New Mexico

Los Alamos Invitational


US#8 Albuquerque Academy boys win 23rd straight meet.
US#5 Los Alamos girls 1-2-4-6-7

New Mexico concluded the regular season October 26 with the Los Alamos Invitational, New Mexico's highest meet at 7300 ft. The 12-school meet was perhaps the most competitive meet of it's size this year in NM with many top teams and individuals. Both of New Mexico's nationally ranked squads participated

District meets and scheduled November 2 and the state championships November 9 in Gallup at Red Rock State Park.


531 Alan Weeth, 529 John Bunting
lead the Academy

Los Alamos girls are all together after 1 mile: (from R) Kristen Hemphill, Brittany Somers, Anna Miller, Heather Wood, and Marisa Sandoval



At Los Alamos, the boys race featured each classification's defending state championship team w/ 5A Manzano (Albuquerque), 4A Albuquerque Academy, 3A Shiprock, and 2A-1A Jemez Valley. The Academy Chargers extended their win streak to 23 straight meets with another easy win over this year's top ranked 3A team Pojoaque, 29-80 . Los Alamos finished a close 3rd with 85 points while Jemez Valley, last week ranked 2nd in NM's all-classifications poll, finished 4th with 106 points.

Academy was led by a 1-2-3 sweep with Alan Weeth coming out on top this weekend for the Chargers. His time of 16:14 over the 3 mile course put him one second ahead of defending state champion, John Bunting.



Although the girl's field was not quite as potent with the absence of the strong Academy girls, who choose to stay in Albuquerque for a meet, it still included two defending state championship teams (Los Alamos 4A and Shiprock 3A) as well as this year's top ranked 3A girls team and state champs in '00, Pojoaque. The 5th ranked Los Alamos Hilltoppers continued their quest for a 3rd straight state title scoring 20 points while Pojoaque (54) and Shiprock (77) rounded out the top three.

Los Alamos ran 1-2-4-6-7, led by Kristen Hemphill in 19:29. Hemphill, a sophomore soccer convert, has three wins and four 2nd place finishes so far this season.



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