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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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

XCP track and field wins 21-team Rattler Invitational



The Xavier Prep track and field team came up with another big win on Saturday (March 4), taking the 21-team Rattler Invitational at Phoenix North Canyon.
Senior distance runner Tessa Weiss won two events, the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, automatically qualifying for the Division I state meet in the longer of the two.
Junior Annie Grant was the Gators’ other individual winner, in the 100-meter hurdles. She also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles.
Here is a look at the Xavier results . . .
Team scores – Xavier Prep 107, Glendale Deer Valley 89 ½, Scottsdale Chaparral 76, Phoenix North Canyon 66 1/3, Peoria Liberty 53, Peoria Centennial 39, Cave Creek Cactus Shadows 38 ½, Fountain Hills 38, Sierra Vista Buena 30, Yuma Cibola 27, Arete Prep 18, Phoenix Greenway 16 1/3, Glendale Raymond S. Kellis 15, Scottsdale Desert Mountain 13, Tucson Empire 9, Scottsdale Prep 8, Goodyear Millennium 7, Phoenix Veritas Prep 7, Prescott Valley Bradshaw Mountain 7, Maricopa 1 1/3, Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep 1.
100-meter hurdles – Maddie Minton (Jr.), 6th, 13.09.
400-meter run – Kinsey Ehmann (So.), 5th, 1:01.49.
800-meter run – Tessa Weiss (Sr.), 1st, 2:18.72; Ally Novacek (Sr.), 12th, 2:36.01; Kelly Champeau (Sr.), 20th, 2:40.79.
1,600-meter run – Tessa Weiss (Sr.), 1st, 5:07.03 (automatic state qualifier); Jane Miller (Sr.), 2nd, 5:18.68; Shannan Higgins (Sr.), 4th, 5:28.04.
3,200-meter run – Caroline McClelland (So.), 3rd, 11:26.91; Helen Innes (Fr.), 4th, 11:31.73.
100-meter hurdles – Annie Grant (Jr.), 1st, 15.92; Cydeni Carter (Sr.), 4th, 16.92.
300-meter hurdles – Annie Grant (Jr.), 2nd, 46.00; Teresa Roessler (Sr.), 4th, 47.65; Jackie Haring (Fr.), 25th, 54.97.
4x100-meter relay – Xavier 2nd (Maddie Minton, Annie Grant, Leila Grant, Cydeni Carter), 50.53.
4x400-meter relay – Xavier 5th (Kinsey Ehmann, Teresa Roessler, Leila Grant, Emma Strouse), 4:13.72.
4x800-meter relay – Xavier 3rd (Kelly Champeau, Shannan Higgins, Jane Miller, Ally Novacek, 10:10.14.
High jump – Olivia Zanzucchi (Sr.), tie for 6th, 4-08; Jackie Haring (Fr)., 22nd, 4-00.
Pole vault – Rachel Purcell (Sr.), tie for 8th, 6-6; Molly Cahill (Fr.), tie for 21st, 6-0.
Long jump – Teresa Roessler (Sr.), 2nd, 16-11 ¼; Maddy Todd (Jr.), tie for 8th, 15-3 ½; Jada Sims (Fr.), 26th, 13-0 ½.
Xavier will participate in the Brophy AMPG Invitational on Thursday (March 10) at the Brophy Sports Campus. Those athletes not scheduled to participate in that meet will compete in a three-way meet on Wednesday (March 9) against host Peoria Liberty and Scottsdale Desert Mountain.


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