LAHS XC Boys Are 2020-21 State Runner-Up Champions

Los Alamos High School 2020-21 XC State Runner-Up Champions from left, junior Keith Bridge, senior Rafael Sanchez, senior Adrian Will, junior Wakei Hettinga and junior Ryan Aldaz. Photo by Blake Wood



The Los Alamos High School Boys XC Team made the most of the delayed and abbreviated cross-country season Friday afternoon at the State Championship at Albuquerque Academy where they became the 2020-21 State Runner-Up Champions.

The team won with 28 points to a very strong squad from Hope Christian, who took the top-3 spots to score 18 points. Albuquerque Academy was third, with 37 points. 

LAHS junior Wakei Hettinga was the first ’Topper finisher in 5th place overall and a time of 16:10. He was closely followed by senior Rafael Sanchez in 6th place, junior Ryan Aldaz in 8th and senior Adrian Will in 9th. Junior Keith Bridge rounded out the ’Topper squad. 

The 1-4 time spread for the ’Toppers was only 34 seconds – a very fine exhibition of running as a team.

Ryan Aldaz and Wakei Hettinga assist teammate Adrian Will after the finish. Photo by Blake Wood
Rafael Sanchez, followed by teammates Wakei Hettinga and Ryan Aldaz, at the halfway point in the 3-mile race. Photo by Blake Wood