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  • Gattiker makes top prediction

    Katie Gattiker was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening at East Park.
    Gattiker finished just seven seconds off her predicted finish time this week. She nipped Ryan Smeltzer, who was nine seconds off and Ted Romero, who was 19 seconds off.
    Romero was the top finisher on the 3-mile course this week, finishing in a time of 21 minutes, 19 seconds. Paulina Burnside was the top finisher on the long course this week, coming in at 26:07.
    Patricia Burnside was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with her time of 8:21. Jason Waterbury finished in 11:13.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday.
    Race time is 6 p.m.
    This upcoming race, the Powerline Run, will be Tuesday. The race starts at N.M. 4 approximately three miles west of the intersection with Pajarito Road going toward Bandelier National Monument.
    For more information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Sports Briefs 06-12-14

    Football car washes set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a pair of fundraising car washes Saturday, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.
    The car washes will be from 9 a.m.-noon in both locations. The car wash in Los Alamos will be at Del Norte Credit Union and the car wash in White Rock will be at the Phillips 66 station.
    Donations will be accepted for each car washed.

    PE classes will be at Chamisa School

    Physical education teacher Justin Black will be hosting two sessions of summer physical education classes, the first of which is starting Monday.
    The classes will be at Chamisa School is for kids in grades 1-3.
    The first session will run from Monday through June 19. The second session will be from June 23-26.
    Among the activities planned for the PE classes are disc golf, Dance Dance Revolution on the Xbox and work on coordination skills.
    Price for participation is $45. For more information, contact Black at j.black@laschools.net.

    Pétanque club hosting tourney

  • Pajarito Punishment results

    Here are the results from the 2014 Pajarito Punishment:

    Women’s Cat. 3

    1. Jennifer Risley, 4:30.0; 2. Kathryn Gillen, 6:31.4; 3. Emma Darling, 12:21.2;

    Women’s Cat. 2

    1. Selena Sauer, 6:27.7; 2. Patty McCarthy, 8:01.9.

    Women’s Cat. 1

    1. Terah Blake, 4:29.3; 2. Michelle Pederson, 5:38.3; 3. Rachel Weaver, 8:39.7.

    Women’s Pro

    1. Lindsay Yost, 4:08.8.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 9-18

    1. Ben Liptak, 3:37.1; 2. Jakob Hurworth, 3:45.9; 3. Cedar Palmer, 3:57.5; 4. Quinn Reece, 3:59.4; 5. Thorbin Atwelldonaghey, 4:01.4; 6. Cesar Silos, 4:11.6; 7. Quinn Anderson, 4:44.9; 8. London Albrecht, 4:45.9; 9. Will Brako, 5:03.7.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 19-29

    1. Zachary Agena, 4:05.2; 2. Chace Blair, 4:11.8; 3. Travis Cottrell, 4:15.1; 4. Mitchell Ching, 4:22.4; 5. Hamish Henderson, 4:36.2; 6. Matt Brigance, 5:30.2; 7. Colton Lake, 6:48.3.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 30-39

    1. Tor Jorfald, 3:41.4; 2. Eddie Risley, 4:03.7; 3. Pablo Cortegoso, 4:28.7; 4. Colby Busching, 4:34.1; 5. Mike Oates, 4:56.1.

    Men’s Cat. 3, 40-plus

    1. James Palmer, 4:55.2.

    Men’s Cat. 2, 9-18

  • Sports Briefs 06-11-14

    Foursome wins at Special Olympics golf tourney

    The team of Steve Sanderson, Sean Rau, Ted Ball and Eddie Sanchez won by six strokes at a fundraising golf tournament for Special Olympics last weekend.
    The foursome shot a 56 altogether at the tournament, topping the next-best team of Bruce Norman, Marti Hill, Jeanne Ball and Rhonda McInroy, which finished with a gross score of 62 in the best ball competition.
    In all, 84 participants took part in the tournament. Jon and Karen Rau, longtime volunteers of the local Special Olympics program, helped organize Satuday’s event.
    Also at the tournament, the team of Anna Swertfeger, Tom Swertfeger, Scott Marriott and Chris Quartieri finished third overall with a score of 63.

    Football car washes set for Saturday in LA, White Rock

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will hold a pair of fundraising car washes Saturday, one in Los Alamos and one in White Rock.
    The car washes will be from 9 a.m.-noon in both locations. The car wash in Los Alamos will be at Del Norte Credit Union and the car wash in White Rock will be at the San Ildefonso Phillips 66 station.
    Donations will be accepted for each car washed.

    Summer PE classes will be at Chamisa School

  • Bailey finishes 7th in decathlon

    Former Los Alamos track and field athlete Simon Bailey and current Hilltopper Greg Ahlers both finished in the top 10 at last weekend’s Great Southwest Invitational meet.
    Bailey, who graduated from Los Alamos High School last month, finished with 5,588 points, which was good enough for seventh place overall. Ahlers, a senior-to-be, had 5,245 points, which put him in the No. 10 spot overall among 17 competing athletes at last weekend’s decathlon.
    The decathlon — which is not a regular event at the prep level — consists of 10 events, including sprints, field events and the 1,500 meters.
    In the 1,500 meters Ahlers and Bailey made their marks on the meet, finishing first and second. Neither Ahlers nor Bailey are distance runners, but Ahlers finished with a time of 4:38.35 in the 1,500 and Bailey finished just a little over a second behind him.
    The Great Southwest meet is an annual event which has been hosted in recent years at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque. Some of the top athletes around the southwest, and some well outside of it, are invited to take part.
    The decathlon was won by Zack Bornstein of Westlake Village, Calif., who scored 6,392 points, just three points better than Wyatt French of Rockwall, Texas.

  • Taylor just outpedals Ferrara for Tour crown

    Kip Taylor just nipped local racer Fortunato Ferrara to prevent Ferrara from repeating at this year’s Tour De Los Alamos.
    Ferrara, from Los Alamos missed out on his second straight win at the event. Taylor topped him by 8 seconds in the 81-mile race, finishing in a time of 3 hours, 30 minutes, 14 seconds.
    Sunday’s race was the 42nd running of the Tour De Los Alamos. The race bills itself as the oldest continuously-run road race in the Southwest.
    In all, 124 racers finished Sunday’s contest.
    The Tour consisted of a 27-mile loop from downtown Los Alamos, through the Back Gate, down to White Rock and back up to Los Alamos via the Truck Route.
    Only one woman elected to do the two-lap, 54-mile race this year. Gretchen Selby finished her race in a time of 3:04:51.
    The top men’s division included 13 racers. Taylor and Ferrara averaged nearly 24 miles per hour during their rides.
    In the citizen races, which consisted of one lap, Mike Prime and Cathy Christofferson, both of Los Alamos, were the top overall finishers.

    Here are the results from Sunday’s Tour De Los Alamos:

    Licensed men, Pro/1/2/3

  • Nelms heading out to Oregon

    With just a few days remaining until she starts her new job, Vicki Nelms is trying to put the final touches on her old one.
    Nelms, the athletic director at Los Alamos High School, the post she’s occupied for the past seven years, will be leaving to become the athletic director at Clackamas High School in Oregon.
    She will officially take over that job July 1, but she will be leaving Los Alamos mid-month and head to the Pacific Northwest.
    As she’s wrapping the Los Alamos chapter of her life up, Nelms said everything appears to be in good shape moving forward.
    “The biggest challenge right now is getting Ann Stewart up to speed as much as possible,” said Nelms, who sat down with the Los Alamos Monitor last week. “And just finishing up projects that I had that I want to leave finished...get things to where I feel comfortable that there’s not a lot left for her to do except get a girls basketball coach hired.”
    One of the last meetings of her tenure at Los Alamos was to attend the final District 2-4A meeting as well as the first District 2-5A meeting – Los Alamos, along with Bernalillo, Española Valley, Capital and newcomer Del Norte, will compete in 2-5A starting in the fall. Stewart, who will officially take over as the AD July 1, was scheduled to go with her to those meetings.

  • Pace Race has four courses

    There was a big turnout for this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event run Tuesdays at various spots around Los Alamos County. This week, 47 runners and walkers took part.
    This week’s race included four different courses, ranging from 1-4 miles on Barranca Mesa.
    On the 1-mile course, which went around Navajo, Los Pueblos and Barranca Roads, Patricia Burnside had the top prediction. Burnside finished with an error of 15 seconds, which was three seconds better than Duane Marr.
    On the 2-mile course, which went out to Deer Trap Mesa trail, Tad Hughes had the best prediction (99 seconds off) and Tom Sandford (172 seconds) had the next-best prediction.
    Nikol Strother, last week’s top Pace Race predictor, had the top prediction on the 3-mile course, finishing 43 seconds off, while Zack Medin had the best prediction the 4-mile course out of the 17 runners who braved it, finishing with a prediction error of just 16 seconds.
    Lynn Bjorklund was second on the longest course, finishing with a prediction error of 25 seconds.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday starting at East Park. Race time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on that race, call 672-1639.

  • Northern seniors golf results

    Here are the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association results from its tournaments at Riverview Golf Course and Piñon Hills Golf Course.

    Riverview, May 20

    Championship flight
    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 76.
    First low net: Al Stone, Albuquerque, 68.

    First flight
    First low gross: Jim Fluharty, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 79.
    First low net: Roger Betts, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 68.

    Second flight
    First low gross: David Lambert, Gallup, 82.
    Second low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 87.
    First low net: Phil Allen, Gallup, 65.

    Third flight
    First low gross: Leonard Chavez, Santa Fe, 88.
    Second low gross: Larry Hults, Los Alamos, 88.
    First low net: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 64.
    Second low net: Don Pompeo, Los Alamos, 66.

    Fourth flight
    First low gross: Ken Bailey, Pagosa Springs, 88.
    First low net: Don Rokop, Los Alamos, 67.

    Closest to the pin
    No. 15: Ron Krantz, Los Alamos.

    Piñon Hills, May 21

    Championship flight
    First low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78.
    Second low gross: Brian Richards, Farmington, 82.
    First low net: Dennis Sanderson, Santa Fe, 68.

  • 4A-5A All-Star series is this weekend

    It’s a big weekend for the prep All-Stars from around the state, including one from Los Alamos.
    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association will host its All-Star events starting this weekend at various spots around the state.
    One of the events involves former Los Alamos softball star Kiana Zerr. Zerr, who was both the Hilltoppers’ ace pitcher and one of its top offensive threats in 2014, was selected to take part in the Class 4A-5A All-Star series.
    She will represent the North squad in the All-Star series, which gets going Friday at the Farmington Sports Complex.
    Zerr was the lone Los Alamos representative in softball and one of just two from District 2-4A selected to participate. Bernalillo star pitcher and 2-4A Most Valuable Player Demi Madelena was the other selection.
    Softball is just one of several events planned this weekend.
    Among the competitions going on are the Classes 2A-3A football game, the 6-man and 1A football game, as well as three All-Star girls basketball games and the 2A-3A boys basketball game. All of those events will be played in the Albuquerque area.
    To be selected as an All-Star, players must be standout graduating seniors from around the state. Selections are done by officials from the NMHSCA.