The Los Alamos Middle School track and field teams ended their spring season with a meet at West Las Vegas. All four Hawks teams placed in the top four of their divisions. The seventh grade girls won the team competition handily, scoring 146 points, the eighth grade boys also won with a team score of 107, the seventh grade boys finished in 4th place with 53.5 points, the eighth grade girls finished in second place with 107 points. The seventh grade girls team was dominant during the 2011 season. After placing third at the first meet in March, it went undefeated in the remaining four meets, scoring 100-150 points in each meet. Several school records were broken by the Hawks teams over the course of the season.
Among those LAMS athletes to break records, eighth grader Alexi Ortega broke the 400 meter record with a time of 55.28, coming in more than half a second under the previous record set in 2002. Ortega’s teammate, Jonathan Schueler ended the year with a 117-foot, 5-inch throw in discus to improve the school record by almost seven feet, a record set in 2007. Also for the Hawks, Jonmichael Weaver posted a time of 20.35 in the eighth grade boys 110 meter hurdles, setting a new standard for 33-inch hurdles — 2011 was the first year 33-inch hurdles were used.
On the girls side, seventh grader Sydney Schoonover broke the triple jump school record, finishing with a 30-1 leap, 9-1/2 inches better than the previous record set in 2004. In the final meet of the season, the seventh grade girls 1600 meter relay team of Charlotte Leonard, Schoonover, Katy Stockton, and Madison Foley broke a school record in that event with their 4:43.76, almost five seconds under the previous record.
The Hawks scored points across the board this season. Few phases, however, were more successful than the programs’ distance runners.
The Hawks translated a successful fall cross country season into good showings on the track during the spring. Foley led a talented seventh grade girls distance squad with her time of 2:38 in the 800 meters during the season. Foley, Talia Dreicer, Sophia Galvez, and Nica Vasquez all ran in the 6:07- 6:15 range in the 1600 meters, frequently placing three or four runners in the top six during meets. Hawk coaches noted that distance runners Emily Johnson, Kennison, and Hannah Morgan also had great seasons with huge improvements.
The eighth grade girls were led by Ruth Taylor with season bests of 2:53 in the 800m and 6:19 in the 1600 meters, while Chloe Keilers impressed Hawk coaches with her work ethic and constant improvement. The seventh grade boys also had a very strong distance squad this season, led by Connor Bailey, who posted a 5:45 in the 1600 meters and John Rees, who was just two seconds behind. Nate Grim and Greyson Venhaus also had outstanding seasons with weekly improvements.
The eighth grade boys were led all season by distance running standout Isaiah Romero who had season bests of 5:09 in the 1600 meters and 2:21 in the 800 meters The Hawk programs were led this season by head coaches Pete Bowman and Pat Brousseau. Assistants included coaches Larry Collins, Bob McClenahan, Keith Morgan, Jordan Schoonover, Tom Stockton and Jesse Taylor.