The Los Alamos cross country teams both finished in fourth place at Friday’s Titan Thunder Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
On the boy’s side, Rafael Sanchez continued his stellar eighth-grade campaign by leading the Hilltoppers with a 13th place finish and a time of 17:13.
Senior Chris Buntain was the second-best runner for Los Alamos, finishing in 25th place individually with a 17:51. Fellow senior Kai Coblentz rounded out the top three for the Hilltoppers, as he placed 30th and ran a time of 17:57.
The rest of the boy’s team included Josh Strevell (31st), Shawn Williams (43rd), Kevin Parkinson (53rd), Brandon Bao (57th) and Miroslav Betts (67th).
On the girl’s side, eighth-grader Lidia Appell once again was the top Los Alamos finisher placing 18th with a time of 20:58.
Junior Zoe Hemez finished one second behind Appell in 19th place. It was Hemez’s best run of the season.
Paulina Burnside was third Hilltopper to cross the finish line. Burnside placed 26th and finished with a time of 21:30.
The girl’s team also included Hannah Gartz (27th), Maddie Beck (28th), Marin Kelly (35th), Sydney Schake (40th) and Sophia Mamula (43rd).
Appell and Sanchez have been the top Los Alamos finishers in every meet this season.