Kathy Hipwood and Rob Hipwood have been in charge of one the best cross country programs in the state for the last 23 years.
The Los Alamos cross country coaching duo plan to use the same recipe for success in 2016 that they’ve been using the past two decades.
However, the Hilltoppers will likely experience two challenges that could impede their progress as a dynasty. The first challenge will be replacing key runners from last year’s team. And the second will be the inclusion of Albuquerque Academy into District 2-5A, a district Los Alamos has dominated the past two decades.
“It remains to be seen, but we definitely graduated a lot from last year and probably the second most talented group of girls we’ve ever had,” Kathy Hipwood said. “We’re just going to build what’s here. They’re going to get better throughout the season and we’re going to see how much we can improve.”
Los Alamos is accustomed to cruising through their district meets. But this year, its biggest challenger of the last two decades, Academy, will look to knock-off the Hilltoppers before the two teams meet in the state meet.