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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

XCP runners excel; state meet just around the corner

Xavier girls ran like the wind on Saturday (Oct. 18), coming up with what could be their strongest showing yet with team wins in the seeded and open divisions and a 1-2-3 finish in the freshman race in the Valerie McGregor Rattler Invitational at Marana.
The Gators scored 38 points in the seeded division to outdistance second-place Tucson Catalina Foothills’ 69 points. XCP scored 24 points in the open division while Gilbert Campo Verde finished second with 46 points.
Xavier results in the 3-mile seeded division:
Shannon Molvin, Sr., fifth, 18:28.47; Sierra Brown, Sr., ninth, 18:42.47; Sarah Carter, soph., 10th, 18:47.22; Shannan Higgins, Jr., 11th, 18:56.48; Lauren Kinzle, Sr., 13th, 19:03.48; Tessa Weiss, Jr., 16th, 19:08.98; Caroline McClelland, Frosh, 17th, 19:13.22.
Xavier results in the 3-mile open division:
Tara O’Malley, Jr., second, 20:01.01; Ally Novacek, Jr., third, 20:37.02; Maddie Van Sickle, Sr., sixth, 22:02.76; Zoe Bargas, Jr., 10th, 22:26.27; Victoria Amaro, Soph., 11th, 22:49.76; Kaitlyn Flick, Jr., 13th, 23:03.02; Ana Brennan, Sr., 19th, 23:37.26; Sophie Venezia, Jr., 24th, 24:15.52; Kelley Champeau, Jr., 26th, 24:20.26; Pamela Ebenroth, Soph., 29th, 24:40.77; Isabella McClelland, Jr., 36th, 25:39.02.
Xavier results in the 3-mile freshman division:
Caroline Liddy, first, 19:36.77; Kate Straneva, second, 21:24.76; Annika Nielson, third, 21:50.01.
State sectionals are Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and the Division I state meet is Nov. 8.

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