High School Girls XC Poll: Week 8

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 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.

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The regular season comes to end Friday at the Clint ISD Legends Classic at Horizon Golf Course. The girls begin at 4:30 p.m.

Top 10

1. Franklin:  The Cougars finished 19thin the Sole Sports Sweepstakes championship at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa Grande, Ariz. Sophomore Eva Jess was ninth overall in 17:31.80. The Cougars will rest and return to the course on Oct. 12 for the District 1-6A Championship.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers placed 24thin the Sweepstakes race at the Desert Twilight Invitational. Its top runner was freshman Lauren Wells who was 71st in 19:13.20. Eastwood will rest for the District 2-5A race on Oct. 12.

3. Americas: The Trailblazers were 36that the McNeil Invitational in Round Rock. Its top runner was Daphne Duran who was 52nd in 18:48.63. Americas will not race this week.

4. Eastlake: Eastlake won the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday with 60 points.  Senior Aeriel Garcia was second in 19:51.49. They too will rest their varsity this weekend.

5. Jefferson: So the Foxes run a full team and this is what happens – a second place finish at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational and a Top 10 debut. Jefferson placed three runners in the top 10 and finished with 71 points. Crystal Peterson was third in 19:59.96 followed by Monique Correra (seventh, 20:50.36) and Melody Tsutsumi (ninth, 21:15.59; 10).

6. Coronado: The T-Birds were third with 96 points at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park. Senior Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy won the event in 18:51.49. Coronado will compete at the Clint ISD Cross Country Meet on Friday.

7. Socorro: The Bulldogs move down one spot after its fourth place finish at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational. Socorro junior Jazmin Chacon was sixth in 20:50.36.

8. Bel Air: The Highlanders placed 22ndin the Championship Division of the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa Grande, Ariz. Sophomore Rosemary Torres was the top Bel Air runner finishing 86th in 21:38.80.

9. Montwood: The Rams placed fifth at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational with 136 points. Its top runner was sophomore Karyme Garcia (14th, 21:49.58).

10. San Elizario: The Eagles did to get to run at the McNeil Invitational because of lightning. They will run at the Clint ISD Meet at Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center on Friday.

Dropped out: Horizon.

On the brink: Hanks, Del Valle.

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Seniors Aeriel Garcia from Eastake and Coronado’s Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, have the second and third fastest times in the city this year.

Top 25 Times (5K/3Mile)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 17:30.05 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

2, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 17:49.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

3, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 18:31.85 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

4, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 18:36.0 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

5, Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 18:38.59 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

6, Eileen Mclain, Eastwood, 18:38.6 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

7, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 18:48.55 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

8, Daphne Duran, Americas, 18:48.63 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

9, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 19:02.5 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/25).

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

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

12, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 19:09.26 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

13, Lauren Villareal, Eastwood, 19:15.3 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/25).

14, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 19:18.55 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

15, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 19:20.82 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

16, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:28.27 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

17, Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 19:28.74 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

18, Jenna Saunders, Franklin 19:31.02 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

19, Karen Garcia, Jefferson 19:31.80 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

20, Morayma Montes, Austin, 19:33.63 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

21, Emily Hernandez, Eastlake, 19:34.68 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

22, Lorien Clark, Franklin 19:38.52 11 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

23, Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 19:39.6 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

24, Angelina Lujan, Parkland, 19:43.96 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

25, Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 19:46.9 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

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The second season begins Oct. 12 with the district championships at the Chamizal National Memorial Park.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 72 (6).

2, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 54 (1).

2, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 54 (2).

4, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 44.

5, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 42.

6, Daphne Duran, Americas, 35.

7, Angeline Lujan, Parkland, 29 (2).

8, Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 25.

9, Marisol Hernandez, El Paso, 22.

10, Morayma Montes, Austin, 21.

10, Lauren Anderson, Americas, 21.

10, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 21.

 

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 18 (1).

Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 18.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 17.

America Morales, San Elizario, 16.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 16.

Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 15.

Natalie Jimenez, Burges, 15.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 14.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 10.

Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 10.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 10.

Mariana Guzman, Americas, 9.

Diane Mena, Montwood, 9.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 9.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 8.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 8.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 7.

Marcela Perches, Loretto, 6.

Jocelyn Castro, Fabens, 6.

Emilia Fontes, Socorro, 5.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 5.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 5.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 5.

Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 5.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 5.

Rosalinda Reza, Mt. View, 4.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 4.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 4.

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 4.

Demi Garcia, Socorro, 3.

Lorien Clark, Franklin, 3.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 3.

Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 3.

Valerie Gonzalez, Pebble Hills, 2.

Natalia Perez, San Elizario, 2.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 2.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 2.

Karen Garcia, Jefferson, 1.

Lynette Rocha, Clint, 1.

Amaya Foran, Andress, 1.

Destiney Martinez, Eastwood, 1.

Natalia Espinosa, Montwood, 1.

Paulina Friare, Hanks, 1.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 1.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 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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