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Track teams dominate Los Lunas Invite

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By Phil Scherer

For the second weekend in a row, the Los Alamos High School track teams swept away the competition. The Hilltopper boys won the Los Lunas Track and Field Invite with 143 team points, while the Hilltopper girls won with 156 team points. 

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Hope Christian finished in second place on both sides. The Huskies boys’ had 77 points, while the Huskies girls’ finished with 80 points. 

In the throwing events, the Hilltoppers dominated every other team. For the boys, Justin Gilbert proved to be one of the top athletes in the state, easily winning the discus and shot put events. His discus throw of 143-feet, 1-inch earned a state qualifying score, while he threw the shot put 43-feet, 5.05-inches to claim the victory. 

It was similar story on the girls’ side, where Becca Green blew away the competition in her first meet of the year. She threw the shot put 38-feet, 1-inch, which was nearly eight feet farther than the second place competitor. She threw the discus 117-feet, 4-inches, which was nearly seven feet farther than the second place finisher. Last year, as a sophomore, she won the state championship in both events. 

Gabe Holesinger also impressed for LAHS, as he won the high jump with a height of 6-feet, 4-inches. That was good enough to earn a state qualification. He also did well in the pole vault, where he finished in second place with a height of 11-feet, 6-inches. 

As was the case in the first meet of the season, the Hilltopper boys did a great job in the running events. Elijah Velasquez was the winner in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.15 seconds, while Duncan Fuehne won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.43. 

In short-distance running, the Hilltopper girls could not be beaten. 

Holly Sanchez won the 100-meter dash, Tia Hartzol won the 200-meter dash and Norissa Valdez won the 400-meter dash. Hartzol also won the long jump.

The Hilltopper girls also swept the top two spots in the 3,200-meter run, as Sophie Chadwick won with a time of 12:38.47 and Mabel Pyle finished right behind her with a time of 12:43.01. 

LAHS dominated the relays, winning the 4x200-meter relay, the 4x400-meter relay and the 1,600-meter sprint medley. 

The team swept the podium in the high jump, as Bailey Yost finished first, Jazmine Tuning was second and Shelly Doyle took third place. 

LAHS gets back to action this weekend, as the team takes part in the Cleveland Invitational, the toughest test of the season to this point.