High school boys XC poll: Final

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.

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Eastwood_1-6A State Champ_09 Nov 19-9
Eastwood won back-to-back Class 5A UIL state championships. Eastwood’s average time of 15:19.06 was the fastest of all classifications, including Class 6A state champ Southlake Carroll’s 15:22.18.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood: The Troopers defended its Class 5A UIL State title in convincing fashion scoring 51 points, 59 fewer than state runner-up Grapevine. Eastwood seniors Juan Olmos (fifth, 15:01.41) and Elias Perez (sixth, 15:03.46) had top 10 finishes. All scoring runners – junior Sergio Cuartas (17th, 15:28.21), junior Nathan Hernandez (20th, 15:31.10) and junior Victor Parra (21st, 15:31.12) – finished in the top 25. Eastwood’s average time of 15:19.06 was the fastest of all classifications, including Class 6A state champ Southlake Carroll’s 15:22.18.

2, Americas:  At its second consecutive state championship, Americas improved from last year’s 15th place finish to sixth in Class 6A. The Trailblazers placed two runners – senior Hector Sanchez (17th, 15:15.36) and sophomore Jared Laverty (25th, 15:21.72) – in the top 25. Americas average time was 15:38.90.

3, San Elizario: The Eagles move up one after finding themselves on the Class 4A podium for the sixth straight time, finishing state runner-up to Decatur by three points. Junior Edwin Gomez was second overall in 15:06.05. Senior Rene Arambula was 11th in 15:47.50 and junior Dilan Sanchez was 12th in 15:51.22. San Elizario’s average time was 16:03.32.

4, Hanks: The Knights move up one after its fourth-place finish in the Class 5A state 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. Their average time was 15:41.17.

5, Franklin:  The Cougars finished its team season at the Region 1-6A race with a sixth-place finish. Senior Fernie Morales advanced to the Class 6A state championship and had a top 20 performance, placing 18th in 15:16.52.

6, Coronado: The T-Birds ended its season with a ninth-place finish at the Region 1-6A race. Senior Nick Gonzalez raced in his second state championship and was the first El Paso runner in Class 6A. He finished 14th in 15:11.31.

7, Tornillo: Tornillo ended its season with a bronze medal at the Class 3A state championship.  Senior Ofir Ortega earned All State honors, finishing in eighth place in 16:03.31. The Coyotes average time was 16:43.92.

8, Burges: The Mustangs finished seventh in the Region 1-5A Class 5A race to end their season.

9, Chapin:  The Huskies finished 12th as a team in the Class 5A race. Senior Angel Contreras advanced to the state championship and was 23rd in 15:33.98.

10, Horizon: The Scorpions finished the season as the 15th best team in Region 1-5A.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: None.

Coronado_State Champ_09 Nov 19-9
Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez was the first El Paso runner in Class 6A to cross the finish line. He finished 14th in 15:11.31 at the state championship.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

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

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 14:34.61 (Old Settlers Park, 11/9).

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).

San Elizario junior Edwin Gomez was second in the Class 4A race finishing in 15:06.05. He lead his team to a silver medal.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 99 (3).

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

3, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 92 (3).

4, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 80 (4).

5, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 71.

6, Isreal David, Eastlake, 67.

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

8, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 51 (1).

9, Jacob Ye, Americas, 49.

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

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 45 (1).

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 44.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 44.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 43.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 43 (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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