High School Boy’s XC Poll: Week 11

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s 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 boys and 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

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What a great season of racing. All that is left is the UIL State Championship Nov. 9 in Round Rock.

Top 10

 1 (TIE), Eastwood: The Troopers defended its Region 1-5A title and now look for its second straight Class 5A State championship. The Troopers placed four runners in the top 10 – senior Elias Perez (fourth, 14:57.80), senior Juan Olmos (seventh, 15:11.50), junior Nathan Hernandez (eighth, 15:12.60) and junior Sergio Leon-Cuartas (tenth, 15:30.60) – to win with 57 points. Eastwood’s average was 15:21.70.

1 (TIE), Americas:  For the second year in a row, Americas advanced to state after its second-place finish in the Region 1-6A race. The Trailblazers placed three runners in the top 20 – Jacob Ye (fifth, 14:58.40), Hector Sanchez (ninth, 15:05.60) and Jared Laverty (16th, 15:22.50) – to earn 80 points, 20 points behind Regional champ and nationally ranked (18th by DyeStat) Southlake Carroll. The Trailblazers – which beat  nationally ranked (6th by DyeStat) Flower Mound – had an average time of 15:19.40.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars move up one after its sixth-place finish in the Region 1-6A race with 245 points. Senior Fernie Morales will race in his first state meet, finishing 20th in 15:23.40. Fellow senior Daniel Kennedy had a top 30 finish, placing 27th in 15:37.60.

4, San Elizario: The Eagles move up one after reclaiming the top spot at the Region 1-4A race, winning with 64 points to advance to the state meet for the sixth year in a row. San Elizario had three runners in the top 10 – Edwin Gomez (second, 14:53.50), Rene Arambula (ninth, 15:55.00) and Dilan Sanchez (tenth, 15:55.60) and five in the top 25 – Irvin Vazquez (19th, 16:19.40) and Alan Ceballos (24th, 16:26.70).

5, Hanks: The Knights move up one after its runner-up performance in the Class 5A race. Hanks finished with 84 points after strong performances from seniors Michael Abeyta who was second in 14:35.10 and Rodger Rivera who was third in 14:51.30.

6, Coronado: The T-Birds were ninth with 283 points in the Region 1-6A race. Senior Nick Gonzalez was fourth, El Paso best finish in the race, in 14:58.20. Gonzalez will have to opportunity to race at the state meet.

7, Burges: The Mustangs finished seventh in the Class 5A race with 236 points. Junior David Gonzalez paced Burges with a 15:54.20, good for 23rd place. The team’s average time was 16:22.80.

8, Tornillo: Tornillo senior Ofir Ortega won the Class 3A Region 1 championship in 16:06.00, to lead the the Coyotes to a second-place finish with 85 points, one point behind Presidio. Tornillo’s next four – Bryan Guzman (18th, 17:15.40), Bryan Garcia (19th, 17:16.00), Michael Maney (23rd, 17:18.30) and Angel Torres (24th, 17:19.70) – all had top 25 runs. The team’s average was 17:03.50.

9, Chapin:  The Huskies finished 12th with 302 points in the Class 5A race. Senior Angel Contreras was 14th in 15:32.00 and advanced to state for the second straight year.

10, Horizon: The Scorpions finished the season as the 15th best team in Region 1-5A. Horizon stunned the district by finishing third and advancing to regionals.  With only two seniors, the future looks bright. Senior Alex Sanchez was the low man for Horizon at regionals, finishing at 44th in 16:18.70.

Dropped out: El Paso High.
On the verge: None.

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Eastwood senior Juan Olmos, Eastlake sophomore Isreal David and Hanks senior Rodger Rivera have been three of the top runners all season. All three will compete at the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Elias Perez, Eastwood 14:25.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 14:35.10 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

3, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 14:51.30 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

4, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14:51.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

5, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 14:51.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 14:53.50 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

7, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 14:58.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

8, Jacob Ye, Americas, 14:58.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

9, Isreal David, Eastlake, 14:59.10 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

10, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 15:05.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

11, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:12.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

 12, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:22.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

13, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:22.50 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

14, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 15:23.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

15, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 15:29.51 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

16, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:32.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

17, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 15:35.20 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

18, Alan Alba, Coronado 15:35.77 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

19, Seth Andrade, Americas, 15:37.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

20, Gage Garcia, Americas, 15:44.35 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

21, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:50.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

22, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 15:50.30 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

23, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 15:53.70 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

24, Melo Corral, Americas, 15:53.93 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

25, David Gonzalez, Burges, 15:54.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

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Seniors Fernie Morales (Franklin) and Coronado’s Nick Gonzalez and Alan Alba own three of the top 25 times in the city.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 94 (6).

2, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 90 (3).

3, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 89 (3).

4, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 71 (4).

5, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 66.

6, Isreal David, Eastlake, 63.

7, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 54 (1).

8, Jacob Ye, Americas, 49.

9, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 48 (1).

10, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 45 (1).

10, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 45 (1).

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 44.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 44.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 43.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 35 (1).

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 34.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 26.

Andrews Valdiviezo, Riverside, 24.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 23.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 23.

Melo Corral, Americas, 23.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 21.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 21.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 19.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 17.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 16.

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 16 (1).

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 15 (1).

Gage Garcia, Americas, 15.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 14.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 12.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 12.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 11.

Michael Mier, Americas, 11.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 11.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 10.

Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 10.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Corey DuBrule, Coronado, 9.

Sebastan Mimbela, LPI, 8.

Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 8.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 8.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 8.

Jacob Ontiveros, El Paso High, 8.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 6

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Angel Morales, San Elizario, 6.

Josh Espino, Coronado, 6.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 6.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 6.

Lance Hubert, Canutillo, 5

Jose Nilo, Austin, 4.

Dominic Lara, Coronado, 4.

Gael Hernandez, Fabens, 4.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 4.

Reginald Robinson, Jefferson, 3.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 3.

Isaac Becerill, Canutillo, 3.

Abdiel Vieyra, Del Valle, 3.

Denovan Estrada, Canutillo, 3.

Seth Rodriguez, San Elizario, 3.

Angel Torres, Tornillo 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 2.

Noah Yeager, Burges,  2.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 1.

Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 1.

Nick Barajas, Americas, 1.

Anthony Gonzalez, San Elizario, 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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