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, October 30, 2021

Runners swing through sectional on way to state

 The road to the cross-country medals stand continues on Tuesday (Nov. 2) when Xavier Prep competes in the Southwest Section state qualifying event at Cesar Chavez Park in Laveen.

Qualifiers from the 10:15 a.m. race would then go to the Division I state meet on Nov. 13 at the Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix. Xavier last won the state title in 2018 and had three consecutive big seasons in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Xavier has had perhaps the largest group of runners in its history this fall, numbering in the upper 40s.

Among the individual contenders for the Gators are seniors Hannah Wheeling, Tatum Goforth and Catherine Alaimo. Top juniors are Reese Brown, Reyna Silva, Nora Hinkle and Cassara Ryan. And among the sophomore standouts are Lily Beaver and Summer Goodman.

Xavier’s last individual state champion was Sarah Carter, in 2015.

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