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The District 2-4A cross country championship race over the previous 11 years had been more formality than competition.
That didn’t change any on Friday.
Los Alamos’ cross country teams were once again dominant at the district championship. Los Alamos, hosting the meet at Los Alamos Golf Course, swept both titles handily, with the Hilltopper boys grabbing a perfect score of 15 to earn their 12th straight district title.
In the girls race, the Hilltoppers cruised to finish with 20 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Bernalillo by 41 points.
Individually, Hilltoppers Jordan Parker and Alexander Romero scored impressive wins with each of them grabbing their first career district titles.
Parker, a sophomore who spent the 2010 season on the C team, kept pace right with Hilltopper veterans Jennifer Mooday and Teresa Sandoval thoughout the race. Mooday started to slip back at about the halfway point, however, and Sandoval slid back with about three-quarters of a mile remaining, leaving Parker by herself.
“I felt relaxed and comfortable with the pace,” Parker said. “But when Teresa started to fade, I started to freak out. I’ve never been in front of a race before.”
But Parker finished just fine, posting a time of 20 minutes, 8 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Sandoval, the runner-up
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