’Topper boys take 5th at Academy

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — The goal right now for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is to improve.
In the meantime, the Hilltoppers got a close look at what they can expect to see as the season wears on.
Los Alamos took part in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Friday afternoon, along with some tough squads around the metro area. Los Alamos finished fifth out of 19 competing teams.
Academy, which is considered the team to beat in Class 4A once again this season, won its home meet handily. Academy earned just 41 points, placing three runners in the top 10, including individual champ Kevin Wyss and runner-up Kyle Carrozza.
The Hilltoppers, for their part, finished with 122 points.
Los Alamos, going into the 2013 season, has one of the youngest, least experienced rosters it’s had in recent years, so the emphasis the Hilltoppers have put on the team is improvement.
“We were hoping to do a lot better than at UNM,” said Los Alamos’ Gus Saeger, who finished third on the team Friday, noting the team’s fifth-place finish. “That’s around where we were working for.”
Saeger and Cameron Staples stayed within a few strides of each other for much of the race, with Forrest White not far behind. Saeger and White finished back-to-back at 32nd and 33rd places.

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