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 25, 2021

Multitude of Gators show their running strength

 There were so many Xavier Prep runners competing in the annual Desert Twilight Festival at The Links Golf Club in Queen Creek on Friday (Sept. 24) that you probably could have called it The Desert Sunrise Festival.

It seemed as though every runner was wearing a blue Xavier shirt – 44 in all.

The Gators competed in three different divisions – the Girls’ Large School Open, the Girls’ Large School Freshman and the Girls’ Sweepstakes.

Xavier finished 15th in the Sweepstakes (the top division), second in the Freshman and third in the Large School Open. All races went 5,000 meters.

The top Xavier finisher in each category:

Girls’ Large School Open – Reyna Silva, Jr., 8th, 20:48.00.

Girls’ Large School Freshman – Maggie Mostoller, 17th, 23:50.00.

Girls’ Sweepstakes – Tatum Goforth, Sr., 52nd, 18:50.90.

The remainder of the Gator Multitude:

Large School Open (367 total runners) – Karime Morales, Sr., 12th, 21:01.00; Summer Goodman, So., 14th, 21:05.00; Erika Germinario, Sr., 19th, 21:16.00.

Holland Carey, Jr., 21st, 21:21.00; Bella Gomez, So., 22nd, 21:22.00; Nora Hinkle, Jr., 23rd, 21:25.00; Cassara Ryan, Jr., 25th, 21:29.00.

Sarai Arkeveld, Jr., 31st, 21:44.00; Sophia Maroufkani, So., 35th, 21:48.00.

Abby Macaluso, Sr., 41st, 22:05.00; Kylie Graf, Jr., 44th, 22:08.00; Emily Manuelito, Jr., 47th, 22:16.00.

Barbara Paez, Jr., 55th, 22:29.00.

Marissa Mansour, Sr., 70th, 22:49.0; Briony Campisi, Sr., 22:55.00; Alma Melendez, Jr., 22:58.00.

Bella Titus, Jr., 83rd, 23:05.00; Maya Nagaraj, So., 86th, 23:08.00; Calista Flick, Jr., 89th, 23:13.00.

Susan Findlay, So., 91st, 23:20.00.

Adelaide Luna, So., 102nd, 23:33.00; Olivia Charles, Jr., 109th, 23:40.00.

Charlotte McClelland, Sr., 130th, 24:22.00.

Arianna Thompson-Bueno, Jr., 140th, 22:44.00.

Ashley Stelnik, Jr., 150th, 24:58.00.

Maia Weingard, Sr., 182nd, 25:50.00.

Jimena Gutierrez, So., 190th, 26:01.00.

Grace Teevan, Sr., 218th, 27:03.00.

Zoe Lopez, So., 254th, 28:11.00.

Girls’ Freshman Large School (160 total runners) – Maggie Mostoller, 17th, 23:50.00.

Caroline Vietor, 27th, 24:43.00; Ellie Hilsabeck, 29th, 24:58:00.

Elle Houle, 31st, 25:04.00; Karina Zaveri, 33rd, 25:09.00.

Lily Bourque, 43rd, 26:01.00.

Girls’ Sweepstakes (187 total runners) – Tatum Goforth, Sr., 52nd, 18:50.90.

Hannah Wheeling, Sr., 92nd, 19:44.50; Catherine Alaimo, Sr., 19:48.00; Macarthy Mahoney, Sr., 99th, 19:53.30.

Ansley Burns, Sr., 100th, 19:54.40.

Reese Brown, Jr., 110th, 20:08.70; Lily Beaver, So., 114th, 20:15.30.

Naomi Young, Jr., 132nd, 20:34.79.

**The girls will lace up their running shoes next for the Thunderbird Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 2) at Mountain View Park in Phoenix.

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