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, April 28, 2022

NE meet gives track & field good eye for state

 Wednesday’s (April 27) second day of the three-day Northeast Valley track and field championships is in the books, and Xavier again had a strong showing.

Xavier was in third place among the teams with 35 points through seven events of finals competition.

The top finishes by Xavier individuals were second places by Kaira Burrage in the 300-meter hurdles prelims and Avery Allen in the pole vault finals.

The meet continues with its final day on Friday (April 29).

Northeast Valley Championships

at Phoenix Horizon

First day, Monday, April 25

Second day, Wednesday, April 27

Third day – Friday, April 29

Xavier second day results

Team scoring through 7 events

Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor 48, Phoenix North Canyon 39, Xavier Prep 35.

100-meter hurdles prelims – Annette Gbekia, 16th, 18.75; Mia Portillo, 21st, 19.56.

100-meter prelims – Julianne Veloria, 3rd, 12.84; Marley Stoller, 8th, 12.99; Maya Ofori, 11th, 13.14; Madigan Moran, 18th, 13.42.

4x100-meter relay prelims – XCP 3rd, 49.59 (Mackenzie Lopez, Maya Ofori, Marley Stoller, Julianne Veloria).

400-meter dash prelims – Marley Stoller, 4th, 59.26; Bella Gomez, 5th, 60.19; Mia Stoller, 61.00; Lucy Benjamin, 24th, 63.81.

300-meter hurdles prelims – Kaira Burrage, 2nd, 48.13; Ellie Higgins, 12th, 52.06; Morgan Finch, 29th, 58.46.

800-meter run prelims – Tatum Goforth, 4th, 2:19.63; Reese Brown, 8th, 2:22.87; Naomi Young, 14th, 2:28.01; Lily Beaver, 18th, 2:30.65.

200-meter dash prelims – Julianne Veloria, 5th, 26.51; Bella Gomez, 7th, 26.64; Madigan Moran, 11th, 26.84.

3,200-meter run finals – Hannah Wheeling, 4th, 11:42.90; Reese Brown, 5th, 11:45.56; Nora Hinkle, 8th, 12:11.71; Kylie Graf, 17th, 12:33.34.

Pole vault finals – Avery Allen, 2nd, 11-01.

Triple jump finals – Sofia Asher, 21st, 29-11.

Shot put finals – Elena Soderstrom, 8th, 30-11; Callie Ehmann, 28th, 26-03; Lis Montoya, 35th, 24-11 ½.

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