LA boys take 1st at Arizona race

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Cross country: Reardon takes fourth to lead ’Toppers to interstate meet win, ’Topper girls finish in sixth place

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys varsity cross country team picked up a monster victory this weekend in Arizona.
The Hilltoppers topped some of the best teams in the southwestern United States to claim an impressive win at the Desert Twilight Classic Invitational.
Los Alamos won the sweepstakes meet with 98 points, paced by star Sean Reardon, who established himself as one of the top runners in the country with his performance. Reardon’s time of 15:39 put him in fourth place individually.
In all, four of the Hilltoppers’ runners cracked the top 25 individually out of nearly 170 runners taking part.
In the team standings, Los Alamos outpaced Great Oak, Calif., which earned 154 points.
Also Friday, Los Alamos’ girls finished sixth at the meet, which took place in Phoenix, Ariz. Los Alamos, running against two of the top 15 teams in the country, finished with 162 points.
The fourth-ranked team in the nation, Xavier Prep, finished with an amazing 28 points, placing three runners in the top five overall.
The Twilight meet is run a night run, the second of the Hilltoppers’ 2012 season, and is among the most prestigious regular season interstate meets in the country.
In the boys race, Reardon averaged 5 minutes, 3 seconds per mile, putting him just slightly off the pace with the No. 1 runner in the nation, Bernie Montoya, who won the meet with a time of 15:12 (4:54 pace).
Following Reardon, Nick Hill was 14th overall (15:59), followed by Colin Hemez (16:06.65) in 21st place. Zak Kenison (22nd, 16:06.75) and Orion Staples (37th, 16:22) were also among the Hilltoppers’ scorers Friday night.
For Los Alamos’ girls, Jennifer Mooday had the top finish at the Twilight Classic.
Mooday, a senior taking part in her second Twilight race, finished in the No. 25 spot with a time of 19:16. Mooday was Los Alamos’ top finisher in the 2011 race as well, placing ninth.
Freshmen Talia Dreicer and Madison Foley took 32nd and 34th places for the Hilltoppers, with Dreicer finishing in 19:36 and Foley in 19:41.06. On the heels of Foley was Jordan Parker (19:41.21), while Mikayla Pulliam rounded out the top five with her time of 19:42.
All of Los Alamos’ seven finishers came in under the 20-minute mark, something only Xavier Prep and Great Oak (2nd place, 41 points) also accomplished.