High School Boys XC Poll: Week 2

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top cross country male 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: 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at Socorro’s Activities Complex. Socorro, Montwood, Americas, Cathedral, 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.

In the first two weeks of the 2020 season, Eastwood has been as dominate as ever winning both local invitationals with ease.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers came two points short of a perfect score to win the Del Valle Invitational. Eastwood had four runners in the top 5 and eight in the top 10 for a season low 17 points. Eastwood swept the top three spots with first-place finisher senior Sergio Leon Cuartas, (15:29.43), runner up senior Nathan Hernandez (15:38.58) and third place runner junior Isaac Mendoza, (15:40.73). Senior Aaron Perez was fifth in 15:46.55, senior Victor Parra was sixth in 16:10.22, junior Devon Paez was ninth in 16:17.57 and junior Victor Anchondo was 10th in 16:22.04. The Troopers 1-5 split was 40 seconds. The team will race at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School on Saturday.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers swept the top three spots at the Irvin Invitational at Veterans Park to score 18 points and the first-place trophy. Junior Carmelo Corral was first in 15:15.03 followed by juniors Jared Laverty (15:41.15) and Aaron Saenz (15:56.91). Corral won his first varsity race and set the season’s city best time. In all, six Americas runners placed in the top 10 including seniors Michael Mier (fifth, 16:04.08) and Gage Garcia (seventh, 16:33.48) and junior Jesse Morales (ninth, 17:12.49). The team will compete in the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds came out strong to start the 2020 with an impressive 32-point performance to win the El Dorado Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex. Coronado placed four runners in the top 5 including race winner sophomore Luis Pastor (17:20.20), senior Corey Dubrule (third, 18:02.50), sophomore Sam Breceda (fourth, 18:22.80) and junior Stephen Pitchkolan (fifth, 18:36.00). Coronado will race at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles move up one spot after its second-place finish at the Del Valle Invitational with 51 points. Seniors Edwin Gomez finished fourth in 15:41.0 and Dilan Sanchez was eighth in 16:16.49. Sophomore Chris Moreno was 12th in 16:56.60. The team will race at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School on Saturday.

5. Franklin: Last week the Cougars tight pack was in the high 20s. At the El Dorado Invitational at the SAC, the pack moved up to the single digits. Franklin placed four runners in the 6-9 spots and finished second to Coronado with 41 points. The team also moved up four spots in the poll. Freshman Matthew Engle was sixth in 18:41.90, senior Andres Buckley was seventh in 18:51.10, sophomore Diego Flores was eighth in 18:59.50 and sophomore Roberto Rivas was ninth in 19:09.40. Franklin will race the Clint ISD Invitational at Mt. View High School on Saturday.

6. Tornillo: The Coyotes move up one spot after winning La Isla Invitational in Fabens with 50 points. Tornillo, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in the state, had two runners in the top 5 – Bryan Garcia (second, 16:48.31) and Angel Torres (fifth, 17:18.97). The team will race in its own invitational on Saturday.

7. Burges: The Mustangs made its 2020 debut with a second-place finish at La Isla Invitational in Fabens, two points behind Tornillo. Burges had four runners – seniors Dylan Walker (fourth, 17:11.88) and Luis Holguin (sixth, 17:20.81) and juniors Julian Maldonado (eighth, 17:28.69) and David Herrera (tenth, 17:29.34) – in the top 10. The team will compete at the Hanks Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park.

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish drop three spots after placing third at the Fabens Invitational at La Isla Church. Cathedral had two in the top 10 – senior Luis Gomez (third, 17:07.09) and sophomore Elijah Noble (ninth, 17:29.00). The team is racing the Dale Reinhardt Invitational on Friday at the SAC.

9. Eastlake: The Falcons suffered the biggest drop of the week, down five spots after finishing fourth at the La Isla Invitational in Fabens.  Junior Israel David won his second straight race finishing in 15:40.62. David’s scoring teammates finished tight in 15-16-18 and 20. Eastlake will race at the Coronado Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

10. Hanks: Life without two Division 1 athletes Michael Abeyta (Oregon) and Rodger Rivera (Texas) will take a little getting used to for the Knights who make their 2020 debut in the Top 10. Hanks will count heavily on junior Gael Alvarado and sophomore Alejandro Tarin. Hanks finished a respectable third with 98 points at the always difficult Del Valle Invitational. Tarin was 14th in 17:13.65 and Alvarado finished 15th in 17:14.53. Hanks will race at its own invitational at the always fast Northeast Regional Park.

 Dropped out: Socorro, Riverside.

On the brink: Riverside, Pebble Hills, Bel Air.

Americas junior Carmelo Corral won his first varsity race and set the season’s city best time at Veterans Park. Corral ran a 15:15.03.

Top times (5K/3Miile)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:15.03 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15:29.43 (Del Valle, 9/19).

3, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:38.58 (Del Valle, 9/19).

4, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:40.62 (La Isla Park, 9/19).

5, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 15:40.73 (Del Valle, 9/19).

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:41.04 (Del Valle, 9/19).

7, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:41.15 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

8, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:46.55 (Del Valle, 9/19).

9, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:56.91 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

10, Aziel Heredia, Austin, 16:01.71 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

11, Michael Mier, Americas, 16:04.08 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

12, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 16:10.22 (Del Valle, 9/19).

13, Nick Parra, Eastwood, 16:15.42 (Del Valle, 9/19).

14, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 16:16.25 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

15, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 16:16.49 (Del Valle, 9/19).

16, Devon Paez, Eastwood, 16:17.57 (Del Valle, 9/19).

17, Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 16:22.04 (Del Valle, 9/19).

18, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 16:22.99 (Del Valle, 9/19).

19, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:33.48 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

20, Denovan Estrada, Canutillo, 16:38.88 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

21, Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 16:48.31 (La Isla, 9/19).

22, Chris Moreno, San Elizario 16:56.60 (Del Valle, 9/19).

23, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:56.63 (Del Valle, 9/19).

24, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 17:01.88 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

25, Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 17:04.09 (Skyline Park, 9/12).

The third week of the 2020 season begins on Friday at SISD’s Student Activities Complex with the Dale Reinhardt Invitational. Week two saw vast improvements in individual times.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Israel  David,  Eastlake, 20 (2).

2, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 17.

2, Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 17.

2, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 17.

5, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16 (1).

6, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15 (1).

6, Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 15.

6, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 15.

6, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 15 (1).

10, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 13.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 12.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 11.

Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 11.

Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 10 (1).

Luis Pastor, Coronado, 10 (1).

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 8.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 8.

Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 7.

Aziel Heredia, Austin, 7.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 7.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 7.               

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Michael Mier, Americas, 6.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 6.                 

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 5.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 5.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 5.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 5.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 5.           

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 4.

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

David Ramirez, El Paso, 4.

Andres Buckley, Franklin,  4.          

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 3.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 3.

Denovan Estrada, Canutillo, 3.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 3.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 3.            

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 2.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin. 2             

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 2.

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 1.

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 1.

David Herrera Burges, 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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