The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team finished 19th out of 24 entries at last weekend’s meet at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
Los Alamos earned two points at the event, which was actually hosted by the Rio Rancho Rams. The meet was won handily by Rio Rancho’s cross-town rivals, the Cleveland Storm.
The Storm finished with 112 points, just slightly less than half of the total of runners-up Rio Rancho and Volcano Vista.
The highest-finishing Class 4A team was Albuquerque Academy, which finished with 29 points, which tied it for fifth place with Cibola. Valencia finished seventh.
Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca said the meet was a warm-up for the state 4A meet, which is scheduled for next month, also at UNM. Despite some of the team being unavailable last weekend, Baca said he liked the performance of many of his athletes who did attend, noting they picked up 14 personal best marks including Hayden Walker, who shaved about 47 seconds off his 3,200 meter time and finished in 10:24.05.
On the girls side, Los Alamos finished seventh out of 22 schools. Los Alamos earned 25 points, second among competing 4A schools, right behind sixth-place Valencia.
Cleveland was also the winner in the girls team competition with 88 points, just nipping second-place Eldorado.