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LA Outhustles Academy at Home

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By Mike Cote

It’s been a long time coming.
Since the 2000 realignment, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team had beaten the Albuquerque Academy Chargers exactly twice.
Make that three times now.
Los Alamos, which had been nipping at the heels of its arch-rivals since the start of the 2011 season, finally broke through in a big way Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos Invitational. The Hilltoppers picked up a decisive victory over the Chargers Friday, scoring 40 points to the Chargers’ 66 points.
Los Alamos’ second place finish marked the first time since 2007 and just the third time since 2000 that Los Alamos had gotten the better of Academy, long considered the premier cross country program in the state. Los Alamos’ two previous victories over Academy both came in the form of upsets in the Class 4A state championship race, once in 2003 and the other in 2007.
The 2011 season has been different from most, however. Los Alamos started off the season within a hair’s breadth of the Chargers and in their four head-to-head meetings, Los Alamos had always been within just a handful of points.


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