High School Girls XC Poll: Week 2

Every Tuesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top girl’s 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 cross country season in El Paso began on Friday with Montwood’s Race to Midnight Invitational. Coronado won the girl’s team title while Americas senior Mariana Guzman also easily won the race in 18:48.20. On Saturday, more than 23 teams will compete at the Canutillo Invitational at 8 a.m. at Canutillo Middle School

Top 10

1, Eastwood: The Troopers varsity will get its first taste of action at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School. The Troopers are working towards a return visit to the Class 5A State Championship where the team finished 11th.

2, Franklin: The Cougars move up one after its impressive season debut, winning the 2.7 mile Red Sands desert course at Mt. View’s Freedom Run. Junior Eva Jess won the meet in 17:03.70. Franklin’s top five runners finished in the top 8 including Jess at No. 1, sophomore Jenna Saunders in second (18:38.02), freshman Alyssa Laspada in third (18:44.52) sophomore Jordan Torres in fifth (19:18.34) and freshman Sofia Camacho in eighth (20:01.45). The Cougars will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds jump two spots after its team championship at the Race to Midnight Invitational on Friday night. Coronado had three runners in the top 15 lead by senior Sophia Flores (sixth, 20:03.40), freshman Kyra Walker (seventh, 20:06.12) and senior Marcela Perches (15th, 21:14.81). The team scored 70 points, nine points lower than Americas. Coronado will race at the UNM Lobo Invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers dropped two spots after finishing second at Montwood’s Race to Midnight Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. Senior Mariana Guzman won the event in 18:48.20. Senior Priscilla Villalobos was the only other runner to finish in the top 20, placing 14th in 21:08.80. Americas will race at the UNM Lobo Invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

5, Socorro: The Bulldogs move up one after winning the Tall City Invitational in Midland. Senior Jazmin Chacon won individual honors in 20:55.0 while senior Janeth Chacon was third in 21:08.7 and sophomore Ana Rojas placed sixth in 21:56.8. Socorro will travel to Flower Mound to race at the Marcus Invitational on Saturday.

6, Burges: The Mustangs make its top 10 debut after its third-place finish at Montwood’s Race to Midnight. Sophomore Annette Guzman (8th, 20:18.30), junior Emilee Antimo (11th, 21:02.95) and sophomore Pamela Ramirez (13th, 21:06.32) had top 15 finishes. Burges will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

7, Montwood.  The Rams placed fourth at the Race to Midnight Invitational behind three top 20 runners – junior Karyme Garcia (third, 19:38.39), freshman Julie Canalas (19th, 21:21.95) and sophomore Alexa Rangel (20th, 21:23.51).  They will compete at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

8, Jefferson: The Foxes drop four spots after finishing fifth at the Race to Midnight Invitational. Senior Melody Tsumi was fourth overall in 19:57.22 while senior Ivette Rojas ran a 21:16.62, good for 16th place. Sophomore Monique Correa also finished in the top 20 placing 18th in 21:20.46. Jefferson will race at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

9, Eastlake: After placing sixth at the Race to Midnight Invitational, Eastlake drops two spots. Junior Megan Kirtley was the lone Falcon to crack the top 20, placing 17th in 21:19.45. They will race at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

10, San Elizario: The Eagles did not race on Saturday. The Eagles will open the season at the Fabens Invitational at Las Islas Church on Saturday.

Dropped out: Del Valle, Horizon.

On the brink: Canutillo, Clint, Hanks.

Socorro senior Jazmin Chacon won individual honors at the Tall City Invitational in Midland in 20:55.0 while her sister, senior Janeth Chacon, finished third in 21:08.7 In between them is senior Cristian Parra who was second (16:49.1) in the boys race.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

 1, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:48.20 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19:14.83 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:38.39 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

4, Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 19:57.22, (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

5, Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 20:00.09 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

6, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 20:03.40  (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

7, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 20:06.12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

8, Annette Guzman, Burges, 20:18.30 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

9, Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 20:49.47 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

10, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 20:55.0 (Midland Tall City, 8/24).

11, Morayama Montes, Austin, 21:02.42 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

12, Emilee Antimo, Burges, 21:02.95 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

13, Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 21:05.86 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

14, Pamela Ramirez, Burges, 21:06.32 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

15, Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 21:08.7 (Midland Tall City, 8/24).

16, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 21:08.80 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

17, Marcela Perches, Coronado, 21:14.62 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

18, Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 21:16.62 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

19, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 21:19.45 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

20, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 21:20.46 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

21, Julie Canalas, Montwood, 21:21.95 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

22, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 21:23.51 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

23, Daphne Duran, Americas, 21:24.20 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

24, Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 21:24.82 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

25, Amber Martin, Eastwood, 21:29.22 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

While many of El Paso’s team will compete at Canutillo, Fabens ISD will host Las Islas Invitational on Saturday.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 10 (1).

1, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1).

1, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 10 (1).

4, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 9.

4, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 9

6, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 8.

6, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 8.

6, Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 8.

9, Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 7.

9, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 7.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 6.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 5.

Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 5.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 4.

Destiny Beltran, Horzon, 4.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 3.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 2.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 2.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 1.

Kayhla Talavera, 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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