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Week in Review: A look back at the top sports stories in northern New Mexico

RUNNING

MAKING A MARK: In his first year in the United States, Santa Fe resident Jacob Chemtai already has made quite a mark, topping it off with a record at the Eugene (Ore.) Marathon. Chemtai, 27, who is originally from Kenya and moved here in September, finished the course in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 7 seconds, about two minutes better than the previous mark, to earn $3,000. Chemtai’s time is about one minute off his own personal best. He has already won the Go! St. Louis half-marathon and the Big Sur half-marathon.

HORSEMANSHIP

MERIT AWARD: Los Alamos High School senior Erin Kober took home the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award in the Cobblestone Farms Horse Trials in Dexter, Mich.

Atop Dakota Night, the Los Alamos Pony Club member earned the award for demonstrating safe and appropriate cross-country technique. She finished the competition with no penalties in the show-jumping phase.

BASKETBALL

NEW GIRLS COACH: Leroy Barela, who coached the girls at Pecos High School last season, has been hired as the girls coach at Robertson High School. In his two seasons with the Panthers, Barela went 16-38.

3 UPCOMING THINGS TO SEE OR DO

TRIATHLON: Fancy yourself as an iron man or iron woman? The city’s Outdoor Recreation Section begins a six-week training program Sunday and continues through Sept. 14 for those athletes wishing to compete in triathlons.

The course has value to newcomers to the sport, as well as veterans, as it includes information on swim, bike and run techniques, as well as transitions between stages, nutrition, strength training, injury prevention, equipment maintenance and race-day strategy.

Classes at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center run from 8-10 a.m. each Sunday, with no meeting on Labor Day weekend. Fee is $85. For more information, call Liza Gulotta, Recreation Section manager, at 955-4009.

TRAIL RUNNING: Getting high is what the Up & Over 10-kilometer run at the Taos Ski Valley is all about. The brutal incline starts at 9,207 feet and climbs another 2,612 feet in the first three miles to the top of Kachina Peak before heading back down again. More information here.

GOLF: The links are calling the area’s top golfers again to vie for the Los Alamos City Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

Men and women will vie for the title at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

For more information, call 662-8139.

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