Team Spotlight - Xavier College Prep, Phoenix, AZ


Team Spotlight -  Xavier College Prep, Phoenix, Arizona

This interview features the Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Arizona) girls team; interview with co-head coach Dave Van Sickle.  Xavier, led by state champion Sarah Fakler, returns five of the top seven from their 2011 Arizona State Division 1 championship team that also finished second at NXN Southwest Regionals and eighth at NXN Nationals.


School, location (city, state) -  Xavier College Prep, Phoenix, Arizona

Team (boys, girls, both) –  Girls

Head Coach –  Co Head Coaches Jeff Messer and Dave Van Sickle

Assistant Coaches –  Vito Perrone, Haley Paul-Jones

Top (national level) athletes; name, grade, PR’s –
Projected Top 5:
Sarah Fakler, senior, 3200m (10:33.45), 5k XC (17:30.90)
Shelby Brown, junior, 3200m (11:02.42), 5k XC (18:56.20)
Lauren Kinzle, sophomore, 3200m (11:08.84), 5k XC (18:26.20)
Mckenna Gaffney, senior, 5k XC (18:38.50)
Samantah Mattice, junior, 5k XC (18:35.80)

Key(s) to the success of your team –  We need to have a 30 to 40 second gap between 1-5.

Your favorite meet(s) –   Desert Twilight in Queen Creek.

What you most love about cross country -  The contrast between the simplicity of a foot race and complicated nature of pacing and running economy. 

Teams you most enjoy competing against -  All teams of Arizona and teams at Mt. SAC.

Team goals for the season –   Run faster than last season. 


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