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LA girls take second, boys finish third at Robertson meet

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team held off Rio Rancho for a runner-up finish at the Buddy Robertson Invitational Saturday at Milne Stadium.
Despite being short-handed Saturday, the Hilltoppers grabbed 83.5 points, a point better than Rio Rancho, a Class 5A school. Eldorado won the girls competition with 93 points.
On the boys side, Los Alamos finished in third place behind Rio Rancho and Highland. Los Alamos was the only Class 4A entry on the boys side and one of just two 4A teams on the girls side.
The weather conditions were tough Saturday, with gusting wind and cold temperatures throughout the day.
Nevertheless, the Hilltoppers persevered.
For the second week in a row, the Hilltopper boys went 1-2-3 in the 3200 meters, this time with an entirely new lineup. Orion Staples was the winner of the event, finishing in 10:24.96, just a little over one second ahead of Mike Walker, while Daniel Romero was third.
Nick Hill, Los Alamos’ top finisher in the 3200 last week, was the top finisher in the 1600 Saturday, while Sean Reardon won the 800 meter competition. Skyler McCall earned his first win of the season in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.
On the girls side, it was another big week for Hilltopper star Laura Wendelberger. Wendelberger, who finished with 23 points the week before, earned 24.5 points at the Robertson meet, winning the 300 hurdles, long jump and high jump. Her high jump of 5-5 was a career best.
Also for Los Alamos, Allison Rooney and Jordan Ahlers went 1-2 in the triple jump and Amanda Mercer had a second place finish in the 3200.

Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Buddy Robertson Invitational:

Girls

Team scores

1. Eldorado, 93; 2. Los Alamos, 83.5; 3. Rio Rancho, 82.5; 4. Del Norte, 56; 5. Sandia, 54; 6. Albuquerque, 45; 7. Highland, 28; 8. Bosque School, 8.

3200 meters

2. Amanda Mercer, 11:59.24; Eliana Riciputi, 13:37.26.

400 relay

5. Los Alamos (Laura Wendelberger, Hallie Thayer, Venessa Martinez, Morgan Schake) 53.74.

100 hurdles

5. Chelsea Chalacombe, 18.52.

100 meters

4. Laura Wendelberger, 13.51.

1600 meters

3. Teresa Sandoval, 5:43.30; Jordan Parker, 6:03.64; Miranda Barraza, 6:11.22.

800 relay

3. Los Alamos (Julia O’Brien, Chelsea Chalacombe, Venessa Martinez, Morgan Schake), 1:55.65.

400 meters

Jordan Ahlers, 1:11.98.

300 hurdles

1. Laura Wendelberger, 49.59.

800 meters

3. Mikayla Pulliam, 2:32.33; 6. Teresa Sandoval, 2:45.14.

1600 medley relay

3. Los Alamos (Chelsea Chalacombe, Julia O’Brien, Venessa Martinez, Amanda Mercer), 4:50.72.

1600 relay

3. Los Alamos (Morgan Schake, Jordan Parker, Mikayla Pulliam, Jordan Ahlers), 4:46.93.

Long jump

1. Laura Wendelberger, 16-2; Christina Moore, 12-11 1/2.

High jump

1. Laura Wendelberger, 5-5; 3. (tie) Allison Rooney, 4-4.

Pole vault

5. Morgan Schake, 7-0.

Triple jump

1. Allison Rooney, 31-8; 2. Jordan Ahlers, 30-3.

Javelin

Sam Fenner, 77-3.

Shot put

Chelsea Chalacombe, 30-6.

Boys

Team scores

1. Rio Rancho, 123.5; 2. Highland, 111.5; 3. Los Alamos, 70; 4. Sandia, 63; 5. Eldorado, 48; 6. Albuquerque, 7; (tie) Bosque, 7.

3200 meters

1. Orion Staples, 10:24.96; 2. Mike Walker, 10:26.01; 3. Daniel Romero, 10:29.23.

400 relay

5. Los Alamos (Xavier Dennison, Arnoldo Ortiz, Brice Van Etten, Simon Heath), 47.17.

110 hurdles

6. Brady Stokes, 18.89.

100 meters

Simon Heath, 11.86; Xavier Dennison, 12.02; Arnoldo Ortiz, 12.29.

1600 meters

1. Nick Hill, 3:37.18; Aaron Bao, 5:02.38.

400 meters

5. Dallin Parker, 55.13; Gabe Montoya, 58.00.

300 hurdles

3. Brady Stokes, 44.25.

800 meters

1. Sean Reardon, 2:01.71; Alexi Ortega, 2:13.51; Aaron Bao, 2:19.65.

1600 medley relay

3. Los Alamos (Seth Drop, Brice Van Etten, Nick Hill, Skyler McCall), 4:02.08.

200 meters

5. Simon Heath, 24.16; Xavier Dennison, 24.89; Arnoldo Ortiz, 25.02.

1600 relay

4. Los Alamos (Simon Heath, Alexi Ortega, Seth Drop, Sean Reardon), 3:45.74.

Shot put

5. Colin Nickless, 40-1 1/2; Diego Madrid, 39-4.

Discus

Colin Nickless, 113-4; Brady Stokes, 111-6.

Javelin

3. Brady Stokes, 156-5; Logan Cunico, 135-10; Diego Madrid, 116-10.

Long jump

5. Simon Heath, 19-10; Gabe Montoya, 18-0.

Triple jump

4. Skyler McCall, 33-10.

High jump

1. Sklyer McCall, 5-10; 6. Xavier Dennison, 5-4.