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Green leads LAHS girls to third place at state

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By Phil Scherer

Throughout track and field season, Los Alamos sophomore Becca Green stole the show at every meet the Hilltoppers attended with her amazing performances in the shot put and the discus. The state championships last weekend at the University of New Mexico put the exclamation point on her outstanding season, as she won the state championship in the shot put and the discus, easily defeating every opponent. 

In the shot put, she threw 41 feet-11.5 inches, defeating the second place competitor, Alamogordo’s Daysha Jenkins, by more than 6 feet. It was Green’s best throw of the season, surpassing her previous best of 41 feet-4 inches. 

She also impressed in the discus, throwing 130 feet-3 inches to claim the state title by more than 6 feet over Alamogordo’s Brooke Payton, who threw 124 feet-7 inches. It was far from Green’s best discus throw of the season, as she came in with a season-best mark of 135 feet-10 inches. 

Overall, the Los Alamos girls’ track and field team finished in third place at the state championships with 52.5 points, behind district rival Albuquerque Academy, which won the championship with 79 points, and Alamogordo, which finished as the state runner-up with 71 points. 

This is the third year in a row that the Hilltoppers have finished in the top three at the championships, after being named state runners-up the last two years. 

The Hilltoppers had standout performances across the board from many competitors, leading to another strong finish. 

Jazmine Tuning finished in second place in the high jump, with a jump of 5 feet-2 inches. 

Lidia Appell finished in third place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:56.44, and got sixth place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:36.35. 

Tia Hartzol had an extremely strong meet, earning third place in the long jump with a jump of 17 feet-1.25 inches, fourth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.01 seconds and seventh place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.23 seconds. 

Norissa Valdez finished in fourth place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.39. 

Mabel Pyle finished in fourth place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:05.35. 

Also putting together strong performances were Bailey Yost, who finished in sixth place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.42, Jillian Bennett, who finished in sixth place in the pole vault, clearing 9 feet and Abigail Beus, who finished in sixth place in the triple jump with a jump of 33 feet-4 inches. 

The relays were also strong for the Hilltoppers, as LAHS finished in second place in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay with a time of 4:26.47. The team also finished in fifth place in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:48.31, and finished in seventh place in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:11.60.