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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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Gonzalez helps Gators get good grades in Aztec

 Saturday (March 5) was a productive day for senior Cierra Gonzalez and the Xavier Prep track and field team.

Gonzalez won the high jump and long jump events and finished second in the 200-meter dash, and the Gators’ 4x800-meter relay team won that event to highlight the effort in the annual Aztec Invite at Tempe Corona del Sol.

There were other second-place finishes, by sophomore Bella Gomez in the 400-meter dash and junior Reese Brown in the 1,600-meter run, along with senior Avery Allen in the pole vault, senior Elena Soderstrom in the discus and senior Ellie Higgins in the javelin.

The Gators’ next will compete on March 12 in the Rattler Booster at Phoenix North Canyon. Start time is 9 a.m.

Aztec Invitational

Saturday @ Tempe Corona del Sol

Xavier results

100-meter dash – Marley Stoller, Fr., 4th, 13.59; Madigan Moran, Jr., 14th, 13.99; Maya Ofori, So., 16th, 14.02; Ava Sharett, So., 17th, 14.05.

200-meter dash – Cierra Gonzalez, Sr., 2nd, 26.85; Madigan Moran, Jr., 9th, 28.12; Lucy Benjamin, Fr., 13th, 28.78.

400-meter dash – Bella Gomez, So., 2nd, 1:01.12; Mia Stoller, Fr., 4th, 1:02.29; Lucy Benjamin, Fr., 9th, 1:05.36.

800-meter run – Reese Brown, Jr., 9th, 2:32.80; Naomi Young, Jr., 10th, 2:33.67; Kylie Graf, Jr., 12th, 2:35.70; Catherine Alaimo, Sr., 14th, 2:38.67.

1,600-meter run – Reese Brown, Jr. 2nd, 5:35.73; Catherine Alaimo, Sr., 3rd, 5:39.04; Hannah Wheeling, Sr., 5th, 5:42.38; Kylie Graf, Jr., 11th, 5:49.19.

3,200-meter run – Nora Hinkle, Jr., 7th, 12:44.30; Summer Goodman, So., 8th, 12:53.61; Maggie Mostoller, Fr., 9th, 12:54.35; Olivia Charles, Jr., 11th, 12:58.03.

100-meter hurdles – Mackenzie Lopez, So., 6th, 17.66; Mia Portillo, Sr., 13th, 19.48; Elayna Pennell, So., 16th, 24.12.

300-meter hurdles – Morgan Finch, Jr., 10th, 55.04; Grace McClelland, Jr., 11th, 55.29; Mia Portillo, Sr., 15th, 1:00.32.

4x100-meter relay – XCP 3rd, 50.76.

4x800-meter relay – XCP 1st, 10:13.99.

High jump – Cierra Gonzalez, Sr., 1st, 5-02; Ellie Higgins, Sr., 5th, 4-09; Sofia Asher, Sr., 15th, 4-0.

Long jump – Cierra Gonzalez, Sr., 1st, 17-10 ½; Ellie Higgins, Sr., 5th, 15-07 ¾; Riley Ward, Jr., 7th, 15-01 ½.

Triple jump – Sofia Asher, Sr., 6th, 31-05.

Pole vault – Avery Allen, Sr., 2nd, 12-0.

Discus – Elena Soderstrom, Sr., 2nd, 93-08; Aymara Ubom, So., 24th, 56-04; Emily Alaimo, So., 27th, 46-10.

Javelin – Ellie Higgins, Sr., 2nd, 82-11; Elena Soderstrom, Sr., 4th, 82-0; Callie Ehmann, Jr., 13th, 62-04.

Shot put – Lis Montoya, So., 11th, 22-06 ½; Aymara Ubom, So., 24th, 18-06; Emily Alaimo, So., 26th, 18-0.

Results: az.milesplit.com.


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