Girls track and field: LA finishes in second place at Friday’s APS invitational

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team got an immediate lift from its returning basketball athletes Friday.

Los Alamos had another big showing at Friday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational. Los Alamos finished second behind Class 5A contender Rio Rancho at Friday’s meet, scoring 100.5 points. No other team besides Rio Rancho finished with more than 61.

Coming straight back following the conclusion of the girls basketball season, reigning Class AAAA 100 meter champion Chase Ealey won that same event, finishing in 12.24 seconds, well underneath the state championship qualifying mark and even going under the Class AAAA state record for the event — state records, by New Mexico Activities Association bylaws, can only officially be set at the state championship meet.

For good measure, Ealey also won the shot put competition with her state meet qualifying throw of 39 feet, 4-1/2 inches, just a little more than a foot off the AAAA state record.

Another returner, Lindsay Benage, is the current AAAA state champion in the high jump. Friday, she finished third in her first field outing, clearing 4 feet, 8 inches. Benage finished behind teammate Laura Wendelberger, who cleared 5-0 for the third straight week.

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