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 27, 2021

Xavier Prep riders are fueled by consistency

 Xavier Prep’s consistency on the mountain bike trails for the second straight race allowed the Xavier-Brophy Prep club team to finish second in the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League’s second race of the season on Sunday (Sept. 26) at the Arizona Nordic Village in Flagstaff.

Xavier-Brophy finished in second place on the day in the AICL’s South Conference team standings, behind No. 1 Queen Creek Casteel. Those two teams finished in the same order in the circuit’s first race, also in Flagstaff, on Sept.12.

The Gators had two riders in the top individual category, the Varsity. Mary Hill was fifth with a time of 1:23:10.62 in the 3-loop route (5.1 miles each loop). Aria Tseffos was close behind with a time of 1:40:14.3.

Grace Morgan came up with a fifth-place finish in the JV-1 race, covering the 3-loop course in 1:33:55.03.

There were three Xavier riders finishing in the JV-2 race, which went 2 laps. They were Bailey Finch, 8th place at 1:03:32.03, Chloe Lindeback, 17th place at 1:23:10.42, and Gabriela Evans,18th at 1:44:25.75.

Prescott’s Pioneer Park will be the site of the third race of the season, on Oct. 10.

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