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  • Sports Briefs 07-09-14

    Splash and Dash set for tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics will host its second session of the Splash and Dash series tonight starting at the Larry R. Walup Aquatic Center.
    The series is geared primarily toward getting athletes in shape for the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    There are two course lengths available for athletes. The short course features a 200-yard swim followed by a 3-kilometer run. The longer course features a 400-yard swim and a 5-kilometer run.
    Registration is free, but participation is limited to 75 athletes. Registration is done starting at 6:20 p.m. and the Splash and Dash starts at 7 p.m.
    For more information, visit the Triatomics’ website, triatomics.org.

    Kirk named to MW All-Academic team

    Former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico standout basketball player Alex Kirk earned a nod onto the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
    Kirk was one of six curent or former Lobos named to the conference team. The honor was the third in Kirk’s career, as it was for former teammates Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood.
    Kirk left the Lobos to enter the NBA draft this spring. He was not claimed in the June 26 draft, but was invited to work out this summer with Cleveland.

    Baseball league alumni will be in New Mexico

  • Chihuahuas rally to top 'Topes at home

    The El Paso Chihuahuas rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning Tuesday night that the Albuquerque Isotopes had no answer for in their final three at-bats.
    El Paso trailed 3-2 after six innings at Isotopes Park, but took the lead, stringing together three base hits following an inning-opening walk to take a 4-3 lead. That score would hold up the rest of the way.
    The Isotopes (42-51) and the Chihuahuas (45-48) will continue their four-game series tonight in Albuquerque.
    Albuquerque won the first game of the series but will need to keep winning to make up any ground on either El Paso or division-leading Las Vegas for its homestand. Albuquerque played Las Vegas just prior to this series, winning the first two contests, but dropping the final two.
    Isotope reliever Robert Carson (0-2) inherited but couldn’t hold the 1-run advantage in the seventh, taking over in that inning for Stephen Fife, who gave up two earned runs and five hits in six innings.
    The El Paso bullpen was better. Chris Smith (1-0) and Hector Ambriz (save), combined to throw the final four innings, giving up just a combined two hits and struck out seven.
    Albuquerque didn’t help its own cause much, either, stranding nine runners on base and going just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.

  • Santistevan, Strother win at Firecracker 5K

    It took awhile to get it straightened out, but in the end, one of the top runners in northern New Mexico was the big winner at last weekend’s Firecracker 5K.
    The Firecracker 5K, an annual event hosted by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, hosted the run on Independence Day. About 220 participants took part in this year’s race, making it one of the biggest in the run’s history.
    Santistevan, the two-time prep cross country champion in Class 3A, finished the race in a time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds to earn a solid victory over three time defending champion Ryan Fenton.
    Following Friday’s race, it had initially been reported that Fenton, who finished in a time of 17:55 had won. However, after further review, it was discovered that Santistevan was actually the big winner.
    His win snapped an impressive win streak for Fenton at the Firecracker 5K, who actually improved on his finish time from 2013 by two seconds, but it wasn’t enough to top Santistevan.
    On the women’s side, Nikol Strother of Los Alamos took top honors.
    It was a decisive win for Strother, who was nearly 45 seconds better than runner-up Leanne Smith for the women’s title. Only Strother and Smith broke the 22-minute mark at the Firecracker race.

  • Bringing Home A Medal

    Los Alamos athlete Shaylene Stephens (second from right) celebrates with Team New Mexico’s bowling competitors after receiving the bronze medal in team bowling competition at last week’s Special Olympics national games in New Jersey. Stephens also earned a silver medal in singles bowling competition and a bronze medal in doubles.

  • Jim Thorpe run is Saturday

    The seventh annual Jim Thorpe Native American National Championships and open community run is scheduled for Saturday in Albuquerque.

    The national championship race is open to Native American tribe members from the United States and Canada. The community race is open to anyone interested in participating.
    Racing starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, 9169 Coors Road NW in Albuquerque.
    Other community events include a 12-and-under competitive race and a 1-mile fun run/walk.
    Price for participation is $20 through Thursday, $25 through race day. Interested participants can register on active.com.
    For more information, call 505-710-3323 or email sportswarriorsTC@aol.com.

  • Splash and Dash is starting tonight

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will again hold it Splash and Dash Series this summer, starting tonight.

    The Splash and Dash Series is a group of training events geared primarily for those wanting to prepare for the upcoming Los Alamos Triathlon.
    Participants can choose one of two course, consisting of a 400-yard swim followed by a 5K run or a 200-yard swim followed by a 3K run, both of which occur in and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    The event is free but registration is limited to the first 75 entrants. Registration is done at the Walkup Center starting at 6:20 p.m. on the day of the event.
    Other Splash and Dash events are set for July 9, July 23 and Aug. 6.
    For more information, visit the Triatomics’ website, triatomics.org.

  • Saenz is top predictor at Pace Race

    Mariela Saenz was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    Saenz finished with a prediction error of just 13 seconds to win Tuesday’s night’s competition.
    The Pace Race was run in the Quemazon and Pipeline Road areas on steep 1, 3 and 3.2-mile courses. All times were adjusted to the longest course.
    Saenz topped Meera Nadige for the best prediction – Nadige was 22 seconds of — and Linda Vance, who was 23 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Patricia Burnside, who finished in 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Rao Garimella (10:39) was the fastest finishing male on the short course.
    On the 3-mile course Zach Medin (37:27) had the best time and Ted Romero (28:08) and Roxana Candia (34:50) had the top finishes.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at Bandelier National Monument’s Ponderosa campground. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.
     

  • Big day looms for LA big man

    What a long, although not-so-strange trip, it’s been.
    For Alex Kirk, one of the most recognizable sports figures ever to come out of Los Alamos, it’s been a busy month and change, but now has a few days’ down time and he’s going to take advantage of it just before what will be perhaps the biggest day of his life.
    Kirk is entered into this year’s NBA draft. The draft takes place Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y. The 2010 Los Alamos High School graduate will have a chance to be the first born, bred and groomed New Mexico player ever to be taken in the draft and suit up for a NBA team.
    For now, though, he’s enjoying being in the Land of Enchantment.
    “It’s good to be back on what I would call my home turf,” said Kirk, who flew into Albuquerque on Monday and will be in and around that city and Los Alamos before Thursday’s draft. “I’m getting to hang out, just chill a little bit, take a step back and look at all that’s going on.”
    Since announcing he was foregoing his final year of eligibility at the University of New Mexico in April and graduating from the school in May, the 7-footer has been on the road almost the entire time.

  • Hipwoods Named Top Girls XC Coaches In the Country

    There aren’t many programs out there that have been a lot more successful than the girls cross country program at Los Alamos High School.
    A big part of that has been the coaching of Rob and Kathy Hipwood.
    And now, the two coaches have the hardware to prove it.
    The husband-and-wife duo were named the 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coaches of the Year in girls cross country. The Hipwoods were honored in a ceremony last week in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
    In 20 years of leading Los Alamos’ girls and boys programs, they have garnered 15 state girls titles. Since 2000, Los Alamos has won 11 titles, including five consecutive titles not once but twice.
    While winning titles is certainly the icing on the cake, that’s hardly why the Hipwoods do what they do.
    “It feels really good, getting an award for what we’ve dedicated our lives to for the past 20 years,” Kathy Hipwood said.
    The Hipwoods were among eight coaches nominated nationally.
    Coaches from New Mexico did very well this year, grabbing 11 total nominations. In boys cross country, Allan Lockridge of Pojoaque Valley earned a nomination, as did his boss, athletic director Matt Martinez, who was up for AD of the Year.

  • Hipwoods earn national award

    Los Alamos co-head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood have been named the National Coaches of the Year for girls cross country.

    The announcement was made this weekend at the National High School Coaches Association banquet in Jackson, Wyo., this weekend.

    The Hipwoods have earned more state championships than any coaches in Los Alamos High School history, including leading the Hilltopper girls to their fifth straight team title in 2013

    More information on the award will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.