The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams defended their home turf Friday, winning both titles at the Los Alamos Invite.
The Hilltopper girls finished first with 189 points, followed by Santa Fe (78), St. Michael’s (64), Taos (46), Pojoaque (39), Española Valley (12) and Capital (3).
The Hilltopper boys scored 132 points to take first, followed by Taos (122.5), St. Michael’s (56), Capital (42.5), Española (36), Pojoaque (30) and Santa Fe (15).
The 1600-meter medley relay led the way for the girls’ team, running the fastest state-qualifying time in Class 5A so far this season.
Sienna Ahlers and Sophie Wood ran 200s, Elena Abeyta ran the 400 and Talia Dreicer anchored the team in the 800, combining to finish first in 4 minutes, 18.89 seconds.
Wood also qualified for state in the triple jump, jumping 33 feet, 4 inches to take second behind teammate Elizabeth Lockhart (34-0).
The boys’ 4x400 relay also punched its tickets to the state championships. Nathaniel Ortega, Hayden Walker, Koby Cotter and Miroslav Betts finished third in 3:31.08 to qualify for state.
Macklin Cunico also improved his previous state-qualifying mark in the javelin.
“It feels good to get improvements instead of just plateauing,” Cunico said.