Region 1 qualifiers seek state berths in Lubbock (boys)

What: Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

When: Monday, Oct – 24. 4A Girls, 8 a.m.; 4A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 6A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 6A Boys, 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 –  3A Girls, 8 a.m.; 3A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 5A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 5A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Where: Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

At Stake: Top four teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the UIL Cross Country State Championship, Saturday Nov. 2 and 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Franklin won its first district championship.

The Franklin boys, who won the District 1-6A for the first time in school history, are looking to create more milestones Monday at the Region 1-6A Championship.

The Cougars, who did not qualify for regionals last season, won the district scoring 27 points at the Horizon Golf Course.

Franklin placed all five scoring runners in the top eight.

Senior Diego Flores was third in 16:09.25 followed by junior Matthew Engle (fourth, 16:22.82), senior Denovan Estrada (fifth, 16:30.64), junior Juan Leal (seventh, 16:55.61) and junior Sebastian Gonzalez (eighth, 16:56.36).

Eastwood, which earned a silver medal last year, is seeking its ninth straight trip to state – its tenth in 11 years.

The Troopers finished second at the District 1-6A Championship, scoring 58 points. The team had three runners in the top 10 – senior Anthony Casillas (sixth, 16:48.92), junior Alex Flores (ninth, 17:01.53) and senior Matthew Marshall (tenth, 17:03.57).

Pebble Hills senior Omer Ibrahim won the individual title in 15:53.81 and is looking to advance to his second appearance at state. He finished third at last year’s regionals.

Coronado will be third representative out of District 1-6A. Senior Luis Pastor was district runner-up, finishing in 16:03.92. He too qualified for state last year, finishing the regional course in fifth in 15:47.0.

El Paso High won the District 1-5A Championship.

District 1-5A

The Tigers won the District 1-5A Championship at Mary Keisling Park with 21 points and advanced to its second straight regionals championship. The team was 15th in the region in Class 5A last year.

At district, El Paso had four runners in the top 10 including the top two who set personal best times.  Sophomore Miles Westbrook won the event in 16:21.57 and junior Leo Valenzuela was second in 16:32.94. Junior Aydan Lugo was fifth in 17:20.61 and sophomore Lorenzo Shields was seventh in 17:26.48.

Also advancing are Canutillo and Chapin.

The Eagles finished second at the District 1-5A with 60 points.  Canutillo had two runners – senior Esteban Aguilera (sixth, 17:21.25) and junior Omar Rivera (eighth, 17:36.08) – in the top 10.

Chapin had two runners in the top 10 – sophomore Braulio Torres (fourth, 16:38.09) and Sean Sanchez (ninth,      17:54.09).

Burges senior Matthew Guerra was third in 16:37.78 and Jefferson junior Francisco Reyes was tenth in 17:58.24 and advance to regionals.

Parkland’s Michael Castorena and Efren Moncada finished 1-2 at the District 2-5A Championship.

District 2-5A

The Bel Air Highlanders won the District 2-5A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 52 points.

Bel Air had three runners in the top seven including junior Leonardo Resendez (fourth, 18:24.96), junior Hernnan Duarte (sixth, 18:50.23) and senior William Potter (seventh, 19:01.40). Bel Air will compete at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

Del Valle was second with 61 points and Hanks third with 62 points and will also advance.

Del Valle had two runners in the top 10 – Cesar Ruiz (fifth, 18:43.81) and Damian Espinoza (ninth, 19:17.76), as did Hanks – Alejandro Tarin (third, 18:00.50) and Angel Gomez (eighth, 19:01.55).

Tarin, a senior, finished 16th in 16:29.1 at last year’s regionals and advanced to state.

Parkland’s Michael Castorena won the individual title in 17:19.53 and teammate Efren Moncada was second in 17:30.82 and advance to regionals as will Ysleta’s Owen Rubio was tenth in 19:20.77.

Riverside won the District 1-4A Championship.

District 1-4A

Riverside won the District 1-4A Championship with 32 points, followed closely by Austin (36). Bowie finished third with 87 points and advanced to regionals.

The Rangers had four runners in the top 10 – Kevin Perez (third, 19:09.80), Pablo Fuentes (fourth, 19:39.78), Angel Navarrete  (fifth, 19:57.84) and Adam Valdiviezo (ninth,        20:09.43).

Austin also had four runners in the top 10 – Nathaniel Delgado (second, 18:37.04), Pedro Jimenez (sixth, 20:01.80), Eirik Arredondo (seventh, 20:06.95) and Jeremiah Loustaunau (eighth, 20:08.43).

Bowie’s Cesar Duran was tenth in 20:20.06.

Harmony Science’s Jesus Herrera won the individual crown in 17:31.09.

San Elizario is back to regionals.

District 2-4A

San Elizario won the District 2-4A title at the Horizon Golf Course with 15 points.

Eagle runners took seven of the top 8 spots lead by senior Chris Moreno who won the event in 17:20.92. Junior Julian Guerra was second in 17:34.21 followed by junior Angel Maese (fourth, 17:44.02), junior Gustavo Salazar (fifth, 18:18.71), senior Emilio Solano (sixth, 18:43.92), senior Matthew Maese (seventh, 18:49.81) and Luis Marquez (eighth, 19:01.29).

Moreno is looking to defend his Region 1-4A championship. He won last year in overwhelming fashion, racing to a 14-second margin of victory, finishing the course in 15:40.9.

San Elizario finished second as a team.

The Eagles are hoping to make its ninth straight trip to state.

Fabens and Valle Verde Early College also advanced. Early College runner Marin Maldanado was tenth in      19:04.83.

Mt. View’s Edward Robledo-Gonzales was third in 17:41.67 and Fabens’ Rafael Gomez was ninth in 19:03.25 and advance to regionals.

Tornillo’s Angel Torres looks to return to state.

District 4-3A

Tornillo finished second at the District 4-3A Championship behind Presidio.

Senior Angel Torres won the individual title in 16:50 and junior Daniel Romero was second in 17:21.

The team is looking to return to state after not qualifying last year. It was the first time in nine years the team failed to do so.

However, junior Daniel Romero and senior Angel Torres reached qualifying times to advance.

Romero was third in 16:48.0 and Torres 14th in 18:14.1.

Region 1 qualifiers seek state berths in Lubbock (girls)

What: Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

When: Monday, Oct – 24. 4A Girls, 8 a.m.; 4A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 6A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 6A Boys, 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 –  3A Girls, 8 a.m.; 3A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 5A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 5A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Where: Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

At Stake: Top four teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the UIL Cross Country State Championship, Saturday Nov. 2 and 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Eastwood sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the individual title in District 1-6A.

The Franklin girls won its fifth straight District 1-6A title last week and are seeking a return trip to the UIL Cross Country State Championship Nov. 2 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

To get back to Round Rock, the team must finish in the top four at Monday’s Region 1-6A Championship at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Last October, Franklin narrowly missed out on its third straight state appearance. The team finished tied for fourth with Northwest Eaton with 167 points but Eaton advances on the strength of its sixth runner finishing before Franklin’s sixth runner.

At the district championship at Horizon Golf Course last week, Freshman Emily Orr led the team, finishing second in 19:20.24.

Franklin placed five runners in the top 10 including freshman Abigail Pinon (fourth, 19:51.70), senior Abby Barraza (fifth, 19:55.75), junior Victoria Hoyt (sixth, 20:14.03) and senior Alyssa Laspada (ninth, 20:28.24).

The top three teams and 10 individuals advanced to regionals.

Eastwood sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the individual title in 19:10.52. The Troopers finished second at district and Pebble Hills was third and advanced to the regionals.

Also advancing as individuals are senior Kassandra Jimenez (third, 19:42.24) and freshman Mia Hairston (seventh, 20:20.26).

Eastwood’s Rodriguez finished sixth at last year’s regional and advanced to state as did Franklin’s Laspada who had a top 20 regional finish.

Chapin senior Gianny Correa won the District 1-5A title.

District 1-5A

El Paso High and Canutillo ended the District 1-5A Championship at Mary Frances Keisling Park tied at 36 points. However, the Tigers were awarded the championship when its sixth runner, freshman Calista Sakellakos, finished four spots ahead of Canutillo’s sixth runner, freshman Adrianna Boyd.

El Paso, Canutillo and Chapin advanced to the Region 1-5A championship Tuesday at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Also advancing is Jefferson’s Nohemi Garcia who finished eighth in 21:30.97.

El Paso had four runners in the top 10 – junior Andrea Castillo (fourth, 20:51.61), senior Jezarae Valenzuela (fifth, 21:01.24), freshman Clarissa Castillo (ninth, 21:36.52) and junior Sofia Ramirez (tenth, 21:41.14).

Huskies senior Gianny Correa won the individual title in 19:36.58 and sophomore Rebecca Duran was sixth in 21:14.91.

The Eagles had three runners in the top 10 including senior Natalie Rivera (second, 20:16.07), freshman Nevaeh Escobedo (third, 20:38.28) and senior Jennifer Najar (seventh, 21:21.83).

Hanks won the team championship in 2-5A.

District 2-5A

Hanks won the District 2-5A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 23 points.

Hanks had five runners place in the top 10 including junior Destinee Loeza (second, 21:45.82), sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre (third, 21:55.73), freshman Lily Arias (fifth, 23:24.62), freshman Alina Levario (eighth, 23:57.78) and freshman Jessica Fino (tenth, 24:07.43).

Bel Air was second and Horizon was third to also advance to the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

Del Valle senior Valeria Loo-Kung won the title in 21:30.40. Horizon’s Jaquelin Gonzalez was fourth in 23:21.16 and Estephanie Tena was sixth in 23:27.70.

Bel Air’s Carolyna Noriega was seventh in 23:35.58 and Marysol Vidal was ninth in 24:01.56.

Riverside won the team title in 1-4A.

District 1-4A

The Riverside Rangers won the District 1-4A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 21 points.

The Rangers took the first three spots and five out of eight.

Camila Luna was the first to complete the two-mile course in 14:25.21 to win her first district championship.

Kim Castro was second in 14:25.40, Paula Tapia was third in 15:14.94, Jisclem Camacho was seventh (15:41.96) and Hillary Hernandez was eighth (15:49.39).

Riverside, along with Austin and Irvin, will compete in the Region 1-4A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

The Panthers had three runners in the top 10 – Jayleen Robles (fourth, 15:28.73), Dalia Santiesteban (ninth, 15:49.61) and Jefet Trejo (tenth, 15:54.86).

Irvin had one runner – Zoe Estrada-Moreno (fifth, 15:35.03) – in the top 10, Irvin.

Harmony’s Yatznelly Galindo also advances to regionals, finishing sixth in 15:40.04.

San Elizario won the 2-4A Championship.

District 2-4A

San Elizario won the District 2-4A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 18 points.

The Eagles had five runners in the top seven including district champion Kylee Pardo who completed the 2-mile course in 13:55.19.

Katelyn Montoya was second (13:55.41), Alexandra Ordaz was fourth (14:49.64), Osmary Vazquez was sixth (14:58.65) and Briana Mancillas was seventh (15:09.72).

El Paso Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Clint also advanced to regionals.

Young Women’s had three runners – Jeanette Rivera (third, 14:10.76), Jenisa Gomez (eighth, 15:15.25) and Lluvia Armendariz-Padilla (tenth, 15:20.48) – in the top 10.

Also advancing to regionals are Faben’s Antoinette Ogaz (fifth, 14:56.01) and Avery Guerrero (ninth, 15:19.78) from Valle Verde Early College.

Tornillo senior Kylene Elias won her third district championship.

District 4-3A

Tornillo defended its District 4-3A title scoring 19 points.

Kylene Elias won her third district championship finishing the two-mile course in 12:45.

Olivia Garcia was second in 13:07, Wendy Garcia was fourth (13:18), Brianna Ibarra (fifth, 13:19) and Nataly Escajeda (seventh, 13:33).

Tornillo, which finished fourth at regionals last year, is seeking its second straight trip to state.

The team will race the Region 1-3A championship Tuesday at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Week 9

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 boys race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

This week’s schedule

Region 1 Championship: Monday, Oct. 24 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. 4A Girls, 8 a.m.; 4A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 6A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 6A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Region 1 Championship: Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. 3A Girls, 8 a.m.; 3A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 5A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 5A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

San Elizario won its ninth straight district championship.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won its first ever District 1-6A Championship scoring 27 points at the Horizon Golf Course. Franklin placed all five scoring runners in the top eight. Senior Diego Flores was third in 16:09.25 followed by junior Matthew Engle (fourth, 16:22.82), senior Denovan Estrada (fifth, 16:30.64), junior Juan Leal (seventh, 16:55.61) and junior Sebastian Gonzalez (eighth, 16:56.36). The team will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at the District 1-6A Championship, scoring 58 points. The team had three runners in the top 10 – senior Anthony Casillas (sixth, 16:48.92), junior Alex Flores (ninth, 17:01.53) and senior Matthew Marshall (tenth, 17:03.57). Eastwood will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished third at the District 1-6A Championship with 62 points and will advance to regionals. Senior Luis Pastor was second overall in 16:03.92. Junior Carlos Mendez was 13th in 17:09.66 and senior Sam Breceda was 14th  in 17:11.96.  Coronado will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles move up one after winning the District 2-4A title at the Horizon Golf Course with 15 points. San Elizario took seven of the top 8 spots lead by senior Chris Moreno who won the event in 17:20.92. Junior Julian Guerra was second in 17:34.21 followed by junior Angel Maese (fourth, 17:44.02), junior Gustavo Salazar (fifth, 18:18.71), senior Emilio Solano (sixth, 18:43.92), senior Matthew Maese (seventh, 18:49.81) and Luis Marquez (eighth, 19:01.29). San Elizario will race at the Region 1-4A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

5. El Paso High: The Tigers move up one after winning the District 1-5A Championship at Mary Keisling Park with 21 points. El Paso had four runners in the top 10 including the top two who set personal best times.  Sophomore Miles Westbrook won the event in 16:21.57 and junior Leo Valenzuela was second in 16:32.94. Junior Aydan Lugo was fifth in 17:20.61 and sophomore Lorenzo Shields was seventh in 17:26.48. El Paso will compete at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

6. Pebble Hills: Pebble Hills drops two spots after finishing fourth at the District 1-6A Championship. Senior Omer Ibrahim won the individual title in 15:53.81 and will advance to regionals.

7. Tornillo: Tornillo finished second at the District 4-3A Championship. Senior Angel Torres won the individual title in 16:50 and junior Daniel Romero was second in 17:21. The Coyotes will race at the Region 1-3A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

8. Americas: The Trailblazers finished fifth in the District 1-6A Championship at Horizon Golf Course. Its top runner was senior Jacob Martinez who finished 21st in 17:40.40.

9. Bel Air:  The Highlanders move up one after winning the District 2-5A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 52 points. Bel Air had three runners in the top seven including junior Leonardo Resendez (fourth, 18:24.96), junior Hernnan Duarte (sixth, 18:50.23) and senior William Potter (seventh, 19:01.40). Bel Air will compete at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

10. Canutillo: The Eagles finished second at the District 1-5A Championship at Mary Keisling Park with 60 points.  Canutillo had two runners – senior Esteban Aguilera (sixth, 17:21.25) and junior Omar Rivera (eighth, 17:36.08) – in the top 10. The Eagles will race at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock

Dropped out: Chapin.

On the brink: Riverside.

Parkland senior Michael Castorena has been one of the city’s top runners this season.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 15:09.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 15:22.10 (Old Settlers Park, 9/24).

3, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 15:23.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

4, Diego Flores, Franklin, 15:26.04 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

5, Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 15:29.44 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

6, Leo Espino, Eastwood, 15:30.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

7, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 15:32.31 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

8, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:33.4 (Nike South, 10/1).

9, Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 15:37.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

10, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 15:39.55 (Tornillo, 9/9).

11, Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 15:40.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

12, Danny Torres, Eastwood, 15:45.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

13, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:46.25 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

14, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 15:46.7 (May Simmons Park, 9/17).

15, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 15:52.10 (Old Settlers Park, 9/24).

16, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 16:10.41 (Mary Keisling Park, 9/17).    

17, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:12.82 (Tornillo, 9/9).

18, Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 16:14.9(Woodbridge, 9/16).

19, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 16:21.57 (Mary Keisling Park, 10/14).

20, Juan Leal, Franklin, 16:22.38 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

21, Braulio Torres, Chapin, 16:23.31 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 16:28.95 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

23, Adrian Chavez, Eastwood, 16:32.8(Woodbridge, 9/16).

24, Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 16:32.94 (Mary Keisling Park, 10/14).

25, Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 16:33.63 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Bel Air junior Leonardo Resendez has helped the Highlanders late-season surge.

Power Rankings

1, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 70 (1).

2, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 68 (4).

3, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 54 (4).

4, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 53 (3).

5, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 47 (2).

6, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 46 (2).

7, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 39 (1).

7, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 39.

9, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 38.

10, Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 37.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 34 (2).

Diego Flores, Franklin, 33.

Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 33.

Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 32.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 32.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 25.

Matthew Guerra, Burges, 25.

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 24.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 24.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 23.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 22.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 26.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 25.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 20.

Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 16.

Jesus Herrera, Harmony Science, 15 (1).

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 14.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 13.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 12.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 11.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 11.

William Potter, Bel Air, 11.

Oscar Guzman, Franklin, 10.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Max Sandhu, Coronado, 9.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 9.

Ethan Fontaine, Franklin, 9.

Nathaniel Delgado-Rodriguez, Austin, 9.

Kevin Perez, Riverside, 8.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 7.

Pablo Fuentes, Riverside, 7.

Diego Romero, Americas, 6.

Cesar Ruiz, Del Valle, 6.

Angel Navarrete, Riverside, 6.

Gustavo Salazar, San Elizario, 6.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Aidan Danny Torres, Eastwood, 5.

Julian Miramontes, Eastwood, 5.

Sean Sanchez, Chapin, 5.

Hernnan Duarte, Bel Air, 5.

Emilio Solano, San Elizario, 5.

Pedro Jimenez, Austin, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Eirik Arredondo, Austin, 4.

Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 4.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

Omar Rivera, Canutillo, 3.

Angel Gomez, Hanks, 3

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 3.

Jeremiah Loustaunau, Austin, 3.

Luis Marquez, San Elizario, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Lorenzo Shields, Coronado, 2.

Gabriel Uranga, Franklin, 2.

Damian Espinoza, Del Valle, 2.

Dauntae Herrera, Chapin, 2.

Adam Valdiviezo, Riverside, 2.

Rafael Gomez, Fabens, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Renee Galaviz, Socorro, 1.

Owen Rubio, Ysleta, 1.

Cesar Duran, Bowie, 1.

Marin Maldanado, Valle Verde Early College, 1.

High School Girls Cross Country Poll: Week 9

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top girls cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

This week’s schedule

Region 1 Championship: Monday, Oct. 24 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.  4A Girls, 8 a.m.; 4A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 6A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 6A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Region 1 Championship: Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.  3A Girls, 8 a.m.; 3A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 5A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 5A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Franklin is looking to return to state after winning its fifth straight district championship.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won its fifth straight District 1-6A title with 26 points at Horizon Golf Course. Freshman Emily Orr was second (19:20.24) overall to lead the Cougars. Franklin placed five runners in the top 10 including freshman Abigail Pinon (fourth, 19:51.70), senior Abby Barraza (fifth, 19:55.75), junior Victoria Hoyt (sixth, 20:14.03) and senior Alyssa Laspada (ninth, 20:28.24). Franklin will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at the District 1-6A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 59 points. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the individual title in 19:10.52.  Senior Salma Licon was eighth in 20:22.63. Eastwood advanced to the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up one after placing third at the District 1-6A Championship with 95 points. Its lone top 10 runner was senior Natalia Martinez Lopezwho was tenth in 20:29.07.  For the first time in school history, Pebble Hills will advance to the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

4. Montwood: The Rams move down one after placing fourth at the District 1-6A Championship with 111 points. Montwood placed two runners in the top 10 – senior Kassandra Jimenez (third, 19:42.24) and freshman Mia Hairston (seventh, 20:20.26).

5. El Paso High: The Tigers move up one after winning the District 1-5A Championship with 36 points at Mary Frances Keisling Park. El Paso had four runners in the top 10 – junior Andrea Castillo (fourth, 20:51.61), senior Jezarae Valenzuela (fifth, 21:01.24), freshman Clarissa Castillo (ninth, 21:36.52) and junior Sofia Ramirez (tenth, 21:41.14). El Paso and Canutillo tied with 36 points so the teams had to go their sixth runner. El Paso freshman Calista Sakellakos finished four spots ahead of Canutillo’s sixth runner, freshman Adrianna Boyd. El Paso will race at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

6. Canutillo: The Eagles move up one after finishing second at the District 1-5A Championship. The Eagles had three runners in the top 10 including senior Natalie Rivera (second, 20:16.07), freshman Nevaeh Escobedo (third, 20:38.28) and senior Jennifer Najar (seventh, 21:21.83). Canutillo will race at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

7. Hanks: The Knights won the District 2-5A Championship at Horizon Golf Course Course with 23 points. Hanks had five runners place in the top 10 including junior Destinee Loeza (second, 21:45.82), sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre (third, 21:55.73), and three freshman Lily Arias (fifth, 23:24.62), Alina Levario (eighth, 23:57.78) and Jessica Fina (tenth, 24:07.43). The team will race in the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

8. Soccoro: The Bulldogs have been on the brink all seasonand finally broke through with a fifth-place finish at the District 1-6A Championship. Socorro placed two runners in the top 20 – Nadine Vilaasana (18th, 21:46.09) and senior Mea Workman (19th, 21:52.90).

9. Chapin: The Huskies make its return to the top 10 after finishing third at the District 1-5A Championship, earning them a berth to the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock. Senior Gianny Correa won the individual title in 19:36.58 and sophomore Rebecca Duran was sixth in 21:14.91.

10. Eastlake: The Falcons drop five spots after finishing sixth at the District 1-6A Championship. Its top runner was freshman Chloe Del Real was 25th in 22:26.99.

Dropped out: Coronado, Americas.

On the brink: Tornillo.

Young Womens Leadership’s Jeanette Rivera was third at the District 2-4A Championship.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18:04.4 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:44.75 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

3, Salma Licon, Eastwood, 18:45.2 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

4, Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 18:52.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18:58.19 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

6, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:58.74 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:59.60 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

8, Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 19:06.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

9, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:11.6 (Desert Twilight, 9/30).

10, Giovanna Zubia, Eastwood, 19:12.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

11, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 19:34.09 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

12, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 19:35.11 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

13, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 19:36.53 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

14, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 19:36.58 (Mary Frances Keisling, 10/14).

15, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 19:38.5 (The Woodlands, 10/1).

16, Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 19:42.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

17, Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 19:43.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

18, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19:45.68 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

19, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 19:47.10 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:46.69 (Shawver Park, 9/10).

21, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 19:58.44 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:04.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

23, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:16.05 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

24, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:18.87 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

25, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 20:28.25 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

Socorro senior Mea Workman had a top 20 finish at the District 1-6A Championship.

Power Rankings

1, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 77 (4).

2, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 62 (2).

3, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 47.

4, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 45 (2).

5, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 35 (1).

5, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 35.

7, Emily Orr, Franklin, 34.

7, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 34 (1).

7, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 34 (2).

10, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 32.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 28 (2).

Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 26 (1).

Camila Luna, Riverside, 25 (2).

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 24.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 24.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 23.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 23.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 22.

Marysol Vidal, Bel Air, 22.

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 21 (1).

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 21.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 16.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 16.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 15.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 15.

Keilah Valenzuela Garcia, Burges, 15.

Nohemi Garcia, Jefferson, 15 (1).

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 15.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 15.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 14.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 14.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 13 (1).

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 12.

Antoinette Ogaz, Fabens, 12.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10.

Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 10 (1).

Kylee Pardo, San Elizario, 10 (1).

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 9.

Alexandra Ordaz, San Elizario, 9.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Isabella Villalobos, Chapin, 8.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 8.     

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 7.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 7.

Hannah Martinez, Franklin, 7.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 7.

Ava Maldonado, Chapin, 7.

Estephanie Tena, Horizon, 7.

Jayleen Robles, Austin, 7.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 7.     

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Kylie Alvarez, El Paso, 6.

Breckyn Wiebe, Franklin, 6.

Angelina Alvarez, Burges, 6.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 6.

Lily Arias, Hanks, 6.

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 6.

Zoe Estrada-Moreno, Irvin, 6

Mea Workman, Socorro, 5.

Paris Jones, Burges, 5.

Shani Malone, Franklin, 5.

Yatznelly Galindo, Harmony, 5.

Jisclem Camacho, Riverside, 5.

Osmary Vazquez, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Andrea Iniguez, Andress, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Carolyna Noriega, Bel Air, 4.

Briana Mancillas, San Elizario, 4.

Lluvia Armendariz-Padilla, Young Womens, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 3.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 3.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 3.

Marfil Sandino, El Paso, 3.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 3.

Alina Levario, Hanks, 3.

Jenisa Gomez, Young Womens Leadership, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Dalia Santiesteban, Austin, 2.

Avery Guerrero, Valle Verde Early College, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Alina Caballero, Socorro, 1.

Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 1.

Lexee Salas, Americas, 1.

A’Ishah Smith, Chapin, 1.

Jessica Fino, Hanks, 1

Jefet  Trejo,  Austin, 1.

Monday Cooldown: El Paso High boys building for the future

The El Paso High boys are lead by sophomore Miles Westbrook along with junior Leo Valenzuela and sophomore Ulysses O’Rourke.

The El Paso High Tigers boys cross country team have quietly been building.

Almost every day during the summer, they would run, pacing themselves for the start of what could be a special next two years.

“Everyone actually started to try more and got at least two minutes faster,” said Miles Westbrook, who has won two individual titles this season, including the Class 5A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. “We’re a really young team, we’re a bunch of freshman and sophomores who hopefully can run together through state next year.”

Westbrook, a sophomore, leads El Paso High along with fellow sophomores Ulysses O’Rourke and Lorenzo Shields. Juniors Aydan Lugo and Leo Valenzuela make up the core of the team.

“Track season helped a lot,” Westbrook said. “We developed a lot of speed from running track. After COVID, a lot of us hadn’t run in a while. Track season helped us build back that speed and then over the summer we built up our aerobic capacity and we were able to mix it together to be able to run fast during cross country.”

Westbrook is happy with his personal growth.

“I dropped 2 minutes off my 5K time but I’m also getting ready for track, hoping to go 4:35 or somewhere near that in the mile,” he said.

But he is more interested in helping the Tigers get to state.

“We’re building up for next year and the year after that,” he said. “A lot of us are young and we’re still growing and getting stronger. We going to be super good next year and our senior year when everyone is older and as fast as we can be.”

As for this season, he is hoping for a strong regional performance and, if not as a team, send two or three runners to state.

“Ulysses and Leo have had a strong season,” he said. “We’ve been running together every day, making sure we stay together.”

High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Week 7

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 boys race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

This week’s schedule

Desert Twilight Invitational: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Coyote Run Golf Course, Mesa, Arizona. Franklin, Del Valle, Socorro, Tornillo, San Eli, Eastwood.

Coronado Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. at Don Haskins Park. Coronado, Irvin, Andress, Chapin, Socorro, El Dorado, Anthony, Ysleta boys, Cathedral, Loretto, Bowie.

Clint/Fabens Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at Fabens High School. Clint, Fabens, Radford, Montwood, Ysleta girls, YWLA, Ft. Hancock, Riverside, Hanks, Chapin, El Paso High.

Nike South: 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Woodlands. Del Valle, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Americas, Eastlake.

Mayfield Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. Austin, Jefferson, Burges.

San Elizario runners Chris Moreno and Julian Guerra set season best times at Old Settler’s Park.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course with 29 points, placing six runners in the top 10. Matthew Engle paced Franklin, finishing second in 16:27.96 followed by Denovan Estrada (third, 16:37.82), Sebastian Gonzalez (seventh, 17:16.63), Ethan Fontaine (eighth, 17:17.04), Diego Flores (ninth, 17:17.10) and Oscar Guzman (tenth, 17:22.66). The team will travel to Mesa, Arizona to compete in the Desert Twilight Invitational.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers did not race this weekend. The team will compete at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course five points behind Franklin. Coronado had three runners in the top 10 including Luis Pastor who won his fourth race of the season. He finished in 16:03.09. Edgar Valles was fourth in 16:50.92 and Carlos Mendez was sixth in 17:08.56. The team will race at its own invitational on Saturday at Don Haskins Park.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans did not run its varsity on Saturday. The team will race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

5. San Elizario: The Eagles raced two of its boys in the Silver Division of the McNeil Invitational in Round Rock. Chris Moreno won the event in a season best 15:22.10. Julian Guerra also had a season best, finishing tenth in 15:52.10. The race was at the state course at Old Settlers Park. The team will compete at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers easily won the Class 5A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course with 21 points. El Paso High had all five scoring runners finish in the top 7. Miles Westbrook won the 2.7 mile race in 15:14.29 followed by Leo Valenzuela (second, 15:22.91), Ulysses O’Rourke (fifth, 15:58.53), Aydan Lugo (sixth, 16:00.09) and Lorenzo Shields (seventh, 16:43.35).

7. Tornillo: Tornillo won the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course with 79 points. Angel Torres picked up the individual title in 16:25.30 and Daniel Romero was second in 17:14.55.

8. Americas: The Trailblazers finished third in Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Its top runner was Diego Romero who finished fifth in 17:04.65. The team is scheduled to race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

9. Chapin: The Huskies finished second at the Class 5A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Two runners finished in the top 8 – Braulio Torres was fourth in 15:54.72 and Sean Sanchez was eighth in 16:51.50.

10. Bel Air:  The Highlanders were second at the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course. William Potter was ninth in 18:24.71 and Leonardo Resendez was tenth in 18:44.33.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Hanks, Parkland, Montwood.

The season is heading into its final stretch. Championship season begins Oct. 14.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 15:09.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 15:22.10 (Old Settlers Park, 9/24).

3, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 15:23.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

4, Diego Flores, Franklin, 15:26.04 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

5, Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 15:29.44 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

6, Leo Espino, Eastwood, 15:30.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

7, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 15:32.31 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

8, Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 15:37.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

9, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 15:39.55 (Tornillo, 9/9).

10, Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 15:40.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

11, Danny Torres, Eastwood, 15:45.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

12, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:46.25 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

13, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 15:46.7 (May Simmons Park, 9/17).

14, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 15:52.10 (Old Settlers Park, 9/24).

15, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:56.70 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

16, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 16:10.41 (Mary Keisling Park, 9/17).    

17, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:12.82 (Tornillo, 9/9).

18, Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 16:14.9(Woodbridge, 9/16).

19, Juan Leal, Franklin, 16:22.38 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

20, Braulio Torres, Chapin, 16:23.31 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 16:28.95 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Adrian Chavez, Eastwood, 16:32.8(Woodbridge, 9/16).

23, Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 16:33.63 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

24, Preston Eastman, Coronado, 16:35.47(Mary Keisling Park, 9/17).      

25, Seth Truax, Chapin, 16:39.13 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Efren Moncada has been a steady force all season for Parkland.

Power Rankings

1, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 61 (1).

2, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 59 (4).

3, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 44 (3).

4, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 43 (2).

5, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 39 (1).

6, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 37 (1).

7, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 36 (1).

8, Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 32.

9, Diego Flores, Franklin, 25.

10, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 24.

10, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 24 (1).

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 22.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 22.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 30.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 28.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 26.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 26.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 25.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 19.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 19.

Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

Matthew Guerra, Burges, 17.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 16.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 14.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 13.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 13.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

Oscar Guzman, Franklin, 10.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Max Sandhu, Coronado, 9.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 9.

Ethan Fontaine, Franklin, 9.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 8.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 7.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 7.

Diego Romero, Americas, 6.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 5.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Aidan Danny Torres, Eastwood, 5.

Jesus Herrera, Harmony Science, 5.

Julian Miramontes, Eastwood, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 4.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

William Potter, Bel Air, 3.

Sean Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Lorenzo Shields, Coronado, 2.

Gabriel Uranga, Franklin, 2.

Dauntae Herrera, Chapin, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Renee Galaviz, Socorro, 1.

High school girls cross country poll: Week 7

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top girls cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

This week’s schedule

Desert Twilight Invitational: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Coyote Run Golf Course, Mesa, Arizona. Franklin, Eastlake, Del Valle, Socorro, Hanks, Tornillo, San Eli, Eastwood.

Coronado Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. at Don Haskins Park. Coronado, Irvin, Andress, Chapin, Socorro, El Dorado, Anthony, Ysleta boys, Cathedral, Loretto, Bowie.

Clint/Fabens Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at Fabens High School. Clint, Fabens, Radford, Montwood, Ysleta girls, YWLA, Ft. Hancock, Riverside, Clint.

Nike South: 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Woodlands. Del Valle, San Elizario, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Americas.

Mayfield Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. Austin, Jefferson, Burges.

Riverside’s Camila Luna won the Class 4A division of the District Preview.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars dominated the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course, placing seven runners in the top nine to score 22 points. Freshman Abigail Pinon lead the way finishing second in 20:22.76 followed by Victoria Hoyt (third, 20:24.91), Emily Orr (fourth, 20:37.58), Sofia Camacho (sixth, 20:50.38), Sophia Keiser (seventh, 21:04.77), Abby Barraza (eighth, 21:09.72) and Alyssa Laspada (ninth, 21:13.79). The team will travel to Mesa, Arizona to compete in the Desert Twilight Invitational.

 2. Eastwood: The Troopers did race this weekend. The team will compete at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans did not run its varsity on Saturday. The team will race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

4. Montwood: The Rams move up one after an impressive second place finish at the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Montwood senior Kassandra Jimenez won the event in 20:22.05 and freshman Mia Hairston was fifth in 20:46.20. The team will race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

5. Eastlake: The Falcons were without a few of its top runners including junior Itzel Chavez at the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Its top finisher was Natalie Martinez who finished 11th in 21:58.33. The team will travel to Mesa, Arizona to compete in the Desert Twilight Invitational.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers finished second at the Class 5A Preview at Horizon Golf Course. It must be noted that its top runners, junior Andrea Castillo and senior Jezarae Valenzuela and other runners, took a wrong turn on the course. Freshman Calista Sakellakos was seventh in 24:33.59, Marfil Sandino was eighth in 24:46.55 and Aleah Ortiz was ninth in 24:56.50.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles won the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview on Friday with 31 points. Natalie Rivera won her second individual championship finishing in 20:37.97. Nevaeh Escobedo was fifth in 22:34.52 and Jennifer Najar was sixth in 23:01.55.

8. Coronado: The T-Birds’ rested many of its top runners and finished fourth in the Class 6A Preview. Kyra Walker was the top runner for Coronado, finishing 16th in 23:09.50. The team will race at its own invitational on Saturday at Don Haskins Park.

9. Americas: The Trailblazers moved up a spot after its third-place finish in the Class 6A Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Sophomore Lexee Salas was tenth in 21:45.99 and classmate Laila Morales was 12th in 22:24.63. The team is scheduled to race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

10. Hanks: The Knights were second at the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview. Sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre was third in 22:01.93) and junior Destinee Loeza was fourth in 22:12.51). The team will race at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Chapin, Socorro.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18:04.4 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:44.75 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

3, Salma Licon, Eastwood, 18:45.2 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

4, Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 18:52.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18:58.19 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

6, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:58.74 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:59.60 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

8, Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 19:06.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

9, Giovanna Zubia, Eastwood, 19:12.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

10, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 19:34.09 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

11, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 19:35.11 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

12, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 19:36.53 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

13, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:39.36 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

14, Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 19:42.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

15, Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 19:43.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

16, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19:45.68 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

17, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 19:47.10 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

18, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:46.69 (Shawver Park, 9/10).

19, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 19:58.44 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:01.61 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:04.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:16.05 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

23, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:18.87 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

24, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 20:28.25 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

25, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:28.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 53 (2).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 49 (4).

3, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 38 (2).

4, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

5, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 27.

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 27 (1).

7, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 26.

8, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 25.

8, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 25 (1).

8, Emily Orr, Franklin, 25.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, Tornillo, 24 (1).

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 21.

Marysol Vidal, Bel Air, 20.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19.

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19 (1).

Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18 (1).

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 16.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 15.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 15.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 15 (1).

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 15.

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 14.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 14.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 14.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 13.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 11.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 11.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10.

Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 10 (1).

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 10.

Nohemi Garcia, Jefferson, 10 (1).

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 9.

Keilah Valenzuela Garcia, Burges, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Isabella Villalobos, Chapin, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 7.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 7.

Hannah Martinez, Franklin, 7.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 7.

Ava Maldonado, Chapin, 7.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Kylie Alvarez, El Paso, 6.

Breckyn Wiebe, Franklin, 6.

Angelina Alvarez, Burges, 6.

Antoinette Ogaz, Fabens, 6.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 6.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 5.

Paris Jones, Burges, 5.

Shani Malone, Franklin, 5.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Andrea Iniguez, Andress, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 3.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 3.

Lluvia Armendariz-Padilla, Young Womens, 3.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 3.

Marfil Sandino, El Paso, 3.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Alexandra Ordaz, San Elizario, 2.

Estephanie Tena, Horizon, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Alina Caballero, Socorro, 1.

Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 1.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 1.     

Jisclem Camacho, Riverside,1       

Lexee Salas, Americas, 1.

A’Ishah Smith, Chapin, 1.

High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Week 6

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 boys race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

This week’s schedule

Clint ISD Course Preview: 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23 at Horizon Golf Course. Riverside, Bel Air, Ysleta, Del Valle, YWLA, Parkland, Hanks, San Elizario, Clint, Horizon, Mt. View, Anthony, Valle Verde, Fabens, Loretto, Radford, Canutillo, Tornillo.

EPISD/SISD Preview: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at Horizon Golf Course. Coronado, Irvin, Austin, Franklin, Burges, El Paso, Chapin, Bowie, Andress, Jefferson, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Montwood, Socorro, Americas, El Dorado.

Coronado juniors Edgar Valles and Preston Eastman finished one-two at the El Paso High Invitational.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars varsity did not race last week but its open team placed four runners in the top 9 to win the Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Senior Oscar Guzman was second in 16:56.85, sophomore Ethan Fontaine was fifth in 17:16.48, senior Austen Percifull was eighth in 17:50.00 and junior Gabriel Uranga was ninth in 17:50.72. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished 24th in the Sweepstakes Division of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. Its top runner was Anthony Casillas who had a personal record of 15:09.9, the new top time in the city. The Sweepstakes Division is considered to the second toughest race in the country, behind NXN.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park without its top runner Luis Pastor. Coronado had four runners in the top 8 including individual winner junior Edgar Valles (16:10.41). Junior Preston Eastman was second in 16:35.47, sophomore Max Sandhu was sixth in 17:23.85 and senior Sam Breceda was eighth in 17:54.35. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans finished fourth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Senior Omer Ibrahim was sixth in 16:40.4 and senior Noah Castorena was 16th in 17:38.0. Pebble Hills will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

5. San Elizario: They did not race last week. They will race Friday morning at the Clint Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers won their own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park with 28 points. El Paso had five runners in the top nine including sophomore Miles Westbrook (third, 17:08.75), junior Leo Valenzuela (fourth, 17:13.81), sophomore Ulysses O’Rourke (fifth, 17:22.87), junior Aydan Lugo (seventh,  17:32.34) and sophomore Lorenzo Shields (ninth, 18:03.08). The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

7. Tornillo: Tornillo finished second in the Class 3A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Junior Daniel Romero was second in 16:18.6 and senior Angel Torres was fourth in 17:05.2. They will race Friday morning at the Clint Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course.

8. Americas: The Trailblazers move up one after finishing sixth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Its top runner was sophomore Diego Romero who was 19th in 17:44.8. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

9. Chapin: The Huskies move down one after placing seventh in the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Its top runner was junior Seth Truax who was 14th in 17:26.7. Chapin will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

10. Bel Air:  The Highlanders did not run a full team at the Cathedral Invitational, but junior Leonardo Resendez was fourth in 17:15.74. They will race Friday morning at the Clint Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course.

 Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Hanks, Parkland, Montwood.

Eastwood’s Anthony Casillas.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 15:09.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 15:23.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

3, Diego Flores, Franklin, 15:26.04 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

4, Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 15:29.44 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

5, Leo Espino, Eastwood, 15:30.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

6, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 15:32.31 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 15:37.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

8, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 15:39.55 (Tornillo, 9/9).

9, Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 15:40.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

10, Danny Torres, Eastwood, 15:45.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

11, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:46.25 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

12, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 15:46.7 (May Simmons Park, 9/17).

13, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:56.70 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

14, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 16:10.41 (Mary Keisling Park, 9/17).    

15, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:12.82 (Tornillo, 9/9).

16, Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 16:14.9(Woodbridge, 9/16).

17, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:19.62 (Del Valle, 8/27).

18, Juan Leal, Franklin, 16:22.38 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

19, Braulio Torres, Chapin, 16:23.31 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 16:28.95 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Adrian Chavez, Eastwood, 16:32.8(Woodbridge, 9/16).

22, Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 16:33.63 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

23, Preston Eastman, Coronado, 16:35.47(Mary Keisling Park, 9/17).      

24, Seth Truax, Chapin, 16:39.13 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

25, Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 16:40.10 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

Parkland’s Michael Castorena won the Cathedral Invitational.

Power Rankings

1, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 52 (1).

2, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 49 (4).

3, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 44 (3).

4, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 33 (1).

5, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 32 (1).

6, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 28 (1).

7, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 27.

8, Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 26.

9, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 24.

9, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 24 (1).

Diego Flores, Franklin, 23.

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 22.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 22.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 30.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 20.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 19.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 18.

Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 17.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 14.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 13.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 12.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 11.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 11.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Matthew, Guerra, Burges, 9.

Max Sandhu, Coronado, 9.

Oscar Guzman, Franklin, 9.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 7.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 7.

Ethan Fontaine, Franklin, 6.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 5.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 5.

Aidan Danny Torres, Eastwood, 5.

Julian Miramontes, Eastwood, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 4.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 3.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Lorenzo Shields, Coronado, 2.

Gabriel Uranga, Franklin, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

William Potter, Bel Air, 1.

Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 1.

Renee Galaviz, Socorro, 1.

Jesus Herrera, Harmony Science, 1.

High School Girls Cross Country Poll: Week 6

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top girls cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

This week’s schedule

Clint ISD Course Preview: 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23 at Horizon Golf Course. Riverside, Bel Air, Ysleta, Del Valle, YWLA, Parkland, Hanks, San Elizario, Clint, Horizon, Mt. View, Anthony, Valle Verde, Fabens, Loretto, Radford, Canutillo, Tornillo.

EPISD/SISD Preview: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at Horizon Golf Course. Coronado, Irvin, Austin, Franklin, Burges, El Paso, Chapin, Bowie, Andress, Jefferson, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Montwood, Socorro, Americas, El Dorado.

Eastwood raced at the ultra-fast Woodbridge Classic. Six of the seven runners achieved personal best.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The open team placed eight runners in the top 10 and swept the Loretto/Cathedral Open Saturday at Veterans Park. Finishing one through six were sophomore Sienna Zarate (21:28.84), junior Brooke McCune (21:34.77), sophomore Tessa Gibbons (21:45.29), junior Hannah Martinez (21:51.16), junior Breckyn Wiebe (22:31.50) and senior Shani Malone (22:38.82). Sophomore Olivia Elder was eighth in 22:53.41 and senior Kayla Hicks was tenth in 23:04.54. The varsity will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

 2. Eastwood: Six Troopers set personal records in the rated division of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif., Friday night. The team finished 17th in the 34 team, 226 runner race. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez lead Eastwood, placing 40th in 18:04.4 on the 3-mile course. The 1-5 split was 1 minute and 7 seconds.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans placed fifth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Senior Natalie Martinez Lopez was the only top 10 finisher, finishing ninth 20:41.8. Freshman Aubrey Arsenault had a top 20 race, finishing 19th in 21:33.6. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

4. Eastlake: The finished eighth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Junior Itzel Chavez was the top Falcon runner, placing 24th in 21:54.2. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

5. Montwood: The Rams did not race on Saturday. Montwood is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers easily won its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park with 17 points. El Paso High had five runners in the top six spots including the top three – junior Andrea Castillo (21:06.81), senior Jezarae Valenzuela (21:28.99) and junior Sofia Ramirez (21:49.86). Freshman Kylie Alvarez was fifth 22:04.20 and fellow 9th grader, Clarissa Castillo, was sixth in 22:21.76. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles did not race its varsity last week.  The team will race at the Clint ISD Course Preview Friday at 8 a.m. at Horizon Golf Course.

8. Coronado: The T-Birds’ finished second at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Coronado had two runners finish in the top 10 – junior Alexa Lawrence (fourth, 21:58.93) and senior Christina Duncan (ninth, 22:35.84). The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

9. Hanks: The Knights were seventh in the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Hanks had two runners, sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre (ninth, 20:53.7) and junior Destinee Loeza (10th, 20:53.7), in the top 10. The team will race at the Clint ISD Course Preview Friday at 8 a.m. at Horizon Golf Course.

10. Americas: The finished ninth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park.  Tornillo Invitational. Sophomore Laila Morales was the top runner, placing 36th in 22:49.9. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Socorro.

Eastlake junior Itzel Chavez leads the young Eastlake Falcons.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18:04.4 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:44.75 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

3, Salma Licon, Eastwood, 18:45.2 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

4, Sophia Watts, 18:52.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18:58.19 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

6, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:58.74 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:59.60 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

8, Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 19:06.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

9, Giovanna Zubia, Eastwood, 19:12.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

10, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 19:34.09 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

11, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 19:35.11 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

12, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 19:36.53 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

13, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:39.36 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

14, Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 19:42.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

15, Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 19:43.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

16, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19:45.68 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

17, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 19:47.10 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

18, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:46.69 (Shawver Park, 9/10).

19, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 19:58.44 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:01.61 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:04.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:16.05 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

23, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:18.87 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

24, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 20:28.25 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

25, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:28.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Tornillo senior Kylene Elias had a top 10 finish in the Class 3A division at the Lubbock Invitational.

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 43 (1).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 39 (3).

3, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 38 (2).

4, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

5, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 26.

6, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 25.

7, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 25 (1).

8, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 19.

9, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18 (1).

9, Emily Orr, Franklin, 18.

9, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18 (1).

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 17 (1).

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 15.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 15.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 15 (1).

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 14.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 14.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 11.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 11.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 11.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 10.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10.

Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 10 (1).

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 9.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 7.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 7.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 7.

Hannah Martinez, Franklin, 7.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Kylie Alvarez, El Paso, 6.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 6.

Breckyn Wiebe, Franklin, 6.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 5.

Shani Malone, Franklin, 5.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Andrea Iniguez, Andress, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 3.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Alexandra Ordaz, San Elizario, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 1.

Alina Caballero, Socorro, 1.

Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 1.

Monday Cooldown: Pebble Hills seniors laying the foundation

Natalia Martinez Lopez

The Pebble Hills boys’ and girls’ cross country teams are having successful seasons.

The boys are ranked No. 4 and the girls are No. 3 in the El Paso Running Top 10.

Both squads are led by a pair of seniors – Natalia Martinez Lopez and Omer Ibrahim – who began to lay the foundation for success last fall.

Now, a year later, the boys and girls teams are realizing their potential.

“The teams are doing great,” Martinez Lopez said after posting a season best, 19:46.69 at Shawver Park on Sept. 10. “Both the guys and the girls have a great shot at regionals. We’ve been getting some great help from the freshman Audrey (Arsenault), she has really given us that step up that we needed.”

The Spartans have five runners with top 25 times including Natalie Franco (11,19:47.10), Martinez Lopez (12, 19:46.69), Arsenault (15h, 20:04.43), Carolina Zarrabal (19th, 20:28.43) and Sophia Santivanez (25th, 20:57.35).

“We all have progressed, especially Natalie, our junior, I’m really proud of her,” she said. “At practice, she is able to push me a lot more. We’ll continue to push each other throughout the season.”

Martinez Lopez was 10th at this weekend’sLubbock Invitational in the Class 6A Division and Arsenault was 19th.

Martinez Lopez said she is gaining confidence with every race.

“Last year I was really nervous,” she said. “Before every race, I had really bad anxiety. I doubted myself a lot. Track season really helped because it’s a shorter distance. Honestly, I prefer track over cross country. Track helped me learn how to cope with my nerves before a race. I’m still nervous, but not as nervous I was last year.”

Omer Ibrahim

Omer Ibrahim has been fighting nagging injuries in the early part of the cross country season.

First it was quad injury and then he strained his hip flexer.

“I still have knots but it’s getting better,” Ibrahim said after finishing second in 16:43.68 at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park. “I’m doing acupuncture and all sorts of new things so that’s helped.”

There was a possibility of Ibrahim missing the cross country season if he did not heal properly.

“If my injuries continued my dad (and coach Bashar Ibrahim), told me I would have to sit out cross country and focus on track so I had a lot at stake,” he said. “I’m feeling a lot better, honestly, all I care about is to keep on running.”

Ibrahim finished sixth at the Lubbock Invitational in the Class 6A Division in 16:40.4.

Senior teammate Noah Castorena was 16th in 17:38.0.

“I’m going try my best in the next six weeks to get back to full health and hopefully I can be back to where I should be and get ready for district, regionals and hopefully state.”

The Spartans have three runners in the city’s Top 25 times list – Ibrahim at No.6 (15:56.70) senior Castorena at 13th (16:28.95) and sophomore Ameen Ibrahim at 14th (16:33.63).

“I’m extremely proud of them, they have improved so much from where they were last year,” he said of his teammates. “They are pushing themselves more so when me and Noah leave, the younger ones can step up. It will be nice to come back and see them after I leave and see how well they can hold their own. I believe they’ll have a strong team for years to come.”