Whittle down a full track meet to distance events and you get the Scottsdale Distance Classic.
The event was held at Saguaro High on Friday (April 9) while the first day of the annual Chandler Rotary was taking place at Chandler High. Second day of the Chandler Rotary was Saturday (April 10).
Xavier was well represented at the Scottsdale event with three runners each competing in the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run.
Junior Tatum Goforth was the top Gator finisher in two events -- the 800 (2:26.13, sixth) and 1,600 (5:28.75, fifth). And junior Hannah Wheeling was the highest individual finisher overall, in the 3,200 (11:38.06, fourth).
Top Xavier finishers
800-meter run (81 runners) – Tatum Goforth, Jr. 6th, 2:26.13; Ansley Burns, Jr., 16th, 2:33.78; Maya Nagaraj, Fr., 44th, 2:51.03.
1,600-meter run (63 runners) – Tatum Goforth, Jr. 5th, 5:28.75; Catherine Alaimo, Jr., 9th, 5:36.62; Charlotte McClelland, Jr., 29th, 5:59.59.
3,200-meter run (38 runners) – Hannah Wheeling, Jr., 4th, 11:38.06; Jamie Stelnik, Sr., 6th, 11:42.19; Macarthy Mahoney, Jr., 8th, 11:58.96.
4x800-meter relay – Xavier “A’’, 4th, 11:17.90.