COCHITI PUEBLO — Although it’s the only way to qualify for the state cross country meet, for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team, for quite some time now, it hasn’t been much more than a stone to jump over.
Los Alamos, as expected, dominated the District 2-5A championship meet Friday. Los Alamos swept the top six places at the meet and got all eight of its competing runners the title of All-District.
As expected, the race was led virtually wire-to-wire by the Hilltoppers’ outstanding junior, Maddy Foley. Other than being pushed through about the first mile by her own teammates, Foley was barely bothered at the head of the race and won the individual district title by 44 seconds over teammate Sophia Galvez.
Despite cruising to the victory on the warm, dusty and hilly course behind Cochiti Middle School, Foley said she felt uncomfortable leading the way.
“I usually pace myself off Natasha Bernal (of La Cueva), who is always pacing everybody,” said Foley, talking about the top Class 6A runner in New Mexico. “It’s kind of nerve-wracking being up there.”
Nevertheless, Foley earned her second straight win and third of the season. She also won last week at the Hilltoppers’ home meet.