LA takes early lead after day one

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Track and field: Ealey picks up 2nd win

By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE - The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team has the early lead following the first day of competition at the state Class 4A meet.
Los Alamos picked up 25 points to hold on to first place in team competition Friday. There are still some teams within striking distance heading into today's competition, notably Aztec (17.5 points), Roswell (14.5 points) and Los Lunas (14 points).
Late Friday, following a nearly two hour weather delay, Los Alamos star Chase Ealey picked up her second individual victory, winning the state title in the javelin.
Ealey, who won the javelin last year, threw 129 feet, besting her main competitor for the title, Michelle Traynham of Valencia. Traynham finished second with 122-6.
Today, Ealey will be going for her third repeat title. She is favored to win the 100 meter competition, her fourth consecutive victory.
In preliminaries Friday, Ealey cruised to the top seed in today's final with a time of 12.49 seconds.
In boys comeptition Friday, Los Alamos' Sean Reardon nearly pulled off a huge upset in the 3200 meters. Reardon was nipped by Del Norte's Jackson Thomas, who won by less than half a second over Reardon with his mark of 9:46.86.
Thomas was favored to win the 3200 going away, but Reardon very nearly stunned Thomas with his time of 9:47.33. Los Alamos' Nick Hill was sixth in the event.
Also for Los Alamos, Nate Robbins was third in the discus competition and David Stroud took fourth in the long jump.
Los Alamos' boys had a big day Friday, finishing with 13 points. The Hilltoppers are in second place behind Albuquerque Academy, which has already collected 28 points through five events.