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.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

NE Valley meet leads track & field to final stretch

 The three-day Northeast Valley Championships for track and field teams wrapped up on Friday (April 29) at Phoenix Horizon and below are Xavier finishers in final events (excluded: 3,200, pole vault, triple jump, shot put).

The Division I state meet will be held on May 7, May 11 and May 14 at Mesa Community College.

100-meter dash – Marley Stoller, Fr., 7th, 13.02; Maya Ofori, So., 8th, 13.18.

200-meter dash – Madigan Moran, Jr., 6th, 26.69; Bella Gomez, So., 11th, 27.07; Lucy Benjamin,

Fr., 13th, 27.19.

400-meter dash – Marley Stoller, Fr., 4th, 59.26; Bella Gomez, So., 7th, 1:00.41; Mia Stoller, Fr., 15th, 1:02.48.

800-meter run – Tatum Goforth, Sr., 4th, 2:18.62; Naomi Young, Jr., 8th, 2:27.46; Lily Beaver, So., 12th, 2:30.69; Reese Brown, Jr., 13th, 2:34.70.

1,600-meter run – Reese Brown, Jr., 4th, 5:21.09; Hannah Wheeling, Sr., 5:31.21; Catherine Alaimo, Sr., 5:35.97; Kylie Graf, Jr., 12th, 5:36.03.

100-meter hurdles – Annette Gbekia, So., 11th, 18.30.

300-meter hurdles – Kaira Burrage, So., 2nd, 47.63; Ellie Higgins, Sr., 13th, 52.97.

4x100-meter relay – XCP 3rd, 49.92.

4x400-meter relay – XCP 3rd, 4:01.80.

High jump – Ellie Higgins, Sr., 6th, 4-10; Illiana Kockinis, So., 4-05.

Long jump – Cierra Gonzalez, Sr., 3rd, 17-0; Riley Ward, Jr., 13th, 15-05 ½.

Discus – Elena Soderstrom, Sr., 13th, 87-08; Aymara Ubom, So., 16th, 83-07; Callie Ehmann, Jr., 21st, 77-08 ½.

Javelin – Ellie Higgins, Sr., 9th, 87-00; Riley Ward, Jr., 10th, 85-09; Callie Ehmann, Jr., 16th, 78-05; Elena Soderstrom, Sr., 29th, 71-0.




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