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.
See the Xavier College Prep MileSplit webpage at http://az.milesplit.com/teams/S36 .