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, May 16, 2021

Track & field finishes season, looks ahead to '22

 Xavier Prep’s track and field team put forth an energetic effort in the 2021 Division I state meet at Phoenix Desert Vista that ran two days (May 12 and 15), but was unable to put points on the team scoreboard.

The Gators had some athletes compete in event finals, and others competed in preliminaries (see results below).

The team has a number of young athletes with a great deal of potential, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in 2022.

The XCP Files salutes all of these Gators, from just-graduated seniors through freshmen, for their overall dedication and hard work toward improving themselves, their teammates, their school and their community.

Way to go, Gators! Xavier is proud of you!

Division I state track and field results

Team scores – Chandler High 154 ½, Gilbert Highland 83, Phoenix Desert Vista 80, Gilbert Perry 62, Queen Creek 52 ½, Scottsdale Chaparral 45, Chandler Hamilton 31, Tucson High 21, Mesa High 19, Phoenix Pinnacle 19, Mesa Westwood 18, Chandler Basha 17, Mesa Mountain View 16, Surprise Valley Vista 13, Peoria Liberty 12, Tempe Corona del Sol 12, Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor 11, Mesa Red Mountain 10, Surprise Shadow Ridge 9, Mesa Desert Ridge 6, Glendale Mountain Ridge 4, Yuma Cibola 4.

Xavier Prep results

400-meter dash preliminary – Lourdes Lauterborn, Fr., 17th, 1:02.01.

800-meter run final – Tatum Goforth, Jr., 12th, 2:21.18.

1,600-meter run final – Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 18th, 5:26.91; Tatum Goforth, Jr., 20th, 5:34.05.

3,200-meter run final – Jamie Stelnik, Sr., 12th, 11:34.57; Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 21st, 12:00.16.

4x100-meter relay preliminary --  XCP 16th, 21.64 (Runners: Mackenzie Lopez, Fr., Madigan Moran, So., Maya Ofori, Fr., Ava Sharett, Fr.).

4x400-meter relay preliminary – XCP 10th, 4:07.80 (Runners: Mackenzie Lopez, Fr., Bella Gomez, Fr., Lourdes Lautherborn, Fr., Ellie Higgins, Jr.).

4x800-meter relay final – XCP 10th, 10:07.67 (Runners: Lily Beaver, Fr., Naomi Young, So., Tatum Goforth, Jr., Ansley Burns, Jr.).

Pole vault final – Avery Allen, Jr., 11th, 10-06.



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