2017 proves to be successful for LAHS cross country

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By The Staff

Of all the programs at Los Alamos High School, few were more successful in 2017 than the cross country program, which again was a factor in the state championship race, and had a number of standout individual performers.

On the boys’ side, no one was more impressive than freshman Rafael Sanchez, who finished in fifth place at the state championship meet, and also competed in the Nike Cross Regionals race. His time of 15:49 made him the 14th fastest freshman in nation.

For the girls, freshman Lidia Appell and eighth-grader Norissa Valdez were the key standouts, finishing in fifth and eighth place, respectively, at the state competition.

Overall, the girls finished as the state runner-ups, and the boys finished in third place.

For the girls, it was the 28th straight podium finish, while for the boys it was the 21st straight podium finish.

The future appears bright for both programs, with the boys and girls returning their top runners next season, and for many seasons to come.

There is no doubt expectations will remain high for LAHS cross country in 2018 and the years to come.