High School Boys XC Poll: Week 9

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.

The 2018 Cross Country season began with a Race to Midnight at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex. On Monday in Lubbock, it will end for most runners. For those luckily and talented enough, the season will continue on Nov. 3 in Round Rock at the UIL State Championship.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers won its eighth straight district championship scoring 25 points and placing six runners in the top 10. Senior Kayn Quinones led the way for the Troopers finishing third in 16:14.00. followed by junior Elias Perez (fourth, 16:28,23), sophomore Nathan Hernandez (fifth, 16:28.23), junior Juan Olmos (sixth, 16:30.73), senior Eddie Gallegos (seventh, 16:30.24) and sophomore Sergio Leon Cuartes (10th, 16:46.41). Its 1-5 split was 16 seconds. The team will advance to the Region 1-5A Meet in Lubbock on Monday.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers won the District 1-6A with 38 points. It is their first district championship since 2005. Americas had four runners – senior Tyler Rodriguez (third, 16:21.83), freshman Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:35.06), junior Jacob Ye (sixth, 16:36.05) and senior Alek Duran (10th, 16:53.83) – in the top 10. The team will advance to the Region 1-6A Meet in Lubbock on Monday.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles scored a perfect score of 15 to win its fifth District 1-4A championship. Sophomore Edwin Gomez was first in 16:33.79 followed by freshman Irvin Vazquez (17:30.16), junior Rene Arambula (17:40.71) and sophomores Dilan Sanchez (17:46.68) and Jacob Ordonez (17:48.50). San Elizario seeks its fifth Region 1-4A championship Monday in Lubbock.

4. Coronado: The T-Birds jump three spots after finishing second at the District 1-6A Championship. Coronado had three runners finish in the top 10 including district champion, junior Nick Gonzalez (15:58.97) and runner up, senior Liam Walsh (15:59.51). Junior Alan Alba was seventh in 16:40.85. Coronado advances to the Region 1-6A championship in Lubbock on Monday.

5. Franklin: The Cougars advance to the Region 1-6A Championship after its third place finish at the District 1-6A Championship. Senior Jacobo Wedemeyer was fourth in 16:26.47.

6. Burges: The Mustangs narrowly defended its District 1-5A title scoring 56 points, just ahead of Chapin and Jefferson each with 63 points.  Burges senior Sam Zambrano was second overall in 16:42.72. Burges will compete at the Region 1-5A championship in Lubbock on Monday.

7. Eastlake: The Falcons move up a spot after its second place finish at the District 2-5A Championship, narrowly beating Hanks by one point. Eastlake had two runners – freshman Israel David (eighth, 16:33.44) and senior Carlos Armendariz (ninth, 16:41.48) – in the top 10. The team will race at the Region 1-5A Championship in Lubbock on Monday.

8. Hanks: The Knights drop four spots after its third place finish at the District 2-5A Championship. Juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished first and second in times of 15:42.74 and 16:03.89. They will compete in the Region 1-5A Championship in Lubbock on Monday.

9. Tornillo: Tornillo won its fifth District 3-3A championship in row Saturday, finishing three points better than Crane. The Coyotes placed three runners in the top 10 including district champion Eddie Carrillo (17:11) and district runner up Ofir Ortega (17:35) and Heribeto Amaya was fifth (18:21). Tornillo will be on the hunt for its fifth Region 1-3A championship in Lubbock on Monday.

 10. Jefferson/Chapin: The Foxes showed some grit at the District 1-5A meet, earning a second-place tie with Chapin. Jefferson placed three runners – D’Angelo Flores (third, 17:12.23), Uciel Garcia (sixth, 17:32.56) and Jordy Cortez (seventh, 17:32.56) – in the top 10.  Two Huskies – junior Angel Contreras (fourth, 17:18.78) and Joaquin Ortega (ninth, 17:34.36) – finished in the top 10. Both teams will race in the Region 1-5A Championship on Monday.

Dropped out: Socorro.
On the verge: Cathedral.

It has been a long and grueling fall season that began for most teams with summer training. Championship season continues Monday in Lubbock with the Region 1 races.

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).

Mae Simmons Park will be the site of the Region 1 Championship, one step away from the UIL State Championship. Earlier in the year, several El Paso schools competed at the Lubbock Invitational,including Tornillo.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 99 (6).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 64 (3).

3, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 59 (1).

4, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 54 (2).

5, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 53 (1).

5, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 53 (2).

7, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 42 (1).

7, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 42 (2).

9, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 37 (1).

10, Israel David, Eastlake, 36.


Jacob Ye, Americas, 33.

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 32

Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 30.

Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 29 (1).

Mario Luna, Socorro, 26.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 24.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 24.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 23.

Alek Duran, Americas, 20.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 20.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 19.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 19.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 17.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 17.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 15.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 15.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 15.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 14.

Irvin Vasquez, San Eli, 12.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 12.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 11.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 11.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

Rene Arambula, San Eli, 8.

Dilan Sanchez, San Eli,7.

Jacob Ordonez, San Eli, 6.

Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 6.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 6.

Lloyd Frilot, Andress, 6.

Heriberto Amaya, Tornillo, 6.

Gael Hernandez, Fabens, 5.

Matthew Lindsey, Montwood, 5.

Uciel Garcia, Jefferson 5.

Jordy Cortez, Jefferson, 4.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Adrian Morales, Irvin, 4.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 4.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 3.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 3.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 3.

Mario Garcia. Mt. View, 3.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 2.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 2.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 1.

Abraham Navarez, Parkland, 1.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 1.

Jorge Navor, Eastwood, 1.

Felipe 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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