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Boys track and field: LA earns a win in its finale Saturday

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team earned a victory in its final regular season contest and picked up a big state qualifying mark as well.
The Hilltoppers grabbed 132 team points Saturday at the Los Alamos Invitational, picking up the team championship. St. Michael’s was second with 101.5 points and Santa Fe finished third with 74.5.
Los Alamos will go into this week’s District 2-4A meet, which will be hosted by someone other than Los Alamos for the first time since the district was formed in 2000, as the heavy favorites to win another district title. Los Alamos has never been defeated at the district meet since the 2000 realignment.
Saturday, Los Alamos earned a state Class 4A qualification time in the 400 meter relay.
The 400 relay, which has been plagued by poor exchanges this season, posted a time of 43.52, the fourth-best time that has been turned in by a Class 4A team.
At the Los Alamos Invitational, the Hilltoppers won three relay events and five individual titles. Kyle Stephens cleared 6-foot-2, a career best in the high jump, while Daniel Dunning, who was promoted just this week from the junior varsity, won the triple jump with a mark of 39 feet, 4-1/4 inches.
Nate Robbins in discus, Kory Balog in javelin and Andy Thoma in the 200 meters were also winners Saturday.
NOTE: Due to an electronic delivery issue, the Hilltopper girls track and field team’s results were not received as of press time. Those results will appear in the Los Alamos Monitor this week.

Team scores
1. Los Alamos, 132; 2. St. Michael’s, 101.5; 3. Santa Fe, 74.5; 4. Taos, 73; 5. Española Valley, 19; 6. Santa Fe Indian School, 9; 7. Raton, 3.

Individual results
3200 meters
2. Zak Kennison, 10:55.52; 3. Daniel Romero, 11:09.72; Colin Hemez, 11:54.60.

400 relay
1. Los Alamos (Kyle Stephens, Graham Delano, Dan Christensen, Andy Thoma), 43.52.

110 hurdles
3. Isaac Jennings, 16.88.

100 meters
5. Cody Vaughn, 11.63; 6. Dan Christensen, 11.66.

1600 meters
1. Tim Wermer, 4:41.40; 2. Ian Pulliam, 4:46.16; 6. Mike Walker, 5:08.06.

800 relay
1. Los Alamos (Kyle Stephens, Graham Delano, Paul Hemez, Andy Thoma), 1:30.59.

400 meters
Ian Pulliam, 59.12.

300 hurdles
2. Isaac Jennings, 44.28.

800 meters
4. Tim Wermer, 2:10.46; Alex Gutierrez, 2:16.30; Zak Kennison, 2:21.06.

200 meters
1. Andy Thoma, 22.56; 2. Kyle Stephens, 23.11.

1600 relay
1. Los Alamos (Nico Mendez, Paul Hemez, Topher Owens, Andy Thoma) , 3:33.72.

Shot put
3. Brad Lungstrom, 38-9; 4. Nate Robbins, 38-6; Grant Washburn, 35-11 3/4.

Discus
1. Nate Robbins, 126-4; 4. David Knapp, 112-9; Brad Lungstrom, 110-2.

Javelin
1. Kory Balog, 167-3; 4. Brady Stokes, 132-10.

Long jump
2. Dan Christensen, 18-8 3/4; 4. Mike Sanchez, 18-1 1/2.

Triple jump
1. Daniel Dunning, 39-4 1/4.

High jump

1. Kyle Stephens, 6-2; 3. Mike Sanchez, 5-6.

Pole vault

2. Carson Wiens, 11-0; 3. Chris Ryan, 10-6; 4. Topher Owens, 9-6.