High School Boys 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 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.

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Eastwood won it’s second Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race in three years, edging out Colorado Niwot by a point. Eastwood’s 1-5 split was 22 seconds apart.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers followed up their 5thplace finish at the Woodbridge Classic two weeks ago with a Sole Sports Sweepstakes championship at the Desert Twilight Meet in Mesa Grande, Ariz. Eastwood beat Niwot (Colo.) by one point to claim the title. The Troopers 1-5 split was 22 seconds, placing scoring runners in 16-17-20-22 and 37. Sophomore Sergio Leon Cuartes and Elias Perez led Eastwood’s pack finishing 18thoverall in 15:36.90 and 19th in 15:37.20. Eastwood will rest this week in preparation of the District 2-5A Championship on Oct. 12.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers tied for third and placed four runners in the top 55 in the 680-runner, 81-team McNeil Invitational. Junior Jacob Ye led Americas finishing 30thin 15:39.67 followed by seniors Alek Duran (47th, 15:48.30), Tyler Rodriguez (53rd, 15:51.29) and freshman Jared Laverty (55th, 15:51.29). Americas will take a break before returning for the District 1-6A Meet on Oct. 12.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles finished in 36th place at the 81-team McNeil Invitational. Sophomore Edwin Gomez was 11thout of 680 runners in a time of 15:14.85. The Eagles will run their varsity at the Clint ISD 5K Cross Country Meet at the Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

 4. Hanks: The Knights placed 17thout of 30 teams in the Sole Sports Sweepstakes championship at the Desert Twilight Meet in Mesa Grande, Ariz. The Hanks’s 1-2 punch of Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished fourth and ninth in times of 14:51 for Abeyta and 15:16 for Rivera.  

 5. Franklin: The Cougars finished 22ndat the Desert Twilight Meet.  Four runners ended the race with personal best marks including Jacobo Wedemeyer’s 15:46 which was good for 30thplace. They will rest this week as they prepare for the district run on Oct. 12.

6. Burges: The vastly improving Mustangs are peaking at the right time and move up two spots. Burges won the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at the Chamizal National Park edging Coronado by five points, scoring 99 points.  Senior Sam Zambrano was 8thin 17:20.21. The varsity is resting this week in preparation of the District 1-5A Championship on Oct. 12.

7. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday despite placing three runners in the top four spots. Junior Nick Gonzalez won the event in 16:19.87 just ahead of teammate Liam Walsh (16:25.97). Junior Alan Alba was fourth in 16:58.07. They will compete at the Clint ISD 5K Cross Country Meet at the Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

8. Eastlake: The Falcons move up a spot after picking up a third-place finish at Chamizal National Park. Freshman Israel David was third in 16:48.83 and senior Carlos Armendariz was fifth in 16:59.01.

9. Socorro: The Bulldogs placed fourth at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday.  Christian Parra was seventh overall in 17:13.58.

10. Tornillo: The Coyotes travelled to Round Rock for the McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park, the UIL State course, but did not run because of lightning. They will run the Clint ISD 5K Cross Country Meet at the Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: 
El Paso High, Cathedral.

Chapin Boys Canan
Horizon Golf Course will host the Clint ISD Cross Country Meet Friday at 4:30 p.m. Most teams will rest their varsity runners in preparation of the district championships Oct. 12 at the Chamizal.

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, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:14.85 (NcNeil Invitational, 9/29).

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

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

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

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

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

14, Jacob Ye, Americas, 15:39.67 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

15, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 15:41:9 (Mae Simmons Park, 9/22).

16, Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 15:45.10 (Desert Twilight, 9/29).

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

18, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 15:47:50 (Desert Twilight, 9/28).

19, Alek Duran, Americas, 15:48:30 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

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

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

22, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:51.29 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

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

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

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

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Runners have not seen the last of the hills at Chamizal National Memorial. The district races will take place there starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 79 (4).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 54 (2).

3, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 50 (1).

4, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 37 (1).

4, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 37 (1).

6, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 35 (2).

6, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 35 (1).

8, Israel David, Eastlake, 33.

8, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 33 (1).

10, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 29 (1).

 

Jacob Ye, Americas, 28.

Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 26.

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 25.

Mario Luna, Socorro, 23.

Alek Duran, Americas, 19.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 18.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 17.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 17.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 17.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 16.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 15.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 14.

Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 14.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 14.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 13.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 11.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 9.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 7.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 7.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 7.

Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 6.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Matthew Lindsey, Montwood, 3.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 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.

Adrian Morales, Irvin, 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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