The quest to continue its rich dynasty begins Saturday for the Los Alamos Cross Country team.
The Hilltoppers will travel to Albuquerque to partake in the annual Lobo Invitational, one of the season’s most competitive meets which is held at the University of New Mexico campus.
Last Saturday, Los Alamos completed its annual scrimmage with La Cueva. The Hilltoppers had the top two finishers in the boy’s race and a third and fourth place finisher on the girl’s side.
Rafael Sanchez and Kai Coblentz led the Hilltopper boys, while Lidia Appell and Marin Kelly were the top Los Alamos girls.
Last year, Los Alamos girl’s cross country returner Zoe Hemez ran a 20:54.96 and finished in 31st place to help the Hilltoppers win the Lobo Invitational. Kelly finished 32nd in last season’s meet.
Elijah Velasquez ran a 17:49.84 and helped the Hilltopper boy’s place sixth at last year’s Lobo Invitational.
Saturday will be a good test for Los Alamos, who will sport one of its youngest squads since coaches Kathy and Rob Hipwood took over the program 23 years ago.
The Lobo Invitational will once again include some of the state’s best programs like Albuquerque Academy, La Cueva, Cleveland, Rio Rancho and Eldorado.