High School Girls XC Poll: Week 2

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country female 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 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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This week’s schedule:

Dale Reinhardt Invitational: 4:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at Socorro’s Activities Complex. Socorro, Montwood, Americas, Loretto, Austin, Irvin.

Coronado Invitational: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Don Haskins Recreation Center. Coronado, Eastlake, El Paso, Bowie, Anthony, Andress.

Clint ISD Invitational: 8 a.m., Sept. 26 at Mt. View High School. Clint, Mt. View, Pebble Hills, Valle Verde, El Dorado, Horizon, Franklin.

Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational: 8 a.m., Sept.  26 at Tornillo High School. Tornillo, San Eli, Del Valle, Eastwood, Ysleta, Bel Air.

Hanks Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 26 at NE Regional Park. Hanks, Parkland, Riverside, YWLA, Chapin, Burges, Jefferson, Canutillo.

Tornillo make its 2020 top 10 debut. The Coyotes out of Class 3A have made an early season splash. The team won the Fabens Invitational at La Isla on Saturday. Sophomore Kylene Elias won the event in 21:11.44.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars continued their El Paso dominance by taking 7 of the top 10 spots at the El Dorado Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex, good for 22 points. Eva Jess led the pack winning in 19:50.00 followed by second place Ally Little (20:04.00)  followed by Alyssa Laspada (4th, 20:48.10), Jenna Saunders (7th, 21:06.00), Jordan Torres (8th,  21:28.60), Michele Paillard (9th, 21:32.00) and Sofia Camacho (10th, 22:02.60). The team will race at the Clint ISD Invitational at Mt. View High School – yet another hilly, desert course – on Saturday.

2. Montwood: The Rams were second at the El Dorado Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex, finishing with 37 points. Montwood placed three runners in the top 6 including Kassandra Jimenez (3rd, 20:33.90), Karyme Garcia (5th,  20:57.00) and Jazmine Miranda (6th, 21:06.10). All three athletes improved on their times from last week. For the third straight week, the team will race at the SAC, this time at the Dale Reinhardt Invitational on Friday.

3. Eastwood: The Troopers won the Del Valle Invitational with six runners in the top 10. Lauren Walls-Portillo won the race in 18:27.56, the city’s new fastest time.  Adalia Olmos was third in 20:39.25 followed by Amber Martin (5th, 20:57.20), Selma Licon (6th, 21:06.67), Hannah Tellez (8th, 21:59.06) and Jasmine Martinez (1oth, 22:00.67). Eastwood scored 23 points, well ahead of second place Hanks at 67. The team will race at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes did not race last week. The team will compete at the Hanks Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park, a course known to fast so expect some excellent times.

5. Coronado: The T-Birds opened their season with a third-place finish at the El Dorado Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex behind city No. 1 Franklin and No. 2 Montwood. Sophomore Kyra Walker lead the team finishing 14th in 22:47.80. Coronado will race in its own invitational on Saturday at the Don Haskins Recreation Center.

6. Bel Air. The Highlanders move up a spot after placing third at the Del Valle Invitational with 69 points. Bel Air placed three runners in the 4-9 spots lead by Abigail Murillo (4th, 20:50.88), Sara Armendariz (7th, 21:38.56) and Rosemary Torres (9th, 22:00.39). The team will race at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School.

7. Americas: The Trailblazers jump up three spots after winning the Irvin Invitational at Veterans Park with 40 points. Americas had four runners in the top 10 paced by Isabella Medina (3rd, 20:43.50), Itzel Garcia (7th, 21:26.78), Mia Vargas (9th, 22:11.63) and Lauren Anderson (10th, 22:15.15). The team will race at Dale Reinhardt Invitational at the SAC on Friday.

8. Del Valle: The Conquistadors placed fourth at their own invitational last week, finishing in the 15-16-17-18 spots.  Disany Sandoval was Del Valle’s top runner finishing in 23:00.84. The team will race at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School on Saturday.

9. Hanks. The Knights make their 2020 debut into the top 10 after their second-place finish at the Del Valle Invitational. Hanks scored 67 points behind a strong effort by a pair of juniors – Mia Rivera who finished second in 20:36.30 and Madison Spencer who was 11th in 22:26.54.  Senior Jade Baca helped the cause by finishing 14th in 22:51.21. The team will race at its own invitational at the Northeast Regional Park,

10. Tornillo. The little team that could is also making its 2020 top 10 debut. The Coyotes out of Class 3A have made an early season splash. The team won the Fabens Invitational at La Isla with 28 points. Tornillo had four runners in the top 6 lead by sophomore Kylene Elias who won the event in 21:11.44. Coyote runners finished 4-5-6 including Nat Escajeda (21:47.25), Oliva Garcia (21:56.75) and Wendy Garcia (21:59.84). The team will race at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School on Saturday.

Dropped out: Socorro, Pebble Hills.

On the brink: El Paso High, Eastlake.

Eastwood junior Lauren Walls-Portillo turned in the city’s fastest time last week at Del Valle, winning the event in 18:27.56, the city’s new fastest time.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Lauren Portillo-Walls, Eastwood, 18:27.56 (Del Valle, 9/19).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 19:23.00 (SAC, 9/12).

3, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:28.02 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

4, Ally Little, Franklin, 20:02.62 (SAC, 9/12).

5, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 20:26.27 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

6, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 20:33.90. (SAC, 9/19).

7, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 20:36.30 (Del Valle, 9/19).

8, Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 20:39.25 (Del Valle, 9/19).

9, Isabella Medina, Americas 20:43.50 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 20:44.81 (SAC, 9/12).

11, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 20:50.88 (Del Valle, 9/19).

12, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 20:52.03 (SAC, 9/12).

13, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 20:52.73 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

14, Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 20:56.46 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

15, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 20:57.00 (SAC, 9/19).

16, Amber Martin, Eastwood, 20:57.20 (Del Valle, 9/19)

17, Michele Paillard, Franklin, 20:59.40 (SAC, 9/12).

18, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 21:06.10 (SAC, 9/19).

19, Selma Licon, Eastwood, 21:06.67 (Del Valle, 9/19).

20, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 21:09.51 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

21, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 21:11.44 (La Isla, 9/19).

22, Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 21:16.45 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

23, Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 21:16.46 (Blackie Chesher, 9/12).

24, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 21:19.63 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

25, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 21:18.59 (La Isla, 9/19).

Parkland senior Angelina Lujan-Marrufo has won the first two invitationals she has competed in this season. Her time of 19:28.02 accomplished last week at Veterans Park ranks her third in the city. Check her out the Hanks Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

Power rankings (number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 20 (2)

1, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 20 (2).

3, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 19 (1).

4, Ally Little, Franklin, 17.

5, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 16.

6, Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 14.

6, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 14.

6, Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 14 (1).

9, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 13.

10, Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 11.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 10 (1).

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 10.

Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 10.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 9.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 9.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 9.

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 9.

Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 8.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 8.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 8.

Isabella Medina, Americas 8.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 7.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin 7.

Amber Martin, Eastwood, 6

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 6.

Jelia Lugo, Jefferson, 6.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 6.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 6.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 6.

Michele Paillard, Franklin, 6.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 5.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 5

Selma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 5.

Itzel Garcia, Americas, 4.

Valeria Loo-King, Del Valle, 4.

Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 4.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 4.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 3.

Aylin Tepezano, Clint, 3

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Irma Munoz, Jefferson, 3.

Maria Hobbs, Loretto, 3.

Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle, 2.

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 2.

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 2.

Mia Vargas, Americas, 2

Yanitza Olivares, Socorro, 1.

Genisis Guereca, Bel Air, 1.

Lauren Anderson, Americas 1.

Jasmine Martinez, Eastwood, 1

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 1.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 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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