High School Boys XC Poll: Week 3

Every Thursday, 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:

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

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The third week of the season includes three local meets – the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School, the Gadsden Invitational at :Gadsden High School and the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood:  The Troopers had five runners in the top 10 – Elias Perez (second, 15:42.30), Juan Olmos (third, 15:51.55), Sergio Leon Cuartas (fifth, 16:05.24), Nathan Hernandez (eighth, 16:30.91) and Aaron Perez (10th, 16:36.61) – to win the Canutillo Invitational with 28 points. Eastwood will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers placed second at the Cleveland Invitational in Rio Rancho (N.M.) 12 points behind Albuquerque Academy. Americas placed six runners in the top 20 including senior Hector Sanchez (second, 16:08.28) and sophomore Melo Corral (10th, 16:31.71) in the top 10.  Americas will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars placed second at the Canutillo Invitational with 62 points. Franklin placed two runners in the top 10 – Fernie Morales (sixth, 16:05.83) and Daniel Kennedy (seventh, 16:15.25) – and four runners in the top 20. The Cougars will travel to Del Valle High School for the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday.

4, San Elizario: The Eagles scored 26 points in their Saturday championship at the Fabens Invitational. San Elizario placed five runners in the top 10 – Edwin Gomez (second, 16:30.08), Dilan Sanchez (third, 17:03.21), Rene Arambula (fourth, 17:05.70), Irvin Vazquez (ninth, 17:31.36) and Alan Ceballos  (tenth, 17:41.92). The Eagles will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

5, Coronado: The T-Birds placed three runners in the top 10 at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Senior Nick Gonzalez won the event in 16:27.00 and teammate Alan Alba was second in 16:51.00. Stephen Pitchkolan was seventh in 17:04.00. The T-Birds will run at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

6, Hanks: The Knights move up one after its third-place finish at the Canutillo Invitational. Senior Michael Abeyta won the race in 15:27.65. Hanks sophomore Gael Alvarado finished 14th in 17:01.05. Rodger Rivera did not run. Neither Abeyta or Rivera is scheduled to run at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational.

7, Chapin: The Huskies ran a full varsity team and placed fourth at the Canutillo Invitational scoring 146 points. Senior Angel Contreras placed ninth in 16:33.21 and junior Joaquin Ortega was 16th in 17:13.35. The team will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday.

8, Eastlake: The Falcons moved down two spots after placing sixth at the Canutillo Invitational. Sophomore Israel David was fourth in 16:04.45. Junior Anthony Lara was the only other Falcon to have a top 20 finish, placing 18th in 17:16.22. They will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

9, Tornillo: Tornillo remains at No. 9 after its second place finish at the Fabens Invitational. Senior Ofir Ortega won the race in 16:29.24. Sophomore Bryan Garcia was 11th in 17:51.58.

10, Montwood: The Rams drops two spots with a 190-point, seventh place finish at Canutillo.  Its top finisher was junior Trenton Nelson who was 29th in 17:48.86. Montwood will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

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

Coronado seniors Nick Gonzalez and Alan Alba finished 1-2 at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Gonzalez won the event in 16:27.00 and Alba was second in 16:51.00.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Michael Abeyta Hanks, 15:27.65 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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

3, Elias Perez, Eastwood 15:42.30 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

4, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 15:51.54 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

5, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16:04.45 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

6, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16:05.24 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

7, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 16:05.83 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

8, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 16:08.28 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

9, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 16:15.25, (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

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

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

12, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 16:27.00 (UNM Invitational, 8/31).

13, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 16:30.08. (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

14, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 16:30.91 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

15, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 16:33.21 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

16, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 16:34.31 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

17, Christian Parra, Socorro, 16:34.47 (Marcus Invitational, 8/31).

18, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 16:36.61 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

19, Seth Andrade, Americas, 16:41.32 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

20, Jacob Ye, Americas, 16:42.89 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

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

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

23, Alan Alba, Coronado 16:51.00 9 (UNM Invitational, 8/31).

24, Steven Porras Franklin, 16:51.92 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

25, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 16:53.73 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).


Americas senior Hector Sanchez was second at the Cleveland Invitational in Rio Rancho (N.M.) finishing in 16:08.28.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 18 (1).

2, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 17.

3, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16.

4, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 15 (1).

4, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 15.

6, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 14.

7, Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 11.

8, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 10 (1).

8, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 10 (1).

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

Alan Alba, Coronado, 9.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 9.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Melo Corral, Americas, 8.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 7.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 6.

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 5.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 4.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 4.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 4.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 3.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 3.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 2.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 2.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 2.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 1.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood 1.