Members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team combined to take 10th place in last weekend’s Nike Cross National (NXN) competition.
The team, which, because of state rules forbidding it, ran as a club team at the NXN regionals, which were held Saturday at Casa Grande, Arizona.
Maddy Foley once again led the way for Los Alamos’ team, finishing 26th among runners in the team competition and 53rd overall, finishing in a time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds.
Los Alamos’ girls placed four of their top five runners in the top 80 among team competitors to finish with 302 points. Directly ahead of Los Alamos in the final standings was a team from Taos High School, which finished with 296 points.
Earlier this month, both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams earned repeat wins at the state championship meet. The Hilltopper boys earned their fourth consecutive state title, while the girls grabbed their sixth straight.
Members of the Hilltopper championship boys team also took part at the NXN regional. Los Alamos’ club finished 23rd overall in that competition.
Most of Los Alamos’ runners were familiar with the course in Arizona. The regular season Desert Twilight meet was run at the same venue as the NXN regional.