Los Alamos XC featured on ESPN's Dystat
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If you attended the 2011 Santa Fe Indian School XC invite this Saturday, you were not only treated to an incredibly scenic, spiritual and inspirational meet, but you also had a front row ticket to a tasting of sort. The mens' triple A state battle that is formulating, like a ominous thunderhead of New Mexico's greatest proportions, is going to be as exciting a showdown as ever. Also, Pecos's dominant knock out punch, Antonio Varela, another in the loooong line of Pecos greats was just simply a joy to watch .

But as great as the story was about the varsity runners attending the meet and the spirituality that was felt by those running through the Santa Clara Pueblo, the subplot was more about the dominance exhibited by the girls program that was the recent focus an ESPN's Dyestat article. Even though they weren't even represented by their top varsity team at the meet.

The Los Alamos girls and their boys varsity teams were running in Arizona at the Desert Twilight XC Festival but had still sent several athletes to represent LA. The division that spoke volumes of the state of their program was the JV girls division. Los Alamos ran two teams in the division. One group of girls wearing the traditional green and a younger, more junior highish looking group of girls wearing blue. For the spectators at the end of the race, it wasn't really a surprise when the first five girls coming up the last hill before the finish were all from LA. The surprise was that these girls were all wearing BLUE! That's right, the JV division was won, let's restate that, the division was dominated by the eighth graders wearing blue from Los Alamos. AND, with times that made a LOT of varsity coaches envious when comparing their own varsity times.

In Marc Boom's ESPN Dyestat article, “Coaches provide a place for XC “Types””, the Hilltoppers program and Coaches Kathy & Rob Hipwood are recognized in the article with insight into their “XC types” and one of the most successful cross country programs in New Mexico.

The article can be found at:

http://rise.espn.go.com/track-and-xc/us/features/bloom-peak-performance/XC-type.aspx?pursuit=TrackAndXC