Final High School Boys 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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Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers won the Class 5A state championship, scoring 62 points, 25 points ahead of Austin Johnson. Eastwood placed four runners in the top 25 – Sergio Cuartas (11th, 15:29.82), Juan Olmos (12th, 15:33.69), Kayn Quinones (16th, 15:39.75) and Elias Perez (21st, 5:47.13.). Eddie Gallegos was 32nd in 16:00.52, Aaron Perez was 63rd in 16:27.85 and Nathan Hernandez was 64th in 16:27.91.

2. Americas: he Trailblazers placed 15that their first UIL Class 6A State Championship. Jacob Ye led Americas placing 27th in 15:47.33 followed by Tyler Rodriguez (33rd, 15:50.33), Jared Laverty (62nd, 16:04.26), Seth Andrade (83rd, 16:26.97), Gage Garcia (84th, 16:29.09), Alek Duran (86th, 16:30.82) and Carmelo Corral (109th, 17:30.40).

3. San Elizario: The Eagles earned a bronze medal at the Class 4A State Championship. Edwin Gomez was the state individual runner-up finishing in 15:07.63. Three runners finished in the top 25 – Irvin Vazquez (20th, 16:46.61), Martin Pargas (21st, 16:46.94) and Rene Arambula (23rd, 16:48.15). Other runners were Dilan Sanchez (36th, 17:13.70), Seth Rodriguez (87th, 18:07.41) and Jacob Ordonez (90th, 18:11.63).

4. Coronado: Two T-Birds competed in the Class 6A State Championship. Liam Walsh earned All State honors with a 10th place finish in 15:13.37 and Nick Gonzalez placed 21st in 15:29.16.

5. Burges: The Mustangs paced 15that the Class 5A State Championship. Top runners for Burges were Angel Ortiz (83rd, 16:45.09), Luis Cuevas (114th, 17:06.68),  Sam Zambrano (115th, 17:07.79),  Noah Yeager (122nd, 17:26.10), David Gonzalez (124th, 17:36.43),  Dylan Walker (134th, 17:57.62) and Luis Holguin (144th, 19:00.88).

 6. Franklin: Jacobo Wedemeyer represented the Cougar boys at the Class 6A State Championship, finishing 100thin 16:06.88.

7. Hanks: The Knights dynamic duo of juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera earned All State honors in the Class 5A State championship. Abeyta was fifth in 15:15.72 and Rivera was eighth in 15:20.56.

8. Tornillo: Tornillo was seventh in the Class 3A State Championship. Tornillo had two top 15 runners – Eduardo Carrillo (14th, 16:52.47) and Ofir Ortega (15th, 16:53.77). Other runners were Bryan Garcia (55th, 17:59.62), Michael Maney (59th, 18:06.48), Bryan Guzman (64th, 18:15.48), Heriberto Amaya (69th, 18:19.27) and Tommy Montelongo (103rd, 19:41.14).

9. Chapin: Junior Angel Contreras had a top 25 finish at Class 5A State Championship placing 23rd in 15:48.70.

 10. Eastlake:  The Falcons had two representatives at the Class 5A State Championship. Israel David was 43rdin 16:09.56 and Carlos Armendariz was 56th in 16:23.06.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: None.

Hanks junior Michael Abeyta earned All State honors after finishing 5th 15:15.72.

Top 25 Times (5K/3mile)

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, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:07.63 (Old Settler’s Park , 11/3).

8, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 15:08.60 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

9, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:13.4 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

10, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:12.10 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

13, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 15:25:10 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

14, Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 15:26.10 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

17, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:42.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

18, Sam Zambrano, Burges, 15:47.00 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

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

22, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 15:48.70 (Old Settler’s Park, 11/3).

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

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

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

San Elizario sophomore Edwin Gomez finished second at the UIL Class 4A State Championship.

Power rankings

(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 128 (7).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 89 (3).

3, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 80 (1).

4, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 70 (1).

5, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 67 (2).

6, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 61 (1).

7, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 55 (2).

8, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 52 (3).

9, Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 46 (1).

10, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 44 (1).

10, Israel David, Eastlake, 44.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 41.

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 38.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 38.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 33.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 32.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 32.

Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 30.

Mario Luna, Socorro, 26.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 24.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 24.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 23.

Alek Duran, Americas, 20.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 19.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 17.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 17.

Rene Arambula, San Eli, 16.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 15.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 15.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 15.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 14.

Irvin Vasquez, San Eli, 12.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 11.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

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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