High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 8

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:

Dale Reinhardt Invitational (2-mile): 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at Eastlake High School. Socorro. Eastwood, Hanks, Riverside, Valle Verde, Bel Air, YWLA, Parkland, Ysleta, Eastlake, El Dorado, Pebble Hills, Socorro, Fabens, Tornillo, Loretto, Cathedral, San Elizario, Del Valle, Mt. View, Horizon, Clint.

West El Paso Invitational:  8 a.m. Oct. 12 at Haskins Recreation Center. Franklin, Coronado, Canutillo, Austin, El Paso, Cathedral, LPI, Harmony.

 Las Cruces Centennial Hawks XC Challenge:  9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Centennial High School.  Jefferson, Irvin, Burges, Loretto, Andress, Valle Verde, San Elizario, Del Valle.

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The El Paso cross country season is heading into its final stretch with most of the teams resting their runners this week in preparation for districts next Saturday, Oct. 19 a the Chamizal National Memorial.

Top 10

1, Franklin:  The Cougars finished with three runners in the top 10 to win the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday with 50 points.  Junior Eva Jess remains unchallenged this fall, winning in 18:35.71, freshman Alyssa Laspada was seventh in 20:27.77 and sophomore Jordan Torres was tenth in 20:49.50. This was Franklin’s seventh meet championship. The varsity – except for Jess who is scheduled to race the West El Paso Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center – will rest in preparation of the District 1-6A Championship Oct. 19.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers did not race on Saturday. They too will rest this week.

3, Americas: The Trailblazers placed ninth out of 18 teams in the Elite Division of Nike South Invitational in The Woodlands. Senior Mariana Guzman continues her strong season finishing third out of 120 runners in 18:51.3. Senior Daphne Duran was 21st in 19:39.5. The Trailblazers will race the 2-mile Dale Reinhardt Invitational at Eastlake High School on Saturday.

4, Jefferson: The Foxes jump up three spots after finally running at full strength to take second place at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial. Jefferson, which scored 74 points, had three runners in the top 13 including sophomore Crystal Peterson, last year’s District 1-5A champion, who finished third in 19:58.49, junior Melody Tsumi (fourth, 20:04.7) and sophomore Monique Correa (13th, eighth (20:55.90).

 5, Socorro: The Bulldogs remain at No. 5. Senior Janeth Chacon ran at the Flower Mound Invitational and finished the 19:39.61 – 23rd out of 92 runners. The team will run the 2-mile Dale Reinhardt Invitational at Eastlake High School.

6, Montwood. The Rams placed third at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial with 135 points. Montwood had two top five runners – junior Karyme Garcia (second, 19:34.58) and sophomore Alexa Rangel (fifth, 20:14.94).

7 (tie), Eastlake: The Falcons move up one after placing fourth at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational. Eastlake and Coronado tied with 137 points but Eastlake’s fifth runner, sophomore Giselle Rubio finished ahead of the Coronado winner to give Eastlake fourth.

 7 (tie), Coronado: The T-Birds drop three spots after its fifth-place finish at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational. Coronado had two top 10 runners – Sophia Flores (sixth, 20:23.68) and Kyra Walker (eighth, 20:38.57). Coronado will race at the West El Paso Invitational at Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

9, Burges: The Mustangs scored 152 points and finished sixth at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational to move up one spot. Its top runner was sophomore Annette Guzman who was ninth in 20:49.22. They will rest on Saturday.

10, Hanks: The Knights placed sixth at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational. Its top runner was freshman Mia Rivera who was 25th in 21:41.69.

Dropped out: Bel Air.

On the brink:  Tornillo.

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Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson, last year’s District 1-5A champion, finished third at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational in 19:58.49. last week.

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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The Eastlake girls are ranked tied for seventh in the city heading into the championship season. District is set for Oct. 19 at the Chamizal National Memorial.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 70 (7).

2, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 61 (1).

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

4, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 46 (1).

5, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 45 (1).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 44.

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 37.

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 36.

9, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 33.

10, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 29.

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.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 14.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 13.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 13.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 12.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 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.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 6.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 5.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 5.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 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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