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Challacombe, Hemez win at top level meet

Chelsea Challacombe had a huge day at the toughest track and field meet of the year Monday.
Challacombe, representing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls, picked up a decisive victory in the high jump and was the runner-up in the long jump at Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational.
The Sepulveda meet is an invitation-only event. Just the top placers in the state on the season-to-date are invited to the annual meet, which is run at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
Because of the meet’s exclusivity and because it covers all the state’s school classifications, the competition is ramped up from what most athletes will see at the state meet.
Also at the meet, Colin Hemez won the boys 1600 for Los Alamos.
Challacombe, who’s emerged this season as the Hilltoppers’ top athlete, won the high jump by four inches. Challacombe, who finished third in last year’s Class 4A state meet in that event, topped Aztec’s Kayli Farmer, a very good athlete in her own right, with her jump of 5 feet, 8 inches — Farmer finished with a best leap of 5-4.
On the boys side, Colin Hemez ran an impressive time of 4:27.31 seconds Monday, holding off a tight challenge from Fernando Lucero of Rio Rancho (4:29.14) and Jared Garcia of Belen (4:29.33) to take the victory.