Track and field: Hilltopper stars asked to take part in regional invite

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By The Staff

Several members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams will take part in the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic.

The GSW is an elite regional track and field meet held annually in Albuquerque. Some of the top athletes from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and New Mexico are scheduled to take part in the event.

Los Alamos’ contingent will compete Saturday at the University of New Mexico Complex. The meet opened Thursday with the decathlon and heptathlon events. Those continue through today.

In all, four members of the Hilltopper girls team and three members of the Hilltopper boys squad were invited to compete at the meet.

Los Alamos sophomore-to-be Chase Ealey and recent Los Alamos graduate Jason Reagor are scheduled to take part in multiple events at the meet.

Reagor, who won the 100 meters at last month’s Class AAAA state championship meet, will not only take part in the 100 meters at GSW, but is also scheduled to be part of the 400- and 800-meter relay teams along with other New Mexico athletes. Reagor was also a big part of the Hilltoppers’ 400-meter relay state championship team at the prep championship event.

Ealey, meanwhile, is coming off an impressive freshman year in 2009. At the May state title meet, Ealey won the 100 meters and finished second in the shot put, a rare combination of events.

At GSW, Ealey was invited to represent the state in the 400 relay, along with Pojoaque Kimberly Babicke, the reigning AAA sprint champion who has previously competed in numerous youth events in Los Alamos.

Along with the relay team, Ealey was also invited to participate in the shot put. Ealey’s seed mark in the shot put is 39 feet, 8 inches.

Emily Weeks, another standout athlete from Los Alamos, was invited to take part in the long jump event, while pole vaulters Catherine Chen and Keyla Tumas were also given GSW invitations.

Another pole vaulter from Los Alamos, 2009 graduate Benigno Sandoval, was also scheduled to compete at this year’s GSW. Sandoval took third at the state meet and has a seed height of 14-8 in the event, his school record-setting mark he posted during the regular season.

Andrew Vierra, another recent Los Alamos graduate, will take part in the 2000-meter steeplechase, an event that isn’t run during the regular prep track season. Vierra has a seed time of 6:38.00 in that event.

New Mexico has one participating athlete in the decathlon, but that athlete, Curtis Beach, is expected to win the event. Beach, who scored the maximum-allowable 35 points at the AAAA meet, is also the current national high school record-holder in the decathlon and some have said he may have a legitimate shot at being a USA representative in the Olympic Games.