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LA's boys, girls XC teams take top honors Saturday

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By The Staff

Saturday morning was an eventful one in many ways for the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams.
The weather called a halt to the Hilltoppers’ originally scheduled meet, the West Mesa Invitational, something Hilltopper coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood were informed of at 5 a.m.
But by about 5:40 a.m., Los Alamos found another meet to run in.
Los Alamos ended up competing at the Academy for Technology and the Classics, which was hosting its own meet Saturday and did quite well there despite the last-minute change of venue.
Both Hilltopper teams placed first at the meet, which included 11 other full girls teams and 16 other full boys teams. The Hilltopper girls finished with just 29 team points, 51 points better than runner-up Sandia Prep, while the Hilltopper boys earned 48 points, a little more than half the total of St. Michael’s in second place.
Individually, Colin Hemez was first overall in the boys race. Hemez, who finished a strong second in Los Alamos’ season opener a week earlier at the University of New Mexico meet, finished in 17 minutes, 36 seconds.
He was one of two Hilltoppers to crack the top 10, with Mike Walker finishing seventh overall.
In the girls competition, Sophia Galvez, Maddy Foley, Mikayla Pulliam and Amanda Mercer swept the Nos. 3-6 spots in the race to help the Hilltoppers capture their hefty victory. Fifth runner Nica Vasquez just missed out on a top-10 finish as well.

Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s ATC Invitational:

Girls

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 29; 2. Sandia Prep, 80; 3. Santa Fe, 95; 4. St. Michael’s, 130; 5. Pojoaque Valley, 161; 6. East Mountain, 184; 7. Tucumcari, 232; 8. Robertson, 238; 9. Hope Christian, 253; 10. ATC 269; 11. Peñasco, 285; 12. Santa Fe Prep, 340; Belen, Capital, Desert Academy, Estancia, Santa Rosa, Santa Fe Indian School, no score.

Individual results

3. Sophia Galvez, 20:51; 4. Maddy Foley, 21:15; 5. Mikayla Pulliam, 21:15; 6. Amanda Mercer, 21:37; 11. Nica Vasquez, 21:58; 24. Julia O’Brien, 23:17; 26. Jordan Parker, 23:20.

Boys

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 48; 2. St. Michael’s, 89; 3. Pojoaque Valley, 127; 4. Santa Fe Indian School, 148; 5. Hope Christian, 163; 6. Belen, 192; 7. East Mountain, 226; 8. Santa Fe, 234; 9. Santa Fe Prep, 269; 10. Cimarron, 279; 11. Capital, 293; 12. Sandia Prep, 303; 13. Peñasco, 326; 14. Estancia, 361; 15. ATC, 417; 16. Desert Academy, 447; 17. Santa Rosa, 470; NACA, Grace Christian, Robertson, Tucumcari, no score.

Individual results

1. Colin Hemez, 17:36; 7. Mike Walker, 18:52; 11. Connor Bailey, 19:10; 14. Forrest White, 19:17; 15. Gus Saeger, 19:17; 18. Greg Ahlers, 19:26; 25. Victor Kim, 19:51.