time.

Toro Invitational results

Friday, March 26

Top Xavier finishers

100-meter dash – Madigan Moran, So., 3rd, 13.26.

200-meter dash – Tatiyana Angry, Fr., 2nd, 27.33.

400-meter dash – Bella Gomez, Fr., 10th, 1:05.92.

800-meter run – Tatum Goforth, Jr., 1st, 2:26.49.

1,600-meter run – Tatum Goforth, Jr., 1st, 5:29.73.

3,200-meter run – Macarthy Mahoney, Jr., 1st, 12:18.45.

100-meter hurdles – Ellie Higgins, Jr., 11th, 17.76.

300-meter hurdles – Mia Portillo, Jr., 8th, 58.16.

4x100-meter relay – XCP 1st, 51.28.

4x400-meter relay – XCP 3rd, 4:18.26.

4x800-meter relay – XCP 3rd, 10:43.40.

High jump – Morgan Finch, So., 10th, 4-04.

Long jump – Lana Kline, Sr., 7th, 14-09 ½.

Triple jump – Lana Kline, Sr., 9th, 26-07.

Pole vault – Avery Allen, Jr., 4th, 7-00.

Discus – Bethany Barnwell, Sr., 7th, 81-06.

Javelin – Ellie Higgins, Jr., 6th, 77-08.

Shot put – Elena Soderstrom, Jr., 4th, 30-05.


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