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, May 10, 2015

Good showing for track, finishes 9th in state

The 2015 track and field season wrapped up over the weekend with the Division I state meet at Mesa Community College, and Xavier Prep’s Gators finished a respectable ninth in the team standings with 22 ½ points. Phoenix Mountain Pointe (Ahwatukee) won the team title with 108 points.
Xavier’s top finish was with its 4x800-meter relay team that finished third. Tessa Weiss, Shannan Higgins, Sarah Carter and Teresa Roessler covered the distance in 9:30.34.
In individual events, Xavier’s best results were fifth-place finishes by Roessler in the long jump (18-0 ¼) and Weiss in the 1,600 (5:03.11).
XCP also had three other runners in the 1,600. Carter was sixth in 5:03.83, Higgins was 16th in 5:20.20, and Sierra Brown was 17th in 5:26.61.
Jenna Fitzgerald finished in a tie for sixth place in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet.
Carter was the top Gator in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:52.34, good for sixth place. Jane Miller was ninth in 11:12.23, Weiss 10th in 11:12.43 and Brown 12th in 11:16.06.
In the 800-meter run, Weiss was 12th in 2:21.09, Higgins was 17th in 2:24.66 and Carter was 18th in 2:25.07.
Cydeni Carter competed in the long jump, where she finished 25th at 15-9.
Congratulations to all of the track and field athletes for your hard work this season and for representing Xavier with pride !!

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