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, October 25, 2021

Strong showing for Gator runners in Mt. SAC event

 Xavier Prep’s cross-country teams represented the school and community in impressive style on Saturday (Oct. 23) in the Mt. SAC Invitational meet that featured top teams from the western U.S. and California.

The event in Walnut, Calif., had Xavier finishing second in the 3-mile Division 1 and 2 JV Sweepstakes Race, and the all-senior varsity lineup was 10th in the 3-mile Division 1 and 2 Varsity Individual Sweepstakes race.

Xavier had 11 runners in the JV race and seven runners in the Varsity race. Xavier tallied 80 points in the JV race, second behind the top-rated 40 points listing by Great Oak High of Temecula, Caif. In the Varsity race, Xavier totaled 228 points in its 10th-place finish.

In the JV race, XCP had three runners finish in the top 10. They were sophomore Lily Beaver, fifth at 20:07, junior Reese Brown, seventh at 20:13, and sophomore Summer Goodman, ninth at 20:17. Great Oak had the top two individual runners.

Other finishers in the JV race were junior Holland Carey, 30th at 21:14; sophomore Bella Gomez, 32nd at 21:19; junior Reyna Silva, 35th at 21:23; junior Nora Hinkle, 39th at 21:25; junior Cassara Ryan, 40th at 21:27; junior Kylie Graf, 49th at 21:58; sophomore Sophia Maroufkani, 61st at 22:34 and junior Sarai Arkeveld, 67th at 22:35.

The senior group in the Varsity race was Hannah Wheeling, 23rd at 19:12, Tatum Goforth, 24th at 19:14; Catherine Alaimo, 42nd at 19:57; Macarthy Mahoney, 64th at 20:22; Karime Morales, 80th at 21:10; Erika Germinario, 92nd at 21:53, and Melissa Mansour, 96th at 22:11.

Xavier’s next action comes on Nov. 2, when the Gators run in the Division SW Sectional at Cesar Chavez Park in Laveen. Teams and runners will be attempting to qualify for the state meet, on Nov. 13 at the Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix.

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