High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 11

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:

UIL State Cross Country Championship, Saturday Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.. All times (CST): Girls Class 3A, 10:50 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 11:20 a.m.; Girls Class 4A, noon; Boys Class 4A, 12:30 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 1:10 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 6A, 2:30 p.m.; Boys Class 6A, 3:10 p.m

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

The season is over most runners. But there is a lot more running to do for a select few who have advanced to the state meet.

Top 10

1, Franklin:  The Cougars ran a solid Region 1-6A race and advanced to the UIL State Cross Country Championship with a fourth-place finish. Junior Eva Jess won the event in 16:56.80, a season best. Franklin and Lewisville Marcus actually finished tied with 154 points but freshman Amanda Sotelo, the Cougars sixth runner, finished four spots ahead of the Marcus sixth girl to push the girls over the top.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers missed out on a consecutive Class 5A state appearance, finishing fifth at the Region 1-5A meet with 133 points. Sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo was ninth (18:26.60) and will advance to her second straight state meet.

3, Jefferson: The Foxes placed sixth in the Class 5A Regional with 141 points. Jefferson had two runners – sophomore Crystal Peterson (seventh, 18:17.70) and Melody Tsutsumi (23rd, 19:07.60) advance to the state meet.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers move up one spot after placing 9th at the Region 1-6A race. Americas was paced by senior Mariana Guzman who was 13th in 18:14.40. She will advance to the state meet.

5, Coronado: The T-Birds finished ninth at the Region 1-6A meet. Freshman Kyra   Walker was 19th in 18:33.80 and will race at the UIL State Championship.

6, Burges: The Mustangs placed eighth at the Regionals 1-5A race. Sophomore Annette Guzman was the low scorer for Burges finishing in 24th in 19:23.00.

7, Eastlake: The Falcons finished 12th in the Region 1-5A championship. Junior Megan Kirtley was Eastlake’s top runner with a 19:42.40.

8, Montwood. The Rams did not advance to regionals as a team but junior Karyme Garcia set a season-best mark of 18:16.20, good for 15th place and a trip to state.

9, Canutillo: The Eagles finished 16th at the Region 1-5A meet. Freshman Natalie Rivera was the top runner for Canutillo finishing in 19:54.80.

10, Tornillo. The Coyotes finished in 7th place at the Region 1-3A Championship.  Freshman Kylene Elias won the 2-mile event in 11:57.60. Sophomore Wendy Garcia also finished in the top 20 in 12:53.60.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: None.

Burges sophomore Annette Guzman turned in a season 19:23.00 at Monday’s Region 1-5A championship at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

 1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 16:56.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

2, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:14.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 18:16.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

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

5, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 18:17.70 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

6, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 18:33.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 18:41.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

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

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

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

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

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

13, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 19:07.10 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

14, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:07.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

15, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 19:08.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

16, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19:08.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

17, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:13.00 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

18, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:18.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

19, Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 19:19.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

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

21, Annette Guzman, Burges, 19:23.00 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

22, Monique Correa Jefferson, 19:24.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

23, Sophia Camacho, Franklin, 19:27.30 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

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

25, Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 19:37.50 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

These three girls – Socorro’s Janeth Chacon, Franklin’s Jordan Torres and Montwood’s Alexa Rangel – have been solid for their respective teams all season.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 110 (10).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 88 (6).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 70 (1).

4, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 63 (1).

5, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 60 (1).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 53.

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 50.

8, Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 48 (1).

9, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 39 (1).

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 36.

10, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 36 (1).


Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 35.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 34 (2).

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 33.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 33.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 30.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 26.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 26.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 24.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 21.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 20, (1).

Annette Guzman, Burges, 19.

Daphne Duran, Americas, 18.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 17.

Karina Gallegos, San Elizario, 16.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 16.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 15.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 14.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 14.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 13.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 13.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 13.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 13.

Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 12.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 10.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 8.

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 8.

America Morales, San Elizario, 7.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Sofia Fodor, Coronado, 6.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 6.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 6.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Luisa Ramirez, Coronado, 5.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 5.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 5.

Grettel Aguilar, Irvin, 4.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 4.

Maya Ramirez, Americas, 4.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 4.

Janice Olivas, Clint, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 3.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 3.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 3.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 3.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 3.

Kassandra Jimenez, Young Women, 3.

Pam Ramirez, Burges, 3.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 3.

Emily Guerrero, San Elizario, 3.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso, 2.

Joselyn Heaven Perez, Parkland, 2.

Madeline Estrada, Mt. View, 2.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Julie Canales, Montwood, 1.

Sydney Puentes, Coronado, 1.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 1.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 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.

One thought on “High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 11”

  1. Thank you Victor for all of your hard work that you have put in to recognize all of our El Paso and County runners. We are truly blessed and grateful to have you cover our kids every week. Thank you again!

    Coach Anthony Laspada
    El Paso Franklin-#ELPASOSTRONG


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