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Cross country: LA looks solid at preseason meet

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country squads looked solid in a scrimmage Saturday in Albuquerque.

The Hilltopper boys were the unofficial winners of the scrimmage, which took place at Alameda/Rio Grande Open Spaces.

Los Alamos’ boys placed seven runners in the top nine overall to finish with an unofficial score of 21. Official scores may not be kept at preseason events.

Gareth Gilna and Kyle Pittman took first and second in the boys race on the 3.2-mile course.

The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, finished with 41 points, unofficially finishing second behind Class AAAAA Rio Rancho.

Holly Walker was the top finisher in Saturday’s girls race, crossing the finish line in 20 minutes, 51 seconds. Victoria Honnell and Ariana Rowberry both made the top 10 individually for the Hilltoppers.

Because of a schedule conflict, Los Alamos won’t make an appearance this season at the Joe I. Vigil Invitational, its traditional opening meet of the season.

Both teams will open at the University of New Mexico Invitational Sept. 6.

Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Sandia scrimmage (team results are unofficial).

Girls

Team scores

1. Rio Rancho, 29; 2. Los Alamos, 41; 3. Sandia, 66; 4. Volcano Vista, 147.

Individual results

1. Holly Walker, 20:51; 6. Victoria Honnell, 22:11; 7. Ariana Rowberry, 22:22; 13. Megan Reader, 22:29; 14. Hannah Little, 22:37; 21. Elizabeth Brug, 23:48; 24. Adrienne Larson, 24:21; 25. Alicia Herrera, 24:31; 26. Grace Liu, 24:42; 40. Victoria Espinoza, 25:53; 41. Meghan Montoya, 26:05; 47. Annie Saeger, 26:25; 49. Ashley Brown, 26:31; 50. Kim Boerigter, 26:42; 51. Bryn Smith, 26:43; 57. Michelle Earley, 27:30; 62. Rebecca Martineau, 27:56; 66. Courtney Cook, 28:24; 68. Adrienne Leyba, 29:32; 71. Rebekah Taylor, 29:32; 72. Sarah Pollat, 29:59; 74. Ariana Brown, 30:54; 77. Haley White, 31:48; 78. Katherine Joseph, 32:26; 80. Emma Carroll, 32:51.

Boys

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 21; 2. Rio Rancho, 55; 3. Sandia, 68; 4. Volcano Vista, 154.

Individual results

1. Gareth Gilna, 17:12; 2. Kyle Pittman, 17:19; 5. Nat Gustafson, 17:56; 6. Kevin Hemphill, 18:08; 7. Andrew Vierra, 18:17; 8. Austin Jacobson, 18:17; 9. Ben Havemann, 18:18; 13. Ian Pulliam, 19:09; 21. BJ Fincke, 19:49; 22. Zach Breshears, 19:50; 23. Daniel Roybal, 19:51; 26. Josh Bowman, 19:51; 27. Alexander Romero, 19:59; 33. Adam Lang, 21:02; 36. Chris Ussery, 21:21; 40. Ryan Hemphill, 21:42; 41. John Alison, 21:45; 46. Kris Stimmel, 21:59; 47. Ryan Erickson, 22:01; 50. Tim Wermer, 22:08; 58. Jeffrey Nguyen, 25:03; 59. Erik Edelmann, 25:06; 61. Chris Goen, 25:13; 67. Ethan Rutherford, 25:55; 70. Charles Sherrill, 27:39.