Year in and year out, the goal for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is the same: knock Albuquerque Academy off its perch.
In 2011, it may take some extra work to accomplish that task, but extra effort isn’t something the Hilltoppers have ever shied away from.
Los Alamos opens its 2011 season Saturday when it travels to the University of New Mexico Invitational. That meet, which has become Los Alamos’ traditional opening day event, usually attracts the top talent from around the state, a slate which includes the Hilltoppers’ arch-rival.
The Hilltoppers finished last year the same way they’d finished eight of the previous 10 years: as the runner-up in the Class 4A championship meet to Academy’s Chargers.