A series counting down the top ten boys and girls cross country teams returning from around the state of New Mexico in 2019.
Los Alamos HillToppers
2018 finish: 2nd (47 points)
State titles: 20 (81'-82',92',94'-97',00'-04',06',09'-15')
Top returning runners
Norissa Valdez - State 2018: 2nd SO PR: 18:29
Emma Montoya - State 2018: 9th FR PR: 18:36
Mabel Pyle - State 2018: 12th JR PR: 19:38
Lidia Appell - State 2018: 13th JR PR: 19:31
Sophie Chadwick - State 2018: 21st FR PR: 19:19
Hannah Gartz - State 2018: 26th JR PR: 19:25
Los Alamos Preview
The prominence of Los Alamos girls is perhaps the greatest of any other team regardless of gender and classification in all of New Mexico. A bittersweet rivalry with Albuquerque Academy for both the boys and girls that has seen the two alternate for the dominance of 4A for the better half of two decades. The HillToppers who finished runner-up to Academy in 2018 return practically the entire team including individual runner-up Norissa Valdez. With no seniors on this returning top 5 the HillToppers could start 2019 with what could be another multi-state champion span. The toughest task for Los Alamos is where they will find room to put all the hardware they intend on winning this season.
2018 Los Alamos State Championship results