High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 4

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:

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park. Franklin, Coronado, Canutillo, Chapin, EPHS, Mt View, Clint, Eastlake, Americas, VVEC, El Dorado, Del Valle.

Loretto/Cathedral Invitational:  8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Veterans Park. Cathedral, Austin, Jefferson, Fabens, Bowie, Ft Hancock, Burges, LPI, Eastwood, Hanks, Bel Air, YWLA, Parkland, Socorro, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Andress, San Eli, Horizon, Ysleta, Andress, Loretto, Riverside.

 Cobre Invitational: 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Bataan Memorial Park in Fort Baynard, N.M.  Irvin.

 Guyer Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 14 in Denton. Socorro.

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The Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park and the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park highlight the local cross country scene on Saturday.

Top 10

1, Franklin: The Cougars placed five runners in the top 11 for 27 points and the championship of the 3.19 mile Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.  Eva Jess won her third invitational of the season in a time of 18:30.05. Franklin’s next scoring runners were Jordan Torres (fifth, 20:53.74), Jenna Saunders (sixth, 20:57.81) Alyssa Laspada (eighth, 21:08.81) and Sofia Camacho (11th, 21:26.24.). The Cougars will run at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park on Saturday.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational with 32 points, five behind Franklin. Eastwood had four runners in the top 10 including  Lauren Walls- Portillo (second, 19:56.75), Elieen McLain, (fourth, 20:37.04), Meadow Ortiz (seventh, 21:02.63) and Adalia Olmos, Eastwood (tenth, 21:20.19). Eastwood will rest its varsity this weekend as the team prepares for the Woodbridge (Calif.) Cross Country Classic on Sept. 21.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds won the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course with 24 points, placing three runners in the top five spots – Kyra Walker (first, 16:07.12), Sophia Flores (third, 16:19.31) and Marcela Perches (fifth, 16:45.81). Walker, a freshman, won her first individual title on the 2.5 mile course. Coronado will run the rugged Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers placed second at the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course with 31 points. Top 10 runners were Mariana Guzman (sixth, 16:48.90), Lauren Anderson (eighth, 16:53.46) and Abigail Barraza (tenth, 16:56.48). Americas will race the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park.

5, Socorro: The Bulldogs challenged themselves at the Southlake Carroll Invitational and finished 29th in the Elite Division. Senior Jazmin Chacon was the top runner, finishing 51st in 20:22.88, good for the 16th fastest time in El Paso this season. Socorro is schedule to race at the Guyer Invitational in Denton.

6, Burges: The Mustangs won the Gadsden Invitational with 54 points. Burges had three runners in the top five including sophomore Annette Guzman (second, 21:00.32), junior Emilee Antimo (fourth, 21:21.57) and senior Evonna Walker (fifth, 21:28.85). Burges will race the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

7, Montwood.  The Rams did not run a full squad at the 2.5. mile El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational. They did place two runners in the top five – Karyme Garcia (second, 16:17.47) and Alexa Rangel (fourth, 16:42.12).  Montwood is scheduled to compete at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park.

8, Jefferson: The Foxes did not run a full varsity at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational, however, Melody Tsumi was third in 20:28.87. Jefferson is scheduled to compete at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park.

9, Eastlake: The Falcons varsity did not race on Saturday. Expect the varsity to race at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park on Saturday. Eastlake will race the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park.

10, Bel Air: The Highlanders make its season debut after its third-place finish at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational. Sophomore Abagail Murillo was ninth in 21:09.51. Bel Air will race the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Bel Air will race the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

Dropped out: Hanks.

On the brink:  Clint, Tornillo.

091119.Karyme Garcia
Montwood’s Karyme Garcia’s 19:38.39 ranks her fifth in El Paso this season. She was second at the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course last week.

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, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 20:22.88 (Southlake Carroll, 9/7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

091119PreRace
There is no feeling like the pre-race cross country jitters.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 30 (3).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 28 (1).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 25.

4, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 22.

5, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 21.

6, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 20 (1).

7, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 18 (1).

7, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18.

7, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 18.

7, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 18.

 

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 17. (1)

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 14.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 13.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 13

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 12.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 11.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1).

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 8.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 8.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 7.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 7.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 7.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 7.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 6.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 3.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 3.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 2.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 2.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 2.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 2.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 1.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 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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