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 20, 2021

Runners work and have fun on business trip

Who says that you can’t have a little fun while working on a business trip?

Xavier Prep’s cross-country team took care of its business and enjoyed itself in the process with a strong performance in the 40th annual Woodbridge Classic in Norco, Calif. (near Irvine) on Saturday (Sept. 18).

Xavier won the JV Gold Division, finished second in the Sophomore Gold Division and was 18th in the Rated Category, with 20 of its runners attempting to make the best of their opportunity.

Junior Reese Brown covered the 3-mile distance to win the JV Gold individual race, 19:29.3. The race featured 218 runners. Junior Naomi Young also had a good effort with a third-place finish, in 19:36.8.

In the Sophomore Gold Division, Xavier scored 62 points to finish second, just three points off the winning total of Ventura, Calif. Sophomore Lily Beaver was second for 3 miles in 19:43.4. There were 100 runners competing in that category.

The Rated Category featured some of the top runners in the West and beyond. The list here featured 181 runners.

The Gators’ top runner was senior Tatum Goforth, who was 24th with a time of 18:06.1.

Xavier will compete in another big meet this Friday (Sept. 24), the annual Desert Twilight at the Links Golf Club at 445 E. Ocotillo Road in San Tan Valley.

Races, including 10 for the girls, will run from 3:15 p.m. through 9:50. The course will be 3 miles in length.

Xavier Prep results in Woodbridge Classic

JV Gold Division (218 runners)

Reese Brown, Jr., 1st, 19:29.3; Naomi Young, Jr., 3rd, 19:36.8; Reyna Silva, Jr., 4th, 19:48.9; Emily Manuelito, Jr., 10th, 20:37.4; Cassara Ryan, Jr., 13th, 20:39.7; Sarai Arkveld, Jr., 18th, 20:53.7; Kylie Graf, Jr., 26th, 21:10.4.

Sophomore Gold Division (100 runners)

Lily Beaver, So., 2nd, 19:43.4; Summer Goodman, So., 8th, 20:08.2; Sophia Maroufkani, So., 17th, 20:44.9; Bella Gomez, So., 21st, 21:03.4; Maya Nagaraj, So., 30th, 21:49.4; Susan Findlay, So., 43rd, 22:20.9.

“Rated’’ Category (181 runners)

Tatum Goforth, Sr., 24th, 18:06.1; Hannah Wheeling, Sr., 21st, 18:46.1; Macarthy Mahoney, Sr., 87th, 18:55.7; Catherine Alaimo, Sr., 90th, 18:56.9; Karime Morales, Sr., 145th, 19:53.2; Abby Macaluso, Sr., 158th, 20:13.3; Erika Germinario, Sr., 159th, 20:13.9. 

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