Girls track and field: LA picks up big victory Saturday at APS

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By The Staff

If the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team was hoping to lower expectations on itself this season, it didn’t get that job done Saturday.

Los Alamos scored a big victory Saturday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational meet. Los Alamos gathered up 115 team points, more than twice its nearest competitor, St. Pius X. St. Pius finished with 57 points on the day.

Along the way, the Hilltoppers’ star athlete, Emily Weeks, turned in a couple of big performances.

Weeks, the reigning high-point athlete in Class AAAA, earned state championship qualifying marks in both the 100 meters and long jump. Weeks won both events, going 12.78 in the 100 and leaping 16 feet, 9 inches into the long jump pit. She also helped the 400 relay team to a win early in the meet.

Los Alamos’ top returning distance runner, Holly Walker, earned her second state meet qualifying mark of the season, winning the 1,600 meters in a time of 5:31.85.

In all, Los Alamos won nine events on the day.

Laura Wendelberger was a dual winner Saturday, taking victories in both the 100 hurdles (18.37) and high jump (5-0). Also, Molly Willms won both the discus and javelin, beating out teammate Shelby Keffler who finished second in both events.

Allie Glasco earned a win in the pole vault competition (7-0), doing so despite the very limited practice time the Hilltoppers have had due to weather conditions.

“A lot of kids scored and everyone competed very well,” Hilltopper head coach Paul Anderson said. “It’s nice to get to see everyone out, having a chance to compete.”

Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 115; 2. St. Pius X, 57; 3. Eldorado, 53; 4. Albuquerque, 43; 5. Cibola, 40; 6. Valley, 26; 7. Bernalillo, 8.

3200 meters

Elizabeth Brug, 13:17.97.

400 relay

1. Los Alamos (Emily Weeks, Morgan Schake, Sylvia Holland, Angelica Johnson), 52.06.

100 hurdles

1. Laura Wendelberger, 18.37; 2. Sylvia Holland, 19.66.

100 meters

1. Emily Weeks, 12.78; 3. Angelica Johnson, 13.15.

1600 meters

1. Holly Walker, 5:31.85; 5. Victoria Honnell, 5:41.16.

800 meter relay

2. Los Alamos (Laura Wendelberger, Amy Neal, Anna Scott, Morgan Schake), 1:56.66.

400 meters

3. Emily Weeks, 1:04.94; Jessie Bohn, 1:07.32.

300 hurdles

3. Laura Wendelberger, 54.07.

800 meters

5. Victoria Trujillo, 2:36.20; Shaina Riciputi, 2:37.50.

200 meters

5. Anna Scott, 30.25; Jessie Bohn, 30.38.

1600 relay

5. Los Alamos (Morgan Schake, Victoria Trujillo, Amy Neal, Laura Wendelberger), 4:29.74.

Shot put

3. Shelby Keffler, 26-2; Molly Willms, 24-7 1/2.


1. Molly Willms, 89-8; 2. Shelby Keffler, 82-7.


1. Molly Willms, 86-5; 2. Shelby Keffler, 71-8.

Pole vault

1. Allie Glasco, 7-0.

Triple jump

4. Shelby Keffler, 26-10 1/2

Long jump

1. Emily Weeks, 16-9; 4. Angelica Johnson, 14-3/4; 5. Sylvia Holland, 14-0.

High jump

1. Laura Wendelberger, 5-0.