High School Girls XC Poll: Week 3

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 weeks’ schedule:

Desert Twilight: 8:45 p.m. Oct. 2 in Queen Creek, Ariz.Eastwood, Bel Air, San Elizario.

Eastlake Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 3 at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. Eastlake, Socorro, Horizon, Hanks, El Paso, Austin.

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Haskins Recreation Center. Franklin, Mt. View, Valle Verde, Montwood, El Dorado, Americas, Jefferson, Pebble Hills.

Cathedral/Loretto Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at Veterans Park. Loretto, Fabens, Andress, Bowie, YWLA, Ysleta, Tornillo, Eastwood.

Canutillo/Anthony Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 3 at Canutillo Middle School. Canutillo, Anthony, Riverside, Burges, Clint, Parkland, Del Valle, Coronado.

Four local cross country invitationals are in store for this weekend including the Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex, the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center, the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park and the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

Top 10

1. Franklin: As strange as it might sound, the most difficult part of the regular season for the Cougars just might be trying to stay motivated. Week in and week out, Franklin finds itself running unchallenged. For example, at the Clint ISD Invitational at Mt. View High School, the Cougars scored a perfect 15, not only taking the top five spots – but placing seven of its runners in the top 10. Eva Jess won her third straight meet  (21:50.18) followed by teammates Ally Little (second, 22:09.02), Sofia Camacho (third, 24:02.02), Jenna Saunders (fourth, 24:23.74), Michele Paillard (fifth, 24:28.43),  Alyssa Laspada (sixth, 25:02.65) and Sarah Villaronga (eighth, 25:33.84). Franklin will race at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

2. Montwood: The Rams won the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex with 16 points. The Rams Jazmine Miranda won her first championship in 21:57.64 to lead five Montwood runners in the top six. Kassandra Jimenez was second in 22:10.52 followed by Alexa Rangel (22:29.60) Natalie Espinosa (23:02.45) in fourth and Karyme Garcia (24:29.39) in sixth. The Rams will race at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

3. Eastwood: The Troopers rested its top five runners but still managed to win the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School with 29 points. Eastwood had five runners in the top 10 including Trinity Martinez (third, 21:50.77), Desiree Carrillo (fourth, 22:07.98),  Amaryllis Rubalcaba (sixth, 22:29.71), Hannah Tellez (seventh, 22:39.00), Alexis Vasquez (ninth, 22:51.27) and Jasmine Martinez (tenth, Eastwood, 23:04.55). The team will race at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet on Friday night.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes remain at No. 4 despite finishing second at the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park. Jefferson finished 8 points behind upstart Canutillo. Jefferson’s top three runners were Monique Correa (third, 20:42.30), Jelia Lugo (sixth, 21:21.75) and Crystal Peterson (seventh, 21:35.22). The team was without Melody Tsutsumi. The Foxes are scheduled to race at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

5. Coronado: The T-Birds won its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center with 29 points. Top runners were Kyra Walker, who earned her second career varsity championship (20:52.12) Alexa Lawrence (third, 21:32.18), Banah Abdeljaber (sixth, 21:44.99), Eva Asfahani (ninth, 22:11.31) and Christina Duncan (tenth, 22:12.39). The T-Birds will race at the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

6. Canutillo. The Eagles make its top 10 debut after their surprising first-place finish at the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at Northeast Regional Park. The team scored 41 points and had three runners in the top 10 including runner-up Chondra Espino (20:36.59), Natalie Rivera (fifth, 21:21.31) and Ivy Lara (tenth, 21:48.57). It was Espino’s first race of the season. The team will race at its own invitational Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

7. Hanks: The Knights move up two spots after finishing third at their own invitational at Northeast Regional Park with 55 points. Hanks had two runners – Mia Rivera (fourth, 20:57.46) and Madison Spencer (ninth, 21:46.97) – in the top 10. They will race at the Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex.

8. Tornillo. Look at them Coyotes! Just a few years ago the girls took a backseat to the boy’s team, but those days are gone. Tornillo is led by the mega-talented sophomore Kylene Elias who is supported by an ever-evolving group of young runners. On Saturday, Elias won her second consecutive race at the San Elizario/Tornillo Invitational at Tornillo High School, racing to a 21:12.56. Olivia Garcia was fifth in 22:17.07. The team will race at the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

9. Bel Air. The Highlanders move down three spots after finishing third at Tornillo High. Abigail Murillo finished second behind Elias in 21:47.57 and Sara Armendariz was eighth (22:44.36). The team plans on racing at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet on Friday night.

10. El Paso High: The Tigers make its top 10 debut after a second-place finish at the Coronado Invitational. El Paso had  four runners placing 4-8 – Shayla Cohen Jones (21:34.19), Alissa Kennedy (21:42.13), Andrea Castillo (21:48.74) and Jezarae Valenzuela (22:00.39) and ended up with 35 points, six shy of Coronado. The team will compete at the Eastlake Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex on Saturday.

Dropped out: Del Valle, Americas.

On the brink: Eastlake, Loretto, Pebble Hills.

Montwood sophomore Jazmine Miranda won her first championship on Saturday, racing to a 21:57.64 at the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex. She turned in a 21:06.10 two weeks ago, good for 21st best in the city.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

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

2, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:12.42 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

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

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, Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 20:36.59 (Veterans Park, 9/26). 

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

10, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 20:42.30 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

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

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

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

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

15, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 20:52.12 (Veterans Park, 9/26).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 21:13.25 (Haskins Rec Center, 9/26).

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

Austin’s power duo of Morayma Montes and Elizabeth Hernandez (with glasses) are two of El Paso top 25 runners. Hernandez’s time of 21:16.45 puts her at No. 25 in the city.

Power rankings

(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 30 (3).

1, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 30 (3).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 26.

4, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 25.

5, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 22.

6, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 20 (2).

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

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19.

9, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 18.

10, Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 17 (1).

10, Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 17.

10, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 17

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 16 (1).

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 16.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 15.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 14.

Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 14.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 14.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 13.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 13.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 13.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 12.

Michele Paillard, Franklin, 12.

Isabella Medina, Americas, 11.

Jelia Lugo, Jefferson, 11.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 10 (1).

Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 10.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 9.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 9.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 9.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 8.  

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 8.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 8.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 8.

Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 8.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin 7.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso, 7.

Natalie Espinosa, Montwood, 7.  

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 7.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 7.

Amber Martin, Eastwood, 6

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 6.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 5.

Banah Abdeljaber, Coronado, 5.

Selma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 5.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 5.

Itzel Garcia, Americas, 4.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 4.

Valeria Loo-King, Del Valle, 4.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 4.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 4.

Aylin Tepezano, Clint, 3

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 3.

Irma Munoz, Jefferson, 3.

Maria Hobbs, Loretto, 3.

Mia Vargas, Americas, 3.

Sarah Villaronga, Franklin, 3.

Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle, 2.

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 2.

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 2.

Eva Asfahani, Coronado, 2.

Madison Spencer, Hanks, 2.

Jasmine Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Alexis Vasquez, Eastwood, 2.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 2.

Yanitza Olivares, Socorro, 1.

Genisis Guereca, Bel Air, 1.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 1.

Iris Baca, Horizon, 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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