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Track and field: Hilltoppers win big at home meet

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By Mike Cote

The weather was cold, windy, at times snowy and miserable from start to finish.In other words, it was just another April home meet for the Los Alamos Hilltopper track and field teams.Los Alamos’ boys and girls made their first home appearance of the season Friday, hosting the Los Alamos Quadrangular meet. The two teams were ungracious hosts to their visitors, trouncing all three in team competition.The Hilltopper girls finished with 206 points, winning 12 of the 19 events Friday at Sullivan Field. Meanwhile, the ’Topper boys took 13 events, and all but two of the track events, to finish with 233 points, finishing with 100 more points than second-place Belen.“It was definitely hard with the weather,” Hilltopper Ariana Rowberry said after coming from behind at the halfway point to win the girls 3200 meters. “It (the wind) definitely slowed down my time, especially on the backstretch. You could really feel it, but you have to work through it.”Several Hilltoppers had multiple wins Friday. Emily Weeks took top honors in four individual events for the girls (long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters), while Matt Zocco won both hurdle races and the pole vault for the Los Alamos boys.Weeks also picked up a state championship qualifying mark for her win in the long jump, equaling the standard of 16 feet, 2 inches and Zocco and Benigno Sandoval both punched their tickets in the pole vault by clearing 12 feet, 9 inches.Ruben Martinez and Taylor Ealey were both dual winners in throws Friday as well.Los Alamos boys coach Larry Baca was especially impressed with his team’s performance, given both the miserable conditions and the fact that he was put off by many of his athletes’ performances at last week’s Albuquerque Public Schools meet.“We had a talk on Monday,” Baca said. “After Monday, it was like we were a whole new team at our first practice of the season. There was a lot more enthusiasm and they worked a lot harder.”Baca, who is cautiously optimistic about his team’s ability to make a serious go at the team Class AAAA title this season, thought his team was flat at last week’s APS meet. Los Alamos was on spring break last week from school, but he felt that too many of athletes took spring break off from training as well.The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, are making strides week after week and head coach Paul Anderson thinks his athletes are in a good place at this point of the season.“We’ve just got to keep improving and keeping everybody healthy,” Anderson said. “We worked hard this week.”Los Alamos got a chance to see a pair of Class AAAA teams and a few solid athletes that it will likely run into again at the state meet, now just a little more than a month away.Belen, which sports a solid running program and is the reigning girls state champion in cross country, was in attendance Friday, as was Farmington’s Piedra Vista High School, a program Los Alamos doesn’t often get to see prior to the state meet.Los Alamos got a look at some quality athletes such as Eli Finch, who actually led the javelin competition at one point before Martinez overtook him, and Kendra Woodson, who dominated the 100 and 300 hurdles Friday.Anderson said after the hurdles, Los Alamos’ top hurdler, Amanda Trujillo, came up to him and said she now knows how good she’ll have to be the rest of the way to compete with Woodson.Belen’s Shaylene Chavez, a respected distance runner, came up empty against Los Alamos, however. Jessica Mietz held off Chavez with a guts final half lap in the 1600 meters, putting a good kick in with 150 meters left to turn a tenuous quarter-second lead into a comfortable winning margin. In the 3200, Rowberry outgrinded Chavez in the second half of the race and Megan Reader overtook her late.“It actually motivated me,” Rowberry said after falling about 40 meters behind Chavez at one point. “It gave me something to push toward. You can’t go all-out to start; it’s really challenging.”Tom Bowidowicz, one of the Los Alamos boys’ top distance runners, also earned a big come-from-behind victory Friday, although the hole was not of his own making.Bowidowicz ran the anchor leg of the boys 1600 medley relay. Los Alamos was running well back in fourth place before Bowidowicz got the baton for the final 800 meters.The anchor leg was the first time in his career Bowidowicz had run an 800 in competition.“I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “It’s hard. All my teammates told me that it’s painful, and it is pretty painful.”Regardless, Bowidowicz ran a torrid first lap and had plenty left to cruise to a win in the second lap, giving Los Alamos a near 3-second victory in the event.Los Alamos’ teams are now on the bottom half of their seasons. They will compete in the Capital City Invitational on Saturday before a big meet, the Harper Invitational at Albuquerque Academy.“I’m really happy with the way we’re performing,” Baca said. “A couple of places, we’re close to qualifying. If we get those, we’ll be in an even better position for state.”

Here are the results from Friday’s Los Alamos Quadrangular meet (athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated):

GirlsTeam scores1. Los Alamos, 206.5; 2. Belen, 126; 3. Piedra Vista, 95.5; 4. Bosque School, 19.Triple jump1. Amanda Smith, Piedra Vista, 30-8; 2. Kendra Woodson, Piedra Vista, 33-3 1/2; 3. Mystri Hipscher, Piedra Vista, 30-9 1/2; 4. Marlena Greene, 30-7; 5. Victoria Honnell, 29-6 3/4; Kyra Roybal, 28-11; Rachel Hill, 28-8 1/4; Lindsey Gonzales, 28-3 1/2; Madison Ahlers, 28-3.Pole vault1. Marissa Gonzales, Belen, 7-6; 2. (tie) Keyla Tumas, 7-0; 2. (tie) Katie Roberts, Belen, 7-0; 2. (tie) Jackie deKay, Piedra Vista, 7-0; 5. Catherine Chen, 7-0; 6. (tie) Allie Glasco, 6-6.High jump1. Emily Rogers, Bosque, 5-0; 2. Amanda Smith, Piedra Vista, 4-10; 3. Lindsay Benage, 4-10; 4. Brianne Fanning, 4-6; 5. Rachel Hill, 4-6; 6. (tie) Katelyn Johnson, 4-6; 6. (tie) Clare Charsley-Groffman, 4-6; Kim Carson, 4-2.Javelin1. Taylor Ealey, 101-0; 2. Desiraie Saiz, Belen, 89-6; 3. Shelby Hiller, 79-3; Allie Glasco, 65-8; Molly Willms, 63-1; Nicole Moore, 54-2; Alex Trujillo, 49-0; Kamille Chavez, 45-2.Shot put1. Taylor Ealey, 32-8; 2. Nicole Moore, 26-5; 3. Lorraine Austin, Piedra Vista, 26-2; 6. Sarah Pollat, 25-6 1/2; Molly Willms, 23-9; Alex Trujillo, 23-7 1/2; Adrienne Leyba, 20-9.Discus1. Molly Willms, 92-5; 2. Katy Flaming, Belen, 79-3 1/2; 3. Erica Jarmillo, Belen, 73-2 1/2; 5. Alex Trujillo, 68-8 1/2; 6. Nicole Moore, 68-3 1/2; Sarah Pollat, 64-10; Adrienne Leyba, 60-5; Shelby Hiller, 59-10; Allie Glasco, 54-6 1/2.Long jump1. Emi Weeks, 16-2; 2. Amanda Smith, Piedra Vista, 15-5 1/2; 3. Shelby Snow, Belen, 14-7; 6. Kyra Roybal, 14-1/2; Lindsey Gonzales, 13-1/2; Grace Liu, 12-11 1/4; Tamra Roybal, 12-9 1/2.400 relay1. Los Alamos A, 50.61; 2. Piedra Vista, 52.89; 3. Belen, 53.32; 5. Los Alamos B, 57.21.100 hurdles1. Kendra Woodson, Piedra Vista, 14.93; 2. Kelli Williams, Belen, 16.57; 3. Brittany Miester, Belen, 16.85; 4. Jessica Stokes, 16.87; Michelle Earley, 19.00; Courtney Cook, 20.19; Kate Rooney, 21.02.100 meters1. Emi Weeks, 12.76; 2. Tawsha Brazley, Bosque, 13.00; 3. Kate Clafton, Piedra Vista, 13.06; 4. Lindsay Benage, 13.14; Kamille Chavez, 14.44; Kayla Arnone, 15.04; Madison Brandt, 15.26.1600 meters1. Jessica Mietz, 5:51.30; 2. Shaylene Chavez, Belen, 5:55.19; 3. Victoria Honnell, 6:00.07; 6. Adrienne Larson, 6:10.34; Jenny Tumas, 6:13.65; Hannah Little, 6:16.80; Grace Liu, 6:33.59; Victoria Espinoza, 6:40.14; Meghan Montoya, 6:45.89.800 relay1. Los Alamos A, 1:53.40; 2. Piedra Vista, 1:54.04; 3. Belen, 1:54.51; 5. Los Alamos B, 2:04.30.400 meters1. Emily Weeks, 1:05.00; 2. Clare Charsley-Groffman, 1:05.40; 3. Kristen Stokes, 1:07.82; 5. Lindsey Gonzales, 1:08.64; Madison Brandt, 1:13.42.300 hurdles1. Kendra Woodson, Piedra Vista, 46.56; 2. Amanda Trujillo, 49.49; 3. Brittany Myster, 51.08; 5. Sarah Weeks, 52.36; 6. Jessica Stokes, 52.76; Michelle Earley, 55.15; Courtney Cook, 1:03.80.800 meters1. Holly Walker, 2:29.15; 2. Margaret Wood, 2:33.45; 3. Shaina Riciputi, 2:34.67; 5. Victoria Trujillo, 2:42.47; 6. Dia Obermeyer, 2:48.46; Catherine Chen, 2:49.32; Jenny Tumas, 2:55.04; Asli Unal, 3:10.50.1600 medley relay1. Belen, 4:30.95; 2. Los Alamos A, 4:36.95; 3. Piedra Vista, 5:02.42; 5. Los Alamos B, 5:10.37.200 meters1. Emily Weeks, 27.68; 2. Kenzie King, Bosque, 29.00; 3. Lauren Snow, Belen, 29.20; Keyla Tumas, 29.20; Kamille Chavez, 31.86; Nina Neil, 34.11; Kim Carson, 34.63.3200 meters1. Ariana Rowberry, 13:00.93; 2. Megan Reader, 13:04.93; 3. Shaylene Chavez, 13:13.55; 5. Adrienne Larson, 13:24.70.1600 relay1. Belen, 4:25.03; 2. Los Alamos A, 4:32.30; 3. Los Alamos B, 4:35.40.BoysTeam scores1. Los Alamos, 233; 2. Belen, 133; 3. Piedra Vista, 79; 4. Bosque School, 14.Triple jump1. Jeremy Olguin, Belen, 39-10 1/2; 2. Dion Obermeyer, 38-1 1/2; 3. Tyler Cordova, Belen, 36-8; 6. Ethan Clayton, 34-7 1/4; Daniel Christensen, 34-3 1/4; David Brock, 33-1 1/4.Pole vault1. Matt Zocco, 12-9; 2. Beningo Sandoval, 12-9; 3. Wes Armstrong, Belen, 11-9; 5. Tom Day, 10-9.High jump1. Orlando Castillo, Belen, 5-8; 2. (tie) Garrett Idler, 5-6; 2. (tie) Justin Barba, Belen, 5-6; 2. (tie) Jared Engels, Piedra Vista, 5-6; 5. Brett Hill, 5-6; 6. Noah Sandoval, 5-6; Gavin Kierstead, 5-2.Javelin1. Ruben Martinez, 164-0; 2. Eli Finch, Piedra Vista, 161-6; 3. Artie Ruiz, Piedra Vista, 142-2; 4. Spencer Schoonover, 130-11; Isaac Schilling, 116-10; Garrett Idler, 115-7; Nick White, 104-3.Shot put1. Ruben Martinez, 50-1; 2. Paul Shay, Piedra Vista, 46-3; 3. Eli Finch, 44-9; Isaac Schilling, 34-4; Shaun Parkinson, 31-1 1/2; John Janke, 29-10; Chris Buksa, 25-7; Eli Cherktov, 22-6.Discus1. Paul Shay, Piedra Vista, 136-4 1/2; 2. Ruben Martinez, 130-5 1/2; 3. Eric Robinson, Piedra Vista, 124-8; Shaun Parkinson, 87-10 1/2; Isaac Schilling, 85-9; John Janke, 82-7; Chris Buksa, 76-11; Eli Cherktov, 62-9.Long jump1. Orlando Castillo, Belen, 20-3 3/4; 2. 2. David Bjorklund, 18-6; 3. Jeremy Olguin, Belen, 18-1 1/2; 4. Dion Obermeyer, 18-1; Jamie Wigger, 16-2 1/2; Ethan Clayton, 15-5 1/4; Kyle Carver, 15-5; Daniel Christensen, 15-4 1/2.400 relay1. Los Alamos A, 42.90; 2. Los Alamos B, 46.32; 3. Belen B, 47.50; 4. Los Alamos C, 49.17.110 hurdles1. Matt Zocco, 15.35; 2. Dion Obermeyer, 16.90; 3. Anthony Jaramillo, Belen, 17.50.100 meters1. Jason Reagor, 10.86; 2. Pablo Quintana, Piedra Vista, 11.32; 3. Benigno Sandoval, 11.35; 5. Gavin Kierstead, 11.61; Brett Hill, 11.84; Joey Martinez, 11.94.1600 meters1. Josh Garcia, Belen, 4:49.27; 2. Tom Witherell, 4:54.34; 3. Tanner Johnson, 5:07.02; 5. Ian Pulliam, 5:13.05; Josh Bowman, 5:27.34; Adam Lang, 5:48.70.800 relay1. Los Alamos A, 1:33.53; 2. Los Alamos B, 1:37.61; 3. Belen, 1:37.64.400 meters1. Martin Romero, 51.27; 2. Nico Montoya, 52.09; 3. Jonathan Griffith, Piedra Vista, 55.97; 4. David Brock, 57.22; Zach Breshears, 58.22; Jamie Wigger, 59.23; Kelly Hutchins, 1:01.49.300 hurdles1. Matt Zocco, 41.23; 2. Raul Rodriguez, 42.77; 3. Eli Finch, Piedra Vista, 45.72; 4. Dion Obermeyer, 45.94.800 meters1. Allen Pittman, 2:03.30; 2. Kyle Pittman, 2:06.02; 3. Josh Garcia, Belen, 2:07.12; 4. David Bjorklund, 2:10.40; 5. Gareth Gilna, 2:11.01; Michael Leslie, 2:17.40.1600 medley relay1. Los Alamos A, 3:54.20; 2. Piedra Vista, 3:57.35; 3. Belen, 4:11.54.200 meters1. Benne King, Bosque, 23.78; 2. Ethan Durbin, Belen, 23.91; Anthony Salazar, Piedra Vista, 24.44; 6. Nick White, 25.03; Zach Breshears, 26.49.3200 meters1. Andrew Vierra, 11:02.00; 2. Nat Gustafson, 11:03.00; 3. BJ Fincke, 11:17.41; 5. Daniel Roybal, 11:57.32.1600 relay1. Los Alamos A, 3:33.00; 2. Los Alamos C, 3:41.91; 3. Los Alamos B, 3:46.50.