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To cap this odd high school sports year and decidedly unfilled season, Journal North will be announcing its annual list of the top boys and girls athletes in each sport that was played to its conclusion.
This week, the top boys athletes will be spotlighted, followed by the girls next week. Journal North will then announce its top prep male and female athletes of the year in the ensuing weeks. Congratulations to each of these athletes and to all the competitors who put their heart and soul into their endeavors.
Rafael Sanchez, junior, Los Alamos
In terms of results, Sanchez fell off a bit from his top-notch 2018 performance when he finished second to lead the Hilltoppers to a state championship. His time this season of 16 minutes, 18.30 seconds was about 12 seconds slower than last year and landed him third on the individual podium. But with Sanchez leading the way, Los Alamos was once again able to hold off rival Albuquerque Academy to win the blue trophy.