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New Mexico 2003 cross country
Albuquerque City Championships
Oct 18, 2003

Shadrack Kiptoo dazzles in debut -
Albuquerque Academy sweeps team titles

In his first high school race in the United States, Shadrack Kiptoo set a course record of 15:21 (3.025 miles), winning by 53 seconds. Kiptoo, who came to Albuquerque from Kenya a year ago to join friends and relatives from Eldoret Kenya, was just ruled eligible by the New Mexico Activities Association. Kiptoo runs for La Cueva High School, whose coach Eddy Hellebuyck holds US Masters records from 5k through the marathon. Hellebuyck, a Belgian who is now a US citizen, was the top American finisher at the Boston Marathon last year. Kiptoo ran a 14:46 5k in the Lobo Invitational earlier this year.

Kiptoo pulled away with ease in the first mile of the Albuquerque City Championships. He was never pushed and won by a :53 second margin over Andres Urbina of Albuquerque Academy. The all-everything import made the 3.025 mile hilly course (5280 feet elevation) look like a walk in the park. The time of 15:21 is the fastest time on an eight year-old course that has been the host site for 25 high school meets. Kiptoo's victory was not enough to lead the La Cueva Bears to the team title in the boys. Albuquerque Academy swept both the boys 26- 97 over Eldorado and girls 32 - 57 over Sandia.

Boys - Girls



Individual Boys
1 Shadrack Kiptoo, La Cueva 15:21
2 Andres Urbina, Abq. Academy 16:14
3 Mitch Bible, Abq Academy 16:26
4 Daniel Abeyta, Abq Academy 16:32
5 Cory Lemonde, Eldorado 16:36
6 Cody Harper, Abq Academy 16:39
7 Dustin Martin, Abq Academy 16:44
8 Keith Blumenfeld, Abq Academy 16:46
9 Jesse McDaniel, Albuquerque 16:52
10 Dennis Hellebuyck, La Cueva 16:54

Boys Teams:
Albuquerque Academy 26
Eldorado 97
La Ceuva 101
St. Pius X 156
Albuquerque High 166
Highland 185
Cibola 187
Sandia 197
Valley 205
West Mesa 220
Del Norte 227
Manzano 271
Rio Grande 364


Individual Girls:
1 Lyndsay Harper, Abq Academy 19:24
2 Stasia Ploskonka, Manzano 19:51
3 Laura Hughs, La Cueva 20:01
4 Anna Petrov, Eldorado 20:10
5 Leslie Luna, Abq Academy 20:14
6 Aeriel Emig, Abq Academy 20:14
7 Stacy Salazar, Sandia 20:26
8 Candice Sisouvanveing-Kim, Abq Academy 20:27
9 Martha Vogt, Sandia 20:31
10 Kelly McCabe, Highland 20:36

Girls Teams:
Albuquerque Academy 32
Sandia 57
La Cueva 115
Eldorado 119
St. Pius X 137
Manzano 152
Highland 186
Cibola 214
Valley 234
Del Norte 248
Albuquerque High 338
West Mesa ns
Rio Grande ns


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