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Larry Baca, a man who has a penchant for understatement, called Saturday’s meet “different.”
The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team won Saturday’s Capital City Invitational with 111 points, holding off a tough St. Michael’s squad, but had to go the long way to get there.
Los Alamos’ relays suffered Saturday, due partially to the absence of sprinter Raul Rodriguez. The Hilltoppers didn’t field a 1600-meter relay team for the first time in Baca’s long memory and only scored points in two of the other three relays. In the 400 relay, one of the first events of the day, the Hilltoppers dropped a handoff and finished out of the top six.
In all, 14 teams took part in Saturday’s meet, hosted by the Class AAAAA Santa Fe Demons.
At the meet, Los Alamos won five events and Brett Hill qualified for the Class AAAA state meet in the high jump and Corey Clark qualified in the 400 meters.
Oliver Funsten took top honors in the discus with his personal record throw of 124 feet, 10 inches. Also picking up wins Saturday were Benigno Sandoval in the pole vault, Jason Reagor in the 100 meters and Kyle Pittman in the 800 and Andrew Vierra in the 1600.
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