Sports Update 09-16-10

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By Mike Cote

Former LA runner McNiff earns RMAC weekly honor for ASC

Former Los Alamos standout runner Ryan McNiff was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Men’s Runner of the Week.
McNiff, a senior at Adams State College, was the first runner of 2010 to earn the RMAC honor.
At last week’s Joe I. Vigil Invitational, McNiff won the men’s 8K race in a time of 24 minutes, 34 seconds, a personal best for him at the Grizzlies’ home course, Cattails Golf Course in Alamosa, Colo.
McNiff led the Grizzly men to a perfect score of 15 at that meet, the second straight year the Grizzlies have pulled off that feat. In fact, the Grizzlies swept all of the race’s seven top spots.
Last season, McNiff earned All-American honors after placing 29th at the national championship race.
McNiff split the honor with ASC women’s runner Kristen McGlynn of Bailey, Colo.

’Topper volleyball team is third in weekly rankings

Los Alamos’ volleyball team climbed up one spot in the Class AAAA rankings, according to this week’s New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll.
The NMHSCA coaches’ poll was released Wednesday.
The Hilltoppers, off their win at the Zia Classic in Roswell, earned fifth place this week, picking up 52 total points. They finished just one point behind fourth-place Piedra Vista in the final tally.
St. Pius X still leads this week’s poll, but its lead over Albuquerque Academy, the second-ranked team, is just three points. Artesia finished in third place.
The full results from this week’s poll will be in Friday’s Monitor.

Rockets still top Class 4A poll

Goddard still tops the weekly Class AAAA football poll, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association announced Wednesday.
Goddard garnered a whopping 17 first-place votes in this week’s coaches’ poll, grabbing 226 points and staying 17 points ahead of second-place Belen.
Aztec, Artesia and Farmington rounded out the top five in Class AAAA this week.
The Los Alamos Hilltoppers (1-2) earned one point in this week’s AAAA voting.
Full poll results will be in Friday’s Monitor.