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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Win in 800 relay highlights first day of meet

 Xavier Prep’s 4x800-meter relay team came up big in Monday’s (April 25) first day of the Northeast Valley Championships at Phoenix Horizon.

Xavier was the only team to break the 10-minute mark, hitting the finish line in 9:54.24.

Xavier also competed in preliminaries in the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays.

There were finals in two field events – the long jump and the javelin.

Senior Cierra Gonzalez was the top finisher in the long jump (third) at 17 feet (even), and senior Ellie Higgins was ninth in the javelin at 87 feet (even).

Action continues on Wednesday (April 27) and 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 results

4x100-meter relay prelims – XCP 3rd, 49.59.

4x400-meter relay prelims – XCP 5th, 4:07.18.

4x800-meter relay finals – XCP 1st, 9:54.24.

Long jump finals – Cierra Gonzalez, Sr., 3rd, 17-00; Riley Ward, Jr., 13th, 15-05 ½.

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

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