Final Girls High School XC Poll

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 boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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The Eastwood girls qualified for the state championship for the first time in 30 years.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers placed 11th at the Class 5A UIIL State Championship. Freshman Lauren Walls had a top 25 finish placing 25th in 19:25.55. Other Trooper runners were Meadow Ortiz (38th, 19:52.02), Eileen McLain (48th, 20:10.28), Destiny Martinez (69th, 20:26.23),  Lauren Villareal (86th, 20:56.76) Adalia Olmos (104th, 22:22.12 and Andrea Miramontes (105th, 22:26.49). Eastwood was the only girl’s team to qualify for state.

2, Franklin: The Cougars 2018 team run ended with a ninth place finish at the Region 1-6A Championship. Sophomore Eva Jess advanced to the state meet where she finished 14th in 17:40.36.

3. Americas: The Trailblazers finished 11th at the Region 1-6A Championship with 308 points.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes finished the season fifth at the Region 1-5A meet. Freshman Crystal Peterson finished 43rd in 19:21.03 at the state meet.

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 11th at the state meet – finishing one spot out of an All State nod – in 17:35.41.

6. Eastlake: Eastlake was ninth at the Region 1-5A championship with 177 points. Two runners, Aeriel Garcia and Amaris Chavez advanced to the state meet where Garcia earned All State honors finishing seventh in 18:27.77. Chavez was 13th in 18:48.42.

7.  Socorro: The Bulldogs finished the season with a fourth place finish at the District 1-6A Championship.

8. Burges: The Mustangs finished 13that the Region 1-5A Championship.

9. Horizon: The Scorpions placed 16that the Region 1-5A championship.

10. San Elizario: The Eagles finished the season placing in 13thplace at the Region 1-4A meet.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: None.

Franklin sophomore Eva Jess was the top running in El Paso all season. She finished 14th at the UIL Class 6A State Cross Country Championship.

Top times (5K/3 mile)

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

2, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 17:35.41 (Old Settler’s Park, 11/3).

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).

Coronado senior Jenelle Jaeger-Darakjy had a strong finish to the 2018 cross country season, finishing 11th at the Class 6A state meet in 17:35.41.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

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

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

3, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 80 (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.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 2.

Valerie Gonzalez, Pebble Hills, 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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