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, September 19, 2020

Runners have good showing in W. Equinox event

 Xavier Prep’s cross-country team finished second and fifth, respectively in separate categories and junior Tatum Goforth won one of those two, the 5K Run Open Big Schools Session I in the Western Equinox Cross Country Festival  on Saturday (Sept. 19) at Freestone Park in Chandler.

Goforth’s effort of 20:19.3 enabled the Gators to finish second in that category, only three points behind winner Gilbert Highland.

In the 5K Run Varsity Big Schools Session I, Xavier finished fifth with 131 points. The top individual for XCP was junior Ansley Burns, who was 18th at 19:57.2.

Xavier scores for the day:

5K Run Open Big Schools Session I: Tatum Goforth 20:19.3, Catherine Alaimo 20:33.6, Karime Morales 21:15.6, Erika Germinario 21:18.1, Charlotte McClelland 21:48.8, Sophia Healy 23:04.7, Briony Campisi 23:12.2, Sejal Patel 23:43.4, Riley Ryan 23:56.3, Ellie Higgins 24:42.3, Marissa Mansour 25:05.6, Rishita Shah 25:23.0, Mk Fairbanks 25:27,6, Sammy Braun 26:24.3.

5K Run Varsity Big Schools Session I: Ansley Burns 19:57.2, Macarthy Mahoney 20:17.4, Hannah Wheeling 20:20.5, Reyna Silva 20:28.9, Holland Carey 21:12.4, Maria Benitez 21:29.9, Emmie Halter 21:57.6.

Xavier will run next on Sept. 26 at the Ray Wherley Invitational at Pioneer Park in Prescott.

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