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Track and field: LA boys nip Santa Fe to win Cap. City meet

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team held its collective breath until the final event Saturday, but took top honors in the Capital City Invitational.
Los Alamos held off the host Santa Fe Demons to win the meet. Ian Pulliam of the Hilltoppers’ 1600-meter relay team held off a late charge in the final event of the day as Los Alamos nipped Santa Fe 85-82.
It was the second win in a row for Los Alamos, which was also a winner at the Los Alamos Classic a week earlier.
For Los Alamos, Jacob Brown won and qualified for state in the triple jump. Brown posted a career-best 42 feet, 8-3/4 inches to earn the win.
Brown became the fifth Hilltopper to punch his ticket to state Saturday. Kory Balog, one of the other Hilltoppers who has earned his trip to the Class 4A meet, was the team’s other event winner in the javelin.
Brady Stokes and Isaac Jennings also had big showings for Los Alamos at Capital City, with Jennings earning two personal-best times in the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Stokes had personal record in the 300 hurdles.

Team scores

1. Los Alamos, 85; 2. Santa Fe, 82; 3. St. Michael’s 66; 4. Bernalillo, 56; 5. St. Pius X, 46; 6. Taos, 39; 7. Española Valley, 24; 8. Santa Fe Indian School, 16; 9. Capital, 13; 10. Monte del Sol, 8; 11. Academy for Technology and the Classics, 7.

400 relay
2. Los Alamos A (Paul Hemez, Alper Unal, David Knapp, Andy Thoma), 44.68; Los Alamos B (Cody Vaughn, Daniel Christensen, Chris Ryan, Kory Balog), 46.17.

110 hurdles
3. Isaac Jennings, 16.90; Brady Stokes, 18.50.

100 meters
Cody Vaughn, 11.65.

1600 meters
2. Tim Wermer, 4:42.70; 4. Daniel Roybal, 4:47.26; 5. Ian Pulliam, 4:48.26; Zak Kennison, 5:03.49.

800 relay
Los Alamos B (Cody Vaughn, Daniel Christensen, Topher Owens, Kory Balog), 1:38.03.

400 meters
Carson Wiens, 58.26.

300 hurdles
4. Brady Stokes, 44.11; Isaac Jennings, 45.11.

800 meters
6. Tim Wermer, 2:10.04; Daniel Roybal, 2:13.41; Ian Pulliam, 2:15.97.

1600 medley relay
2. Los Alamos (Nico Mendez, Alper Unal, Andy Thoma, Sean Reardon), 3:49.56.

200 meters
5. Paul Hemez, 23.79; Mike Sanchez, 24.13; Matt Leslie, 24.15.

1600 relay
3. Los Alamos A (Brady Stokes, Sean Reardon, Alper Unal, Ian Pulliam), 3:48.17; Los Alamos B (Carson Wiens, Jacob Brown, Isaac Jennings, Tim Wermer), 4:00.50.

Shot put
3. Brad Lungstrom, 38-8; Nate Robbins, 35-2; Grant Washburn, 31-9.

Discus
4. Nate Robbins, 111-1; 5. David Knapp, 106-1; Brad Lungstrom, 100-5; Grant Washburn, 90-6.

Javelin
1. Kory Balog, 157-7; 5. David Brock, 132-2; Brady Stokes, 126-5.

Long jump
6. Daniel Christensen, 18-4 1/2; Mike Sanchez, 17-11; Jacob Brown, 17-10 1/2.

Triple jump
1. Jacob Brown, 42-8 3/4; Daniel Christensen, 38-9.

High jump
Mike Sanchez, 5-4.

Pole vault
2. Chris Ryan, 11-0; 3. Carson Wiens, 11-0; 4. Topher Owens, 9-6.