Track and field: LA girls finish 2nd in opener

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams opened their seasons 2009-10 seasons Saturday in Rio Rancho.

Los Alamos’ boys finished third in Saturday’s Chili Quad, while the Hilltopper girls, the defending Class AAAA champions, were second in the team standings.

Saturday, the Hilltopper girls picked up 116 total points, placing them behind Rio Rancho’s 157.5.

On the boys side, the Hilltoppers grabbed 96 team points. Rio Rancho also took top honors in the boys competition, earning 134.5 points, edging Albuquerque Academy, which finished with 129 points.

For the Hilltoppers, Emily Weeks picked up much this season much the same way she finished 2009, earning three victories Saturday.

Weeks, the reigning 200 meter champion and long jump runner-up, won both events in her first outing of the season, as well as winning Saturday’s 100 meter competition.

Weeks scored the sprint double victory, picking up a time of 12.81 in the 100 and 27.44 in the 200. Teammate Angelica Johnson, who had a good outing herself Saturday, finished second in the 200 for Los Alamos.

In the long jump, Weeks went 14 feet, 11-1/2 inches.

For the boys, Los Alamos High School newcomer Charles Rappe made his presence felt Saturday. Rappe won both the 110 and 300 hurdles, including grabbing Los Alamos’ first state qualifying time of the season in the short race, 15.84.

Los Alamos’ other state qualifier Saturday was Kyle Pittman. Pittman, the top distance runner in the state, won the 3200 meters in 9:48.59.

Hilltopper veteran head coach Larry Baca said he was generally pleased with his team’s effort, especially considering its limited track time due to the weather.

For the Hilltopper girls, Laura Wendelberger qualified for state in the high jump, tying with Rio Rancho’s Laura Norero with a leap of 5 feet.

Holly Walker, Los Alamos’ top returning senior distance runner, easily eclipsed the state qualifying mark in the 3200 Saturday with her run of 12:01.29, finishing second in that event behind Academy’s Julia Foster.

Alex Nichols, meanwhile won the javelin competition with her throw of 118-7 and also made the cut for the state meet.

Full results from Saturday’s meet will appear in Tuesday’s Monitor.