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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Former XCP track star Tonn shines at Stanford

Former Xavier track star Jessica Tonn earned an impressive honor recently when the fifth-year senior at Stanford was named the Pac 12 Conference’s Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for April 27-May 3.
Tonn ran the fastest 5,000 meters by a collegian this year and became the No. 7 American collegian ever, running 15:18.85 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on April 30.
She finished 13th in a field that included an Olympic silver medalist and featured 15 runners under the World Championships qualifying standard, including Tonn.
She broke her personal record by 14 seconds and moved past three-time NCAA outdoor 5,000-meter champion Lauren Fleshman in to the No. 2 spot on Stanford’s all-time list and No. 2 in Pac-12 history.

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