LA boys team wins at Santa Fe meet

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The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team picked up its first win of the season, and did so in impressive fashion Saturday.
Los Alamos took part in the Capital City Invitational, hosted by the Santa Fe Demons. At that meet, Los Alamos picked up 120 team points, easily outdistancing St. Michael’s and the other comers to earn the victory.
Along the way Saturday, the Hilltopper scored five event wins, including a big victory by Greg Ahlers in the high jump. Ahlers nipped teammate Skyler McCall for the win, with both of them clearing 6 feet, 2 inches.
Ahlers, McCall and Simon Bailey, who finished third, all also punched their ticket to the state tournament with their performances. Bailey leapt 6 feet to earn his way to the state meet.
Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca said it may have been the first time in his long career at Los Alamos he had three athletes qualify for state in the same event on the same day.
With their performances, Ahlers and McCall are among the top seven qualifiers in Class 4A for high jump. Ahlers was also the winner in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing one spot ahead of teammate Tyler Mullen.
For Bailey, he was also the big winner in the 200 meters, and his time in that event (21.34) marked the best time posted in 4A this season. Bailey is the only runner in the classification to have a sub-22 second time.
Furthermore, Bailey, along with teammates Xavier Dennison, Miroslav Betts and Colin Hemez won the 1600 medley relay.
In pole vault competition, Seth Drop was also a winner. Drop matched his career-best mark of 12 feet, 6 inches to win.
Los Alamos, which is known for being able to peak well toward the end of the season, maybe showing signs of doing just that with Saturday’s performance.
The Hilltoppers have just two regular season meets remaining, the two-day Richard Harper Memorial, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, followed by their home invitational May 2.

Here are Los Alamos’ results from the Capital City Invitational:

Team scores
1. Los Alamos, 120; 2. St. Michael’s, 96; 3. Taos. 77.5; 4. Capital, 30; 5. Española Valley, 24.5; 6. Santa Fe, 22; 7. East Mountain, 17; 8. Pecos, 13; 9. ATC, 11; 10. Santa Fe Prep, 9; 11. Cottonwood Classic, 3.

Shot put
2. Collin Nickless, 43-3; TJ Keane, 35-0; Zach Sturgeon, 34-10 1/2; Tom Collins, 31-5.

Collin Nickless, 120-7; TJ Keane, 88-0; Tom Collins, 79-0; Zach Sturgeon, 94-4.

2. Xavier Dennison, 142-8; 4. Seth Drop, 138-5; 6. Mack Cunico, 125-9; Quinton Jones, 113-0.

High jump
1. Greg Ahlers, 6-2; 2. Skyler McCall, 6-2; 3. Simon Bailey, 6-0; Skyler Veenis, 5-8.

Long jump
Miroslav Betts, 17-8 1/2; Sidney Ellis, 16-8; Quinton Jones, 14-11 1/2; Isaac Timmerman, 16-4 1/2.

Triple jump
Greg Ahlers, 38-3; Isaac Timmerman, 36-3; Sincere Baha, 33-5; Koby Cotter, 33-3 1/2.

Pole vault
1. Seth Drop, 12-6; 3. Liam Johnson, 11-6; 6. Sean Reynolds, 10-0; Tyler Moore, 9-0.

100 meters
5. Simon Bailey, 11.10; Xavier Dennison, 11.30; Sidney Ellis, 11.50; Nick Dowdy, 11.60.

200 meters
1. Simon Bailey, 21.34; Sidney Ellis, 23.70; Isaac Timmerman, 23.90; Nick Dowdy, 24.00.

110 hurdles
2. Nathan Scrimshaw, 16.50; 3. Greg Ahlers, 16.70; Skyler Veenis, 16.90; Tyler Mullen, 18.50.

300 hurdles
1. Greg Ahlers, 42.30; 2. Tyler Mullen, 42.70; Nathan Scrimshaw, 44.60; Koby Cotter, 48.40.

400 meters
5. Joe Roback, 52.70; 6. Skyler McCall, 52.80; Skyler Veenis, 54.60; Seth Drop, 55.80.

800 meters
5. Hayden Walker, 2:06.80.

1600 meters
3. Mike Walker, 4:40.90; Connor Bailey, 5:00.60; Chris Buntain, 5:02.30.

3200 meters
3. Victor Kim, 4. John Rees.

400 relay
2. Xavier Dennison, Nick Dowdy, Miroslav Betts, Sidney Ellis, 44.60.

800 relay
2. Xavier Dennison, Miroslav Betts, Joe Roback, Simon Bailey, 1:33.30.

1600 medley relay
1. Xavier Dennison, Miroslav Betts, Simon Bailey, Colin Hemez, 3:38.10.

1600 relay
3. Skyler Veenis, Joe Roback, Greg Ahlers, Colin Hemez, 3:40.67.