John McHale
The inductees of the first Los Alamos High School Athletics Hall of Fame gather to be recognized prior to Friday’s homecoming game at Sullivan Field. Among those honored were (left to right) Morrie Pongratz, Anthony Sandoval, Bill Hudson, Nancy Cox Carter, the daughter of Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Lynn Bjorklund, Carol Cady and the granddaughters of Louie Cernicek. The induction cerermony was Sunday at Fuller Lodge.
LAHS inducts top athletic figures into Hall of Fame

The inaugural class of the Los Alamos High School Athletic Hall of Fame was honored last weekend during the homecoming festivities.
Los Alamos inducted 13 former athletes, coaches, administrators and sports-related personalities into the Hall of Fame. Nominations for the honor opened earlier this year and winners were announced in early August.
The inductees were recognized prior to the homecoming football game Friday — Los Alamos was defeated 24-6 by the Kirtland Central Broncos in the 2014 contest — and were recognized at the formal induction ceremony Sunday at Fuller Lodge.
Among those honored were the following:

• Walt Arnold — Arnold was a standout tight end for Los Alamos during his high school career and was an All-State honoree in 1976. After his career playing for the University of New Mexico, Arnold played in the NFL for seven years, mostly with Los Angeles and Kansas City.

• Lynn Bjorklund — A top runner during her high school career, Bjorklund set a longstanding high school record in the 3,000 meters, a record that stood until last year. She qualified for Team USA in 1974 and 1976 and ran in several international competitions during her career. She also set a record for the Pikes Peak Marathon that stood for several years.


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