RIO RANCHO – The only thing that might have given anyone pause when trying to figure out Los Alamos’ chances to win its sixth straight state title was a hiccup two weeks earlier at home.
But, as it turned out, it was indeed nothing more than a hiccup.
Los Alamos rose to the occasion once again Saturday, scoring a solid victory over all comers to make it an even half-dozen consecutive state championships. Los Alamos scored just 46 points, 12 points better than Albuquerque Academy. The Hilltoppers’ other big challenger, St. Pius X, finished comfortably back in third place.
The Hilltoppers poured it on in the second half of the race, with Maddy Foley, Sophia Galvez and Zoe Hemez pulling away from the main pack to help secure the win.
“It felt really good,” said Hemez afterward. “Running with Talia (Dreicer) was really helpful to me. We were feeding off each other’s energy.”
Along with Los Alamos going for some program history Saturday – trying to top its former best of five consecutive state crowns – Hilltopper Maddy Foley went into the race with a real shot to vie for the program’s first individual state champ since 2005.