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.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Mountain bikers look strong in 1st race of year

 The Xavier Prep/Brophy Prep club mountain biking team had a strong second-place finish in its first Arizona Cycling Association race of the season at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff.

Competing in the Division 1 South group, XCP/BCP totaled 4020 points, one spot behind leader Queen Creek Casteel, at 4070 points.

Xavier’s top two riders competed in the JV-1 race. Mary Hill finished third in the 17.7-mile course with a time of 1:20:43.53, and Grace Morgan was 10th at 1:36:29.79.

The remaining seven Xavier riders competed in the JV-2 race, which was 11.8 miles in length.

They were Bailey Finch, 10th at 1:04:30.93, Kirsten Findlay, 14th at 1:10:56.68, Chloe Lindeback, 16th at 1:20:12.47, Alyssa Isaac, 17th at 1:22:39.49, Rachel Reyes, 18th at 1:24:32.59, Lizbeth Sanchez Garcia, 19th at 1:25:16.29, and Gabriela Evans, 20th at 1:41:11.18.

The XCP/BCP team’s next race is Sept. 26, when the team returns to Flagstaff to ride at the Arizona Nordic Village.

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