High School Girls XC Poll: Week 10

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.

Eastwood is the only girl’s team standing. The young Troopers finished third in the Region 1-5A Championship and advanced to state.

Top 10

 1. Eastwood: The Troopers are off to state. Running in Class 5A this year, Eastwood finished third with 127 points. Eastwood placed three runners in the top 30 – freshman Lauren Walls (seventh, 18:38.80), juniors Meadow Ortiz (17th, 19:29.30) and Eileen McLain (26th, 19:49.20).  The team will race at the UIL State Championship on Nov. 3 in Round Rock. Eastwood is the only team still alive.

2. Franklin: The Cougars 2018 team run ended with a ninth place finish at the Region 1-6A Championship but not for sophomore Eva Jess who finished eighth in 17:46.05. She will advance to the UIL State Championship on Nov. 3 in Round Rock. Senior Amalia Dorion end her high school cross country career with a top 40 finish in a time of 19:12.21.

 3. Americas: The Trailblazers finished 11th at the Region 1-6A Championship with 308 points. Junior Daphne Duran was the only top 30 runner, placing 27th in 18:43.40. The team’s average time 19:48.49.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes finished seven points short of moving on to the state championship, placing fifth with 143 points. Fort Worth Boswell earned the last spot with 136 points. Freshman Crystal Peterson was fifth in 18:33.00 and advances to the state meet. Freshman Monique Correa and sophomore Melody Tsuitsum had top 25 finishes.

 5. Coronado: The T-Birds placed 12th at the Region 1-6A Championship with an average time of 19:51.43. Senior Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy was sixth overall in 17:44.43 and will advance to the state meet.

6. Eastlake: Eastlake was ninth at the Region 1-5A championship with 177 points. Two runners, classmates Aeriel Garcia and Amaris Chavez finished eighth and 11th and qualified for State. The team’s average time was 19:54.30.

7. Socorro:The Bulldogs finished the season with a fourth place finish at last week’s District 1-6A Championship. Junior Jazmin Chacon did advance to the Regional meet where she was 55th in 19:26.58.

8. Burges: The Mustangs finished 13th at the Region 1-5A Championship. Burges had two top 40 runners – freshman Annette Guzman (19th, 19:37.70) and senior Natalie Jimenez (37th, 20:12.00).

9. Horizon: The Scorpions placed 16th at the Region 1-5A championship. Senior Kenia Enriquez was the top runner finishing 30th in 19:58.50.

10. San Elizario: The Eagles finished the season placing in 13th place at the Region 1-4A meet. Sophomore America Morales was 22nd in 12:45.40 (2 mile), just missing out on her second state appearance.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: None.

El Paso’s distance runners had a competitive cross country season. From beginning to end, the races where always close.

Top 25 Times (5K/3Mile)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 17:31.08 (Desert Twilight, 9/28).

2, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 17:44.43 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

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

4, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 18:33.00 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

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

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

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

8, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 18:38.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

9, Daphne Duran, Americas, 18:43.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

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

11, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 19:12.21 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

12, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 19:12.66 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

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

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

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

16, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 19:26.58 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

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

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

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

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

21, Lauren Anderson, Americas, 19:35.23 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

22, Jenna Saunders, Franklin 19:36.70 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

25, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 19:41.16 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

The season took runners to some beautiful courses such as this one at the Don Haskins Recreation Center hosted by Franklin.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 95 (7).

2, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 88 (2).

3, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 76 (2).

4, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 51.

4, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 51.

6, Daphne Duran, Americas, 43.

7, Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 40.

8, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 39 (1).

9, Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 36.

10, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 34 (1).

Angeline Lujan, Parkland, 32 (2).

Morayma Montes, Austin, 29.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 28.

Marisol Hernandez, El Paso, 27.

America Morales, San Elizario, 25.

Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 24.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 24 (1).

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 24 (1).

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 23.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 21.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 21.

Natalie Jimenez, Burges, 18.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 18.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 17.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 14.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 12.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 11.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 10.

Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 10.

Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 10.

Mariana Guzman, Americas, 9.

Diane Mena, Montwood, 9.

Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 9.

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 8.

Marcela Perches, Loretto, 6.

Jocelyn Castro, Fabens, 6.

Lilian Breceda, Coronado, 6.

Madeline Estrada, Mt. View, 6.

Natalia Perez, San Elizario, 6.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 6.

Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 6.

Emilia Fontes, Socorro, 5.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 5.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 5.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 5.

Emily Guerrero, San Elizario, 5.

Rosalinda Reza, Mt. View, 4.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 4.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 4.

Lorien Clark, Franklin, 4.

Demi Garcia, Socorro, 3.

Lynette Rocha, Clint, 3.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 3.

Valerie Gonzalez, Pebble Hills, 2.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 2.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 2.

Jalyn Guardado, Coronado, 2.

Karen Garcia, Jefferson, 1.

Amaya Foran, Andress, 1.

Natalia Espinosa, Montwood, 1.

Paulina Friare, Hanks, 1.

Saxon Alvarez, Jefferson, 1.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 1.

Anise Robles, Del Valle, 1.

Karina Gallegos San Elizario, 1

Jaqueline Spencer, Hanks, 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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