ALBUQUERQUE – There was a huge target on the collective back of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team this season.
It would be the Aztec Tigers that would find the mark.
The impressive four-year reign of the Hilltoppers at the Class 4A state meet came to an end Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex. The Tigers, the first team in many years to rival the Hilltoppers’ roster depth, claimed the 4A state title with a total of 76 points.
The Hilltoppers managed a total of 59 points, not enough to hang on to their title.
Going into the meet, Los Alamos had little margin of error to grab a fifth consecutive title, which would have put the team in even more elite company than it’s already associated with, but a good Friday for Aztec and a tough Friday for the Hilltoppers put them in a hole they’d never get out of.
But even after a rough day one of the meet, the Hilltoppers worked themselves back into title contention on Championship Saturday.