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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Xavier girls give max effort in Chandler Rotary track

A number of Xavier track athletes had respectable finishes in the 75th Chandler Rotary Invitational on Saturday (March 21) at Chandler High School.
The Xavier athletes competed in the Elite Division.
Junior Tessa Weiss was 16th in the 800-meter run at 2:24.07. Senior Lauren Kinzle was 26th in the same event at 2:26.65.
Weiss was 20th in the 1,600-meter run at 5:10.68 and junior Shannan Higgins was 21st at 5:11.86. Weiss was listed 20th in the mile at 5:12.30 and Higgins 21st at 5:13.72.
Junior Jane Miller was ninth in the 3,200-meter run at 11:11.57. Senior Shannon Molvin was 11th at 11:16.17, senior Sierra Brown was 13th at 11:19.08 and sophomore Sarah Carter was 19th at 11:34.54.
Xavier was 13th in the 4x100-meter relay at 51.05.
Senior Jenna Fitzgerald was 11th in the pole vault at a height of 10 feet. In the long jump, junior Teresa Roessler was 15th at 15-1 and junior Cydeni Carter was 23rd at 14-4.
The Gators will be back at Chandler High for a dual meet on Wednesday (March 25) at 3:30 p.m. and will host the Fr. “Dutch’’ Oliver Invitational for sophomores at 2 p.m. on Friday (March 27) at the Brophy Sports facility.

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