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Boys track and field: Toppers grab a third-place finish at Friday’s APS meet

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team, due to weather, has been limited in how much work its throwers are able to do in preparation for meets.

But Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca thinks he could have a solid unit going down the stretch, as evidenced at Friday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

Los Alamos finished third at Friday’s meet, earning 65.5 points. Rio Rancho won the team competition and Los Alamos’ biggest rival, Albuquerque Academy, finished a very respectable second.

Along the way, the Hilltoppers won three events, including a pair by hurdler Charles Rappe and a victory by Kyle Pittman in the 1,600 meters.

One of the big finishes of the meet by the Hilltoppers, however, was Oliver Funsten’s third-place finish in the discus, which qualified him for the Class AAAA state championship meet.

Funsten, who joined the team two weeks ago following the conclusion of hockey season, threw 131 feet, 4 inches to pick up his state meet invitation.

“He was pretty consistent in the discus, which is nice,” Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca said. “His first throw was 125 (feet), then he threw 131 from there.”


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