RIO RANCHO — It was as dominant a performance as was expected from the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team.
Los Alamos, the heavy favorite to win the Class 4A state championship this season, didn’t disappoint, placing five runners into the top eight individually Saturday at Rio Rancho High School.
Meanwhile, Los Alamos’ Nick Hill ran away with the 4A individual state title, eclipsing the 16-minute mark and topping runner-up Brandon Levi by nearly 15 seconds.
Los Alamos earned its first back-to-back title in program history Saturday, picking up 22 team points, handily defeating runner-up Albuquerque Academy, which had 69 points. No other team finished under triple digits.
Hill, who had a big finish to the 2011 season and was a big part of Los Alamos’ upset team victory, said he was happy for the win but was hoping to have a shoulder-to-shoulder finish similar to a week ago in the District 2 race.
“I wanted my teammate Sean Reardon to be there, too,” Hill said. “I was hoping for us to come in together, but it was great.”
With the victory, Hill won the state individual title for the Hilltoppers for the third time in five years — Kyle Pittman won in 2008 and 2009.