2021 4A High Point Athlete Bailey Yost. Photo by Blake Wood
2021 4A High Point Athlete Rafael Sanchez. Photo by Blake Wood
By BLAKE WOOD:
The Los Alamos High School Hilltopper Track & Field teams saved their best performances for the 4A State Championship at UNM on Friday afternoon, winning both the Boys and Girls’ State team titles!
Head Coach Ernest Martinez’s ‘Topper Girls completely dominated the meet, winning with 183.5 points to runner-up Artesia’s 76.2 points. The Girls won the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, and 1600 medley relays, and took 2nd in the 4×800 relay. Individual State Champions included Holly Sanchez in the 100 m (12.67), Nyla Lee in the 200 m (26.48), Tia Hartzol in the 400 m (60.08), Emma Montoya in the 800 m (2:19.1), Haily McDowell in the 1600 (5:31.3), Angelina Passalacqua in the long jump (17′ 3″), and Bailey Yost in the high jump (5’ 2″).
Senior Bailey Yost was the 4A High Point Athlete of the meet, accumulating 23.5 points. Besides winning the high jump, she placed 2nd in the 100 m hurdles and 300 m hurdles, took 3rd in the 200, and was part of the winning 4×400 m relay.
Head Coach Steven Montoya’s Hilltoppper Boys achieved a substantial win over defending champion Albuquerque Academy, 99-80. The Boys won the 1600 m medley relay, with senior Adrian Will overtaking three other runners in the final 100 m of his 800 m anchor leg. Senior Max Berndt was Individual State Champion in the shot put, with a throw of 49′ 4-1/2″. Senior Rafael Sanchez pulled off the most difficult triple in all of high school Track & Field, winning the 800 m (1:59.4), 1600 m (4:40.6), and 3200 m (9:33.5). What made this performance even more astonishing is that Sanchez did it in a one-day meet, instead of the usual two-day State Championship! The 21 points that Sanchez won in these races made him the 4A High Point Athlete of the meet.
Angelina Passalacqua wins the long jump with a jump of 17′ 3″. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com
Ryan Zeik jumps 20’2″ in the long jump. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com