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Prep XC: Sanchez, Appell lead ’Toppers in Academy meet

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By The Staff

Both the Los Alamos boys and girl’s cross country teams placed ninth, respectively, at Friday’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
Eighth-grader Rafael Sanchez led the Hilltopper boys by running a 16:18 and placing 10th individually. Sanchez’s time was the fastest time by an eighth-grader in the history of the Academy Invitational.
Miroslav Betts ran a 17:16 (48th), Josh Strevell finished at 17:22 (55th) and Kai Coblentz ran a 17:37 (71st) for Los Alamos.
On the girl’s side, eighth-grader Lidia Appell led Los Alamos, placing 29th individually and running a 19:49.
Paulina Burnside placed 46th, while finishing with a 20:40, and Hannah Gartz completed the top three for Los Alamos, finishing in 47th place and running a 20:43.
Sydney Schake placed 62nd individually and ran a 21:30, making her the fourth fastest Hilltopper on Friday.