Girls track and field: LA dominates rest of field Saturday

-A A +A
By The Staff

As has been the case for much of the season so far, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team earned an impressive victory Saturday.

Los Alamos won a whopping 12 events as it took the team title going away at Saturday’s Capital City Invitational. Los Alamos finished with 209 team points, a better total than the next four schools in the final team standings combined.

Along the way, a pair of Los Alamos hurdlers had big outings. In the 100 meter hurdles, Laura Wendelberger broke the school’s freshman record with her time of 16.65, while in the 300 hurdles, Sylvia Holland earned not only a victory but a state qualifying mark with her time of 48.99.

Wendelberger and Amy Neal now both have their names in the school’s freshman record book. Neal earned her freshman mark in the 400 meters Saturday, winning the event with a time of 1:00.04 and earning a ticket to the state Class AAAA meet as well.

Hilltopper head coach Paul Anderson said the goal of his team is to just improve a little bit each week as the season wears on.

The Hilltoppers, who were tied with Albuquerque Academy in the first track and field poll of the season — the poll was released Wednesday — has generally been able to accomplish that throughout 2010.

Angelica Johnson finished second behind teammate Chase Ealey, running a virtual dead-heat with the reigning AAAA state champ, and qualified for state in that event as well.

Taylor Ealey, who saw limited action as she tries to come back from knee trouble, qualified for state in her first outing of the season in both the javelin (111 feet, 7 inches) and shot put (33-11 1/2), finishing second in both events.

Other top finishes included Kim Carson’s victory in the high jump with a new personal best of 5-2, Morgan Schake’s win in the pole vault (7-6) and victories by three of Los Alamos’ four relay teams.

Results will appear in the Monitor later this week.