Girls track and field: Toppers take second in AAAA

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — For a brief second, Amanda Trujillo tried to hide her smile.

It didn’t work.

Despite a less-than-ideal start, Trujillo bounced back to become the fastest sprinter in Class AAAA, winning the 100 meters at Saturday’s state track and field championship, held at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.

Trujillo, with her win in the 100 and the 200 and a second in the 300 hurdles and anchoring the second-place 400 relay squad, sparked the Los Alamos Hilltopper contingent to a second-place finish in the Class AAAA title meet. Los Alamos, which garnered 72 points, finished just behind the Chargers, who picked up 78 points to win the AAAA crown.

Trujillo, who brought a sizeable cheering squad with her, turned toward the stands to see her father, who still owns school records at Pojoaque. She said when she crossed the finish line that she didn’t know how she’d finished.

She saw a thumbs-up, indicating a state title finish.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “Last year I was fifth or sixth...it hasn’t totally hit me yet, but the moment I see my friends and family and everybody, I know I’ll start to cry and stuff.”

Going into the final race of the day, the 1600 meter relay, it was very much anybody’s ballgame.

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