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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1. Eastwood: The Troopers are back on top after winning the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School. The newly designed 3.21- mile course proved to be challenging. Eastwood scored 31 points with four runners in the top 10 including freshman Lauren Walls (third, 20:07.90), Eileen McLain (fifth, 20:42.42), Meadow Ortiz (seventh, 21:10.99) and Destiney Martinez (tenth, 21:51.30). Eastwood will take the week off as they prepare for the Woodbridge Cross Country Class in Irvine, Calif.
2. Franklin: The Cougars move down a spot, finishing second to Eastwood at Del Valle with 42 points despite placing two runners – Eva Jess (first, 18:44.37) and Amalia Dorion (fourth, 20:26.92) – in the top five. Franklin will run its varsity at Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park.
3. Americas: The Trailblazers were a very respectable sixth place at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque with 191 points. Daphne Duran led the way finishing tenth in 20:17.0, the fastest of the El Paso girls. Lauren Anderson was a top 25 finisher (20:53.1) in this 23-team, 158-person race. The Trailblazers will race at the Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park.
4. Eastlake: Eastlake moves down a spot after placing eighth at the Lobo Invitational with 225 points. Senior Aeriel Garcia (11th, 20:24.4) was the top finisher for the Falcons. Amaris Chavez (22nd, 20:48.5) finished in the top 25. Eastlake will compete at the Tornillo/San Elizario Meet in Tornillo.
5. Coronado: The T-Birds move up a spot with a third-place finish at the Rudy Alvarez. Coronado scored 64 points and were led by Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy (second, 19:54.18) and Sophia Flores (eighth, 21:41.35). The T-Birds will head to North Texas to participate in the Southlake Carroll Invitational.
6. Montwood: The Rams challenged themselves at the Marcus Invitational in Flower Mound last week. They will rest this week.
7. Hanks: The Knights crack the Top 10 for the first time this season, placing fourth at the Rudy Alvarez with 114 points. Paulina Friare (13th, 22:12.63) and Jackie Spencer (17th, 22:25.97) lead Hanks. The Knights will travel to the Southlake Carroll Meet where they will face the state’s best runners.
8. Horizon: The Scorpions did not run a full team last week at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle. Kenia Enriquez (sixth, 20:59.37) had a top 10 finish.
9. Clint: The Lions did not run its varsity at last week’s Rudy Alvarez.
10. Socorro: The Bulldogs made its season debut at Saturday’s Dale Reinhardt Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex and finished first with 23 points. Jazmin Chacon won the 2-mile event in 13:01.50 and Janeth Chacon was fifth in 14:00.56.
Dropped out: Chapin, San Elizario.
On the brink: None.
Top 25 Times
1, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 18:18.45 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:44.37 (Del Valle, 9/21).
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, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 19:54.18 (Del Valle, 9/1).
10, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:54.27 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
11, Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 19:56.74 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).
12, Lauren Anderson, Americas 20:07.55 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
13, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 20:09.16 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).
14, Morayma Montes, Austin, 20:15.24 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
15, Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 20:21.12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
16, Diane Mena, Montwood, 20:26.84 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
17, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 20:28.66 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).
18, Ruby Medina, Eastlake, 20:33.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
19, Stephanie Gastelum, Eastlake, 20:22.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
20, Caitlin Martinez, Eastlake, 20:40.10 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
21, Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 20:40.30 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
22, Victoria Duran, Americas, 20:56.82 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
23, Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 20:59.37 (Del Valle, 9/1).
24, Britney Martinez, Loretto, 21:00.34 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).
25, Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 21:01.89 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):
1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 30 (3).
2, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 27 (1).
3, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 23.
4, Angeline Lujan, Parkland, 19 (1).
4, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19.
6, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 18.
7, Marisol Hernandez, El Paso, 16.
8, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 15.
8, Natalie Jimenez, Burges, 15.
10, Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 14.
Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.
Morayma Montes, Austin, 12.
Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 11.
Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1)
Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 10.
Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 10.
Mariana Guzman, Americas, 9.
Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 9.
Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 9.
America Morales, San Elizario 7.
Vivian Zapata, Clint, 7.
Jocelyn Castro, Fabens, 6.
Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 6.
Emilia Fontes, Socorro, 5.
Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 5.
Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 5.
Sophia Flores, Coronado, 5.
Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 5.
Evonna Walker, Burges, 5.
Lauren Anderson, Americas, 4.
Rosalinda Reza, Mt. View, 4.
Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 4.
Ana Rojas, Socorro, 4.
Demi Garcia, Socorro, 3.
Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 3.
Valerie Gonzalez, Pebble Hills, 2.
Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 2.
Natalia Perez, San Elizario, 2.
Diane Mena, Montwood, 1.
Karen Garcia, Jefferson, 1.
Lynette Rocha, Clint, 1.
Amaya Foran, Andress, 1.
Destiney Martinez, Eastwood, 1.
Natalia Espinosa, Montwood, 1.