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
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.
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.
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.