Arizona adds another XC runner to national Sweet 16

    Arizona now has two runners in the Sweet 16 national rankings.  Jessica Tonn from Xavier Prep in Phoenix has been holding on to the No. 3 spot for several weeks on the girls side, and is now joined by Brian Shrader from Sinagua HS in Flagstaff who has moved into the No. 6 slot among male cross country runners.
Tonn has been tearing up the cross country courses all year as the
senior caps off an amazing career, most recently with wins at the Queen
Creek Twilight Festival and the George Young Invitational.  Actually,
she has won the George Young each year since she was a freshman.  That
first year, she won by a mere second, while this year she dominated the
field, finishing a minute and 18 seconds ahead of her closest
competitor, her teammate Sarah Fakler,
who has provided Xavier Prep with a 1-2 punch they didn’t have last
year, finishing right behind Tonn at most races. (Tonn is left in
photo, Fakler right)
    Tonn also won the Scottsdale Running
Company Cross Country Festival and the Nike Outdoor Nationals, both the
3-mile and 5K events.  Her personal best this year is 17:35.00 in 5K
competition and 16:32.30 in the 3-mile.
    Shrader, also a senior,
has wins to his credit this year at the Queen Creek Twilight Festival,
Ray Wherley Cross Country Invitational, and Peaks Invitational.  His
personal best so far this year is 15:45.25 in the 5K and 14:24.10 in
the 3-mile.