Topper T&F Girls dominates the 2022 State Championship!

The 2022 State Champion Hilltopper Girls Track and Field Team! Photo by Blake Wood

Junior Zorah Fullop completes the transfer to senior Norissa Valdez in the 4×800m relay, which set a new state record. Photo by Blake Wood

Senior Holly Sanchez completes the transfer to sophomore Meredith Brown in the state champion 4×100m relay. Photo by Blake Wood

Hilltopper T&F

The Hilltopper Girls Track & Field team dominated the 2022 New Mexico State Championship on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, winning every individual race event, every relay, and placing highly in multiple jumping events and to throw.

They accumulated 165 points against 63 points for the Albuquerque Academy runner-up. The ‘Topper Boys were also state champions – see attached article.

Rather than crank the score even higher, head coach Ernest Martinez seemed to prefer to keep some of his athletes fresh enough to attack multiple state and school records. In this he was very successful: the team of Nyla Lee, Syana Sanchez, Holly Sanchez (preliminary), Allie Holland (final) and Angelina Passalacqua broke the state record for the 4 × 200 relay in the preliminaries on Friday , then beat him again in the final on Saturday, with a time of 1:43.44.

The team of Hailey McDowell, Zorah Fullop, Norissa Valdez and Emma Montoya set a new 4×800 relay state record with a time of 9:58.95. Finally, the team of Allie Holland, Norissa Valdez, Anna Wetteland and Angelina Passalacqua broke the LAHS school record in the 4×400 relay, with a time of 4:01.16.

Sophomore Angelina Passalacqua was honored as a Class 4A top athlete, racking up 23 points winning the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, placing 3rd in the long jump and anchoring the 4 relay teams × 200 and 4 × 400 winners.

It’s a testament to the ‘Topper Girls’ dominance of the competition that the second highest point was rookie Allie Holland who racked up 22 points winning the long jump, placing 2nd in the 100m and 200m and running in the 4 winners. Relay ×200 and 4×400. Close behind was junior Nyla Lee, who won the 100m and 200m, and ran in the winning 4×100 and 4×200m relays.

Individual state champions include:

Nyla Lee, 100m and 200m.

Anna Wetteland, 400m.

Delany Ulrich, 800m and 3200m.

Emma Montoya, 1600m.

Angelina Passalacqua, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and long jump.

State Relay Team Champions included:

4x100m: Kayli Lincoln, Holly Sanchez, Meredith Brown and Nyla Lee.

4×200m: Nyla Lee, Syana Sanchez, Holly Sanchez (preliminary), Allie Holland (final) and Angelina Passalacqua. New state record.

4×400 m: Norissa Valdez, Colette Bibeault (preliminary), Allie Holland (final), Anna Wetteland and Angelina Passalacqua. New LAHS school record.

4x800m: Hailey McDowell, Zorah Fullop, Norissa Valdez and Emma Montoya. New state record.

1600 sprint medley relay: Kayli Lincoln, Carley Holland, Jorda Tucker, Hailey McDowell (preliminary) and Delany Ulrich (final).

Additionally, Colette Bibeault placed 2nd in the pole vault, Kayli Lincoln placed 2nd in the triple jump and Sara Tompkins placed 3rd in the discus.

Full results are available at

First year Colette Bibeault placed 2nd in the pole vault with a jump of 10′. Photo by Blake Wood

Junior Emma Montoya finishes narrowly ahead of Albuquerque Academy’s Kate Patton to win the 1600m in 5:19.47. Photo by Blake Wood

Senior Jorda Tucker runs the 400m leg of the 1600m State Champion Sprint Medley Relay. Photo by Blake Wood

Sophomore Anna Wetteland runs in the state champion 4×400 m relay, which set a new LAHS school record. Anna was also the individual state champion in the 400m, clocking 58.50 seconds. Photo by Blake Wood

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