LA wins big again at district

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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls and boys track and field teams both kept their undefeated streaks alive at Saturday’s District 2-4A meet.
This year’s meet was hosted by the Santa Fe Demons.
Los Alamos’ girls, who are again the team to beat heading into the state Class 4A meet this weekend, won a comfortable victory, scoring 196 points to defeat runner-up Santa Fe by 72 points in the final standings.
The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, crushed all comers, outscoring the Nos. 2 and 3 finishers, Capital and Santa Fe, put together. They finished with 192 points.
Los Alamos hasn’t lost — or even been seriously challenged — at the 2-4A meet since the district was formed in 2001.
At the meet, Laura Wendelberger won all four of her individual events, including the high jump, long jump, 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.
Hilltopper head coach Paul Anderson, who has never had a team finish worse than third in his 14 years of leading the girls program, said he was glad to see several of his athletes qualify at the district meet — the top two district finishers move on to state regardless of their finishing marks — but knows there are bigger fish to fry this week.
“We are all looking forward to heading down to (the University of New Mexico) to see how we stack up against the rest of the state,” Anderson said. “It’s always exciting to get to this point of the season. We’ll see how it goes.”
Also earning wins for the Hilltopper girls this weekend were Chelsea Chalacombe in the shot put (32 feet, 2 inches), Amy Neal in the pole vault (8-9) and 200 meters (26.61), Jordan Ahlers in the triple jump (32-8 1/2).
Daniel Dunning scored a pair of wins for the Hilltoppers boys, in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Simon Heath was the winner in the 200 meters and Skyler McCall was the winner in the high jump.
Los Alamos also swept the distance race competitions.
Sean Reardon, a star distance runner for the Hilltoppers, was the top finisher in the 800, while Colin Hemez won the 1,600 and Daniel Romero won the 3,200.
The state 4A meet continues through Saturday at the UNM Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.