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Girls track and field: LA blasts the competition at Harper

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — More than a few around track and field in New Mexico consider the Richard Harper Invitational a good measuring stick for the state meet.

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If there’s any truth to that, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field should be in pretty good shape.

The Hilltopper girls handed out another beat-down this weekend at the meet, held at Albuquerque Academy. They dominated the field, scoring 104.5 points, more than double their nearest competitor, Class 5A Highland, which finished with 49 points.

The meet, which was held Friday and Saturday, generally attracts some of the top teams in the Albuquerque area from all classifications.

Most telling about the meet, however, was that Los Alamos finished with close to triple the amount of Albuquerque Academy, which is considered its biggest competitor for a repeat of its Class AAAA state championship.

Although Academy was without star distance runner Julia Foster this weekend, Los Alamos still put forth an impressive showing.

But Hilltopper head coach Paul Anderson said it’s important to keep things in perspective.

“It’s not the end-all,” he said. “We’re still trying to get kids in the right places. The young kids, like Laura Wendelberger, they got to see what it’s like to have a two-day meet.”

Wendelberger and most of the others, however, responded just fine.

Wendelberger finished in the top three in the long jump competition Friday, actually topping Los Alamos star long jumper Emily Weeks by two inches in the finale. She then came back Saturday to score in the 300-meter hurdles with her time of 48.90.

In all, Los Alamos won eight events at the meet.

Chase Ealey cemented her status as state title front-runner in her two best events, the 100 meters and the shot put. Ealey’s throw of 42 feet, 3 inches, topped everyone in the competition but her sister Taylor by at least seven feet, while in the 100 she finished with a 12.27 to win. The time was well under the state record of 12.36 in AAAA, but her better time of the weekend, her preliminary of 12.05, only afforded her third Friday.

Friday’s competition included the finals of the field events.

In one of Los Alamos’ best overall events, the high jump, Kim Carson was the big winner. She was the only competitor to clear 5 feet, 2 inches.

Carson, who actually strained her ribs a week earlier at Santa Fe while coming off the high jump pad, continued after clearing 5-2 and very nearly cleared 5-4 on her first attempt, but just clipped the bar on the way down with her calf.

“Five-four would’ve been cool to have, but 5-2 is good,” she said. “Only three people in state have done 5-2 this year.”

With the win, Carson could now well be in position to vie for a state title in the event, but she’ll have to get by teammate Lindsay Benage, the defending AAAA champ. Benage finished third Friday.

Despite the fact that Carson is due to have back surgery this off-season, something which she said might limit her high jumping ability or force her to give up the event altogether, she said she’s not feeling overly burdened by that knowledge.

“The surgery’s just one of those things,” she said. “It’s still a couple months out. I’ll just do as well as I can do.”

Other winners this weekend for Los Alamos included Holly Walker in the 3,200 meters, who posted a time 11:47.97, and Alex Nichols in the javelin, whose season-best throw of 135-1 was nearly 17 feet better than Kelsea Hawkins of Rio Rancho in second place.

With just one regular season meet left before the District 2AAAA championship, Los Alamos seems poised for another big showing at the state meet.

“We’re just trying to get better every week,” Anderson said. “We’re getting experience, getting kids in the right place. We’ll kind of keep doing what we’ve been doing the last couple of years.”

Here are the results from the Richard Harper Memorial Invitational. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

Girls

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 104.5; 2. Highland, 49; 3. La Cueva, 46; 4. Rio Rancho, 42; 5. Albuquerque Academy, 36.5; 6. Manzano, 28; (tie) Cibola, 28; 8. Los Lunas, 26; 9. Volcano Vista, 20; 10. Valencia, 17; 11. Sandia Prep, 14; (tie) Eldorado, 14; 13. Belen, 13; 14. Santa Fe, 6; 15. Del Norte, 5; 16. Capital, 2; (tie) Sandia, 2; 18. Valley, 1.

100 hurdles

1. Krista Armstead, Sandia Prep, 15.52; 2. Kelli Williams, Belen, 16.40; 3. Anicka Newell, Highland, 16.55; Laura Wendelberger, 17.90; Sylvia Holland, 17.46 (prelim); Kate Rooney, 21.08 (prelim).

100 meters

1. Chase Ealey, 12.27; 2. Sondai Lonesome, 12.39; 3. Amber Battle, Cibola, 12.58; 5. Angelica Johnson, 12.91; Emily Weeks, 12.77.

3200 meters

1. Holly Walker, 11:47.97; 2. Jordan Grace, La Cueva, 11:52.00; 3. Tamara Lemetino, 11:54.44; 6. Teresa Sandoval, 12:29.68; Elizabeth Brug, 13:12.84.

400 relay

1. Los Alamos (Emily Weeks, Angelica Johnson, Sylvia Holland, Chase Ealey), 49.46; 2. Cibola, 49.74; 3. Volcano Vista, 50.40.

800 meters

1. Amanda Throckmorton, Academy, 2:17.41; 2. Nisa Rascon, Valencia, 2:20.06; 3. Caroline Lewiecki, Manzano, 2:20.31; Victoria Honnell, 2:25.18; Shaina Riciputi, 2:33.81; Kelsey Neal, 2:39.00.

400 meters

1. Mickey Brown, La Cueva, 59.02; 2. Amanda Throckmorton, Academy, 59.80; 3. Madison Ahlers, 59.81; Victoria Trujillo, 1:04.33.

300 hurdles

1. Krista Armstead, Sandia Prep, 43.71; 2. Kelli Williams, Belen, 47.33; 3. Jessica Scherrer, Del Norte, 47.64; 6. Laura Wendelberger, 48.90; Sylvia Holland, 51.52; Kate Rooney, 59.27.

200 meters

1. Sondai Lonesome, Manzano, 25.64; 2. Tracie Higdon, Valencia, 26.02; 3. Mickey Brown, La Cueva, 26.40; 6. Emily Weeks, 27.05; Madison Ahlers, 27.52; Morgan Schake, 28.78.

1600 meters

1. Paige Throckmorton, Academy, 5:09.06; 2. Caroline Lewiecki, Manzano, 5:15.50; 3. Diana Hawk, Eldorado, 5:22.15; 6. Victoria Honnell, 5:30.50; Jennifer Barich-Mooday, 5:30.72; Emily Pittman, 5:37.34.

800 relay

1. Los Alamos (Madison Ahlers, Lindsay Benage, Chase Ealey, Sylvia Holland), 1:46.74; 2. Los Lunas, 1:47.24; 3. Cibola, 1:47.80.

1600 medley relay

1. La Cueva, 4:19.30; 2. Rio Rancho, 4:20.02; 3. Manzano, 4:22.83; 4. Los Alamos (Chase Ealey, Morgan Schake, Angelica Johnson, Victoria Trujillo), 4:23.49.

1600 relay

1. Los Alamos (Madison Ahlers, Sylvia Holland, Victoria Honnell, Angelica Johnson), 4:04.74; 2. La Cueva, 4:10.24; 3. Eldorado, 4:10.74.

High jump

1. Kim Carson, 5-2; 2. Nicole Jenrette, Los Lunas, 5-0; 3. Lindsay Benage, 5-0; (tie) Jennifer Perry, Academy, 5-0; Kate Rooney, 4-10.

Triple jump

1. Ebony Owens, Highland, 36-11; 2. Anicka Newell, Highland, 34-7; 3. Malika Stuerznicke, Santa Fe, 32-4; Allison Rooney, 30-9 1/2; Shelby Keffler, 28-2; Jordan Ahlers, 27-6.

Pole vault

1. Anicka Newell, Highland, 11-6; 2. Daisy Cortes, Academy, 9-6; 3. CiCi Cordova, Rio Rancho, 9-0; Allie Glasco, 7-6; Morgan Schake, 7-0.

Discus

1. Lashira Adams, Highland, 125-7; 2. Edwina Peele, Cibola, 108-7; 3. Alex Nichols, 105-7; Molly Willms, 100-1; Shelby Keffler, 85-6.

Shot put

1. Chase Ealey, 42-3; 2. Taylor Ealey, 36-6 1/2; 3. Edwina Peele, Cibola, 35-3; Shelby Keffler, 30-7.

Long jump

1. Ebony Owens, Highland, 17-4; 2. Stephanie McCorkle, Volcano Vista, 16-8; 3. Laura Wendelberger, 16-7 3/4; 4. Emily Weeks, 16-5 3/4; 5. Angelica Johnson, 16-5.

Javelin

1. Alex Nichols, 135-1; 2. Kelsea Hawkins, Rio Rancho, 118-8; 3. Taylor Ealey, 117-4; Molly Willms, 72-4.