High School Boys XC Poll: Week 4

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:

Americas Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 9 at the Socorro Activities Center. Americas, Socorro, Eastlake, Ysleta, Del Valle, YWLA, Coronado.

Cathedral/Harmony Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Veterans Park. Harmony, Cathedral, Chapin, Parkland, Anthony, Bowie, Jefferson.

Horizon Invitational: 8 a.m., Oct. 10 at Horizon High School. Horizon, El Dorado, Clint, Riverside, Fabens, Burges, Canutillo.

Austin/El Paso Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Skyline Park. Austin, El Dorado, Irvin, Andress, Valle Verde, Loretto, El Paso High.

Parra Law XC Classic: 8 a.m. Oct. 10 at Vista Hills Country Club. Eastwood, Bel Air, Hanks, San Eli, Franklin, Pebble Hills, Mt. View, Tornillo.

The Haskins Recreation Center, the site of the Franklin Invitational, proved to rugged and challenging. On Saturday, several of the city’s best teams will compete at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers won the Sweepstakes Division of the 13th annual Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. with 53 points. Eastwood had five runners in the top 14 lead by Sergio Leon Cuartas who was third in 15:15.53. Eastwood had runners take the 11-14 spots including Aaron Perez (11th, 15:51.02), Isaac Mendoza (12th, 15:52.26), Victor Anchondo (13th, 15:55.35) and Victor Parra (14th, 15:57.58). They had a 15:46 team average with only a 42 second split. Eastwood is ranked No. 1 in Class 6A by TxMileSplit. The team will race the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

2. Americas:  Americas junior Jared Laverty won his first varsity meet, leading the Trailblazers to a team championship in 16:02.13. Americas runners took the first four spots and five of the top 8 including Michael Mier (second, 16:06.82), Aaron Saenz (third, 16:08.66), Carmelo Corral (fourth, 16:25.95) and Jesse Morales (eighth, 17:26.45). Americas is ranked No. 5 in Class 6A by TxMileSplit. The Trailblazers scored 18 points. The team will compete at its own invitational on Friday at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds won the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School with 31 points. Coronado took the first three spots and four out of the top 10. Luis Pastor picked up his second varsity win (16:47.00) followed by Corey Dubrule (17:06.18) and Sam Breceda (17:07.90). Stephen Pitchkolan was tenth in 17:49.00. The T-Birds will race the Americas Invitational Friday at the Socorro Activities Center.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles finished fourth in the 16-team field in the Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. with 162 points. San Elizario had two runners in the top six – Edwin Gomez, (5th, 15:36.48) and Dilan Sanchez (6th, 15:40.33). They finished with a 16:20 team average. The Eagles are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by TxMileSplit. The team will compete at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

5. Franklin: Franklin finished second at its own meet with 37 points. The Cougars had five runners in the top 10 including Rai Lopez (fifth, 16:43.41), Matthew Engle (sixth, 16:54.70), Andres Buckley (seventh, 17:14.12), Diego Flores (ninth, 17:36.02) and Octavio Trujillo (tenth, 17:41.92).). Franklin will race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

6. Tornillo: The Coyotes won the Cathedral/Loretto Invitational at Veterans Park with 21 points. Tornillo had four runners in the top 7 – Angel Torres (second, 16:28.74), Bryan Garcia (third, 16:45.10), Daniel Romero (fifth, 17:04.62) and Bryan Guzman (seventh, 17:19.62).Tornillo, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by TxMileSplit, will run at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

7. Burges: The Mustangs finished second at the Canutillo/Anthony Invitational at Canutillo Middle School with 51 points. Burges had two runner – Dylan Walker (seventh, 17:26.78), teammate Julian Maldonado (eighth, 17:43.56) – in the top 10. The team is ranked No. 19 by TxMileSplit in Class 5A.  

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish did not race last week. Cathedral will race its own meet at Veterans Park on Saturday. 

9. Eastlake: The Falcons did not compete last week. The team is expected to race at the Americas Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex on Friday.

10. Hanks: Hanks won the team title at the Eastlake Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex with 31 points. Gael Alvarado won the event in 15:43.4 as the Knights placed four runners in the top 10 – Alvarado, Alejandro Tarin (second, 15:45.2), Michael Antuna (seventh, 16:29.2) and Andres Garcia (tenth, 17:42.3).46.21). Hanks will race at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Dropped out: None.

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

Eastwood senior Sergio Leon Cuartas was third in the Sweepstakes race at the 13th annual Desert Twilight XC Festival in San Tan Valley, Ariz. His time of 15:15.53 is second best in the city by .50 seconds.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

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

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15:15.53 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

3, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:36.48 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

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

5, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:39.22 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

6, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 15:40.33 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

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

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

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

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

11, Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 15:55.35 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

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

13, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:57.58 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

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

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

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

17, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:10.07 (Desert Twilight, 10/2)

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

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

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

21, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:28.74 (Veterans Park, 10/3)

22, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:30.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/26).

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

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

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

Americas junior Jared Laverty put the finishing touches on his first varsity win, leading the Trailblazers to a team championship in 16:02.13.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 32 (2).

2, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 31 (2).

2, Jared Laverty, Americas, 31 (1).

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

5, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 29 (2).

6, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 27.

6, Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 27.

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 27 (1).

9, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 26 (1).

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

10, Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 25.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 24 (1).

Michael Mier, Americas, 23.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 23.

Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 21.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 21.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 17.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 17.

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 17.

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 15. 

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 15.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 15.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 14.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 14.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 14.  

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 14.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 14.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 13.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 13.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 13.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 12.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 12.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 11.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 11.  

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 11.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 10 (1).  

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 10.

David Herrera Burges, 9.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 9.

Andres Buckley, Franklin, 8.     

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 8.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 8.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 7.    

Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 7.

Danovan Estrada, Canutillo, 5.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 6.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 5.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 5.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 5.

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 5.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 5.

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 4.  

Michael Antuna, Hanks, 4.

Bryan Guzman, Tornillo, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 3. 

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso High, 3.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 3.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin, 2.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 2. 

Yahir Barrios, Horizon, 2. 

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 2.         

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 1.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 1.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 1.

Andres Garcia, Hanks, 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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