High School Girls XC Poll: Week 3

Franklin Girls Group
The Franklin girls are El Paso’s new No. 1 team after winning the Desert Run Challenge at Mt. View High School two weeks ago and bringing home the crown at the Canutillo Invitational last Saturday.

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

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

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

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Girls

1. Franklin:Giving credit where credit is earned. The Cougars move up to the top spot after its 55-point championship performance at the Canutillo Invitational. Franklin began the season ranked eighth and moved to fourth last week. Sophomore Eva Jess remains unbeaten, winning in 18:49.08 while senior Amalia Dorion was second in 19:29.22. Franklin also placed runners in the 18, 21 and 27 spots. Franklin will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

 2. Eastwood:The Troopers fell two points short of Franklin at the Canutillo Meet in its season opener. Eastwood had three runners in the top 10 – Lauren Walls (fourth, 19:42.68), Eileen McLain (fifth, 19:56.74) and Meadow Ortiz (sixth, 20:09.16). Eastwood will attempt to reclaim the top spot at Saturday’s Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.

3. Eastlake: For second consecutive week, the Falcons move up one spot after securing a third-place finish at Canutillo with a score of 73. Eastlake was led again by senior Aeriel Garcia who was third in 19:35.60. Teammate Amaris Chavez was seventh in 20:09.43. The Falcons will travel up I-25 to Albuquerque for the Lobo Invitational on Saturday.

 4. Americas: The Trailblazers were fourth at Canutillo with 99 points.  Priscilla Villalobos (ninth, 20:35.29) and Daphne Duran (tenth, 20:44.98) were Americas’ top 10 finishers. The Trailblazers will race at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque.

5.  Montwood: The Rams move up a spot after its fifth-place finish (136 points) at the Canutillo meet. Junior Diane Mena was Montwood’s top runner placing 11thin 20:56.47. Montwood is running at the Marcus Invitational in Flower Mound, Texas on Saturday.

 6. Coronado: The T-Birds dropped one spot after its sixth-place finish (153 points) at Canutillo. Sophia Flores was the top finisher for Coronado, placing 17thin 21:22.51. The T-Birds top runner, Jenelle Jaeger-Darakjy did not run (college exams). Coronado will race the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex.

7. Horizon: The Scorpions did not run last week. They will compete at Saturday’s Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.

8. Chapin: The Huskies did not run a full team at Canutillo. Senior Skyler Goodman was eighth finishing in 20:28.66. Chapin will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.

9. Clint: The Lions make their 2018 Top 10 debut after winning the Fabens ISD La Isla Invitational with 22 points. Top 10 runners were Vivian Zapata (fourth, 22:21.14), Brisa Aguilar (sixth, 22:50.27), Jacqueline Castillo (eighth, 23:43.95) and Lynette Rocha (tenth, 23:52.27). The Lions will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.

10. San Elizario: The Eagles will compete at the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex.

Dropped out: Canutillo.

On the brink: Hanks, Socorro.

Varsity Girls Pack - Canutillo 2018
Cross country runners know no rest. Many of the best girl’s teams will compete at Saturday’s Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle including No. 1 Franklin, No. 2 Eastwood, No. 7 Horizon, No. 8 Chapin and No. 9 Clint.

Top 25 Times

 1, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 18:18.45 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:49.08 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

3, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 19:06.79 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

4, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19:07.87 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

5, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 19:08.71 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

6, Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 19:20.34 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

7, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 19:29.21 (Canutilllo Invite, 8/25).

8, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 19:42.68 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

9, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:54.27 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

10, Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 19:56.74 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

11, Lauren Anderson, Americas 20:07.55 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

12, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 20:09.16 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

13, Morayma Montes, Austin, 20:15.24 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

14, Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 20:21.12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

15, Diane Mena, Montwood, 20:26.84 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

16, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 20:28.66 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

17, Ruby Medina, Eastlake, 20:33.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

18, Stephanie Gastelum, Eastlake, 20:22.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

19, Caitlin Martinez, Eastlake, 20:40.10 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

20, Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 20:40.30 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

21, Victoria Duran, Americas, 20:56.82 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

22, Britney Martinez, Loretto, 21:00.34 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

23, Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 21:01.89 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

24, Maya Ramirez, Americas, 21:06.55 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

25, Itzel Garcia-Gama, Americas, 21:08.03 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

Canutillo Girls Varsity runners 1
Franklin and Eastwood are excepted to battle for the team title at Saturday’s Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 20 (2).

2, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 18 (1).

3, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 16.

4, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 11.

5, Angeline Lujan, Parkland, 10 (1).

5, Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 10.

7, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 9.

7, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 9.

7, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 9.

7, Daphne Duran, Americas, 9.

7, Natalie Jimenez, Burges, 9.

Marisol Hernandez, El Paso, 8.

Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 7.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 7.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 6.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 6.

Jocelyn Castro, Fabens, 6.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 5.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 5.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 5.

Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 5.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 4.

Rosalinda Reza, Mt. View, 4.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 4.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 3.

Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 3.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 3.

Valerie Gonzalez, Pebble Hills, 2.

Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 2.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 2.

Diane Mena, Montwood, 1.

Karen Garcia, Jefferson, 1.

Lynette Rocha, Clint, 1.

Author: Victor R. Martinez

My love of running began with my son Deric. His passion and talent for distance running opened my eyes to a sport I never imaged I would embrace with such enthusiasm. As a journalist at the El Paso Times, I was the lead writer for cross country and track for several years and I was able to tell the stories of these amazing unsung athletes. Never a runner myself, I decided to change that when I turned 50 in 2016 when I trained for my first 5K. I've been running ever since and I love every minute of it - well - sort of.

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