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John McHale
Nica Vasquez was the No. 2 finisher for the Hilltoppers last week at the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Los Alamos will host its final regular season meet Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course. The boys varsity race is scheduled for 3 p.m.
LA closes out its season on Friday

Those wanting to see a preview of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams as they head into the postseason won’t have to look very far.
Friday, the Hilltopper teams will host their annual home invitational meet. The boys varsity race is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Los Alamos Golf Course and the girls varsity race will follow shortly thereafter.
Los Alamos tends to do its best work toward the end of the year and this year may be no exception after a big showing last week in a key regular season contest.
The Hilltopper boys finished as the runners-up at Saturday’s Rio Rancho Jamboree, a crowded race that attracts some of the top teams in the state.
Even bigger than their finish, the Hilltoppers stunned their main rival for the Class 5A championship, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. The Hilltopper scored a 12-point victory over Academy, their first win over the Chargers this season.
There had been some question whether Los Alamos, which won three consecutive titles at the 4A level prior to this season, had the depth to compete with Academy in 2014, but that question was answered decisively at Rio Rancho.

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