Los Alamos Hilltopper Boys Cross Country Team Finishes Second In Home Meet Friday

Sophomore Wakei Hettinga leads sophomore teammate Keith Bridge with a half mile to go. They finished in 7th and 10th places overall, respectively. Photo by Blake Wood

Junior Rafael Sanchez mixes it up with Academy and Cleveland runners in the lead pack mid-way through the 5k race. Sanchez was the top Topper of the Day, placing 6th overall in a time of 16:40. Photo by Blake Wood


The Hilltopper Boys Cross Country team had their work cut out for them, competing against very strong teams from 4A rival Albuquerque Academy and 5A Sue Cleveland High School at Friday afternoon’s Home Meet at the Los Alamos Golf Course. 

Toppers Rafael Sanchez, Wakei Hettinga, Steven Strevell and Keith Bridge went out with the lead pack in a very exciting race. Gage Ellis rounded out the five Hilltopper scorers.

All finished in the top 10, but couldn’t match Academy taking the top-3 places, and finished 2nd to Academy in the team scoring, 46-25. However, they did beat 5A powerhouse Cleveland (53 points) for the first time this season.

Junior Rafael Sanchez and senior Steven Strevell go out fast in a crowded field. Sanchez and Strevell finished in 6th and 9th places overall, respectively. Photo by Blake Wood