Girls cross country: Toppers finish 4th at UNM meet

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — Starting its season against some of the best competition in the state of New Mexico didn’t seem to faze the Hilltopper girls cross country squad.

Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers placed three runners in the top 30, picking up a very respectable fourth-place finish at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational. The Hilltoppers finished with 159 team points Saturday. The Class AAAAA La Cueva Bears finished with 86 points to win Saturday’s meet, 14 points better than the runner-up Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos’ main Class AAAA rival.

The meet was held at UNM’s North Golf Course in conjunction with the Lobo Invitational college meet.

Despite the mostly-grass surface Saturday, the course can be hairier than it would appear at first glance.

“It was pretty tough,” Los Alamos senior Hannah Little said. “This is the fifth time I’ve run it. I’m pretty used to it, but it’s got a lot of changes. It’s got a lot of ups and downs, a lot of turns and a lot of difficult footing.”

Little was among the top Hilltopper finishers at Saturday’s race, the regular season opener for the squad. Little ran the 3.12-mile course in 21:06, placing her 30th against some quality opponents.

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