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LAHS cross country heads to Colorado

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By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos High School cross country teams headed to Northglenn, Colorado, this past weekend hoping to continue building momentum as the season moves along.

While the varsity boys were able to do that with a third-place finish, the varsity girls were unable to finish their race due to lightning in the area.

The conditions were less than optimal for the runners, as they battled heavy winds throughout the event, as gusts reached over 40 miles per hour.

The wind could not stop LAHS’ top runner, freshman Rafael Sanchez, from having another great outing, as he finished in sixth place with a time of 16:16. He was with the top group of runners for the entire race, as he was just four seconds away from the fourth place finisher.

LAHS’ runners impressed at the meet, as the finishers that followed Sanchez all improved on their times from the previous meet at Albuquerque Academy in late September.

Joshua Strevell finished with a time of 16:47, which was good for 24th place. Steven Strevell finished in 17:02, which earned him 34th place. Duncan Fuehne finished right behind him with a time of 17:05, and Kevin Parkinson finished in 37th place with a time of 17:07.

Shawn Williams and Elijah Velasquez rounded out the competitors for the varsity boys, finishing with times of 17:13 and 17:39, respectively.

The team finished with a score of 132, good for third place. Monarch, Colorado, was the winner for the varsity boys’ race, finishing with a score of 85. Boulder, Colorado, finished as the runner-ups with a score of 111.

The weather was especially bad for the varsity girls’ race, as it had to be called off after the runners were more than two miles into the course after lightning was spotted in the area. Because of the cancellation, times were not recorded for LAHS runners Norissa Valdez, Lidia Appell, Marin Kelly, Abby Beus, Mabel Pyle, Paulina Burnside and Amaya Coblentz.

The JV boys had an impressive outing through the tough conditions, finishing in second place overall with a score of 52.

They were paced by Hunter Swavely and Richard Thompson, both of whom finished in the top five. Swavely was the overall winner of the race, finishing with a time of 17:20. Thompson was not far behind in fifth place with a time of 17:36.

The other three scorers for the team all finished in the top 20, with Dylan Romero finishing in 13th place with a time of 18:03, Aidan Nakhkeh finishing in 16th place with a time of 18:12 and Wyatt Watson finishing in 17th place with a time of 18:13.

Xavier McTeigue and Dominic Martinez also competed for the team, finishing in 32nd and 45th places, with times of 18:49 and 19:11.

The JV girls finished in sixth place at the event, led by Cecily Palmer, who finished in 13th place with a time of 21:32.

Hannah Gartz finished in 22nd place with a time of 21:45. Lillian Peterson finished in 30th place with a time of 22:02.

Lexi Montoya earned 61st place with a time of 23:06. Anya Palmer rounded out the scorers for the Hilltoppers with a time of 23:16, good for 68th place.

Risa Bridge and Jordan Bailey also competed for the Hilltoppers. Bridge finished in 23:36 for 78th place, and Bailey finished in 24:54 for 112th place.

The team’s next competition will be their only home competition of the season, the Los Alamos Invitational, which will take place Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.