By Arnie Leshin
Nothing new as Los Alamos gave notice to the New Mexico teams, and especially 4A in the state championships, with a successful cross country run Saturday at the annual Joe I. Vigil Invitational up at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo.
The Hilltopper boys placed first in the 20-school field with 81 points, and had the 4th finisher in senior Keith Bridge as he ran 16:06.0 for the 5 kilometers. Senior teammate Rowan Flores took 10th in 17:04.6, and 12th place went to senior Morgan Schaller in 17:05.9.
Then came senior Reuben Goettee running 17th in the time of 17:22.7, with freshman Eddie Gartz clocking 17:59.8 and finishing 38th. The sixth and seventh harriers respectively for Los Alamos were Junior Beck Ellis placing 49th in 18:14.9 and senior Tommy Oldham taking 53rd in 18:24.9. The Toppers had one more runner and it was freshman Michael Bane timing 18:51.9 and coming in 69th.
Los Alamos had an average 5K time of 1:25.7.
Rio Rancho High ran fourth, scored 120 points, and had the 7th place harrier in senior Dawson Gunn, who ran 16:27.1. The Rams had an average 5K time of 16:27.28.
Santa Fe High also made the annual trip to the college in which its head coach Peter Graham competed successfully for and came in 14th with 359 points.
Senior Mason Nichols was the first Demons’ runner to finish as he placed 40th in 17:59.5.
Next came fellow senior Tanner Black who ran 18:38.9 and took the 60th spot. In 84th was senior Bluebird Asken and he clocked 19:51.1, while senior teammate Matthew Chavez was a step or two behind and finished 85th in 2:02.4. Then came senior Ethan Garcia in 91st place in 20:28.7, and the No. 6 Santa Fe High runner was freshman Bodhi Lewis and he was 117th in 20:54.
The Demons had an average 5K time of 1:37.9.
Albuquerque Del Norte and Taos did not have full teams, but the Knights did get a 72nd finish from junior Riley Orr in 19:03.3, and the Tigers had
sophomore Carlos Rodriguez run 19:53.1 and place 92nd.