High School Girl’s Poll: Week 7

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:

Burges/ Jefferson Invitational:  8:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Chamizal National Memorial. Jefferson, Chapin, Fabens, Irvin, El Paso, Tornillo, Bowie, LPI, Loretto, Andress, Cathedral, San Elizario, Ysleta, Riverside, Hanks, Eastwood, Parkland, Bel Air, Del Valle, Valle Verde, Americas, Socorro, Eastlake, Burges, Franklin, Coronado, Canutillo, Austin.

Nike South Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 5 in The Woodlands. Americas and Pebble Hills.

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Coronado won its first meet of the year last Saturday scoring 27 points at the Las Cruces Onate Rob Winter Invitational. Coronado had three runners in the top 4 – Kyra Walker (second, 19:21.48), Sophia Flores (third, 19:59.43) and Marcela Perches (fourth, 20:25.85).

Top 10

1, Franklin: The Cougars won the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational on the Region 1 course at Mae Simmons Park. Franklin scored 42 points with Eva Jess (17:58.4), Alyssa Laspada (20:03.8) and Jenna Saunders (20:16.1) finishing 1, 4 and 8. The Cougars will race at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers finished 21st out of 23 teams in the Sweepstakes (premiere) Race at the Desert Twilight on Friday night in Casa Verde, Ariz. Sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo was the top runner finishing in 79th place in 19:20.79. The Troopers will rest on Saturday.

3, Americas: The Trailblazers placed second at the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational with 79 points. Two runners – Mariana Guzman (second, 18:55.3) and Daphne Duran (seventh, 20:13.3) finished in the top 10. The Trailblazers will race at the Nike South Invitational in The Woodlands on Saturday.

4, Coronado: The T-Birds easily won the Las Cruces Onate Rob Winter Invitational at Onate High School. Coronado scored 27 points with three runners in the top 4 – Kyra Walker (second, 19:21.48), Sophia Flores (third, 19:59.43) and Marcela Perches (fourth, 20:25.85). Coronado will race at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

5, Socorro: The Bulldogs ran well at the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday finishing third with 86 points, seven points behind Americas. Socorro’s sisters – Jazmin and Janeth Chacon -finished fifth and sixth in 20:05.1 and 20:12.5. Socorro will not race on Saturday because of the SATs.

6, Montwood.  The Rams placed fourth at the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational with 101 points. Montwood junior Karyme Garcia was third in 19:29.6 and sophomore Alexa Rangel was 10th in 20:30.8. Montwood will race at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial.

7, Jefferson: The Foxes move up one spot after its fourth-place finish at the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational. Thomas Jefferson’s 109 points were the best among 5A El Paso schools. Junior Melody Tsumi was fifth (19:49.7) and sophomore Monique Correa was eighth (20:28.4.) for Jefferson.

 8, Eastlake: The Falcons move down one after its fifth-place finish at the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational. It’s top runner was junior Megan Kirley who finished 23rd in 21:13.7. The team will race the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

9, Hanks: The Knights return to the top 10 after its 8th place finish in the Small School Division of the Desert Twilight on Friday night in Casa Verde, Ariz. Sophomore Mia Rivera was 19th overall in 20:22.94 and freshman Madeline Rocha was 47th in 21:17.48. Hanks ran against 54 teams and 410 runners. Hanks will race at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

10, Burges: The Mustangs drop one spot after placing sixth at the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational. It’s top runner was sophomore Annette Guzman who was 15th in 20:41.0. The team will race the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

Dropped out: Bel Air.

On the brink:  Tornillo.

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Burges sophomore Annette Guzman finished 15th in 20:41.0 at the Class 5A Division of the Lubbock Invitational last Saturday.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 17:51.64 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

2, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18:17.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

3, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:27.33 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

4, Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 18:45.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

5, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 18:54.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

6, Sophie Watts, Eastwood, 18:55.06 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

7, Adaila Olmos, Eastwood, 18:59.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

8, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19:05.00 (Denton Guyer, 9/14).

9, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 19:10.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:14.39 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

11, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19:20.73 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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

13, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:22.69 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

14, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 19:26.24 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

15, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:28.70 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

 16, Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 19:29.39 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

17, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:29.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 8/28).

18, Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 19:37.63 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

19, Morayma, Montes, Austin, 19:41.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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

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

22, Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 19:45.05 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

23, Marcela Perches, Coronado 19:45.71 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

24, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:48.77 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

25, Pam Ramirez, Burges, 19:50.33 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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Socorro senior Jazmin Chacon is one of El Paso’s top runners. Her season personal best was a 19:22.00 at the Texas MileSplit Invitational at Denton Guyer on Sept. 14.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 60 (6).

2, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 52 (1).

3, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 48 (3).

4, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 42 (1).

5, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 38 (1).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 37.

7, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 33.

8, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 32.

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 32.

10, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 28.

Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 27.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 21.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 21.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 21.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 19, (1).

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 17.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 16 (1).

Daphne Duran, Americas, 16.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 15.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 13.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 13.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 12.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 11.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 9.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 6.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 6.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 5.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 5.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 5.

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.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 3.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 3.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 2.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 2.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Julie Canales, Montwood, 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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