High School Boys XC Poll: Week 3

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:

Desert Twilight: 9:25 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. Cathedral, 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.

Franklin won its first team championship of the season last week at Mt. View High School. The Cougars will race at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers rested its top five runners and still won the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School with 28 points. Eastwood placed its five scoring runners in the top 10 led by Victor Anchondo (third, 16:48.55), Nick Parra (fourth, 16:49.19), Devon Paez (fifth, 16:52.33), Andres Gurrola (sixth, 16:57.09) and Joaquin Chavez (17:51.07). The team will race in the Sweepstakes Division of the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet in Queen Creek, Ariz. on Friday night.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers won the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at SISD’s Student Activities Complex with 23 points.  Americas placed runners in the first four spots led by Carmelo Corral who picked up his second straight meet victory in 17:13.37. Jared Laverty was second in 17:44.75, Michael Mier was third in 17:50.77 and Aaron Saenz was fourth (18:18.00). The team will compete in the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds who placed three runners in the 2-3-5-6 spots to win the team championship at their own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreation Center with 29 points.  Luis Pastor was second in 16:41.71 followed by teammates Corey Dubrule (third, 16:52.53), Sam Breceda (fifth, 17:04.59) and Stephen Pitchkolan (sixth, 17:31.10). Coronado will race at Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

4. San Elizario: Senior Edwin Gomez won his first race of the season at Tornillo High School completing the desert course in 16:26.23 to lead the Eagles to a second-place finish behind Eastwood at Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. Two of Gomez’s teammates – senior Dilan Sanchez (second, 16:42.51) and sophomore Chris Moreno (seventh, 17:24.61) – finished in the top 10. San Elizario will travel to Queen Creek, Ariz. to race at the 13th annual Desert Twilight Cross Country Meet on Friday night.

5. Franklin: After a slow start to the season, the Cougars took care of business at the Clint ISD Invitational at Mt. View High School winning the event with 25 points. The Cougars place five in the top 10 led by Octavio Trujillo (20:15.62) and Diego Flores (20:29.03) who finished third and fourth. Three other Franklin runners finished 6-8 – Rai Lopez (21:18.53), Matthew Engle (21:40.94) and Austen Percifull (21:46.42). Franklin will race at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday.

6. Tornillo: The Coyotes, placed two runners – sophomore Angel Torres (eighth, 17:27.96) and junior Bryan Garcia (ninth, 17:30.50) – in the top 10 to finish third with 69 points at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. Tornillo will run at the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park

7. Burges: The Mustangs won the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at Northeast Regional Park scoring 32 points. David Herrera was third in 16:36.13 to pace Burges who had four runners in the top 10 – Dylan Walker (eighth, 16:53.31), Julian Maldonado (ninth, 16:56.77) and David Gonzalez (tenth, 17:15.18). The Mustangs stop will be Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish ran to a second-place finish at the Dale Reinhardt Invitational at the SAC. Cathedral scored 39 points with four runners in the top 10 – Luis Gomez (fifth,  18:21.49) Elijah  Noble (sixth, 19:29.13), Bernard Martinez (seventh, 19:53.52) and Jacob  Noble (ninth, 20:09.25).  Cathedral will race its own meet at Veterans Park on Saturday. 

9. Eastlake: Junior Isreal David ran his win streak to three taking the gold at the Coronado Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center (15:40.96) and leading his team to the runner-up position behind Coronado. Mario Elias was ninth in 18:11.52 and Angel Recio Martinez was tenth in 18:19.48. The Falcons will compete at their own invitational Saturday at Socorro Student Activities Complex.

10. Hanks: The Knights finished second at the Parkland/Hanks Invitational at Northeast Regional Park, scoring 40 points, eight behind Burges. Top runners for the Knights were Andrew Alvarado (fourth, 16:36.48) and Alejandro Tarin (sixth, 16:46.21). Hanks will race at the Eastlake Invitational Saturday at Socorro Student Activities Complex.

Dropped out: None.

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

Austin senior Jose Nilo owns the city’s 10th fastest time this season, turning in a 16:01.71 at Veterans Park on Sept. 19.

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, Jose Nilo, Austin, 16:01.71 (Veterans Park, 9/19).

11, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 16:03.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

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

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

14, Nick Parra, Eastwood, 16:15.42 (Del Valle, 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, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:30.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

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

21, David Herrera, Burges, 16:36.13 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

22, Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 16:36.48 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

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

24, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 16:41.71 (Haskins Rec. Center, 9/26).

25, Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 16:45.92 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

Bryan Garcia has led a strong Tornillo team this season. The Coyotes are the top ranked Class 3A team in the state.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Israel David, Eastlake, 30 (3).

2, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 25 (2).

2, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 25 (2).

4, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 21 (1).

4, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 21 (1).

4, Jared Laverty, Americas, 21.

4, Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 21.

8, Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 19.

8, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 19 (1).

8, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 19 (1).

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 18

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 17.

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 17.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16 (1).

Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 16.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15.

Michael Mier, Americas, 14.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 13.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 13.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 13.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 13.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 12.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 11.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 11. 

Dylan Walker, Burges, 10.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 10.

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 10.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 10.            

David Herrera Burges, 9.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 9.  

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 8.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 8.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 8.

Jose Nilo , Austin, 7.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 7.    

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 7. 

David Ramirez, El Paso, 7.

Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 7.

Denovan Estrada, Canutillo, 7.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 5.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 5.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 5.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 5.

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 5.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 5.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 5

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

Andres Buckley, Franklin, 4.     

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 4.   

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 3. 

Jesse Morales, Americas, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin, 2.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 2.             

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 1

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 1.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 1.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 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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