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LA athletes take part in GSW

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Track and field: Reardon takes seventh in the 1500 at elite regional meet

By The Staff

Sean Reardon was the top local finisher in this year’s Great Southwest Invitational Track and Field meet.
Los Alamos High School had five athletes compete in the meet, which was held at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque May 31-June 2. The meet includes some of the top regional prep athletes from the southwestern United States.
Reardon, one of Los Alamos’ elite distance runners, finished seventh in the boys 1,500 meter event at the GSW meet. Reardon, who pulled off an upset victory at the state track and field meet in the 1,600 meters this year, finished the 1,500 in a time of 4 minutes, 11.66 seconds.
That race was won by Spencer Haik of Missouri, who clocked a 4:04.09.
Athletes at the GSW represented the state of New Mexico instead of their individual schools.
In team competition, New Mexico fared reasonably well, picking up 92 points for a fifth-place finish on the girls side and a 79-point, fourth-place finish on the boys. Arizona won the girls competition with 154 points, while Texas crushed all comers on the boys side with a total of 225 points.
Jacob Brown, Jennifer Mooday, Laura Wendelberger and Mariah Zerr of LAHS also took part in the GSW meet.
Wendelberger had the most ambitious itinerary for the meet, taking part in the girls heptathlon. There, the multi-talented Wendelberger finished in 12th place among 26 total competitors, grabbing 4,038 total points.
The heptathlon consists of seven events — 100 meter hurdles, 200 meters, 800 meters, high jump, shot put, long jump and javelin — and points are awarded based on performance.
Kendell Williams easily outdistanced the other competitors in the heptathlon. Williams won three of the seven events to grab 5,383 points, 354 more than her next-nearest competitor.
Wendelberger’s best individual finish was a tie for third in the high jump. She was tied for third with a jump of 5 feet, 3 inches, which was good for 736 points of her total.
She also finished tied for 12th in the long jump (16-9 1/4), and 13th in the 100 hurdles (16.24) among her top finishes.
Mooday finished 10th in the 800 meters, posting a time of 2:24.26. Brown, who finished third at the state meet in the triple jump, was 17th at GSW in that event with a leap of 41-3 1/4. Zerr no-heighted in the girls pole vault competition.