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, May 6, 2021

Xavier girls are for real in track and field

 Xavier Prep’s track and field team tuned up for next week’s Division I state meet with a solid performance on Monday (May 3) and Wednesday (May 5) in the annual Northeast Valley Championships at Phoenix Horizon.

Xavier finished sixth out of 21 teams with 56 points.

The top individual finisher for the Gators was junior Avery Allen in the pole vault, at a height of 10 feet, 6 inches. Top finisher in the running events was junior Tatum Goforth in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:21.84.

The Gators now look ahead to the state meet, which will be held May 12 and 15 at Phoenix Desert Vista in Ahwatukee.

Team scores – Phoenix Pinnacle 111 ½, Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor 108, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 74, Scottsdale Chaparral 65, Phoenix North Canyon 57, Xavier Prep 56, Anthem Boulder Creek 33, Phoenix Horizon 29, Phoenix Shadow Mountain 22, Phoenix Arcadia 21 ½, Scottsdale Desert Mountain 21, Phoenix Country Day School 20, Scottsdale Cicero Prep 19, Scottsdale Saguaro 14, Phoenix Paradise Valley 14, Glendale Deer Valley 10, Gilbert High 9, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep 8, Phoenix Veritas Prep 4, North Phoenix Prep 4, Glendale Apollo 1.

Xavier finishers

100-meter dash – Maya Ofori, Fr., 11th, 13.47.

200-meter dash – Madigan Moran, So., 7th, 27.29.

400-meter dash – Lourdes Lauterborn, Fr., 8th, 1:01.69.

800-meter run – Tatum Goforth, Jr., 4th, 2:21.84; Lily Beaver, Fr., 10th, 2:26.24; Naomi Young, So., 14th, 2:29.39; Ansley Burns, Jr., 16th, 2:30.90.

1,600-meter run – Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 5th, 5:20.87; Jamie Stelnik, Sr., 7th, 5:24.85; Catherine Alaimo, Jr., 8th, 5:29.91; Macarthy Mahoney, Jr., 10th, 5:32.72.

3,200-meter run – Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 5th, 11:54.77; Macarthy Mahoney, Jr , 6th, 12:10.59; Catherine Alaimo, Jr., 9th, 12:11.16; Tatum Goforth, Jr., 12:23.71.

100-meter hurdles – Ellie Higgins, Jr., 7th, 17.62.

300-meter hurdles – Ellie Higgins, Jr., 11th, 51.86; Collins Entz, So., 12th, 52.35; Mia Portillo, Jr., 15th, 53.85.

4x100-meter relay – XCP 5th, 52.65.

4x400-meter relay – XCP 4th, 4:10.58.

4x800-meter relay – XCP 6th, 10:19.17.

High jump – Mackenzie Lopez, Fr., 7th, 4-10; Lourdes Lauterborn, Fr., 10th, 4-10; Ellie Higgins, Jr., 14th, 4-08; Morgan Finch, So., 18th, 4-06.

Long jump – Cierra Gonzalez, Jr., 10th, 15-06 ½.

Pole vault – Avery Allen, Jr., 2nd, 10-06.

Discus – Bethany Barnwell, Sr., 7th, 92-00; Elena Soderstrom, Jr., 9th, 88-05; Callie Ehmann, So., 32nd, 65-01.

Javelin – Callie Ehmann, So., 6th, 88-04; Ellie Higgins, Jr., 19th, 69-08; Rylie Wood, So., 24th, 61-02; Bethany Barnwell, Sr., 26th, 58-00.

Shot put – Elena Soderstrom, Jr., 5th, 30-00 ½; Bethany Barnwell, Sr., 17th, 25-03 ½; Callie Ehmann, So., 28th, 23-00 ½.


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