RIO RANCHO — Adding to its record haul, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team earned another state title Saturday and did so in impressive fashion.
Los Alamos placed five runners into the top 10 individually at the Class 4A state championship meet to earn its fourth consecutive team title.
Senior Jennifer Mooday and junior Jordan Parker took the Nos. 4 and 5 slots to pace the Hilltoppers at the state title meet. The Hilltoppers finished with 33 team points, just a hair over half the total of runner-up Albuquerque Academy.
With its fourth consecutive win, the Hilltoppers are now just one state title away from tying its own record of five titles between 2000-04.
“It’s an honor,” said Los Alamos’ Teresa Sandoval, a senior who has been a part of all four of the winning teams, a streak that started in 2009. “For me, personally, it’s been an honor to run with these girls and with the girls who have come before.”
Sandoval, who posted a time of 19 minutes, 43 seconds, had to run much of the way fending off not only the other competitors but also a nosebleed she developed about the 1-mile mark.