High School Girls XC Poll: Week 3

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top girls 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 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

This week’s schedule:

Rudy Alvarez Invitational (3 Miles): 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at Del Valle High School. Del Valle, Eastwood, Franklin, Jefferson, Chapin, Fabens, Bowie, Ft Hancock, LPI, VVEC, Bel Air, YWLA, Hanks, Ysleta, Loretto, Cathedral, Horizon, Clint, San Elizario. Harmony, Riverside.

Southlake Carroll Invitational:  7 a.m. Sept. 7 in Southlake. Socorro.

Gadsden Invitational: 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at Gadsden High School. Canutillo, Austin, Irvin, EPHS, Burges, Andress, Parkland.

SISD Invitiational: 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at Ascarate Park. Pebble Hills, El Dorado, Americas, Montwood, Coronado, Mt View, Eastlake.

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Three area invitationals are on tap for Saturday – the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle, the Gadsden Invitational at Gadsden (N.M.) High School and the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park.

Top 10

1, Franklin: For the second week in a row, the Cougars move up one, this time to the top spot after placing four runners in the top 8 to win the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School. Junior Eva Jess won her second meet of the season, pacing the team in 18:05.86, the top time in the city. Franklin finished with 33 points, five better than previous No. 1 Eastwood. Other top 10 runners for Franklin were Jordan Torres (fifth, 20:02.96), Jenna Saunders (seventh, 20:19.12) and Alyssa Laspada (eighth, 20:21.98). The Cougars will travel to Del Valle High School for the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday.

 2, Eastwood: The Troopers scored 38 points in its first race of the season at Canutillo Middle School and placed second behind Franklin. Sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo was second in 19:19.02, Eileen McLain (sixth, 20:08.61), Desiree Carrillo (ninth, 20:22.10) and Meadow Ortiz (10th, 20:30.39). Eastwood will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds had a strong showing at the UNM Lobo Cross Country Invitational with two runners finishing in the top 10 – Kyra Walker at seventh in 20:49 and Marcela Perches in ninth in 21:17. The T-Birds are scheduled to compete at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers placed seventh in the 15-team Cleveland (N.M.) Invitational. Americas had two top 21 finishers – Mariana Guzman was sixth in 19:40.29 and Daphane Duran was 21st in 20:26.80. Americas will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

5, Socorro: The Bulldogs were supposed to race at the Marcus Invitational in Flower Mound but did not attend. Socorro is scheduled to run at the Southlake Carroll Invitational on Saturday.

6, Burges: The Mustangs did not run a complete team at the Canutillo Invitational. They did have three runners in the top 20 – Evonna Walker (15th, 20:46.48), Emilee Antimo (18th, 20:50.88) and Pamela Ramirez (20th, 20:59.88). Burges will run the Gadsden Invitational at Gadsden High School on Saturday.

7, Montwood.  The Rams finished third at the Canutillo Invitational with 77 points. Montwood had three runners in the top 16 – Karyme Garcia (third, 19:43.88), Julie Canalas (13th, 20:38.12) and Alexa Rangel (14th, 20:43.91). Montwood will rest their varsity at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

8, Jefferson: The Foxes did not run a full varsity at Canutillo Middle School. They did have a top five runner in junior Melody Tsumi who was fourth in 19:48.26. Jefferson will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

9, Eastlake: The Falcons had a fourth-place finish at the Canutillo Invitational with 107 points.  Junior Megan Kirtley continues to be the bright spot early in the season with an 11th place finish in a time of 20:30.45. They will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

10, Hanks: The Knights make its season debut at No. 10 after finishing fifth at the Canutillo Invitational. Its top finisher was sophomore Mia Rivera who was 27th in 21:28.17. They will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

Dropped out: San Elizario.

On the brink:  Clint, Del Valle, Tornillo.

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Tornillo freshman Kylene Elias (far left) comes into this week with the city’s third fastest time. She leads the season’s early surprise team which is on the brink of cracking the top 10.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

 1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:05.86 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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

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

4, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 19:19.01 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:48.22, (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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

8, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 20:02.95 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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

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

11, Eileen Mclain, Eastwood, 20:08.61 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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

13, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 20:19.12 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

14, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 20:21.97 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

15, Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 20:22.10 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

16, Daphne Duran, Americas, 20:26.80 (UNM Lobo Invitational, 8/31).

17, Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 20:28.02 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

18, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 20:30.39 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

19, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 20:30.45 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

20, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 20:33.27 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

21, Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 20:34.49 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

22, Morayama Montes, Austin, 20:37.41 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

23, Julie Canalas, Montwood, 20:38.12 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

24, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 20:43.91 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

25, Evonna Walker, Burges, 20:46.48 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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The Eastlake and Hanks girls enter this week at No. 9 and No. 10.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 20 (2).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19 (1).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 16.

4, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 15 (1).

5, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 14.

6, Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 13.

6, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 13.

6, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 13.

9, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 12.

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 11.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1).

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 8.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 7.

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 9.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 8.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 7.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 7.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 5.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 5.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 4.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 3.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 3.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 2.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 2.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 2.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 2.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 1

Morayama Montes, Austin, 1.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 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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