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.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Gator runners congregate in vicinity of finish line

 There was a sea of blue in all directions and a big congregation of Gators.

And a successful congregation at that.

Xavier Prep’s Gators had perhaps their best overall cross-country performance of the season on Thursday (Oct. 8) in the annual Titan Invitational at Crossroads Park in Gilbert.

The team had 36 runners participating in three “sessions’’ – 21 in the 5K Open I, eight in the 5K Freshman I and seven in the 5K Varsity I.

Led by junior Catherine Alaimo, Xavier had the first nine finishers in the Open. The team had two of the top 10 finishers in the Freshman and three of the top 10 finishers in the Varsity.

Next up for XCP will be in the Eye of the Tiger Invite on Oct. 24 in Marana, near Tucson.

Thursday’s Xavier results

5K Open

Catherine Alaimo, Jr., 1st, 20:46.7; Naomi Young, So., 2nd, 21:01.2; Erika Germinario, Jr., 3rd, 21:13.6; Maria Benitez, Jr., 4th, 21:15.1; Karime Morales, Jr., 5th, 21:29.0; Sophia Healy, Sr., 6th, 21:50.3; Emmie Halter, Sr., 7th, 21:51.5; Charlotte McClelland, Jr., 8th, 22:00.7; Olivia Charles, So., 9th, 22:13.2; Calista Flick, So., 11th, 22:41.0; Cassara Ryan, So., 12th, 22:42.5; Briony Campisi, Jr., 13th, 22:56.7; Grace Teevan, Jr., 17th, 23:42.9; Riley Ryan, Jr., 18th, 23:50.7; Grace McClelland, So., 21st, 24:01.5; Ellie Higgins, Jr., 22nd, 24:02.9; Becca Titus, So., 23rd, 24:03.2; Barbara Paez, So., 24th, 24:16.9; Marissa Mansour, Jr., 25th, 24:23.4; Emily Manuelito, So., 27th, 24:48.5; Alma Melendez, So., 31st, 25:45.0.

5K Freshman

Summer Goodman, 6th, 22:15.1; Madison Gould, 9th, 23:05.6; Julietta Tavizon Heredia, 11th, 23:50.0; Maya Nagaraj, 12th, 24:23.9; Sophia Corona, 13th, 25:00.6; Susan Findlay, 18th, 26:44.3; Arya Banks, 20th, 27:19.8; Adelaide Luna, 21st, 27:57.0.

5K Varsity

Jamie Stelnik, Sr., 8th, 19:33.4; Ansley Burns, Jr., 9th, 19:46.1; Tatum Goforth, Jr., 10th, 19:49.4; Reyna Silva, So., 11th, 20:22.8; Macarthy Mahoney, Jr., 12th, 20:25.4; Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 14th, 20:27.0; Holland Carey, So., 16th, 20:42.5.

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