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If Los Alamos’ girls track and field team wasn’t getting a lot buzz about being a state title contender this season, it might get some now.
The Hilltoppers trumped the competition at Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational, collecting 111 team points. They topped six other competing schools at the meet, held at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque, including two very good Class AAAAA schools in La Cueva and Cibola.
La Cueva won the girls AAAAA state title three of the past five seasons, most recently in 2007, while Cibola won the team title in 2003.
Perhaps just as unnerving as Los Alamos’ victory — by a margin of 15 points over La Cueva and 28 points over Cibola — is the fact that some of the team’s key components are just now starting to get back from their winter commitments.
Most notably, Taylor Ealey, making it to her first competition since the end of basketball season, won the javelin with a toss of 106 feet even and the shot put with a throw of 32 feet Saturday.
Hilltopper girls coach Paul Anderson said he doesn’t expect his team to be at full strength until spring break — which starts March 30 — or even afterward.
“We still managed to win the meet as a team and we’re happy to see so many athletes contribute,” Anderson said.
Despite a slight lineup change, Los Alamos’ 400-meter relay team bettered its state meet qualifying mark from last week, shaving .04 seconds off and winning the event.
In all, Los Alamos won seven events at Saturday’s meet.
The reigning state Class AAAA champion Amanda Trujillo picked up her first win of the season in the 100 meters, finishing in a time of 12.81. Other winners Saturday included Jessica Stokes in the 100 hurdles (17.08), Lindsay Benage in the high jump (4-10) and Marlena Greene, who won the triple jump event for the second straight week with a leap of 31-11.
Catherine Chen finished second in the pole vault Saturday, but more importantly cleared 8 feet to earn a state qualifying mark.
1. Los Alamos, 111; 2. La Cueva, 96; 3. Cibola, 83; 4. Del Norte, 28; 5. Santa Fe, 19; 6. Rio Grande, 7.
2. Hannah Little, 12:25.71.
1. Los Alamos (Amanda Trujillo, Angelica Johnson, Emily Weeks, Chase Ealey), 51.26.
1. Jessica Stokes, 17.08; 2. Michelle Earley, 18.55.
1. Amanda Trujillo, 12.81; Keyla Tumas, 14.24.
2. Adrienne Larson, 5:56.15; 4. Victoria Honnell, 6:00.21; Victoria Trujillo, 6:08.43.
2. Los Alamos (Amanda Trujillo, Chase Ealey, Keyla Tumas, Michelle Earley), 1:51.11.
3. Madison Ahlers, 1:02.69; 4. Angelica Johnson, 1:04.13.
2. Jessica Stokes, 51.62; 3. Sylvia Holland, 53.18.
5. Kelsey Neal, 2:44.28.
1600 medley relay
4. Los Alamos (Michelle Earley, Keyla Tumas, Victoria Honnell, Adrienne Larson), 2:54.40.
3. Los Alamos (Chase Ealey, Victoria Trujillo, Angelica Johnson, Madison Ahlers), 4:22.97.
1. Taylor Ealey, 32-0; Molly Willms, 27-8; Sarah Pollatt, 23-5.
2. Molly Willms, 93-9; Chase Ealey, 68-11; Sarah Pollatt, 66-3.
1. Taylor Ealey, 106-0; Shelby Hiller, 78-8; Allie Glasco, 69-5.
1. Marlena Greene, 31-11; 5. Jessica Stokes, 29-3.
Angelica Johnson, 11-6 1/2.
2. Catherine Chen, 8-0; 4. Keyla Tumas, 7-0; Allie Glasco, 6-6.
1. Lindsay Benage, 4-10; 3. Brianne Fanning, 4-6.