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Boys track and field: LA takes first at Saturday’s meet

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By The Staff

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.

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 111; 2. St. Michael’s, 92; 3. St. Pius X, 67; 4. Santa Fe, 49; 5. Capital, 48; 6. Cuba, 36; 7. Taos, 19; 8. Bernalillo, 14; 9. Española Valley, 14; 10. Raton, 8; 11. Santa Fe Indian School, 3; 12. Pojoaque, 1; ATC, no score; Waldorf, no score.

Shot put

5. Oliver Funsten, 38-4 ½; Austin Wolstein, 35-6 ½; Nate Robbins, 33-0.

Discus

1. Oliver Funsten, 124-10; Austin Wolstein, 103-1; Nate Robbins, 99-6; Brad Lungstrom, 78-1.

Javelin

3. Kory Balog, 134-9; 5. Jamie Wigger, 129-11; Garrett Idler, 118-2; Cody Vaughn, 112-4.

Pole vault

1. Benigno Sandoval, 12-6; 3. Tom Day, 11-6; 4. Chris Ussery, 11-6.

High jump

2. Garrett Idler, 6-0; 3. Brett Hill, 6-0; Kyle Pittman, 5-2.

Long jump

4. Daniel Christensen, 17-11.

Triple jump

2. Dion Obermeyer, 41-0; Ethan Clayton, 36-4 ½; Daniel Christensen, 35-10 ¼; Garrett Idler, 35-3 ½.

100 meters

1. Jason Reagor, 10.47; 4. Benigno Sandoval, 11.24; Gavin Bird, 11.74; Mike Sanchez, 12.18.

110 hurdles

3. Dion Obermeyer, 16.13; 5. Garrett Idler, 17.26; Tom Day, 17.29; Ethan Clayton, 18.87.

300 hurdles

2. Tom Day, 43.63; 4. Garrett Idler, 44.05; Ethan Clayton, 46.29.

400 meters

2. Corey Clark, 51.36.

800 meters

1. Kyle Pittman, 2:02.13.

1600 meters

1. Andrew Vierra, 4:46.69; Ian Pulliam, 5:02.38; Austin Jacobson, 4:59.22.

3200 meters

4. BJ Fincke, 11:03.62; 5. Daniel Roybal, 11:04.39; 6. Josh Bowman, 11:11.28.

400 relay

Los Alamos (Benigno Sandoval, Corey Clark, Gavin Bird, Jason Reagor), 48.44.

800 relay

3. Los Alamos (Benigno Sandoval, Kory Balog, Gavin Bird, Mike Sanchez), 1:38.66.

1600 medley relay

3. Los Alamos (Mike Sanchez, Kory Balog, Tom Day, Andrew Vierra), 3:56.85.