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 25, 2015

XCP track and field enters home stretch

Xavier’s Sarah Carter achieved an automatic qualifying mark for her second event in the upcoming Division I state track and field meet with a victory in the 3,200-meter run and the Gators finished second in the team standings in Friday’s (April 24) Toro Invitational at Mesa Mountain View.
Carter (11:11.21) previously had qualified for the state meet in the 1,600-meter run. In the 3,200, she was part of a three-runner sweep that included No. 2 finisher Sierra Brown (11:28.94) and No. 3 Caroline Liddy (11:31.85).
Thus far, Xavier has three other state qualifiers – Tessa Weiss in the 1,600, Jane Miller in the 3,200 and the 4x800-meter relay.
There are a number of provisional state qualifiers from Xavier who could get in if there are not 24 automatic qualifiers in the various events.
Cydeni Carter was the most recent provisional qualifier in two events at the Toro Invitational, the long jump and 100-meter hurdles.
Xavier scored 128 points in the Toro Invitational, with Mountain View winning at 191 ½ points. Gilbert Highland was third with 87 points, followed by Yuma Cibola (56 ½), Gilbert Mesquite (52) and Gilbert High (7).
Finishing in the top three in Toro Invitational events . . .
Shelby Roberts (second in both the 100 and 200), Tessa Weiss (first in the 800), Shannan Higgins (second in the 800), Jane Miller (first in the 1,600), Caroline McClelland (third in the 1,600), Jenna Fitzgerald (third in the 100 hurdles and third in the high jump), the 4x400 relay (third), the 4x800 relay (third), Teresa Roessler (second in the long jump) and Cydeni Carter (third in the long jump).
The Gators will compete on Monday (April 27) and Wednesday (April 29) in the Northeast Regional hosted by Phoenix Horizon.

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