Top Ten XC Girls Teams Returning: #1 Los Alamos HillToppers

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

4A Girls 

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

F 5000m2Norissa Valdez919:07.252
F 5000m9Emma Montoya819:45.408
F 5000m12Mabel Pyle1020:08.7011
F 5000m13Lidia Appell1020:11.3012
F 5000m15Marin Kelly1220:14.8014
F 5000m21Sophie Chadwick820:43.7019
F 5000m26Hannah Gartz1021:01.9024

2018 New Mexico State Cross Country Championships Results