Hilltoppers Post Impressive Results At Pat Amato Cross Country Classic In Colorado

Los Alamos Varsity Girls Emma Montoya, Sophie Chadwick, Norissa Valdez, Hannah Gartz, Marin Kelly, Mabel Pyle and Lidia Appell finish in second place. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Los Alamos Varsity Boys Team finish in second place. From left, Duncan Fuehne, Elijah Velasquez, Hunter Swavely, Steven Strevell, Rafael Sanchez, Wyatt Watson and Keith Bridge. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Hilltoppers Duncan Fuehne and Rafael Sanchez helped lead the boys varsity team to a second-place team result. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Girls JV runner Kamaya Ronning finished in second place overall. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
The Los Alamos High School varsity and junior varsity cross country teams traveled to Colorado earlier this weekend to compete in the Pat Amato Classic.
Forty-five schools participated in the event hosted by Northglenn High School in Northglenn, Colo.
Although the course at Northglenn’s Northwest Open Space was fast, the rapidly changing weather provided challenging conditions for the runners. While the JV teams raced in breezy 70-degree temperatures, a storm front quickly moved in as the JV girls were completing their race. By the time the varsity boys toed the line, temperatures had dropped by 14 degrees, and competitors fought against a stiff headwind as they made their way around the course.
The weather did little to slow down the Hilltoppers, though. Each team posted strong results, with all four teams notching impressive top-three finishes. The girls JV team scored an emphatic victory with a score of 33 points—32 points ahead of the next closest team. Runners Kamaya Ronning, Tia Hartzol, and Abby Beaus all placed among the top ten individual finishers.
The boys JV team finished third with a score of 63 points, just three points out of second place and nine points behind the first-place team. Ryan Aldaz, Shawn Williams, and Morgan Schaller earned top ten honors in that race.  
Both the boys and girls varsity teams secured second place trophies in their races. The girls team was headed by top ten finishers Norissa Valdez and Emma Montoya who guided the team to a final score of 109 points.
Hilltopper senior Duncan Fuehne led the charge for the varsity boys. After an exciting homestretch duel, Fuehne was edged out of first place overall by just 43 hundredths of a second. The varsity boys finished with 84 points—only four points behind the first place team—with runners Steven Strevell and Rafael Sanchez also earning top ten individual finisher awards.
A full list of race results for the Pat Amato Classic can be found here.
The next meet for the Hilltoppers cross county team is the Northern New Mexico Challenge scheduled for this Friday, Oct. 12, at the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Complex. They will conclude their regular season of competition at their annual home meet, the Los Alamos Invitational, which will take place Friday, Oct. 26 at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
Los Alamos JV Girls Team Amaya Coblentz, Risa Bridge, Kamaya Ronning, Abby Beus, Tia Hartzol, Qui Hawkins and Paulina Burnside finish in first place. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Los Alamos Boys JV runner Ryan Aldaz on his way to a second place overall individual result. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Norissa Valdez led the varsity girls with a sixth place overall finish. Photo by Jim Stein Photography
Los Alamos JV Boys Morgan Schaller, Ryan Aldaz, Jonah Mondragon, Noah Bridgewater, Josh Stein, Shawn Williams and Uriah Sanchez finish in third place. Photo by Jim Stein Photography