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LA girls are third at Harper track meet

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team placed third at the two-day Richard A. Harper Memorial Invitational.
The Harper meet is considered a good indicator of how teams may fare at the state meet, now less than three weeks away.
If this weekend’s meet was any indication, the Hilltoppers are in good position to vie for their fourth straight team title. However, the Los Lunas Tigers finished solidly in the No. 4 spot in team competition, just four points behind the Hilltoppers.
In all, 19 teams took part in the Harper Invitational, including eight Class 4A teams.
Things got tighter for Los Alamos after its powerful 400 meter relay team was disqualified in the final – it ran a sub-50 second preliminary, but some solid individual performances made up for it.
One of the team’s stars, Laura Wendelberger, broke Los Alamos’ long-standing school record in the 300 hurdles, a mark that was set in 1991. Wendelberger finished with a time of 46.29 seconds in that event, taking second place overall.
Wendelberger also helped the 800 relay team to a second place finish Saturday (1:47.29).


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