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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).
Chase Ealey won both the 100 meters and the shot put this weekend, officially clocking an 11.91, according to DirectAthletics.com, well under the 4A state record — according to New Mexico Activities Association regulations, state records can only be set at the state championship meet.
Other top individual performances for the Hilltoppers included Jennifer Mooday’s second-place finish in the 800 meters (2:22.36) and her third-place finish in the 1600 meters (5:27.87), Amy Neal’s second-place finish in the 200 (26.59) and Mariah Zerr’s third-place finish in the pole vault (9 feet).
Other Hilltopper individual results will appear in the Los Alamos Monitor later this week.
On the boys side, Sean Reardon had a big meet, turning in a time of 4:25.96 in the 1600 meters, the best time in 4A this season, and 1:59.29 in the 800 meters, the second-best time in 4A for 2012.
Colin Hemez flirted with a 10-minute performance in the 3200 and Brady Stokes threw a lifetime-best 158-4 in javelin. Other boys results weren’t available as of press time.