High School Boys XC Poll: Week 2

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boys 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.

This week’s schedule:

Canutillo Invitational: 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at Canutillo Middle School. Canutillo, Eastwood, Hanks, Riverside, Franklin, Austin, Jefferson, Chapin, Burges, LPI, Valle Verde, Bel Air, Montwood, Americas, YWLA, Loretto, Andress, Cathedral, Ysleta, Del Valle, Loretto, Eastlake.

ABQ Invitational: 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at the University of New Mexico. Americas, Coronado, Ysleta.

Fabens La Isla Invitational: 8 a.m. Aug. 31.  Fabens, Irvin, EPHS, Tornillo, Bowie, Ft. Hancock, Parkland, El Dorado, Pebble Hills, Clint, Horizon, Mountain View, San Elizario, El Paso.

Marcus 1 Invitational: 7 a.m. Aug. 31 in Flower Mound. Socorro.

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The Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School highlights the local races. The invitational will feature at least 23 teams. The race begins at 8 a.m.

Top 10

1, Eastwood: The Troopers plan to run its varsity at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School. Top returnees include junior Sergio Leon Cuartas, and seniors Juan Olmos and Elias Perez. Juniors Aaron Perez and Nathan Hernandez round out the returning five who won the Class 5A state championship last year.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers easily won the Race to Midnight Invitational on Friday night. Americas had six runners in the top 10 including sophomore Melo Corral in fourth (16:20.47), senior Hector Sanchez at fifth (16:40.46), junior Gage Garcia at sixth (16:43.77), sophomore Jared Laverty at seventh (16:50.11), sophomore Aaron Saenz at eighth (16:53.59) and senior Seth Andrade at 10th (17:02.82). Americas will race at the UNM Lobo Invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars make a huge leap this week, jumping five spots to No. 3 after its impressive and surprising Freedom Run championship at Mt. View High School. New comer Fernie Morales, a senior, won the 2.7 mile Red Sands desert course in his first EVER cross country meet. The Cougars placed three runners in the top 6 including senior Steve Porras in second and senior Daniel Kennedy in sixth to earn the team championship with 30 points. The Cougars will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

4, San Elizario: The Eagles drop a spot after its second-place finish at the Clint ISD’s Freedom Run. San Elizario placed three runners in the top 10 – junior Edwin Gomez (third), junior Dilan Sanchez (fourth) and senior Rene Arambula (seventh), good for 46 points. The Eagles will regroup and race at the Fabens Invitational at Las Islas Church on Saturday.

5, Coronado: The T-Birds began the season with a third-place finish at the Race to Midnight Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex without senior Nick Gonzalez. Its top runner was sophomore Nick Espino (20th, 17:58.21). Coronado will race at the UNM Lobo Invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

6, Eastlake: The Falcons move up one spot after finishing fourth at the Race to Midnight Invitational. Sophomore Israel David paced the team with a second-place finish in 16:08.07. Eastlake will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

7, Hanks: Senior Rodger Rivera easily won Friday’s Race to Midnight Invitational in 15:29.04. All State runner Michael Abeyta did not race. Hanks had three runners in the top 25. They will run in Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

8, Montwood: The Rams moved up two spots after its 6th place finish in the 16-team Race to Midnight Invitational. Senior Ruben Gonzalez paced 12th in 17:14.26 and junior Trenton Nelson was 25th in 17:59.20. Eastlake will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational.

9, Tornillo: Tornillo dropped three spots after its seventh place finish at the Race to Midnight Invitational. Senior Ofir Ortega finished third in 16:17.42. The Coyotes will race at the Fabens Invitational at Las Islas Church.

10, Socorro: The Bulldogs jump in the top 10 after its third-place finish at the Tall City Invitational in Midland. Senior Cristian Parra was second (16:49.1) and junior Jorge Garcia was fourth (17:18.9) to pace the Bulldogs. Socorro will travel to  Flower Mound to race at the Marcus Invitational on Saturday.

Dropped out: Burges.
On the verge: Cathedral, Ysleta.

Franklin seniors Fernie Morales and Steve Porras finished 1-2 to help the Cougars to the boy’s championship at Clint ISD’s Freedom Run at Mt. View High School.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 15:29.04 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

2, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16:08.07 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

3, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 16:17.42 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

4, Melo Corral, Americas, 16:20.47 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

5, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 16:40.46 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

6, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:43.77 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

7, Christian Parra, Socorro 16:49.1 (Midland Tall City, 8/24)

8, Jared Laverty, Americas, 16:50.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

9, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 16:53.59 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

10, Jose Nilo, Austin,  16:53.76 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

11, Seth Andrade, Americas, 17:02.83 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

12, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 17:13.03 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

13, Ruben Gonzalez, Montwood, 17:14.27 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

14, Jorge Garcia, Socorro 17:18.9 (Midland Tall City, 8/24).

15, Nick Barajas, Americas, 17:24.86 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

16, Jonah Camposano, Eastwood, 17:28.31 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

17, Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 17:30.23 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

18, Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 17:34.84 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

19, Enrique Aguirre, Eastlake, 17:37.99 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

20, Anthony Lara, Eastlake, 17:42.78 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

21, Nicolas Maes, Cathedral, 17:46.22 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

22, Josh Espino, Coronado, 17:58.22 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

23, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 17:58.44 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

24, Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 17:58.66 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

25, Sam Breceda, Coronado, 17:58.84 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

 Hanks senior Michael Abeyta is expected to make his 2019 debut at the Canutillo Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday. Texas Milesplit has Abeyta ranked No 8 in the state. Eastwood, which won the Class 5A state championship last year, begins its quest to defend that title also at the Canutillo Invitational.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 10 (1).

1, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 10 (1).

3, Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

3, Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

3, Isreal David, Eastlake, 9.

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 8.

6, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 8.

8, Melo Corral, Americas, 7.

8, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 7.

8, Jorge Garcia, Socorro 7.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 5.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 5.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 4.

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 4.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 3.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 2.

Jose Nilo, , Austin, 2.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 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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