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ALBUQUERQUE – For a long time, it’s been hard to top the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in distance events. That didn’t change last weekend, either.
And while the Hilltoppers have had a strong distance corps season after season, the 2013-14 season was all about Colin Hemez.
Hemez, who was among the elite runners in the state coming into his senior year, didn’t disappoint. And he finished his career at Los Alamos High School with a bang.
Going up against one of his oldest, toughest rivals in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters, Hemez got the best of Kevin Wyss of Albuquerque Academy to take both titles at the May 16-17 Class 4A state championship meet. Hemez nipped Wyss for the 3,200 championship May 16 – a big part of the reason the Hilltoppers actually held the lead in team points for much of the meet – then held off a challenge from Wyss when he tried to turn the tables in the May 17 1,600 meters.
“When I look back on my track and cross country career, that’s going to be what I remember, those head-to-head battles,” Hemez said. “Working against each other, playing off each other, training for each other. That’s what we remember.”
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