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Girls track and field: ´Toppers come out on top at Harper Invite this weekend

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By The Staff

If there was any lingering doubt about which team was the favorite heading into the Class 4A girls state meet in 2011, that doubt was removed this weekend.
The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls came out on top of a stacked field at this weekend’s Richard A. Harper Invitational. The Harper Invitational, one of the most competitive regular season meets in the state, was hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
The Hilltoppers, again led by Laura Wendelberger and Chase Ealey, picked up 65.5 points, topping a pair of the top Class 5A schools in the state, Eldorado and La Cueva, along the way.
The win immediately cements Los Alamos as the team to beat again at the 4A state meet, which is scheduled for May 13-14. Los Alamos is the two-time defending state champ.
Ealey won three events at the two-day meet. Ealey earned wins in the 100 meters, shot put and javelin to lead the charge for the Hilltoppers.
Teammate Laura Wendelberger, meanwhile, took top honors in the high jump, where she’s the defending state champ, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.
The high jump ended up being huge for the Hilltoppers in team points, with Chelsea Chalacombe and Lindsay Benage finishing third and fourth in that event.
Benage had a big weekend for Los Alamos as well, scoring points in three different events. She took second in the long jump and sixth in the 100 meter hurdles.
The Hilltoppers have just one regular season event remaining, a home meet this Saturday, before they compete in the District 2-4A championship meet.

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 65.5; 2. Eldorado, 61; 3. La Cueva, 55; 4. Sandia Prep, 50; 5. Albuquerque Academy, 40.5; 6. Rio Rancho, 39.5; 7. Los Lunas, 38.5; 8. Manzano, 32; 9. Highland, 26; 10. Volcano Vista, 24; 11. Albuquerque, 23; 12. Santa Fe, 14; 13. Cibola, 12; 14. Rio Grande, 8; 15. Capital, 2; 16. Atrisco Heritage, 1; 17. Sandia, 1; Valley, West Mesa, no score.

3200 meters
4. Teresa Sandoval, 11:51.12; Liz Brug, 12:28.02; Amanda Mercer, 13:09.50.

400 relay
1. Los Alamos (Amy Neal, Madison Ahlers, Lindsay Benage, Chase Ealey), 49.58.

800 meters
5. Victoria Honnell, 2:28.00; Jennifer Mooday, 2:33.14; Victoria Trujillo, 2:43.90.

100 hurdles
6. Lindsay Benage, 17.14; Chelsea Chalacombe, 19.18.

100 meters
1. Chase Ealey, 12.13; Kayla Martinez, 13.99.

1600 meters
5. Victoria Honnell, 5:23.90.

800 relay
Los Alamos (Morgan Schake, Kayla Martinez, Amy Neal, Madison Ahlers), 1:49.40.

400 meters
Madison Ahlers, 1:01.11; Kayla Martinez, 1:07.37; Mariah Zerr, 1:09.27.

1600 medley relay
4. Los Alamos (Amy Neal, Lindsay Benage, Victoria Honnell, Madison Ahlers), 4:26.14.

200 meters
6. Amy Neal, 26.49; Morgan Schake, 29.02.

High jump
1. Laura Wendelberger, 5-2; 3. Chelsea Chalacombe, 5-0; 4. Lindsay Benage, 5-0.

Triple jump
Allison Rooney, 30-1 1/2; Jordan Ahlers, 29-3/4.

Discus
Shelby Keffeler, 88-0; Rachel Ehler, 64-2.

Long jump
2. Lindsay Benage, 16-4 1/4; 6. Chelsea Chalacombe, 15-9 3/4.

Pole vault

5. (tie) Amy Neal, 8-0.

Shot put

1. Chase Ealey, 43-1; Shelby Keffeler, 32-7 1/2; Rachel Ehler, 24-2.

Javelin

1. Chase Ealey, 119-5; Shelby Keffeler, 84-8; Rachel Ehler, 71-8.