Girls track and field: LA picks up big victory

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE – It’s still early in the season, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team may be starting to emerge as a serious contender.

The Hilltoppers won a decisive team victory at Friday’s Buddy Robertson Invitational, held Friday at Milne Stadium. The Hilltoppers grabbed 121.5 team points, easily outdistancing second-place Cibola and nearly doubling the point total of third place Albuquerque Academy.

Along the way Friday, Los Alamos had some big early season individual finishes and picked up eight state qualifying marks.

Hilltopper head coach Paul Anderson thought Friday might be a special day when he saw his 800-meter relay team win a lopsided victory with its finish time of 1:47.68, a race Los Alamos has historically been slow to qualify.

Emi Weeks, one of the Hilltoppers’ big performers Friday, broke the race open just 60 meters into the first leg, cruising to a 26.38 split. Lindsay Benage’s second leg split of 26.81 gave Los Alamos a huge cushion and the team cruised to the victory and the mark.

“The relay teams are great this year,” Weeks said. “We’ve got so many fast girls. I’m really excited. We’ve got a really good chance of getting top two.”

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