High School Boys XC Poll: Week 6

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country male 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Montwood Invitational – CANCELLED.

Bowie Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Veterans Park. Bowie, Irvin, Burges, Austin, Hanks, Canutillo, Anthony, Chapin.

Del Valle Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Del Valle High School.  Del Valle, Valle Verde, YWLA, Americas, Jefferson, Eastwood, Horizon, Parkland.

Clint ISD Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Clint High School. Clint, Eastlake, Mt. View, Riverside, Ysleta.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers did not race a full team at the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club. Eastwood did have two runners in the top five – Aaron Perez (third, 16:07.8) Nathan Hernandez (fifth, 16:24.7). The team is scheduled to race at the Del Valle Invitational on Saturday.

2. Americas:  The Trailblazers had four runners finish in the top 7 to win the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club. Jared Laverty was fourth in 16:10.4 followed by Michael Mier (sixth, 16:27.9), Aaron Saenz (seventh, 17:30.1) and Stefan Alvarez (tenth, 17:42.6).  Americas will rest in preparation of next Friday’s District 1-6A Championship at Vista Hills Country Club.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds did not race last week nor will the race on Saturday as the Montwood Invitational is cancelled.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles won the District 1-4A division of the Pre-District Invitational, scoring 18 points.  All seven runners finished in the top 10 led by winner Edwin Gomez (16:00.6) followed by Dilan Sánchez (16:43.0). Other runners include Christopher Moreno (fourth, 17:14.2.5), Alan Ceballos (fifth, 17:24.5), Irvin Vazquez (sixth, 17:52.1), Angel Maese (eighth, 18:15.0) and .Matthew Maese (tenth, 18:17.7). The team is resting this weekend.

5. Tornillo: The Coyotes took a week off and will not race again until the District 1-3A Championship on Thursday in Presidio.

6. Franklin: Franklin was second in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational with 59 points. Octavio Trujillo was the top runner for the Cougars, finishing eighth in 17:32.0.  Franklin is resting this weekend.

7. Burges: The Mustangs won the District 1-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational with 31 points. The Mustangs placed five runners in the top 10 including runner-up Dylan Walker (16:38.5), David Gonzalez (fourth, 17:08.7), David Herrera (seventh, 17:28.9), Julian Maldonado (eighth, 17:32.8) and Aaron Gomez (tenth, 17:51.9). Burges will rest this weekend.    

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish did not race.

9. Hanks: Hanks moves up one after its first-place finish in the District 2-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational. The Knights had a 1-2 finish with Alejandro Tarin (17:02.1) and Gael Alvarado (17:08.4) and had two more runners – Michael Antuna (fifth, 18:31.2) and Andres Garcia (eighth, 18:41.3) – in the top 10.

10. El Paso: The Tigers make its 2020 debut after finishing second in the District 2-5A race of the Pre-District Invitational. Josep Ferret was third for El Paso High finishing the Vista Hills Country Club course in 17:02.3. Teammate David Ramirez was sixth in 17:25.1.

Dropped out: Eastlake.

On the brink: Riverside, Pebble Hills.

Hank’s Michael Antuna was fifth (18:31.2) in the District 2-5A race at the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club. His teammates Alejandro Tarin (17:02.1) and Gael Alvarado (17:08.4) – finished first and second.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:15.03 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15:15.53 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

3, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:31.2 (Vista Hills CC, 10/17).

4, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:36.48 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

5, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:38.58 (Del Valle, 9/19).

6, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:39.22 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

7, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 15:40.33 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

8, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 15:40.73 (Del Valle, 9/19).

9, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:41.15 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

10, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:46.55 (Del Valle, 9/19).

11, Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 15:55.35 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

12, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:56.91 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

13, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:57.58 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

14, Jose Nilo, Austin, 16:01.71 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

15, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 16:03.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

16, Michael Mier, Americas, 16:04.08 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

17, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:10.07 (Desert Twilight, 10/2)

18, Nick Parra, Eastwood, 16:15.42 (Del Valle, 9/19).

19, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 16:16.6 (SAC, 10/9).

20, Devon Paez, Eastwood, 16:17.57 (Del Valle, 9/19).

21, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 16:22.99 (Del Valle, 9/19).

22, Josep Ferret, El Paso, 16:25.96 (Skyline Park, 10/10).

23, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:28.74 (Veterans Park, 10/3)

24, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:30.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

25, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 16:32.73 (Vista Hills, CC, 10/10).

Franklin’s Octavio Trujillo finished eighth in 17:32.0 in the Class 6A race of the Pre-District Invitational last Saturday.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, David, Eastlake, 50 (5).

2, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 45 (4).

3, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 44 (2).

3, Jared Laverty, Americas, 44 (1).

5, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 41 (2).

6, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 40 (2).

7, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 37 (2).

7, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 37 (2).

9, Michael Mier, Americas, 35.

10, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 34.

10, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 34 (2).

Dylan Walker, Burges, 32.

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 32. 

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 31.

Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 30.

Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 30.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 30.

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 28.

Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 27.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 27 (1).

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 26.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 25 (1).

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 24.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 24.  

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 23.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 22.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 21.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 20.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 19.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 19 (1).

David Herrera Burges, 19.

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 18.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 16.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 15.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 14.  

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 13.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 13. 

Danovan Estrada, Canutillo, 13.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 13.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 13.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 12.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 12.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 12.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 11.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 11.

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 11.  

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 10.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 10.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Michael Antuna, Hanks, 10.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 9.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 9.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso High, 9.

Andres Buckley, Franklin, 8.     

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 8.

Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 7.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 6.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Aaron Gomez, Burges, 6

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 6.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 5.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 5.

Isai Barajas, Ysleta, 5.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 5.

Jesse Rodriguez, El Paso High, 5.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 5.

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

Bryan Guzman, Tornillo, 4.

Cesar Sandoval, Chapin, 4.

Andres Garcia, Hanks, 4.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 4.

Larry Green, Irvin, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 3.

Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 3.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 3.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 3.

Andre De Santos, El Paso High, 3.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin, 2.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 2. 

Yahir Barrios, Horizon, 2.

Omar Rivera, Canutillo, 2.

Moises Vera, Austin, 2.

Jayden Bustillos, Riverside, 2.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 2.         

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Christopher Torres, El Paso High, 1.

Stefan Alvarez, Americas, 1.

Juan Linares, Horizon, 1.

Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 1.

High School Girls XC Poll: Week 6

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country female 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Montwood Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Blackie Chesher Park. CANCELLED.

Bowie Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Veterans Park. Bowie, Irvin, Burges, Austin, Hanks, Canutillo, Anthony, Chapin.

Del Valle Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Del Valle High School.  Del Valle, Valle Verde, YWLA, Americas, Jefferson, Eastwood, Horizon, Parkland.

Clint ISD Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Clint High School. Clint, Eastlake, Tornillo, Mt. View, Riverside, San Eli, Fabens, Ysleta.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars easily won the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club with 23 points. Senior Eva Jess won the event in 18:26.7 to lead six Franklin runners who finished in the top 10. Ally Little was second (19:07.5), Alyssa Laspada was fifth (20:00.0), Jenna Saunders, seventh (20:31.4), Michele Paillard, eighth (20:31.8) and Jordan Torres, tenth (21:05.4). The team will rest this weekend.

2. Montwood: The Rams had one of its best races for the season, finishing second in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club with 42 points. Its top four runners Kassandra Jimenez (third, 19:56.6), Jazmine Miranda (fourth, 19:58.1), Alexa Rangel (sixth, 20:04.7) and Natalie Espinosa (ninth, 20:37.1) – had season best times. The Montwood Invitational is cancelled.

3. Eastwood: Eastwood ran its JV team and the 6th and 7th varsity runners to finish third in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational. The team is schedule to race at the Del Valle Invitational on Saturday.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes won the District 1-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club placing runners in three of the top four spots and four in the top 8. 1, Crystal Peterson (first, 20:07.0) and Monique Correa (second, 20:15.2) and season-best times. Melody Tsutsumi was fourth (21:03.5) and Jelia Lugo was eighth in 21:51.5. The team is schedule to race at the Del Valle Invitational on Saturday.

5. CoronadoThe T-Birds did race last weekend. The Montwood Invitational has been cancelled.

6. CanutilloThe Eagles won the District 2-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club with 50 points, placing four runners in the top 7. Chondra Espino led Canutillo with a second-place finish in 21:02.9. Ivy Lara was fifth (21:36.0), Natalie Rivera was sixth (21:46.9) and Vanessa Preciado was seventh (21:47.9). The team will race at the Bowie Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

7. El Paso High: The Tigers placed second at the District 1-5A race of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club with 39 points. El Paso High’s Shayla Cohen Jones was fifth, 21:14.7), Alissa Kennedy was sixth (21:20.8), Jezarae Valenzuela was seventh (21:32.6) and Vivian Shaheen was tenth (22:54.2).

8. Tornillo. The Coyotes did not race.

9. Bel Air: The Highlanders did not race on Saturday. The Highlanders were scheduled to race at the Montwood Invitational which is cancelled.

10. Eastlake. The Falcons finished fourth in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. Its top runner was Megan Kirtley who was 15th in  21:29.9.   

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Hanks, Pebble Hills, Burges.

Hanks junior Mia Rivera has come into her own this season. Her 20:36.30 is the city’s 21st fastest time.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Lauren Portillo-Walls, Eastwood, 18:04.35 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:16.91 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 18:39.33 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

4, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:03.19 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

5, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:12.42 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

6, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:43.31 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

7, Michele Paillard, Franklin, 19:50.57 (Vista Hills C.C., 10/10).

8, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:53.12 (Vista Hills C.C., 10/10).

9, Sofia Camacho, Franklin 19:55.96 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

10, Jordan Torres, Franklin 19:56.30 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

11, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 19:56.6 (Vista Hills CC, 10/17).

12, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 19:58.1 (Vista Hills CC, 10/17).

13, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 20:04.7 (Vista Hills CC, 10/17).

14, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 20:07.00 (Vista Hills CC 10/17).

15, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 20:15.2 (Vista Hills CC, 10/17).

16, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 20:19.07 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

17, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:23.25 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

18, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 20:26.27 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

19, Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 20:31.75 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

20, Selma Licon, Eastwood 20:35.22 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

21, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 20:36.30 (Del Valle, 9/19).

22, Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 20:36.59 (Veterans Park, 9/26). 

23, Natalie Espinosa, Montwood, 20:37.1 (Vista Hills CC, 10/17).

24, Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 20:39.25 (Del Valle, 9/19).

25, Amber Martin, Eastwood, 20:40.65 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

Bel Air’s Abigail Murillo has been a steady force for the Highlanders this season. She hopes for a top finish at next week’s District 2-5A race and a trip to regionals.

Power rankings (number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 60 (6).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 59 (5).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 52.

4, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 42 (2).

5, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 41.

6, Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 36.

7, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 34 (1).

7, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 34.

9, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 32.

10, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 31.

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 30 (2).

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 30 (3).

Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 30.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 29 (2).

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 27.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 26.

Michele Paillard, Franklin, 26.

Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 25.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 24.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 24 (1).

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 22.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso High, 21 (1).

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 21.

Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 21.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 21.

Jelia Lugo, Jefferson, 20.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 20.

Isabella Medina, Americas, 19.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso High, 19.

Janice Olivas, Clint, 19.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 18.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 18.

Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 17 (1).

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 17.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 16 (1).

Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 16.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 15.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 14.

Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 14.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 13.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 13.

Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 10.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View. 10.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 10.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 9.

Mia Vargas, Americas, 9.

Maria Hobbs, Loretto, 9.

Natalie Espinosa, Montwood, 9.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 8.

Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 8.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 8.

Irma Munoz, Jefferson, 8.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 7.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 7.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 7.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 7.

Aylin Tepezano, Clint, 7.

Madison Spencer, Hanks, 7.

Amber Martin, Eastwood, 6

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 6.

Madelaine Estrada, Mt. View, 6.

Valeria Loo-King, Del Valle, 6.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 6.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 5.

Banah Abdeljaber, Coronado, 5.

Selma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 5.

Ximena Jimenez, San Elizario, 5.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 5.

Vivian Shaheen, El Paso High, 5.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Itzel Garcia, Americas, 4.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 4.

Paola Bolanos Hernandez, Parkland, 4.

Emma White, El Paso High, 4.   

Sarah Villaronga, Franklin, 3.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 3.

Claudia Vargas, Parkland, 3.     

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 3.

Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle, 3.

Osmary Vazquez, San Elizario, 3.

Eva Asfahani, Coronado, 2.

Jasmine Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Alexis Vasquez, Eastwood, 2.

Jade Baca, Hanks, 2.

Monica Hagerich, Eastwood, 2.

Amanda Sotelo, Franklin, 2.

Amanda Torres, Loretto, 2.

Sonya Lee, Coronado, 2.

Marcela Hernandez, Riverside, 2.

Bianca Quintero, Chapin, 2.

Yanitza Olivares, Socorro, 1.

Genisis Guereca, Bel Air, 1.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 1.

Yulianna Anahi Martinez, Parkland, 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 1.

Andrea Baeza, Loretto, 1.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 1.

Iris Baca, Horizon, 1.

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 5

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country male 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Pre-district Invitational: Oct. 17 at Vista Hills Country Club. Schedule is as follows: 8 a.m. 1-5A girls, followed by boys; 9:30 a.m. 2-5A girls, followed by boys; 11 a.m. 1-4A girls, followed by boys; 12:30 p.m. 1-6A girls, followed by boys.

All eyes will be at the Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday for the Pre-District Invitational. Most of the teams will race the district course.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers won the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club, one place short of a perfect score. Eastwood took seven of the top 10 spots including invitational winner senior Sergio Leon Cuartas (15:42.04), Isaac Mendoza (second, 15:53.15), Nathan Hernandez (fourth, 16:16.85), Victor Anchondo (fifth, 16:17.94), Victor Parra (sixth, 16:20.38), Andres Gurrola (seventh 16:26.93) and Devon Paez (ninth, 16:34.51). Eastwood’s 1-5 split was 38 seconds and its top five average was 16:06. Eastwood will not run a full team at the Pre-district Invitational.

2. Americas:  Americas boys won its own invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex with 30 points. The team was led by junior Carmelo Corral who was second in 16:13.7. Other top 10 finishers for the Trailblazers were Michael Mier (fourth, 16:17.9), Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:30.1) and Aaron Saenz (seventh, 17:14.3).The team will compete at in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational Saturday at Vista Hills Country Club.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the Americas Invitational Friday at the Socorro Activities Center with 42 points. Coronado sophomore Luis Pastor was one of four T-Birds to finish in the top 10. He was third in 16:16.6, Corey Dubrule was sixth in 17:06.6, Sam Breceda was ninth in 17:46.6 and Stephen Pitchkolan was tenth.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles finished second at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club. San Elizario, who was without Edwin Gomez, second with 76 points. Senior Dilan Sanchez was third in 16:1138). San Elizario’s team average was 17:11. The team will race in the Class 4A division of the Pre-District Invitational Saturday at Vista Hills Country Club.

5. Tornillo: The Coyotes move up one spot after its third-place finish at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club with 82 points. Tornillo had runners finish in 10+13+16+21+22. Angel Torres was tenth in 16:37.60. The team average was 17.80 and its 1-5 split was 1:25. Tornillo is taking the weekend off.

6. Franklin: Franklin moves down a spot after its fourth-place finish the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club, one point higher than Tornillo. The Cougars runners were 12+14+15+19+23. Its top runner was senior Andres Buckley who was 12th in 16:47.31. Franklin will compete in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational Saturday at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday.

7. Burges: The Mustangs won Clint ISD Invitational at Horizon High School with 24 points. The Mustangs placed six runners in the top 10 headed by Dylan Walker (second, 17:12.02) followed by David Gonzalez (fourth, 18:07.74), David Herrera (fifth, 18:08.27), Aaron Gomez, (sixth, 18:12.24), Luis Holguin (seventh, 18:13.55) and Julian Maldonado (tenth, 18:42.05). Burges will race in the Class 5A race of the Pre-District Invitational Saturday at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday.    

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish won its own invitational with 20 points.Cathedral had seven runners in the top 10 led by Luis Gomez (second, 17:25.1), Bernard Martinez (third, 17:27.9), Elija Noble (fourth, 17:28.5), Jacob Noble (fifth, 17:37.9), Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral (sixth, 18:11.5), Preston Arnett (eighth, 19:05.6) and Marcos Garcia (ninth, 19:05.9). Cathedral take th weekend off.

9. Eastlake: The Falcons finished third with 63 points at the Americas Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex.  Junior Israel David won the event in 15:48.8. Eastlake will race in the Class 6A race of the Pre-District Invitational Saturday at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday.

10. Hanks: Hanks finished fifth with 133 points at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club. Sophomore Alejandro Tarin was eighth in 16:32.73. The team will race in the Class 5A race of the Pre-District Invitational Saturday at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Riverside, El Paso, Pebble Hills, Bel Air.

Coronado sophomore Luis Pastor ran a personal best 16:16.6 last Friday at the SAC, good enough for 19th in the city.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:15.03 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15:15.53 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

3, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:36.48 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

4, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:38.58 (Del Valle, 9/19).

5, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:39.22 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

6, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 15:40.33 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

7, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:40.62 (La Isla Park, 9/19).

8, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 15:40.73 (Del Valle, 9/19).

9, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:41.15 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

10, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:46.55 (Del Valle, 9/19).

11, Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 15:55.35 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

12, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:56.91 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

13, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:57.58 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

14, Jose Nilo, Austin, 16:01.71 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

15, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 16:03.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

16, Michael Mier, Americas, 16:04.08 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

17, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:10.07 (Desert Twilight, 10/2)

18, Nick Parra, Eastwood, 16:15.42 (Del Valle, 9/19).

19, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 16:16.6 (SAC, 10/9).

20, Devon Paez, Eastwood, 16:17.57 (Del Valle, 9/19).

21, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 16:22.99 (Del Valle, 9/19).

22, Josep Ferret, El Paso, 16:25.96 (Skyline Park, 10/10).

23, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:28.74 (Veterans Park, 10/3)

24, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:30.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

25, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 16:32.73 (Vista Hills, CC, 10/10).

San Elizario senior Dilan Sanchez owns the city’s sixth fastest time, a 15:40.33 at Desert Twilight.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 41 (2).

2, David, Eastlake, 40 (4).

3, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 37 (2).

3, Jared Laverty, Americas, 37 (1).

5, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 36 (2).

6, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 35 (3).

7, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 34 (2).

8, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 31 (2).

9, Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 30.

9, Michael Mier, Americas, 30.

9, Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 30.

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 28.

Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 27.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 27.

Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 27 (1).

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 26.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 25.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 24.

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 24. 

Jose Nilo, Austin, 23 (1).

Dylan Walker, Burges, 23

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 23.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 22

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 20.

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 18.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 18.  

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 17.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 17

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 16.

David Herrera Burges, 15.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 15.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 14.  

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 13.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 13.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 13.  

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 13.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 12.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 11.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 11.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 10 (1).

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 10.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 10.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 9.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 9.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 9.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 9.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso High, 9.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 9.

Andres Buckley, Franklin, 8.     

David Gonzalez, Burges, 8.

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 8.

Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 7.

Danovan Estrada, Canutillo, 5.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 6.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 5.

Aaron Gomez, Burges, 5.

Jesse Rodriguez, El Paso High, 5.

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 4.  

Michael Antuna, Hanks, 4.

Bryan Guzman, Tornillo, 4.

Cesar Sandoval, Chapin, 4.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 4.

Larry Green, Irvin, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 3. 

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 3.

Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 3.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 3.

Andre De Santos, El Paso High, 3.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin, 2.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 2. 

Yahir Barrios, Horizon, 2. 

Moises Vera, Austin, 2.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 2.         

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Andres Garcia, Hanks, 1.

Christopher Torres, El Paso High, 1.

High School Girls XC Poll: Week 5

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country female 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Pre-district Invitational: Oct. 17 at Vista Country Club. Schedule is as follows: 8 a.m. 1-5A girls, followed by boys; 9:30 a.m. 2-5A girls, followed by boys; 11 a.m. 1-4A girls, followed by boys; 12:30 p.m. 1-6A girls, followed by boys.

The Troopers moved into the second spot after its second place finish at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won the team championship at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club with 21 points. Franklin placed six runners in the top 8 including Eva Jess (second, 18:20.41),  Ally Little (third, 18:44.19), Alyssa Laspada (fourth, 19:03.19), Michele Paillard (fifth, 19:50.57), Sofia Camacho (seventh, 19:55.96) and Jenna Saunders (eighth, 19:56.83). The team’s 1-5 split was only 1:35. Franklin will return to Vista Hills Country Club to race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

2. Eastwood: Eastwood placed second at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club and moved ahead of Montwood. The Troopers scored 59 points despite only having one runner – junior Lauren Walls-Portillo – finish in the top 10. Walls-Portillo set a personal and city best 18:04.35. Eastwood – which five scoring runners finished 1+13+14+15+16 – had a 20:12 team average. The Troopers will also return to Vista Hills Country Club to race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

3. Montwood: The Rams dropped one spot after its third place at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club. Montwood scored 64 points, five points higher than Eastwood. Montwood had three in the top 10 – Karyme Garcia (sixth, 19:53.12), Alexa Rangel (ninth, 20:08.85) and Jazmine Miranda (tenth, 20:09.54). The Rams – which had an impressive 1:50 1-5 split will race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes won the Cathedral/Harmony Invitational team title at Veterans Park with 20 points. Jefferson placed runners in the second through sixth spots – Monique Correa (second, 21:01.5), Crystal Peterson (third, 21:35.7), Melody Tsutsumi (fourth, 21:55.5),  Jelia Lugo (fifth, 23:30.6) and Irma Munoz (sixth, Jefferson, 23:55.3). The team is scheduled to race in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

5. CoronadoThe T-Birds did not run a full team at the Americas Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex  but still managed to have three top 10 runners – sophomore Kyra Walker who won the event in 21:56, Alexa Lawrence (sixth, 22:59.0) and Sonya Lee (ninth, 23:11.6). The team is scheduled to race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

6. CanutilloThe Eagles won the Clint ISD Invitational at Horizon High School with 27 points. The Eagles had four runners – Chondra Espino (third, 21:52.54), Natalie Rivera (fourth, 22:13.12), Ivy Lara (fifth, 22:19.36) and Vanessa Preciado (eighth, 22:38.12) – in the top 8. Canutillo is scheduled to race in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club at 8 a.m. Saturday.

7. El Paso High: The Tigers won the Austin/ElPaso Invitational at Skyline Park scoring 21 points. El Paso had five runners in the top 8 including the top three runners. Jezarae Valenzuela won her first meet of the season with a 21:18.49. Alissa Kennedy was second (21:19.65) and Andrea Castillo was third (21:26.02). Emma White was seventh (23:22.83) and Vivian Shaheen was eighth in 23:23.65. El Paso will race in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational.

8. Tornillo. The Coyotes finished fourth at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club finishing 12+23+24+28+37 for 124 points. Sophomore Kylene Elias was the top runner finishing in 20:32.17. Tornillo will rest this weekend.

9. Bel Air: The Highlanders move up one after its fifth place at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club. Bel Air runners placed 20+21+27+29+33 for 130 points. Bel Air is scheduled to participate in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational.

10. Eastlake. The Falcons are back in the top 10 after its team championship at the America’s Invitational run at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. The team scored 58 points. Megan Kirtley was second in 22:11.0 and Giselle Rubio crossed the finish line in 22:59.2, good for the seventh spot, to led Eastlake. The team will race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

Dropped out: Hanks.

On the brink: Pebble Hills, Burges.

Montwood senior Karyme Garcia ran the season’s eighth fastest time on Saturday, completing the 3.1-mile course at Vista Hills in 19:53.12.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Lauren Portillo-Walls, Eastwood, 18:04.35 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:16.91 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 18:39.33 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

4, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:03.19 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

5, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:12.42 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

6, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:43.31 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

7, Michele Paillard, Franklin, 19:50.57 (Vista Hills C.C., 10/10).

8, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:53.12 (Vista Hills C.C., 10/10).

9, Sofia Camacho, Franklin 19:55.96 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

10, Jordan Torres, Franklin 19:56.30 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

11, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 20:08.85 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

12, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 20:09.54 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

13, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 20:19.07 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

14, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:23.25 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

15, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 20:26.27 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

16, Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 20:31.75 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

17, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 20:33.90 (SAC, 9/19).

18, Selma Licon, Eastwood 20:35.22 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

19, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 20:36.30 (Del Valle, 9/19).

20, Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 20:36.59 (Veterans Park, 9/26). 

21, Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 20:39.25 (Del Valle, 9/19).

22, Amber Martin, Eastwood, 20:40.65 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

23, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 20:42.30 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

24, Isabella Medina, Americas 20:43.50 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

25, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 20:45.57 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

This courses have been dusty and hilly this season. This week, the runners will face the grass knolls of Vista Hills Country Club.

Power rankings

(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 50 (5).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 49 (4).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 43.

4, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 35.

5, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 33 (2).

6, Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 31.

7, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 30 (2).

7, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 30 (3).

9, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 29 (2).

10, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 27.

10, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 27.

Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 25.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 25.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 25.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 24.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 23.

Michele Paillard, Franklin, 23.

Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 22.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 22.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 21.

Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 21.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 20.

Isabella Medina, Americas, 19.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 18.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 18.

Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 17 (1).

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 17.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 17.

Jelia Lugo, Jefferson, 17.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso High, 17 (1).

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 17 (1).

.Annette Guzman, Burges, 16.

Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 16.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 15.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 14.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 13.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso High, 13.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 12.

Janice Olivas, Clint, 11.

Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 10.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 10.  

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 9.

Mia Vargas, Americas, 9.

Maria Hobbs, Loretto, 9.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 8.

Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 8.

Irma Munoz, Jefferson, 8.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 7.

Natalie Espinosa, Montwood, 7.  

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 7.

Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 7.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 7.

Amber Martin, Eastwood, 6

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 6.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 6.

Madison Spencer, Hanks, 6.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 6.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 5.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 5.

Banah Abdeljaber, Coronado, 5.

Selma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 5.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 5.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Itzel Garcia, Americas, 4.

Valeria Loo-King, Del Valle, 4.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 4.

Paola Bolanos Hernandez, Parkland, 4.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 4.

Vivian Shaheen, El Paso High, 4.

Emma White, El Paso High, 4.   

Aylin Tepezano, Clint, 3

Sarah Villaronga, Franklin, 3.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 3.

Claudia Vargas, Parkland, 3.     

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 3.

Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle, 3.

Eva Asfahani, Coronado, 2.

Jasmine Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Alexis Vasquez, Eastwood, 2.

Jade Baca, Hanks, 2.

Monica Hagerich, Eastwood, 2.

Amanda Sotelo, Franklin, 2.

Amanda Torres, Loretto, 2.

Sonya Lee, Coronado, 2.

Bianca Quintero, Chapin, 2.

Yanitza Olivares, Socorro, 1.

Genisis Guereca, Bel Air, 1.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 1.

Yulianna Anahi Martinez, Parkland, 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 1.

Andrea Baeza, Loretto, 1.

Iris Baca, Horizon, 1.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View. 1.

Monday Cool Down: Eastwood’s Lauren Walls-Portillo establishes personal best in biggest win of her high school career – so far

Eastwood junior Lauren Walls-Portillo Walls-Portillo turned in a personal best 18:04.35, to win the inaugural Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Eastwood junior Lauren Walls-Portillo could not hear her mother Stacy Walls’ words of encouragement at Saturday’s Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

But she felt them.

As her daughter was finishing the final half mile of the 3.1-mile course, Wall’s implored to her daughter, “don’t lose this opportunity.”

The “opportunity” in question was not losing a slim lead over Franklin senior Eva Jess, who in her four-year career has never lost in El Paso.

Walls-Portillo turned in a personal best 18:04.35, to win the inaugural Parra Law XC Classic – her biggest win of her high school career.

“She told me she said that, but I was so focused on what I was doing, I couldn’t hear her,” Walls-Portillo said with a laugh. “I thought that was amazing, even if I didn’t hear her.”

Jess, who verbally committed to the University of Texas last week, was second in 18:20.41.

“Eva has been a person that I have looked up to for so long because we started at a young age together,” Walls-Portillo said. “She has been so amazing all these years. She has driven me to work so much harder. In my mind, it wasn’t that I beat her. In my mind, it was that I worked hard enough to get to her level which was really good for me.”

Walls-Portillo came into Saturday’s race feeling at the top of her game.

“Honestly, I felt great the entire race, but it wasn’t until the start of the second lap is when I felt ‘oh my gosh, this could really happen,’” she said. “I felt so good and I felt I had a lot of energy to kick, that’s when I started to think ‘Ok, I got this, I’m going to be OK.’”

The Cougars won the team championship with 21 points, followed by Eastwood (59), Montwood (64), Class 3A Tornillo (124), Bel Air (130) and Hanks (157).

Franklin placed six runners in the top 8 including Jess, Ally Little (third, 18:44.19), Alyssa Laspada (fourth, 19:03.19), Michele Paillard (fifth, 19:50.57), Sofia Camacho (seventh, 19:55.96) and Jenna Saunders (eighth, 19:56.83).

Montwood had three in the top 10 – Karyme Garcia (sixth, 19:53.12), Alexa Rangel (ninth, 20:08.85) and Jazmine Miranda (tenth, 20:09.54).

Two weeks ago Walls-Portillo was 10th in the girl’s Sweepstakes Division finishing in 18:14.62 at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Festival in Arizona.

“We didn’t know any of the teams there so there wasn’t anyone we had to specifically beat so our coach said run smart and you’ll run good,” she said. “I performed really well because I had no pressure to beat anyone because I didn’t know any of the girls there. I ran my best and so did my team. I watched them run as fast as I have ever seen them run because we finally got the chance to run an out of town and race.”

Walls-Portillo’s 18:04.35 on Saturday was 10 seconds faster than what see ran in Arizona.

“Eva pushed me hard, she pushed me to my limit,” she said. “I knew Eva was not going to let me go. I knew she was going to strive and push me the entire race. I could not have hit that 18:04 if it wasn’t for her. She is such a strong runner, so being up there with her gave me that extra push that I needed. Being up there with her gave me an adrenaline rush for the finish.”

The Eastwood boys were just as impressive as Franklin’s girls – winning the team championship one spot short of another perfect score.

San Elizario, who was without Edwin Gomez, was second with 76 points, Tornillo third (82), Franklin fourth (83), Hanks fifth (133) and Bel Air sixth (137).

Eastwood took seven of the top 10 spots including invitational winner senior Sergio Leon Cuartas (15:42.04). San Elizario’s Dilan Sanchez (third, 16:1138) was the only non-Eastwood athlete in the top seven.

Sergio Leon Cuartas.

Eastwood runners in the top 10 were Isaac Mendoza (second, 15:53.15), Nathan Hernandez (fourth, 16:16.85), Victor Anchondo (fifth, 16:17.94), Victor Parra (sixth, 16:20.38), Andres Gurrola (seventh 16:26.93) and Devon Paez (ninth, 16:34.51).

Hanks’s Alejandro Tarin was eighth in 16:32.73 and Tornillo’s Angel Torres was tenth 16:37.60.

Leon Cuartas has developed into a team leader for the Troopers. Two weeks ago, he led a group of five runners in the top 14 to win the Sweepstakes Division of the 13th annual Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. with 53 points. Leon Cuartas who was third in 15:15.53.

“Working hard and trusting in my coach and in my team has made a major difference in my development,” Leon Cuartas said. “Every time I race, I race for my team. I really want to do well for them. We all run better knowing that we are doing it for each other. It’s all about the team-first mentality. It’s about running for your team, that’s what separates us from other people. We all know our role and we accept it. It all comes down to that team mentality.”

Americas Invitational (SAC)

Eastlake junior Israel David returned to racing on Friday morning with his fourth individual championship at the Americas Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex.

Israel David.

David, who is unbeaten and unchallenged this fall, won the race in 15:48.8.

The Americas boys continued its surge winning the team championship with 30 points. The team was led by junior Carmelo Corral who was second in 16:13.7. Other top 10 finishers for the Trailblazers were Michael Mier (fourth, 16:17.9), Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:30.1) and Aaron Saenz (seventh, 17:14.3).

Coronado was second with 42 points followed by Eastlake (63), Del Valle (132), Socorro (149) and Ysleta (155).

Coronado sophomore Luis Pastor was one of four T-Birds to finish in the top 10. He was third in 16:16.6, Corey Dubrule was sixth in 17:06.6, Sam Breceda was ninth in 17:46.6 and Stephen Pitchkolan was tenth.

Del Valle’s Miguel Avila was eighth in 17:38.2.

Coronado sophomore Kyra Walker won her second meet of the season racing to a 21:56.9. Eastlake’s Megan Kirtley was second in 22:11.0 and Americas’ Isabella Medina was third in 22:17.5.

Eastlake’s Giselle Rubio crossed the finish line in 22:59.2, good for the seventh spot. Her late push provided vital points as the Falcons took the team championship with 58 points, two better than Amercas. Socorro was third with 75 followed by Del Valle (77), Ysleta, (173), and Young Women’s Leadership Academy (184).

Coronado did not run a full team but still managed to have three top 10 runners – Walker, Alexa Lawrence (sixth, 22:59.0) and Sonya Lee (ninth, 23:11.6).

Other top 10 runners were Samantha Ramirez, Socorro (fourth, 22:36.7),  Mia Vargas, Americas (fifth, 22:57.4),  Ana Rojas, Socorro (eighth, 23:10.6) and Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle (tenth, 23:21.3).

Cathedral/Harmony Invitational (Veterans Park)                                              

Parkland senior Angie Lujan-Marrufo won her fifth consecutive race winning in 20:36.2.

Jefferson won the team title with 20 points, placing runners in the second through sixth spots – Monique Correa (second, 21:01.5), Crystal Peterson (third, 21:35.7), Melody Tsutsumi (fourth, 21:55.5),  Jelia Lugo (fifth, 23:30.6) and Irma Munoz (sixth, Jefferson, 23:55.3).

Angie Lujan-Marrufo.

Parkland had four in the top 10 including Lujan-Marrufo, Paola Bolanos Hernandez (seventh, 25:25.1), Claudia Vargas (eighth, 25:54.1) and Yulianna Anahi Martinez (tenth, 27:21.7).

Chapin’s Bianca Quintero was ninth in 26:28.7.

Parkland scored 37 points and took second place.

Chapin senior Joaquin Ortega won his third championship of the season finishing the race in 16:41.3 while Cathedral won the team title with 20 points.

The Irish had seven runners in the top 10 led by Luis Gomez (second, 17:25.1), Bernard Martinez (third, 17:27.9), Elija Noble (fourth, 17:28.5), Jacob Noble (fifth, 17:37.9), Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral (sixth, 18:11.5), Preston Arnett (eighth, 19:05.6) and Marcos Garcia (ninth, 19:05.9).

Chapin’s Cesar Sandoval was seventh in 18:36.3 and Jefferson’s Isaac Ortega was tenth in 19:17.3.

Bowie was second with 87 points and Parkland was third with 99 points.  

Clint ISD Invitational (Horizon High School)

Horizon, El Dorado, Clint, Riverside, Fabens, Burges and Canutillo participated. However, results were not reported.

Austin Invitational (Skyline Park)

Austin, El Dorado, Irvin, Andress, Valle Verde and Loretto participated. However, results were not reported.

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 4

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country male 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule:

Americas Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 9 at the Socorro Activities Center. Americas, Socorro, Eastlake, Ysleta, Del Valle, YWLA, Coronado.

Cathedral/Harmony Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Veterans Park. Harmony, Cathedral, Chapin, Parkland, Anthony, Bowie, Jefferson.

Horizon Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 10 at Horizon High School. Horizon, El Dorado, Clint, Riverside, Fabens, Burges, Canutillo.

Austin/El Paso Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Skyline Park. Austin, El Dorado, Irvin, Andress, Valle Verde, Loretto, El Paso High.

Parra Law XC Classic: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Vista Hills Country Club. Eastwood, Bel Air, Hanks, San Eli, Franklin, Pebble Hills, Mt. View, Tornillo.

The Haskins Recreation Center, the site of the Franklin Invitational, proved to rugged and challenging. On Saturday, several of the city’s best teams will compete at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers won the Sweepstakes Division of the 13th annual Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. with 53 points. Eastwood had five runners in the top 14 lead by Sergio Leon Cuartas who was third in 15:15.53. Eastwood had runners take the 11-14 spots including Aaron Perez (11th, 15:51.02), Isaac Mendoza (12th, 15:52.26), Victor Anchondo (13th, 15:55.35) and Victor Parra (14th, 15:57.58). They had a 15:46 team average with only a 42 second split. Eastwood is ranked No. 1 in Class 6A by TxMileSplit. The team will race the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

2. Americas:  Americas junior Jared Laverty won his first varsity meet, leading the Trailblazers to a team championship in 16:02.13. Americas runners took the first four spots and five of the top 8 including Michael Mier (second, 16:06.82), Aaron Saenz (third, 16:08.66), Carmelo Corral (fourth, 16:25.95) and Jesse Morales (eighth, 17:26.45). Americas is ranked No. 5 in Class 6A by TxMileSplit. The Trailblazers scored 18 points. The team will compete at its own invitational on Friday at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds won the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School with 31 points. Coronado took the first three spots and four out of the top 10. Luis Pastor picked up his second varsity win (16:47.00) followed by Corey Dubrule (17:06.18) and Sam Breceda (17:07.90). Stephen Pitchkolan was tenth in 17:49.00. The T-Birds will race the Americas Invitational Friday at the Socorro Activities Center.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles finished fourth in the 16-team field in the Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. with 162 points. San Elizario had two runners in the top six – Edwin Gomez, (5th, 15:36.48) and Dilan Sanchez (6th, 15:40.33). They finished with a 16:20 team average. The Eagles are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by TxMileSplit. The team will compete at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

5. Franklin: Franklin finished second at its own meet with 37 points. The Cougars had five runners in the top 10 including Rai Lopez (fifth, 16:43.41), Matthew Engle (sixth, 16:54.70), Andres Buckley (seventh, 17:14.12), Diego Flores (ninth, 17:36.02) and Octavio Trujillo (tenth, 17:41.92).). Franklin will race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

6. Tornillo: The Coyotes won the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park with 21 points. Tornillo had four runners in the top 7 – Angel Torres (second, 16:28.74), Bryan Garcia (third, 16:45.10), Daniel Romero (fifth, 17:04.62) and Bryan Guzman (seventh, 17:19.62).Tornillo, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by TxMileSplit, will run at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

7. Burges: The Mustangs finished second at the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School with 51 points. Burges had two runner – Dylan Walker (seventh, 17:26.78), teammate Julian Maldonado (eighth, 17:43.56) – in the top 10. The team is ranked No. 19 by TxMileSplit in Class 5A.  

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish did not race last week. Cathedral will race its own meet at Veterans Park on Saturday. 

9. Eastlake: The Falcons did not compete last week. The team is expected to race at the Americas Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex on Friday.

10. Hanks: Hanks won the team title at the Eastlake Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex with 31 points. Gael Alvarado won the event in 15:43.4 as the Knights placed four runners in the top 10 – Alvarado, Alejandro Tarin (second, 15:45.2), Michael Antuna (seventh, 16:29.2) and Andres Garcia (tenth, 17:42.3).46.21). Hanks will race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Riverside, El Paso, Pebble Hills, Bel Air.

Eastwood senior Sergio Leon Cuartas was third in the Sweepstakes race at the 13th annual Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. His time of 15:15.53 is second best in the city by .50 seconds.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:15.03 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15:15.53 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

3, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:36.48 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

4, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:38.58 (Del Valle, 9/19).

5, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:39.22 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

6, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 15:40.33 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

7, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:40.62 (La Isla Park, 9/19).

8, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 15:40.73 (Del Valle, 9/19).

9, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:41.15 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

10, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:46.55 (Del Valle, 9/19).

11, Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 15:55.35 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

12, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:56.91 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

13, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:57.58 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

14, Jose Nilo, Austin, 16:01.71 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

15, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 16:03.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

16, Michael Mier, Americas, 16:04.08 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

17, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:10.07 (Desert Twilight, 10/2)

18, Nick Parra, Eastwood, 16:15.42 (Del Valle, 9/19).

19, Devon Paez, Eastwood, 16:17.57 (Del Valle, 9/19).

20, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 16:22.99 (Del Valle, 9/19).

21, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:28.74 (Veterans Park, 10/3)

22, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:30.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

23, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:33.48 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

24, David Herrera, Burges, 16:36.13 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

25, Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 16:36.48 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

Americas junior Jared Laverty put the finishing touches on his first varsity win, leading the Trailblazers to a team championship in 16:02.13.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 32 (2).

2, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 31 (2).

2, Jared Laverty, Americas, 31 (1).

4, Israel David, Eastlake, 30 (3).

5, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 29 (2).

6, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 27.

6, Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 27.

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 27 (1).

9, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 26 (1).

10, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 25 (2).

10, Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 25.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 24 (1).

Michael Mier, Americas, 23.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 23.

Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 21.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 21.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 17.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 17.

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 17.

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 15. 

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 15.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 15.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 14.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 14.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 14.  

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 14.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 14.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 13.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 13.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 13.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 12.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 12.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 11.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 11.  

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 11.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 10 (1).  

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 10.

David Herrera Burges, 9.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 9.

Andres Buckley, Franklin, 8.     

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 8.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 8.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 7.    

Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 7.

Danovan Estrada, Canutillo, 5.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 6.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 5.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 5.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 5.

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 5.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 5.

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 4.  

Michael Antuna, Hanks, 4.

Bryan Guzman, Tornillo, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 3. 

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso High, 3.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 3.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin, 2.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 2. 

Yahir Barrios, Horizon, 2. 

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 2.         

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 1.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 1.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 1.

Andres Garcia, Hanks, 1.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 1.

High School Girls XC Poll: Week 4

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country female 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Americas Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 9 at the Socorro Activities Center. Americas, Socorro, Eastlake, Ysleta, Del Valle, YWLA, Coronado

Cathedral/Harmony Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Veterans Park.Harmony, Cathedral, Chapin, Parkland, Anthony, Bowie, Jefferson

Horizon Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 10 at Horizon High School. Horizon, El Dorado, Clint, Riverside, Fabens, Burges, Canutillo.

Austin/El Paso Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Skyline Park. Austin, El Dorado, Irvin, Andress, Valle Verde, Loretto, El Paso High.

Parra Law XC Classic: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Vista Country Club. Eastwood, Montwood, Bel Air, Hanks, San Eli, Franklin, Pebble Hills, Mt.View, Tornillo.

The base of the Franklin Mountains served as the most rugged part of the course at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center last week.

Top 10

1. Franklin: Franklin took the first seven spots in route to a perfect score (15 points) at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center. Franklin was again led by Eva Jess (first, 18:16.91), Ally Little was second in 18:39.33, Alyssa Laspada third in 19:14.63, Jenna Saunders was fourth in 19:43.31; Jordan Torres (fifth, 19:56.30), Michele Paillard (sixth,  20:04.58) and Sofia Camacho (seventh, 20:27.05). Amanda Sotelo was ninth for Franklin (21:06.85). Franklin, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 6A by MileSplitTx,  will race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

2. Montwood: The Rams rested last week. The team will resume action at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

3. Eastwood: Eastwood placed fourth in the high school Championship Race at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet on Friday night with 132 points. Amber Martin lead the Troopers, placing 13th in 20:40.65. Junior Lauren Walls-Portillo was 10th in the girl’s high school Sweepstakes Division finishing in 18:14.62. The team will race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes were second at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center, scoring 62 points. Crystal Peterson was eighth in 20:45.57 and Monique Correa was 10th in 21:09.61. The team is scheduled to race the Cathedral/Harmony Invitational at Veterans Park.

5. CoronadoThe T-Birds won the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle Sc hool scoring 45 points. Kyra Walker was second (21:12.59) and Alexa Lawrence was third (21:26.33) to pace Coronado. The team will race at the Americas Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex on Friday.

6. CanutilloThe Eagles did not run a full team at its own invitational at Canutillo Middle School but they did have three runners in the top 10 – Ivy Lara, (21:59.18), Natalie Rivera, (22:02.78) and Vanessa Preciado (22:03.36). The Eagles will run at the Horizon Invitational at Horizon High School.

7. El Paso High: The Tigers move up three spots after winning the 2.9-mile Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex with 20 points. El Paso High placed four girls in the top 10 – Alissa Kennedy (third, 19:55.4), Jezarae Valenzuela (fourth, 19:59.9), Shayla Cohen Jones (fifth, 20:02.8) and Vivian Shaheen (tenth, 22:15.1). The team will race at the Austin/El Paso Invitational at Skyline Park.

8. Tornillo. The Coyotes continue to improve with each week, winning the Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park. Kylene Elias won in 20:19.07 to lead the Coyotes to a team championship with 32 points. Including Elias, Tornillo had four runners in the top 10 – Nat Escajeda (seventh, 21:46.43), Olivia Garcia (eighth, 21:51.64) and Brianna Ibarra (tenth, 22:16.78). The team will race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

9. Hanks: The Knights drop two spots after its second-place finish at the Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. Hanks scored 37 points and had three runners in the top 10 including runner-up Mia Rivera (19:40:00.0), Madison Spencer (seventh, 20:47.0) and Jade Baca (ninth, 21:19.3). The team will be challenged at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

10. Bel Air. The Highlanders drop a spot after challenging themselves at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet. The team was 12th in the high school Championship Race with 132 points. Abigail Murillo finished Abagail Murillo 23rd in 21:00.46. The team race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Eastlake, Loretto, Pebble Hills.

Franklin senior Ally Little, running in her first cross country season, was second at the Franklin Invitational finishing in 18:39.33, her personal best and good enough for third fastest in the city.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Lauren Portillo-Walls, Eastwood, 18:14.62 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:16.91 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 18:39.33 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

4, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:12.42 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

5, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:14.63 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

6, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:43.31 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

7, Jordan Torres, Franklin 19:56.30 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

8, Michele Paillard, Franklin, 20:04.58 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

9, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 20:19.07 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

10, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:23.25 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

11, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 20:26.27 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

12, Sofia Camacho, Franklin 20:27.05 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

13, Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 20:31.75 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

14, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 20:33.90. (SAC, 9/19).

15, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 20:36.30 (Del Valle, 9/19).

16, Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 20:36.59 (Veterans Park, 9/26). 

17, Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 20:39.25 (Del Valle, 9/19).

18, Amber Martin, Eastwood, 20:40.65 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

19, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 20:42.30 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

20, Isabella Medina, Americas 20:43.50 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

21, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 20:45.57 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

22, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 20:50.88 (Del Valle, 9/19).

23, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 20:52.12 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

24, Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 20:56.46 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

25, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 20:57.00 (SAC, 9/19).

Jefferson harriers Crystal Peterson – who was eighth in 20:45.57 at Franklin – and Monique Correa (tenth in 21:09.61) are two of the city’s strongest runners.

Power rankings

(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 40 (4).

1, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 40 (4).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 35.

4, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 30 (3).

5, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 28.

6, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 25.

6, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 25.

8, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 24.

9, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 23 (1).

10, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 22.

10, Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 22.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 20.

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 20 (1).

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 19 (1).

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 18.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 18.

Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 17 (1).

Michele Paillard, Franklin, 17.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 16 (1).

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 16.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 16.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 16.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 16.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 15.

Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 14.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 14.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 13.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 13.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso, 13.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 13.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 12.

Isabella Medina, Americas, 11.

Jelia Lugo, Jefferson, 11.

Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 10.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 9.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 9.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 9.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 8.  

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 8.

Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 8.

Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 8.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin 7.

Natalie Espinosa, Montwood, 7.  

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 7.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 7.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso High, 7.

Amber Martin, Eastwood, 6

Janice Olivas, Clint, 6.

Madison Spencer, Hanks, 6.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 5.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 5.

Banah Abdeljaber, Coronado, 5.

Selma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 5.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 5.

Itzel Garcia, Americas, 4.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 4.

Valeria Loo-King, Del Valle, 4.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 4.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 4.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 4.

Aylin Tepezano, Clint, 3

Irma Munoz, Jefferson, 3.

Maria Hobbs, Loretto, 3.

Mia Vargas, Americas, 3.

Sarah Villaronga, Franklin, 3.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 3.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 3.

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 3.

Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle, 2.

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 2.

Eva Asfahani, Coronado, 2.

Jasmine Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Alexis Vasquez, Eastwood, 2.

Jade Baca, Hanks, 2.

Monica Hagerich, Eastwood, 2.

Amanda Sotelo, Franklin, 2.

Yanitza Olivares, Socorro, 1.

Genisis Guereca, Bel Air, 1.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 1.

Vivian Shaheen, El Paso High, 1.    

Iris Baca, Horizon, 1.

Monday Cool Down: Getting to know Parkland’s Angie Lujan-Marrufo

Parkland senior Angie Lujan-Marrufo is off to a fast start this season, winning four straight invitationals.

On Saturday, Angie Lujan-Marrufo ran away with her fourth individual championship of 2020 at the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational.

The Parkland High School senior completed the course at Canutillo Middle School in 19:56.37, well ahead of Coronado teammates Kyra Walker (21:12.59) and Alexa Lawrence (21:26.33).

The T-Birds won the team championship with 45 points, followed by Clint (81), Del Valle (83), Parkland (131) and Riverside (150).

Filling out the top 10 were Annette Guzman, Burges (21:28.37), Janice Olivas, Clint, (21:56.31), Ivy Lara, Canutillo (21:59.18), Natalie Rivera, Canutillo (22:02.78), Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, (22:03.36), Vivian Zapata, Clint (22:05.75) and Emily Antimo, Burges (22:10.40).

Entering week four of the cross-country season, Lujan-Marrufo owns the city’s second best 5K/3-mile time turning in a 19:12.42 at Veterans Park on Sept. 26.

Her success is quite amazing considering it was only two years ago when she began to take distance training seriously.

“I’ve been running cross country since middle school, but it wasn’t until the summer before my sophomore year when I started to train properly,” she said. “I thought cross country was running forever and ever. I really didn’t put much thought into it until then.”

It was the summer of 2018 when she began working out with Sarah Austin, Abriyah Skull, and Janae Ramirez, members of the Wings summer club team.

“I grew a love for distance that summer,” she said. “Running with new people and getting their perspective on distance running helped. They were really devoted to cross country which gave me an appreciation for distance. Training with them, I didn’t want to feel like the slacker of the group, so I put in a little more effort.”

Lujan-Marrufo, who was already a top USATF 800-runner in her age group, began to train properly.

“I started doing the things that I was supposed to be doing,” she said. “I love cross country now. I really love it. Hearing stories about what other girls have accomplished ahead of me made me want to be a part of that history.”

At last year’s District 2-5A Championship Lujan-Marrufo was third in 20:42.54 and ended her junior cross-country season in 53rd place (19:57.30) at the Region 1-5A Championship.

“I never knew I could run as fast I am right now,” she said. “I thought I would be running low 20s or high 19s but now I know what I’m capable of with training and hard work. I want to break 18.”

She knows a sub 18 is within her reach.

“In the past, I relied too much on my talent,” she said. “Even through someone has talent, it’s not a reason why they shouldn’t work harder, and I took that personally.”

Strangely, when track competition was cancelled in the spring due to the coronavirusLujan-Marrufo did not have any hard feelings.

“I didn’t feel bad about it,” she said. “I was actually looking forward to cross country even more. But as time went on, I wasn’t really sure there was going to be a cross-country season, so I wasn’t training at all. I would go on a two-mile run and I would be so tired, I was so out of shape.”

She is looking at the season as an opportunity to showcase the work she has put in the past two years.

“I lost part of my track season my junior year and I knew this would be my last year so I had to give it my all,” she said.

She looks to her mother, Sandra Lujan, for motivation.

“She’s really into my running life,” she said. “She is the one who tells me about my competition and what other people are running. She’s a real cross country and track mom. She always has these dreams of me running in college and going pro. I just want to make her happy and proud.”

Because of COVID-19 protocols, the UIL is not allowing cross country meets to exceed six teams so many of this season’s races are small.

In two weeks, Lujan-Marrufo is scheduled to run the Vista Hills Invitational against a few of the city’s top girl’s teams including No. 2 Montwood and No. 3 Eastwood.

“That’s one meet I’m really preparing for,” she said. “I get to run against Lauren (Eastwood’s Lauren Walls-Portillo). We’re good friends, we ran on the same club team. I remember at district last year she was so far ahead of me. I always imagined being up there with her. My goal for that meet is to stay close and hopefully pass her if I have the right training. We’ll see how it goes.”

For now, Lujan-Marrufo is happy, flashing that gold medal smile after every race.

“I’ve come to learn that no matter where you are in your training, there is always room for improvement, always room to work harder,” she said. “I’m really happy with the times that I’ve been running. Just to see how far I’ve come in these three years has been amazing. I never knew that I could be doing what I am right now.”

The future is bright for Lujan-Marrufo who hopes pandemic conditions improve enough to have a spring track season.

She is keeping her college options open for now.

“I’ve been in contact with a few colleges, mostly with NMSU and Texas State,” she said. “I’m not too sure as to where I want to go. I don’t want to go too far. I’m keeping my options open. I’m just taking it slow and so what happens during track season.”

On the boy’s side of the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational, Coronado took the first three spots and four out of the top 10.

Luis Pastor picked up his second varsity win (16:47.00) followed by Corey Dubrule (17:06.18) and

Sam Breceda (17:07.90). Stephen Pitchkolan was tenth in 17:49.00.

Filling out the top 10 were – Riverside’s Andrew Valdiviezo (fourth, 17:16.0), Del Valle’s Miguel  Avila (fifth, 17:20.65),  Canutillo’s Danovan Estrada (sixth, 17:23.96), Burges’ Dylan  Walker (seventh, 17:26.78), teammate Julian Maldonado (eighth, 17:43.56) and Parkland’s Kenneth Goldstone Lamar (tenth, 17:46.52).

Desert Twilight (San Tan Valley, Ariz.)

The Eastwood boys won the high school Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. with 53 points and San Elizario was fourth with 162 points.

The Eastwood boys won the high school Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. with 53 points.

The Troopers had five runners in the top 14 lead by Sergio Leon Cuartas who was third in 15:15.53. Eastwood had runners take the 11-14 spots including Aaron Perez (11th, 15:51.02),           Isaac Mendoza (12th, 15:52.26), Victor Anchondo (13th, 15:55.35) and Victor Parra (14th, 15:57.58)          

San Elizario had two runners in the top six – Edwin Gomez, (5th, 15:36.48) and Dilan Sanchez (6th, 15:40.33).

Bel Air was 15th in the boy’s Championship Division.  William Moreno was the Highlanders top runner, finishing 30th in 17:27.16.      

Eastwood’s Lauren Walls-Portillo was 10th in the girl’s high school Sweepstakes Division finishing in 18:14.62.

The Eastwood girls placed fourth in the high school Championship race with 132 points and Bel Air was 12th with 288 points.

Amber Martin lead the Troopers, placing 13th in 20:40.65 while Bel Air’s Abagail Murillo was 23rd in 21:00.46.           

Franklin Invitational (Haskins Rec Center)

The Franklin girlstook the first seven spots in route to a perfect score (15 points).

Franklin was again led by Eva Jess (first, 18:16.91), who gave her verbal commitment to the University of Texas at Austin on Friday night.

Ally Little was second in 18:39.33, Alyssa Laspada third in 19:14.63, Jenna Saunders was fourth in 19:43.31; Jordan Torres (fifth, 19:56.30), Michele Paillard (sixth,  20:04.58) and Sofia Camacho (seventh, 20:27.05). Amanda Sotelo was ninth for Franklin (21:06.85).

Jefferson’s Crystal Peterson was eighth in 20:45.57 and teammate Monique Correa was 10th in 21:09.61.

The Foxes placed second overall with 62 points followed by Americas with 63.

On the boy’s side, Americas junior Jared Laverty won his first varsity meet, leading the Trailblazers to a team championship in 16:02.13.

Americas junior Jared Laverty won his first varsity race in 16:02.13 to led the Trailblazers to another team championship.

Americas runners took the first four spots and five of the top 8 including Michael Mier (second,  16:06.82), Aaron Saenz (third, 16:08.66), Carmelo Corral (fourth, 16:25.95) and Jesse Morales (eighth, 17:26.45).

The Trailblazers scored 18 points followed by Franklin (37) and Valle Verde (85).

Cougar runners make up the remaining five spots in the top 10 led by Rai Lopez (fifth, 16:43.41), Matthew Engle (sixth, 16:54.70), Andres Buckley (seventh, 17:14.12), Diego Flores (ninth, 17:36.02) and Octavio Trujillo (tenth, 17:41.92).

Cathedral/Loretto Invitational (Veterans Park)

A pair of sophomore runners – Tornillo’s Kylene Elias and Pebble Hills’ Omer Ibrahim – continued their early season success taking individual titles at the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park.

Elias won in 20:19.07 and lead the Coyotes to a team championship with 32 points. Pebble Hills was second with 36 followed Loretto (55), Young Women’s Leadership (100) and Ysleta, (120).

Including Elias, Tornillo had four runners in the top 10 – Nat Escajeda (seventh, 21:46.43), Olivia Garcia            (eighth, 21:51.64) and Brianna Ibarra (tenth, 22:16.78).

Carolina Zarrabal (second, 20:23.25) and Natalie Franco (sixth, 21:42.67), led Pebble Hills.

Other top 10 runners were three Eastwood athletes – Victoria Ovalles (third, 20:31.75), Hannah Tellez (fifth, 21:40.42) and Monica Hagerich (ninth, 22:00.66).

Loretto senior Britney Martinez was fourth in 21:37.76.

Ibrahim won his second invitational this season turning in a 15:39.22.

The Tornillo boys won the team title with 21 points. Pebble Hills was second with 34 points and Ysleta was third with 75.

The Coyotes had four runners in the top 7 – Angel Torres (second, 16:28.74), Bryan Garcia (third, 16:45.10), Daniel Romero (fifth, 17:04.62) and Bryan Guzman (seventh, 17:19.62).

Other top 10 runners were Andress’ Jarrett Ketchmark (fourth, 16:53.88), Eastwood’s Joaquin Chavez (sixth, 17:17.31) and Anthony Casillas (eighth, 17:27.82), Pebble Hills’ Noah Castorena (ninth, 17:35.96) and Anthony Soto from Fabens (tenth, 17:37.36).

Eastlake Invitational (SAC)

Please bear with us on this one. The results were difficult to obtain and are still not confirmed. There also seems to be issues with timing and placement.

From what we were able to gather, the two individual winners were Horizon’s Andrea Villagomez (19:08:50.0) and Hanks’ Gael Alvarado (15:43.4).

Horizon’s Andrea Villagomez won the Eastlake Invitational in 19:08:50.0.

It appears the El Paso High girls won the team event with 20 points followed by Hanks (37) and Horizon (61).

El Paso High placed four girls in the top 10 – Alissa Kennedy (third, 19:55.4), Jezarae Valenzuela (fourth, 19:59.9), Shayla Cohen Jones (fifth, 20:02.8) and Vivian Shaheen (tenth, 22:15.1).    

The Knights had three in the top 10 including runner-up Mia Rivera (19:40:00.0), Madison Spencer (seventh, 20:47.0) and Jade Baca (ninth, 21:19.3).

Rounding out the top 10 were Austin’s Mora Montes (sixth, no time reported) and Horizon’s Jaquelin Gonzalez (eight, 21:17.6).

On the boy’s side, Hanks won the team title with 31 points followed by El Paso High with 39 and Horizon with 52.

The Knights place four in the top 10 – Alvarado, Alejandro Tarin (second, 15:45.2), Michael Antuna (seventh, 16:29.2) and Andres Garcia (tenth, 17:42.3).

El Paso High’s top runners were Josep Ferret (third, 15:48.4), David Ramirez (fourth, 16:04.4) and Leo Valenzuela (eighth, 17:00.8).

Rounding out the top 10 are Austin’s Jose Nilo (fifth, no time reported), and two Horizon runners Ivan Hernandez (sixth, 16:19.8) and Yahir Barrios (ninth, 17:20.1).

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 3

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country male 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and 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: 9:25 p.m. Oct. 2 in Queen Creek, Ariz. Eastwood, Bel Air, San Elizario.

Eastlake Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 3 at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. Eastlake, Socorro, Horizon, Hanks, El Paso, Austin.

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Haskins Recreation Center. Franklin, Mt. View, Valle Verde, Montwood, El Dorado, Americas, Jefferson, Pebble Hills.

Cathedral/Loretto Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at Veterans Park. Cathedral, Fabens, Andress, Bowie, YWLA, Ysleta, Tornillo, Eastwood.

Canutillo/Anthony Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at Canutillo Middle School. Canutillo, Anthony, Riverside, Burges, Clint, Parkland, Del Valle, Coronado.

Franklin won its first team championship of the season last week at Mt. View High School. The Cougars will race at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers rested its top five runners and still won the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School with 28 points. Eastwood placed its five scoring runners in the top 10 led by Victor Anchondo (third, 16:48.55), Nick Parra (fourth, 16:49.19), Devon Paez (fifth, 16:52.33), Andres Gurrola (sixth, 16:57.09) and Joaquin Chavez (17:51.07). The team will race in the Sweepstakes Division of the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet in Queen Creek, Ariz. on Friday night.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers won the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex with 23 points.  Americas placed runners in the first four spots led by Carmelo Corral who picked up his second straight meet victory in 17:13.37. Jared Laverty was second in 17:44.75, Michael Mier was third in 17:50.77 and Aaron Saenz was fourth (18:18.00). The team will compete in the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds who placed three runners in the 2-3-5-6 spots to win the team championship at their own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center with 29 points.  Luis Pastor was second in 16:41.71 followed by teammates Corey Dubrule (third, 16:52.53), Sam Breceda (fifth, 17:04.59) and Stephen Pitchkolan (sixth, 17:31.10). Coronado will race at Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

4. San Elizario: Senior Edwin Gomez won his first race of the season at Tornillo High School completing the desert course in 16:26.23 to lead the Eagles to a second-place finish behind Eastwood at Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. Two of Gomez’s teammates – senior Dilan Sanchez (second, 16:42.51) and sophomore Chris Moreno (seventh, 17:24.61) – finished in the top 10. San Elizario will travel to Queen Creek, Ariz. to race at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet on Friday night.

5. Franklin: After a slow start to the season, the Cougars took care of business at the Clint ISD Invitational at Mt. View High School winning the event with 25 points. The Cougars place five in the top 10 led by Octavio Trujillo (20:15.62) and Diego Flores (20:29.03) who finished third and fourth. Three other Franklin runners finished 6-8 – Rai Lopez (21:18.53), Matthew Engle (21:40.94) and Austen Percifull (21:46.42). Franklin will race at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday.

6. Tornillo: The Coyotes, placed two runners – sophomore Angel Torres (eighth, 17:27.96) and junior Bryan Garcia (ninth, 17:30.50) – in the top 10 to finish third with 69 points at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. Tornillo will run at the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park

7. Burges: The Mustangs won the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at Northeast Regional Park scoring 32 points. David Herrera was third in 16:36.13 to pace Burges who had four runners in the top 10 – Dylan Walker (eighth, 16:53.31), Julian Maldonado (ninth, 16:56.77) and David Gonzalez (tenth, 17:15.18). The Mustangs stop will be Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish ran to a second-place finish at the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at the SAC. Cathedral scored 39 points with four runners in the top 10 – Luis Gomez (fifth,  18:21.49) Elijah  Noble (sixth, 19:29.13), Bernard Martinez (seventh, 19:53.52) and Jacob  Noble (ninth, 20:09.25).  Cathedral will race its own meet at Veterans Park on Saturday. 

9. Eastlake: Junior Isreal David ran his win streak to three taking the gold at the Coronado Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center (15:40.96) and leading his team to the runner-up position behind Coronado. Mario Elias was ninth in 18:11.52 and Angel Recio Martinez was tenth in 18:19.48. The Falcons will compete at their own invitational Saturday at Socorro Student Activities Complex.

10. Hanks: The Knights finished second at the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at Northeast Regional Park, scoring 40 points, eight behind Burges. Top runners for the Knights were Andrew Alvarado (fourth, 16:36.48) and Alejandro Tarin (sixth, 16:46.21). Hanks will race at the Eastlake Invitational Saturday at Socorro Student Activities Complex.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Riverside, El Paso, Pebble Hills, Bel Air.

Austin senior Jose Nilo owns the city’s 10th fastest time this season, turning in a 16:01.71 at Veterans Park on Sept. 19.

Top times (5K/3Miile)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:15.03 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15:29.43 (Del Valle, 9/19).

3, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:38.58 (Del Valle, 9/19).

4, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:40.62 (La Isla Park, 9/19).

5, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 15:40.73 (Del Valle, 9/19).

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:41.04 (Del Valle, 9/19).

7, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:41.15 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

8, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:46.55 (Del Valle, 9/19).

9, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:56.91 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

10, Jose Nilo, Austin, 16:01.71 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

11, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 16:03.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

12, Michael Mier, Americas, 16:04.08 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

13, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 16:10.22 (Del Valle, 9/19).

14, Nick Parra, Eastwood, 16:15.42 (Del Valle, 9/19).

15, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 16:16.49 (Del Valle, 9/19).

16, Devon Paez, Eastwood, 16:17.57 (Del Valle, 9/19).

17, Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 16:22.04 (Del Valle, 9/19).

18, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 16:22.99 (Del Valle, 9/19).

19, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:30.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

20, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:33.48 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

21, David Herrera, Burges, 16:36.13 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

22, Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 16:36.48 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

23, Denovan Estrada, Canutillo, 16:38.88 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

24, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 16:41.71 (Haskins Rec. Center, 9/26).

25, Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 16:45.92 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

Bryan Garcia has led a strong Tornillo team this season. The Coyotes are the top ranked Class 3A team in the state.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Israel David, Eastlake, 30 (3).

2, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 25 (2).

2, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 25 (2).

4, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 21 (1).

4, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 21 (1).

4, Jared Laverty, Americas, 21.

4, Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 21.

8, Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 19.

8, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 19 (1).

8, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 19 (1).

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 18

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 17.

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 17.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16 (1).

Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 16.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15.

Michael Mier, Americas, 14.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 13.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 13.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 13.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 13.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 12.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 11.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 11. 

Dylan Walker, Burges, 10.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 10.

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 10.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 10.            

David Herrera Burges, 9.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 9.  

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 8.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 8.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 8.

Jose Nilo , Austin, 7.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 7.    

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 7. 

David Ramirez, El Paso, 7.

Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 7.

Denovan Estrada, Canutillo, 7.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 5.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 5.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 5.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 5.

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 5.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 5.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 5

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

Andres Buckley, Franklin, 4.     

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 4.   

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 3. 

Jesse Morales, Americas, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin, 2.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 2.             

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 1

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 1.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 1.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 1.

High School Girls XC Poll: Week 3

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country female 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 and 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This weeks’ schedule:

Desert Twilight: 8:45 p.m. Oct. 2 in Queen Creek, Ariz.Eastwood, Bel Air, San Elizario.

Eastlake Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 3 at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. Eastlake, Socorro, Horizon, Hanks, El Paso, Austin.

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Haskins Recreation Center. Franklin, Mt. View, Valle Verde, Montwood, El Dorado, Americas, Jefferson, Pebble Hills.

Cathedral/Loretto Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at Veterans Park. Loretto, Fabens, Andress, Bowie, YWLA, Ysleta, Tornillo, Eastwood.

Canutillo/Anthony Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at Canutillo Middle School. Canutillo, Anthony, Riverside, Burges, Clint, Parkland, Del Valle, Coronado.

Four local cross country invitationals are in store for this weekend including the Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex, the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center, the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park and the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

Top 10

1. Franklin: As strange as it might sound, the most difficult part of the regular season for the Cougars just might be trying to stay motivated. Week in and week out, Franklin finds itself running unchallenged. For example, at the Clint ISD Invitational at Mt. View High School, the Cougars scored a perfect 15, not only taking the top five spots – but placing seven of its runners in the top 10. Eva Jess won her third straight meet  (21:50.18) followed by teammates Ally Little (second, 22:09.02), Sofia Camacho (third, 24:02.02), Jenna Saunders (fourth, 24:23.74), Michele Paillard (fifth, 24:28.43),  Alyssa Laspada (sixth, 25:02.65) and Sarah Villaronga (eighth, 25:33.84). Franklin will race at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

2. Montwood: The Rams won the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex with 16 points. The Rams Jazmine Miranda won her first championship in 21:57.64 to lead five Montwood runners in the top six. Kassandra Jimenez was second in 22:10.52 followed by Alexa Rangel (22:29.60) Natalie Espinosa (23:02.45) in fourth and Karyme Garcia (24:29.39) in sixth. The Rams will race at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

3. Eastwood: The Troopers rested its top five runners but still managed to win the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School with 29 points. Eastwood had five runners in the top 10 including Trinity Martinez (third, 21:50.77), Desiree Carrillo (fourth, 22:07.98),  Amaryllis Rubalcaba (sixth, 22:29.71), Hannah Tellez (seventh, 22:39.00), Alexis Vasquez (ninth, 22:51.27) and Jasmine Martinez (tenth, Eastwood, 23:04.55). The team will race at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet on Friday night.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes remain at No. 4 despite finishing second at the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park. Jefferson finished 8 points behind upstart Canutillo. Jefferson’s top three runners were Monique Correa (third, 20:42.30), Jelia Lugo (sixth, 21:21.75) and Crystal Peterson (seventh, 21:35.22). The team was without Melody Tsutsumi. The Foxes are scheduled to race at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

5. Coronado: The T-Birds won its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center with 29 points. Top runners were Kyra Walker, who earned her second career varsity championship (20:52.12) Alexa Lawrence (third, 21:32.18), Banah Abdeljaber (sixth, 21:44.99), Eva Asfahani (ninth, 22:11.31) and Christina Duncan (tenth, 22:12.39). The T-Birds will race at the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

6. Canutillo. The Eagles make its top 10 debut after their surprising first-place finish at the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at Northeast Regional Park. The team scored 41 points and had three runners in the top 10 including runner-up Chondra Espino (20:36.59), Natalie Rivera (fifth, 21:21.31) and Ivy Lara (tenth, 21:48.57). It was Espino’s first race of the season. The team will race at its own invitational Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

7. Hanks: The Knights move up two spots after finishing third at their own invitational at Northeast Regional Park with 55 points. Hanks had two runners – Mia Rivera (fourth, 20:57.46) and Madison Spencer (ninth, 21:46.97) – in the top 10. They will race at the Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex.

8. Tornillo. Look at them Coyotes! Just a few years ago the girls took a backseat to the boy’s team, but those days are gone. Tornillo is led by the mega-talented sophomore Kylene Elias who is supported by an ever-evolving group of young runners. On Saturday, Elias won her second consecutive race at the San Elizario/Tornillo Invitational at Tornillo High School, racing to a 21:12.56. Olivia Garcia was fifth in 22:17.07. The team will race at the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

9. Bel Air. The Highlanders move down three spots after finishing third at Tornillo High. Abigail Murillo finished second behind Elias in 21:47.57 and Sara Armendariz was eighth (22:44.36). The team plans on racing at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet on Friday night.

10. El Paso High: The Tigers make its top 10 debut after a second-place finish at the Coronado Invitational. El Paso had  four runners placing 4-8 – Shayla Cohen Jones (21:34.19), Alissa Kennedy (21:42.13), Andrea Castillo (21:48.74) and Jezarae Valenzuela (22:00.39) and ended up with 35 points, six shy of Coronado. The team will compete at the Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex on Saturday.

Dropped out: Del Valle, Americas.

On the brink: Eastlake, Loretto, Pebble Hills.

Montwood sophomore Jazmine Miranda won her first championship on Saturday, racing to a 21:57.64 at the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex. She turned in a 21:06.10 two weeks ago, good for 21st best in the city.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Lauren Portillo-Walls, Eastwood, 18:27.56 (Del Valle, 9/19).

2, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:12.42 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

3, Eva Jess, Franklin, 19:23.00 (SAC, 9/12).

4, Ally Little, Franklin, 20:02.62 (SAC, 9/12).

5, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 20:26.27 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

6, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 20:33.90. (SAC, 9/19).

7, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 20:36.30 (Del Valle, 9/19).

8, Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 20:36.59 (Veterans Park, 9/26). 

9, Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 20:39.25 (Del Valle, 9/19).

10, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 20:42.30 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

11, Isabella Medina, Americas 20:43.50 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

12, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 20:44.81 (SAC, 9/12).

13, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 20:50.88 (Del Valle, 9/19).

14, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 20:52.03 (SAC, 9/12).

15, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 20:52.12 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

16, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 20:52.73 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

17, Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 20:56.46 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

18, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 20:57.00 (SAC, 9/19).

19, Amber Martin, Eastwood, 20:57.20 (Del Valle, 9/19)

20, Michele Paillard, Franklin, 20:59.40 (SAC, 9/12).

21, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 21:06.10 (SAC, 9/19).

22, Selma Licon, Eastwood, 21:06.67 (Del Valle, 9/19).

23, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 21:11.44 (La Isla, 9/19).

24, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 21:13.25 (Haskins Rec Center, 9/26).

25, Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 21:16.45 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

Austin’s power duo of Morayma Montes and Elizabeth Hernandez (with glasses) are two of El Paso top 25 runners. Hernandez’s time of 21:16.45 puts her at No. 25 in the city.

Power rankings

(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 30 (3).

1, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 30 (3).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 26.

4, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 25.

5, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 22.

6, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 20 (2).

7, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 19 (1).

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19.

9, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 18.

10, Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 17 (1).

10, Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 17.

10, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 17

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 16 (1).

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 16.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 15.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 14.

Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 14.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 14.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 13.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 13.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 13.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 12.

Michele Paillard, Franklin, 12.

Isabella Medina, Americas, 11.

Jelia Lugo, Jefferson, 11.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 10 (1).

Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 10.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 9.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 9.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 9.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 8.  

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 8.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 8.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 8.

Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 8.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin 7.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso, 7.

Natalie Espinosa, Montwood, 7.  

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 7.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 7.

Amber Martin, Eastwood, 6

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 6.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 5.

Banah Abdeljaber, Coronado, 5.

Selma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 5.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 5.

Itzel Garcia, Americas, 4.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 4.

Valeria Loo-King, Del Valle, 4.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 4.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 4.

Aylin Tepezano, Clint, 3

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 3.

Irma Munoz, Jefferson, 3.

Maria Hobbs, Loretto, 3.

Mia Vargas, Americas, 3.

Sarah Villaronga, Franklin, 3.

Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle, 2.

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 2.

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 2.

Eva Asfahani, Coronado, 2.

Madison Spencer, Hanks, 2.

Jasmine Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Alexis Vasquez, Eastwood, 2.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 2.

Yanitza Olivares, Socorro, 1.

Genisis Guereca, Bel Air, 1.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 1.

Iris Baca, Horizon, 1.