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  • New technology for Pajarito race

    BY JOSE CORRAL
    lasports@lamonitor.com

    Mountain bike riders only need a smart phone to compete in this year’s Summerfest downhill mountain bike race at Pajarito Mountain.
    For the first time in the event’s history, the downhill mountain bike race will be scored by an application that is accessible on any Android or Apple phone or tablet. The race is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. with riders having the opportunity to complete the course unlimited amount of times until 3 p.m.
    “It’s not a traditional race,” Pajarito Mountain general manager Tom Long said. “I think it’ll be a very unique way at trying to do a citizens race ride without the formality of competitive racing.”
    All competitors will use the BikeParkPRO application to score qualifying runs that will eventually decide the winner of the race. The male and female riders with the fastest times registered by the application will be the winners of the opening summer session at Pajarito.
    Previous years included four categories of riders and on-hand officials for the duration of the race. On Saturday, the race will be divided between two categories, men’s and women’s, and officials won’t be present during runs on the course.     

  • The games go on: ’Toppers head...

    All of the state championships have been decided, but there are still a handful of contests to be played.
    The top teams have proven themselves, but now the games turn into regional battles. Does the North or South have a tougher crop of seniors?
    On June 10, five of the eight Class 5A/6A North/South All-Star classics will be played.
    Los Alamos will be represented in three of them that weekend and one more in July.
    Two ‘Toppers scored spots on the North all-star baseball team. Connor Mang and Lane Saunders will both represent the North in the 5A/6A series.
    The baseball teams will play one game at 7:30 p.m. June 10 and then play twice more June 11.
    The baseball series is taking place at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces.
    Ashlynn Trujillo will represent Los Alamos in the 5A/6A all-star basketball game. That contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Santa Ana Star Center, following the 1A/2A all-star game.
    Michelle Alexander will also represent the North in the all-star tennis classic June 10 and 11. One unique thing about the tennis all-star classic is that boys and girls play together on the same team, unlike the high school season where they usually compete at the same tournaments, but on separate teams.

  • Thomson throws shutout, UNM...

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico baseball team (36-21) earned a victory in the first game of the Mountain West Conference Championship Thursday, defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack (34-23), 3-0.
    The Lobos received a career-best pitching performance from senior left-hander Colton Thomson (7-3), as he threw his first-ever complete game, a three-hit shutout over the Wolf Pack. He collected a career-high tying 11 strikeouts and walked one. His 122 total pitches thrown marked the most in his Lobo career.

  • LA student athletes honored at...

    Los Alamos High School’s Class of 2016 held its Honors Convocation Tuesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Lots of student athletes were honored at the ceremony for their work in the classroom and the community.
    A few athletes, however, were honored specifically for their achievements in a Los Alamos uniform.
    Lane Saunders and Ashlynn Trujillo were selected as the Los Alamos Sports Association’s Athletes of the Year while Isaac Dunwoody was honored with the school’s Iron Athlete award.
    The Los Alamos Sports Association is a partnership between the Los Alamos Monitor and KRSN.
    Saunders was Los Alamos’ only three-sport varsity letter winner this season, and he excelled in all three.
    On the football field, Saunders played linebacker and was one of Los Alamos’ top tacklers. He also worked as a running back where he averaged 6.7 yards per carry, finishing with 411 rushing yards in seven games. Derek Selvage led Los Alamos with 1,262 rushing yards.
    In wrestling, Saunders reached the state finals for the third consecutive year where he finished second at 182 pounds, losing the championship by a single point, 3-2.
    The two-state champion finished his senior season with a 41-2 record.

  • UNM track heads to regionals

    After battling for postseason bids since early April, a handful of Lobos are just one meet away from the NCAA Championships.
    The University of New Mexico track and field team is aiming for the national championships as it sends 20 individuals and a relay team to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Championships competition this week.
    The Lobos are searching for top-12 finishes in their respective events during the three-day meet at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas, which would advance a competitor to next month’s NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
    “The goal is to put yourself in a position to where you can qualify on to Eugene,” New Mexico head coach Joe Franklin said. “It’s not about winning the event, it’s about being in the top 12 and making sure you have a chance.”
    The Lobos heading to Kansas are some of the best, with many from this year’s group are making a repeat appearance.
    Out of the 11 women, nine men and the men’s relay team (a total of 22 athletes), 12 Lobos are back at the regionals, with a few eyeing another bid to the finals of the NCAA Championships.
    For the 16th-ranked women’s team, six Lobos head into the meet with top-10 seeds, including four top-two seeds in the distance events.

  • Davenport has top prediction

    Beth Davenport had the top prediction in this week’s Pace Race, which was held on the Cañada Del Buey trail in White Rock.
    Davenport was just 3 seconds off her predicted time.
    Other accurate predictors were Heidi Bjorklund and Zach Medin.
    They tied at 4 seconds off their predictions.
    Nikol Strother had a 5-second differential and was also the fastest female on the three-mile course recording a time of 21 minutes, 38 seconds.
    Ted Romero had a 9-second error and was also the best finisher on the three-mile course, finishing with a time of 20:57.
    On the one-mile course, 6-year-old Anders Medin recorded a 10:17 for the top time. His mother, Roxana Candia, was the first female. She finished in 10:19.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will take place near the Pajarito ski area, just past the ski lodge at the Cañada Bonito Trailhead.
    One, two and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com
     

  • Fishing fair around NM

    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes, minnows, and bottom bouncer night crawler rigs for walleye. Fishing was fair to good using tubes, craws, jerk baits and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for brown trout was slow but there were a few caught by anglers trolling crank baits.
    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 2,720 cfs.
    Bluewater Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using PowerBait, worms under a bobber and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair trolling jointed Rapalas for tiger musky. Fishing for catfish was slow. The surface water temp was in the high 50s.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,520 cfs and 1,170 cfs respectively. Trout fishing was slow.
    Eagle Nest Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Panther Martin spinners, Arnie’s and Platte River specials for rainbow trout and kokanee. Fishing was fair using worms for perch.
    El Vado Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.
    Fenton Lake: Fishing through this past Saturday was rated as excellent but tapered off some on Sunday. Anglers did very well using black wooly buggers, olive Pistol Petes, Kastmasters, small Tennessee shad crank baits, PowerBait, worms and salmon eggs for trout.

  • UNM baseball gets first-round...

    The Lobos scored in each of the first four innings and UNM jumped out to an 11-0 lead on the way to a convincing 11-2 victory over Air Force Saturday, giving UNM the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament, hosted by New Mexico May 25-29 at Santa Ana Star Field.
    The win was great for UNM in that the Lobos got a great starting pitching performance from Carson Schneider, who bounced out of a small slump with six solid innings, allowing two runs and just five hits, striking out two. It wasn’t so great in the ninth inning when Jared Holley, trying to beat out a double play, hurt his right leg in an injury that looked completely different from his quad injury earlier in the season. Holley had to be carried off the field by both trainers.
    UNM got on the board in the first inning when Carl Stajduhar turned on a pitch and hammered it over the fence in left for a long solo home run. After getting a second run in the second inning on a double play grounder, the Lobos scored three times in the third and the fourth.
    In the third, with two on, Jack Zoellner obliterated a Nick Biancalana fastball for a three-run home run that nearly made it to the football practice field beyond the right field fence. In the fourth, Luis Gonzalez doubled home a pair of runs and then scored on a Staduhar ground out.

  • Locals stand out in annual Jemez...

    Runners from all over the country came to Los Alamos to challenge themselves in Saturday’s Jemez Mountain Trail Races.
    The 50-mile, 50-kilometer and 15-mile runs had 508 finishers representing 20 different states and Washington, D.C.
    The four corners and neighboring states Texas and Oklahoma were well represented, but runners also came from Illinois, California, Alaska, Montana, Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Kansas and Michigan to compete on the local trails.
    The 15-mile run was the most popular option. The majority of the 252 runners who finished were from New Mexico, including all of the top-25 finishers.
    The 175 finishers in the 50-kilometer run and the 81 finishers in the 50-mile run, however, were pretty evenly split among local and out-of-state runners.
    Despite some athletes traveling 2,000 miles or more for the races, Los Alamos proved it has some of the top mountain trail runners anywhere.
    Erica Baron and Logan Ott led the Los Alamos contingent with first-place finishes.
    Baron won the women’s division and finished third overall in the 15-mile race while Ott won the 50-kilometer race.
    Baron’s winning time was 2 hours, 2 minutes and 56 seconds, which placed her above 249 other runners.

  • LA Senior Olympics wrap up

    The 2016 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games concluded May 13. Thirty-six athletes participated and qualified for the State Games in Roswell, which will be held July 13-16.
    Twenty-one men and 15 women ranging in age from 50-85 participated in 18 local events from air gun to track, and dance, horseshoes, huachas, frisbee throw, table tennis and bowling.
    Don Dudziak won four air gun events in the 80-84 division, including rifle and pistol standing and supported. His best score was a 321/400 on the pistol supported.
    Thomas Schroeder won the rifle supported event in the 65-69 division with a 68.
    Ann ReVelle and Susan Krohn also competed in the rifle supported event. ReVelle scored a 321 to win the 65-69 division and Krohn scored a 16 to win the 70-74 division.
    Abel Castillo sunk 11-of-15 free throws and 3-of-6 3-pointers to place first in the 55-59 division.
    Bowlers Carmen Gill (70-74), Robert Gill (70-74), Ted Williams (65-69) and Cy Jakubowski (70-74) all qaulified.
    Goodwin and Jaramillo (70-plus) and Hiko and Hiko (50-69) competed in the Waltz, the Cha Cha Cha, the Rumba, the Jitterbug and the West Coast Swing. They scored over 60 of the possible 70 points in each dance. Goodwin and Jaramillo also did the Tango and Hiko and Hiko also did the Night Club two-step.