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'Toppers have big showing in first day of Harper Invite

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE – With the season quickly coming to a close, the Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field teams are hoping to peak at the right time.
That may be the case, if some of this weekend’s performances are any indication.
Los Alamos’ boys and girls competed in Friday and Saturday’s Richard Harper Memorial Invitational, hosted by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Los Alamos posted some big finishes in day one of the two-day event.
Final results for most of the running events had not been reported as of press time.
For Los Alamos’ boys, one of the biggest showings of Friday’s day one was turned in by Liam Johnson, a freshman, in the pole vault.
Johnson, who had never pole-vaulted prior to this season, cleared 12 feet to finish in second place for the Hilltoppers.
Earlier this season, Johnson said he felt fortunate just to make it over 8 feet, but said he stuck with his training.
“I just kept fighting through it,” Johnson said. “Just never giving up on anything.”
With the vault, Johnson will now represent Los Alamos at the upcoming state Class 4A championship meet — that’s scheduled for May 16-17, also in Albuquerque.


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