LA picks up 2nd place finish Friday

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By Mike Cote

 ALBUQUERQUE — It’s still early in the cross country season, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls may already be starting to hit their stride.
The Hilltoppers put a pair of runners in the top 10 individually and had another fall just outside of it as they put together an impressive showing at Friday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
Los Alamos finished second in the team standings Friday despite running on a deceptively tough course amid weather conditions that were unusual for that race.
Academy’s home meet, which includes some very tough teams from the metro area, almost invariably boasts chamber of commerce weather, but Friday there was a stiff breeze and overcast conditions throughout.
Los Alamos sophomore Sophia Galvez, who is having an excellent start to the 2013 season despite having no varsity experience coming in, was the Hilltoppers’ top finisher, edging out teammate Nica Vasquez for sixth place in the girls race.
Individually, Friday’s race was dominated by a trio from Class 5A Eldorado. Led by Jessie Hix, who posted a virtual wire-to-wire victory, the Eagles finished with 47 points.
Right on their heels, however, were the Hilltoppers, just six points behind.

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