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.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Track & field 7th in Ron Smith Classic

 Xavier Prep’s track and field team finished a respectable seventh out of 20 teams on Saturday (April 17) in the annual Ron Smith Classic at Phoenix Shadow Mountain.

The Gators totaled 49 ½ points, behind No. 1 Scottsdale Chaparral, No. 2 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, No. 3 Phoenix North Canyon, No. 4 Phoenix Pinnacle, No. 5 American Leadership Academy and No. 6 Chandler Basha.

Xavier’s top individual finishers were junior Tatum Goforth, third in the 800-meter run, senior Jamie Stelnik, third in the 3,200-meter run, and junior Avery Allen, third in the pole vault.

And XCP’s 4x800-meter relay was in second place. The four runners in that event were sophomore Reyna Silva, junior Catherine Alaimo, freshman Lily Beaver and sophomore Naomi Young.

Xavier will participate in the Brophy Fr. Olivier Invite on Thursday (April 22) at Brophy Prep and the Brophy Dutch Decathlon on Friday (April 23), also at Brophy.

Ron Smith Invitational – Xavier results

Saturday, at Phoenix Shadow Mountain

4x800-meter relay – Xavier 2nd, 10:16.21. (Xavier runners were sophomore Reyna Silva, junior Catherine Alaimo, freshman Lily Beaver and sophomore Naomi Young.)

100-meter hurdles – Ellie Higgins, Jr., 17.59, 9th; Mia Portillo, Jr., 20.58; Grace McClelland, So., 21.31, 26th.

100-meter dash – Maya Ofori, Fr., 13.33, 16th; Ava Sharett, Fr., 13.40, 19th; Madigan Moran, So., 13.47, 23rd.

1,600-meter run – Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 5:30.71, 5th; Macarthy Mahoney, Jr., 5:33.15, 6th.

4x100-meter relay – Xavier 6th, 52.21. (Xavier runners were freshman Maya Ofori, freshman Tatiyana Angry, freshman Mackenzie Lopez and sophomore Madigan Moran).

400-meter dash – Kylie Graf, So., 1:05.61, 19th; Callie Ehmann, So., 1:07.05, 26th.

300-meter hurdles – Tatiyana Angry, Fr., 51.00, 10th; Collins Entz, So., 52.14, 14th; Morgan Finch, So., 55.54, 21st.

800-meter run – Tatum Goforth, Jr., 2:23.19, 3rd; Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 2:33.45, 10th; Bella Gomez, Fr., 2:36.92, 18th.

200-meter dash – Madigan Moran, So., 27.71, 6th; Cierra Gonzalez, Jr., 28.67, 20th; Ava Sharett, Fr., 29.19, 25th.

3,200-metere run – Jamie Stelnik, Sr., 11:43.05, 3rd; Catherine Alaimo, Jr., 12:11.47, 7th; Reyna Silva, So., 12:30.80, 10th.

4x400-meter relay – Xavier 4th, 4:23.45, 4th. (Xavier runners were freshman Tatyana Angry, junior Tatum Goforth, freshman Mackenzie Lopez and junior Ellie Higgins).

Pole vault – Avery Allen, Jr.  09-03, 3rd.

High jump – Mackenzie Lopez, Fr., 04-07, 8th; Ellie Higgins, Jr., 04-07, 10th; Morgan Finch, So., 04-05, 12th.

Long jump – Cierra Gonzalez,  Jr., 14-10, 11th; Sofia Asher, Jr., 13-10, 19th.

Discus – Elena Soderstrom, Jr., 81-03, 9th; Bethany Barnwell, Sr., 72-00, 15th; Jozlin Tanner, Sr., 74-09, 18th.

Shot put – Elena Soderstrom,  Jr., 28-07, tie for 5th; Jozlin Tanner, Sr. 23-03, 26th; Layla Torres, So., 22-06 ½, 28th.

Javelin – Callie Ehmann, So., 77-01, 10th; Rylie Wood, So., 73-11, 12th; Bethany Barnwell, Sr., 66-06, 18th.

TEAM SCORES – Scottsdale Chaparral 89, Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor 88, Phoenix North Canyon 86, Phoenix Pinnacle 63.66, American Leadership Academy 54.16, Chandler Basha 51, Xavier Prep 49 ½, Flagstaff Coconino, 34.33, Anthem Boulder Creek 34, Scottsdale Desert Mountain 32, Phoenix Horizon 30.16, Glendale Prep 20, Glendale Deer Valley 19, Scottsdale Saguaro 16, Phoenix Shadow Mountain 12.16, Glendale Ironwood 6, Phoenix Barry Goldwater 6, Phoenix Arcadia 5, Payson High 3, North Phoenix Prep 3.

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