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, September 15, 2019

Cross country, badminton excel in weekend events

Xavier Prep cross-country runners and badminton players were busy with competition on Saturday (Sept. 14).

Some of XCP’s top runners sat out the Ray Wherley Invitational at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, but the many who remained did well.

Xavier finished second among teams in the 5,000-meter varsity race. The Gators had 90 points. Flagstaff High won with 68 points and Peoria Liberty was third with 160.

And Xavier, featuring 21 of the 73 entrants in the 5,000 Freshman/Sophomore race, won that team competition with 37 points, ahead of Flagstaff (81) and Surprise Willow Canyon (113).


5,000-meter Varsity

Jessica Mirmelli, Sr., 5th, 21:11.08; Ansley Burns, So., 10th, 21:35.83; Tatum Goforth, So., 14th, 22:23.71; Sammy Braun, Jr., 15th, 22:32.64; Emily Manuelito,  Fr., 18th, 22:49.87; Erika Germinario, So., 21st, 23:08.91; Karime Morales, So., 27th, 23:46.44; Hannah Wheeling, So., 34th, 24:24.08.

5,000-meter Open (Junior-Senior)

Rishita Shah, Jr., 2nd, 23:45.17; Sophia Healy, Jr., 3rd, 23:46.99; Joey Hernandez, Jr., 5th, 24:04.21.

5,000-meter Frosh-Sophomore

Kylie Brown, Fr., 2nd, 23:09.67; Naomi Young, Fr., 3rd, 23:16.06; Olivia Charles, Fr., 5th,. 23:27.16; Cassara Ryan, Fr., 6th, 23:40.40; Catherine Alaimo, So., 8th, 24:22.74; Barbara Paez, Fr., 9th, 24:47.75; Abby Macaluso, So., 12th, 25:01.88.

Briony Campisi, So., 13th, 25:10.55; Riley Ryan, So., 15th, 25:15.71; Charlotte McClelland, So., 16th, 25:25.10; Catherine Devine, So., 25:50.81; Ellie Higgins, So., 18th, 25:56.96; MK Fairbanks, So.; 19th, 25:57.92; Grace Teevan, So., 20th, 25:58.90.

Calista Flick, Fr., 22nd, 26:05.35; LuLu Fischer, So., 24th, 26:44.64; Marissa Mansour, So., 27th, 27:02.28; Grace McClelland, Fr., 33rd, 27:24.71; Bella Titus, Fr., 34th, 27:45.66; Alma Mendez, Fr., 35th, 27:52.26; Maia Weingard, So., 62nd, 35:00.47.


Xavier participated in the annual Forner Invitational at Phoenix Sunnyslope on Saturday and the Gators had a strong effort.

Junior Lina Vanderwey finished first among No. 3 singles players. Vanderwey and senior Mayse Dunn teamed up to win the No.1 doubles division.

Seniors Alex Kockinis and Mia Byrd won the No. 3 doubles division. And juniors Sophie Riviere and Zoe Barton were second  in the No. 2 doubles division.

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