High School Boys XC Poll: Week 6

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 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.

Eastwood pack surrounds runners - Canutillo 2018
Eastwood had the second fastest 1-5 splits of 36 seconds at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. The Troopers finished 5th on this 3 mile course.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers placed fifth, the best out-of-state finish, in the boy’s Sweepstakes race at the 38th Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. Eastwood’s top runner was Elias Perez, who ran the 3-mile course in 14:37, good for 24th place in this 229-runner race. Sergio Cuartas (49th, 14:52.5) also had a top 50 finish. Eastwood had the second fastest 1-5 splits of 36 seconds. The Troopers will rest this Saturday before heading out to Desert Twilight in Mesa Grande, Ariz. on Sept. 28.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers enjoyed Homecoming week and rested. Americas will travel to the Lubbock Invitational to race the Region 1-6A course at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles won the 3.3 mile Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park with 66 points. San Elizario sophomore Edwin Gomez won its fourth consecutive individual title in 16:38.72. They will run at the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreational Center on Saturday.

4. Hanks: Hanks won the Hanks/Ysleta Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park with 58 points, just ahead of Coronado’s 65. Hanks had three runners – Michael Abeyta (first, 14:32.48), Rodger Rivera (second, 14:59.46) and Andres Perez (13th, 16:10.87) – in the top 15. The Knights will race the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreational Center on Saturday.

5. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second to Hanks at the Hanks/Ysleta Invitational. Coronado had three runners –  Nick Gonzalez (third, 15:18.09), Liam Walsh (fourth, 15:19.73) and Alan Alba (sixth, 15:48.83).  Coronado will compete at the Franklin Invitational.

6. Socorro: The Bulldogs placed third at the Arvada West (Colo.) Invitational with 112 points and two top 10 runners – Mario Luna was seventh in 17:27.00 followed by Sebastian Mendoza (tenth, 17:39.00). The team will race at the Lubbock Invitational on Saturday.

7. Franklin: The Cougars jump up two spots after finishing third at the Northeast Regional Park with 72 points. The Cougars had two runners in the top 15 – Daniel Kennedy (ninth, 16:03.58) and Steven Porras (11th, 16:09.22). They will race at their own invitational on Saturday.

8. Burges: The Mustangs finished second at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational where they scored 79 points. Burges had two top 10 runners – Sam Zambrano (fourth, 17:19.10) and David Gonzalez (ninth, 17:31.98). They will race in the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

9. Eastlake: The Falcons have finally made the top 10 after finishing fourth at the Hanks/Ysleta Invitational. Israel David lead Eastlake, finishing fifth in 15:24.52. Carlos Armendariz was seventh in 15:51.12. They will race in the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

10. Tornillo. The Class 3A Coyotes will run a full squad for the first time this season at the Lubbock Invitational. Ofir Ortega was sixth in 17:24.71 at Saturday’s race at Veteran’s Park.

Dropped out: Chapin.
On the verge: El Paso High, Cathedral.

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Coronado sophomore Nick Gonzales finished third at the 3 mile course at Northeast Regional Park in 15:18.09.

Top 25 Times (5k/3 mile)

1, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 14:32.48 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

2, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 14:37.0 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

3, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14:52.5 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

4, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 14:55.2 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

5, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 14:59:46 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

6, Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 15:03.3 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

7, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:13.4 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

8, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:18.09 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

9, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 15:19.73 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

10, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 15:22:57 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

11, Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 15:22.9 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

12, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:24:52 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

13, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:30.08 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

14, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:31.8 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

15, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:39:86 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

16, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:47.21 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

17, Alan Alba, Coronado, 15:48.83 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

18, Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 15:51.12 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

19, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:56.30 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

20, D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 15:57.92 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

21, Seth Rodriguez, San Elizario, 15:58.36 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

22, Alek Duran, Americas, 16:01:90 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

23, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:02:88 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

24, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 16:03.58 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

25, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 16:03:93 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

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The Burges Mustangs finished second at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational where they scored 79 points.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 40 (4).

2, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 38 (1).

3, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 37 (2).

4, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 28 (1).

5, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 25 (1).

5, Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 25.

7, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 23.

8, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 21 (1).

9, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 20.

9, Mario Luna, Socorro, 20.

 

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 19.

Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 19.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Israel David, Eastlake, 18.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 16.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 15.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 13.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 11.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 11.

Alek Duran, Americas, 11.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 10.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 8.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 7.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 7.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 7.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 7.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 7.

Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 5.

Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 5.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 5.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Irvin Vasquez, San Elizario, 2.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 2.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 1.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 1.

Abraham Navarez, Parkland, 1.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 1.

Jorge Navor, Eastwood, 1.

Matthew Lindsey, Montwood, 1.

Adrian Morales, Irvin, 1.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 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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