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, March 20, 2022

Track & field's goal is greater impact

 It had been nearly two weeks since Xavier Prep’s previous track and field meet, but the Gators looked good in their return to action in the annual AMDG Invitational at the Brophy Sports Campus on Friday (March 18).

The Gators won the team decathlon ahead of high-powered Chandler High and had one individual winner, senior Elena Soderstrom in the shot put, with a distance of 32 feet, 3 inches.

Other top-level finishers were senior Tatum Goforth, sixth in the 800-meter run, junior Reese Brown, fourth in the 1,600-meter run, senior Cierra Gonzalez, fourth in the long jump, senior Avery Allen, 3rd in the pole vault, XCP fourth in the 4x100-meter relay, XCP “A” second in the 4x800-meter relay.

Next on the Gators’ agenda is the Red Mountain Rampage on Friday (March 25) at Mesa Red Mountain. Start time is 10 a.m., followed by the Chandler Rotary Invite on Saturday (March 26) at Chandler High, with a 9:15 a.m. start time.

AMDG Invitational

Friday (March 18) @ Brophy Prep

Xavier results

100-meter hurdles – Ellie Higgins, Sr. (22nd, 18.69); Mia Portillo, Sr. (24th, 19.33); Mackenzie Lopez, So., (32nd, 25.49).

400-meter dash – Julianne Veloria, Sr. (10th, 1:00.95); Mackenzie Lopez, So. (12th, 1:01.76).

800-meter run – Tatum Goforth, Sr. (6th, 2;26.01); Kylie Graf, Jr. (10th, 2:31.74); Maria Benitez, Sr. (12th, 2:33.57).

300-meter hurdles – Ellie Higgins, Sr. (19th, 52.45); Grace McClelland, Jr. (23rd, 53.61); Morgan Finch, Jr. (31st, 55.46).

100-meter dash – Julianne Veloria, Sr. (11th, 13.00); Madigan Moran, Jr. (15th, 13.20); Maya Ofori, So. (29th, 13.43).

1,600-meter run – Reese Brown, Jr. (4th, 5:20.77); Catherine Alaimo, Sr. (9th, 5:28.04); Hannah Wheeling, Sr. (10th, 5:30.09).

Shot put – Elena Soderstrom, Sr. (1st, 32-03); Lis Montoya, So. (27th, 23-11); Aymara Ubom, So. (21-02).

Long jump – Cierra Gonzalez, Sr. (4th, 17-08 ¾); Riley Ward, Jr. (17th, 15-10).

Pole vault – Avery Allen, Sr. (3rd, 11-06).

High jump – Ellie Higgins, Sr. (6th, 4-10); Cierra Gonzalez, Sr. (7th, 4-10).

Discus – Elena Soderstrom, Sr. (6th, 88-02); Aymara Ubom, So. (23rd, 71-01); Emily Alaimo, So. (44th, 50-00).

Triple jump – Sofia Asher, Sr. (22nd, 30-08).

4x100 relay – XCP 4th, 50:32 (Julianne Veloria, Marley Stoller, Madigan Moran, Maya Ofori).

4x400 relay – Did not finish.

4x800 relay – XCP “A’’ 2nd, 9:52.68 (Maria Benitez, Tatum Goforth, Mia Stoller, Bella Gomez).; XCP “B’’ 6th, 10:58.19.

Decathlon results

100 – XCP 8th, 13.00.

Discus – XCP 5th, 26-87 meters.

Pole vault – XCP tie-2nd, 3.50 meters.

800 – XCP 5th, 2:26.01.

400 – XCP 7th, 1:00.95.

100 hurdles – XCP 15th, 18.69.

Long jump – XCP 3rd, 5.40 meters.

Shot put – XCP 1st, 9.82 meters.

High jump – XCP 4th, 1.47 meters.

1,500 – XCP 3rd, 5:20.77.

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