High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 5

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 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:

Parkland /Riverside Invitational:  8 a.m. Sept. 21 at Northeast Regional Park. Riverside, Parkland, VVEC, Bel Air, Coronado, Franklin, Austin, Chapin, Irvin, Eastlake, El Dorado, Americas, Loretto, Andress, Loretto, Harmony, Canutillo, LPI.

 Tornillo/San Eli Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 21 at Tornillo High School. Tornillo, San Eli, Jefferson, Fabens, EPHS, Bowie, Montwood,  Ft Hancock, Cathedral, Mountain View, Clint, Horizon, Eastwood, Hanks, Ysleta, YWLA, Del Valle, LPI, Socorro.

Woodbridge: 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in Woodbridge, Calif, Eastwood.

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This weekend’s cross country schedule includes the Parkland/Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park and the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

Top 10

1, Franklin: The Cougars continue to roll, winning the rugged Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park with its runners grabbing 1-2-6-7 and 12 spots for a commanding 28 points and fourth team title. Junior Eva Jess won her fourth straight individual title in 19:20.59 followed by sophomore Jenna Saunders who was second in 20:35.88. Sophomore Jordan Torres was sixth in 21:36.71 and freshman Alyssa Laspada was seventh in 21:49.56. The Cougars will race at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers JV won the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday with 46 points. Desiree Carrillo was the top runner for Eastwood placing sixth in 20:23.52 and Sophia Watts was tenth (20:44.37). The Troopers will race at the Woodbridge (Calif.) Cross Country Classic on Saturday.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds were second at the Franklin Invitational with 82 points. Freshman Kyra Walker was third in 21:07.37 and senior Sophia Flores was fourth (21:08.29) to pace Coronado. The T-Birds will compete at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers placed third at the Franklin Invitational with 89 points, seven behind second place Coronado. Senior Daphne Duran led the way with a fifth-place finish in 21:35.48. Americas will race the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

5, Socorro: The Bulldogs finished 10th at the MileSplit XC Invitational in Denton. Senior Jazmin Chacon ran a season best (19:22.00), good for 29th place, as did her twin Janeth Chacon (19:43.00). Socorro is scheduled to race at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

6, Montwood.  The Rams move up a spot after finishing second at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Montwood placed two runners in the top 10 with junior Karyme Garcia winning her first varsity meet in 19:40.08.  Sophomore Alexa Rangel was fourth in 20:19.38. Montwood will race the 2-mile Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

7, Eastlake: The Falcons move up two spots after its fourth place finish at the Franklin Invitational. Junior Megan Kirtley paced Eastlake with a tenth-place finish in 22:13.64. Eastlake will compete at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

8, Jefferson: The Foxes did not run a full varsity at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Junior Melody Tsumi continued her strong season with a second-place finish in 19:44.52 and sophomore Crystal Peterson was seventh in 20:26.74. Jefferson is scheduled to race at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

9, Bel Air: The Highlanders move up one after scoring 109 points at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Sophomore Abagail Murillo was third in 20:16.27. Bel Air will race the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

10, Burges: The Mustangs struggled at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday. Junior Emilee Antimo had a top 10 finish (ninth, 20:37.40).

Dropped out: None.

On the brink:  Hanks, Clint, Tornillo.

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Jefferson Junior Melody Tsumi continued her strong season with a second-place finish at Veterans Park in 19:44.52 – a season best for her.

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, 19:05.00 (Denton Guyer, 9/14).

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

5, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 19:22.00 (Denton Guyer, 9/14).

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

7, Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 19:43.00. (Denton Guyer, 9/14)

8, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:44.53 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

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

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

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

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

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

14, Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 20:16.27 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

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

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

17, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 20:19.38 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

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

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

20, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 20:23.38 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

21, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 20:26.75 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

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

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

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

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

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Parkland junior Angelina Lujan-Marrufo ran a personal season-best 20:23.38 at Veterans Park. She ranks in the top 20 in El Paso.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 40 (4).

2, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 35 (1).

3, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 31.

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

5, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 27.

5, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 27.

7, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 26 (1).

8, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 23.

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

9, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 20.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 19. (1)

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18.

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 14.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 14.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 13.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 12.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1).

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 10.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 9.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 8.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 8.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 7.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 7.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 6.

Daphne Duran, Americas, 6.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 5.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 5.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 4.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 4.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 4.

Grettel Aguilar, Irvin, 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.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake,  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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