Cross country: LAMS program to start this fall

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By Mike Cote

For all the success the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country program has accumulated over the years, there is one thing it has lacked.

A feeder program.

That shortfall — surely to the chagrin of every other cross country program in the state — will be rectified this upcoming school year.

Los Alamos Middle School will offer for the first time a seventh- and eighth-grade cross country program in 2008. Exact details of the season are still being worked out, but the components are there already.

Hilltopper co-head coach Rob Hipwood, for one, is ecstatic to see this program come about.

“We felt like it would be a good thing,” Hipwood said. “First, here’s not many sports options for kids at the middle school who are not playing football, volleyball or club soccer. There’s just not many options in the fall. Then there’s the selfish part. This will help the high school cross country program.”

The Hilltopper cross county program already boasts some of the biggest participation numbers of any sport at the high school and the middle school program will very likely help add to that number.

Hipwood said that Hilltopper athletic director Vicki Nelms gave the program’s start-up her full support, as did officials from LAMS.

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