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Los Alamos Middle School Cross Country Update

on September 25, 2017 - 8:57am
The Los Alamos Middle School Cross Country team is mid-way through its season and the winning tradition is as strong as ever.
The Hawks have competed in races at Cochiti (Aug. 31), Academy for Technology and Classics (Sept. 9) and this week at Albuquerque Academy (Sept. 20).
The 8th grade boys group has tremendous depth this season. In fields of 80-100 competitors, the top 8-10 runners have been finishing within 45s of their lead runner, resulting in a perfect record of 3 team wins in three outings, and many top 20 placings.
Ryan Aldaz, top 7th grader returner, continues to lead the team and took 2nd place individually at Cochiti and ATC, and 3rd place at Academy. Keith Bridge with 3rd place at both Cochiti and ATC, 5th place at Academy, and and Conrad Leitner, 4th at Cochiti, and 5th at ATC have both made outstanding improvements from their 7th grade seasons to step up and contribute in a big way. Morgan Schaller had a break-out performance at Academy placing 4th overall and 2nd for the Hawks. Reuben Goettee, Jonah Mondragon, Caiden Kersey, and Andy Corliss have been running strong to round out the Hawks top 7.
The 8th grade girls team is having one of its strongest seasons - they are also undefeated as a team in 3 races. Kamaya Ronning has been the leader for the 8th grade girls and raced away from the field to an individual win at Cochiti, and took 2nd place at Academy. The depth behind Ronning is a big reason for the team’s success. Qiu Hawkins, Kiera Wisdom, and newcomer Jalyn Gould have been consistent in spots 2-4 for the Hawks. Katie Wingo have been moving up each meet and really closed the gap as #5 runner for the Hawks at Academy to contribute to the winning score.
The 7th Grade boys have brought home the second place team trophy from Cochiti, and from the very competitive Academy meet, as well as contributing to the win in the combined 7th/8th grade race at ATC.
Abera Hettinga has burst onto the middle school cross country scene in dominant style, winning the combined 7th/8th grade race at ATC, and with his win at Academy, posting the fastest time of the day.
Nathan Fresquez has been posting fast times consistently finishing in the number 2 spot for the Hawks. The 7th grade boys team has a number of runners vying for the next 3 spots in the top 5 each race, including Wyatt Cionek, Jonah Johnson, Julian Baros, Jack Ammerman, Rick Valdez and Sam Katko.
The 7th grade girls team is large and has remarkable depth. They won their first meet of the season at Cochiti and were a very close 2nd to Academy at their home meet. 7th graders were also a big part of the win in the combined 7th/8th grade race at ATC. For the Hawks, Sophie Chadwick and Emma Montoya are probably among the top 1-2 combinations of any Middle School team in the state.
Both like to run from the front and distance themselves from the field. Chadwick took 2nd place at ATC and Academy, with Montoya in 3rd on both occasions, flipping the result at Cochiti where Montoya took silver, and Chadwick, bronze. The depth behind them includes Hailey McDowell, Jasmine Hornberger, Madelyn Crotzer, Nyla Lee, Anya Manzanares, Zorah Fullop and Saung Soe, who, at the Academy race, all placed within 20 seconds of each other, and in the top 20 overall in a field of more than 100 competitors.