The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team got its 2013 season started with a bang Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Chili Quad.
Los Alamos earned 11 first place finishes and scored in all but three events Saturday as it collected 119 team points, far outpacing second-place Rio Rancho in the four-team meet.
Hilltopper star Laura Wendelberger came out strong in her first appearance of the season. Saturday, she grabbed two state meet qualification marks, one in the high jump and one in the triple jump.
Also for Los Alamos’ girls, Amanda Mercer and Mikayla Pulliam went 1-2 and both qualified for May’s state Class 4A meet in the 3200 meters.
Los Alamos’ boys also took part in Saturday’s meet. They place third in the four-team meet, earning 60 points.
Rio Rancho won the boys team competition handily, picking up 126 points, while Academy was second with 69 points.
Los Alamos’ distance stars, Sean Reardon and Nick Hill, both came up big Saturday, with Reardon qualifying in the 3200 meters and Hill in the 1600 meters. One of the team’s top returning throwers, Brady Stokes, also punched his ticket to state in the javelin.
Here are Los Alamos’ results from Saturday’s Chili Quad: