RIO RANCHO – It’s getting to the point where it can hardly be called an upset anymore.
Los Alamos not just defeated, but crushed all comers at Saturday’s Class 5A boys championship race.
Once again, Los Alamos’ boys went in as the underdogs against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, and once again defeated the Chargers, this time by a wide margin.
Greg Ahlers led the victory march Saturday, posting a blazing fourth place finish, keeping close watch with the front of the pack, which included some of the best runners in the state.
Ahlers, who had hip trouble late in the season, showed no signs of it Saturday. At the halfway point in the race, he kicked things into high gear, passing a pack of runners, including some from Academy, toward the front of the race.
Los Alamos finished with 43 points easily topping second-place Academy with 61 points. Miyamura, which featured state individual champion Nile Thomas, was a distant third.
It was the fourth straight state team championship for Los Alamos, and for three years of those four, the Hilltoppers have come in as the underdogs.
This year’s win came as no surprise to Ahlers.