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Girls track wins, boys finish second at 2-5A championships

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By Phil Scherer

It appears that having the home field advantage at the District 2-5A Championships worked out well for the Los Alamos High School track and field teams. At the end of the two-day competition, the girls walked away as the champions and the boys finished in second place. 

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For the girls, Los Alamos won the district championship, earning 167 points across the 19 events. Albuquerque Academy finished in second place with 148 points. Del Norte was third with 71 points, Capital finished fourth with 39 points and Española Valley earned nine points. 

As has been the case most of the season, Becca Green was a star for the Hilltoppers in the throwing events. In the shot put, she threw 41 feet-4 inches, more than 9 feet further than the second place finisher. In the discus, she threw 130 feet, 35 feet farther than anyone else in the competition. 

LAHS also dominated in the high jump, as Jazmine Tuning finished in first place and Bailey Yost finished right behind her in second place. 

The podium of the 300-meter hurdles was full of Hilltoppers, as Preslie Coffey finished first, Yost came in second and Bailee Nasise finished in third place. 

Also winning events for the girls were Tia Hartzol, who won the long jump, and Norissa Valdez, who won the 800-meter race. 

On the boys’ side, Albuquerque Academy claimed the district championship with 184 points. The Hilltoppers finished in second place with 144 points, Capital was third with 62 points, Del Norte was fourth with 31 points and Española Valley finished fifth with 19 points. 

One of the best events for the Hilltoppers was the 3,200-meter race, as Duncan Fuehne won, and Joshua Strevell finished right behind him in second place. 

The most dominating performance came from Arturo Rodriguez, who threw the discus 147 feet-7 inches, 9 feet farther than the second place finisher. 

Gabe Holesinger was the winner in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet-6 inches, and Isaac Ortega won the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.24 seconds. 

The team also won first place in the 4x100-meter relay. 

With the district championship meet behind them, the Hilltoppers will now shift focus to the state championship meet, which will take place in Albuquerque Friday and Saturday. The teams will try to match last year’s impressive results, when the boys finished in fourth place and the girls finished as the state runners-up for the second year in a row.