High School Girls XC Poll: Week 5

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

Pre-district Invitational: Oct. 17 at Vista Country Club. Schedule is as follows: 8 a.m. 1-5A girls, followed by boys; 9:30 a.m. 2-5A girls, followed by boys; 11 a.m. 1-4A girls, followed by boys; 12:30 p.m. 1-6A girls, followed by boys.

The Troopers moved into the second spot after its second place finish at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won the team championship at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club with 21 points. Franklin placed six runners in the top 8 including Eva Jess (second, 18:20.41),  Ally Little (third, 18:44.19), Alyssa Laspada (fourth, 19:03.19), Michele Paillard (fifth, 19:50.57), Sofia Camacho (seventh, 19:55.96) and Jenna Saunders (eighth, 19:56.83). The team’s 1-5 split was only 1:35. Franklin will return to Vista Hills Country Club to race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

2. Eastwood: Eastwood placed second at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club and moved ahead of Montwood. The Troopers scored 59 points despite only having one runner – junior Lauren Walls-Portillo – finish in the top 10. Walls-Portillo set a personal and city best 18:04.35. Eastwood – which five scoring runners finished 1+13+14+15+16 – had a 20:12 team average. The Troopers will also return to Vista Hills Country Club to race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

3. Montwood: The Rams dropped one spot after its third place at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club. Montwood scored 64 points, five points higher than Eastwood. Montwood had three in the top 10 – Karyme Garcia (sixth, 19:53.12), Alexa Rangel (ninth, 20:08.85) and Jazmine Miranda (tenth, 20:09.54). The Rams – which had an impressive 1:50 1-5 split will race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes won the Cathedral/Harmony Invitational team title at Veterans Park with 20 points. Jefferson placed runners in the second through sixth spots – Monique Correa (second, 21:01.5), Crystal Peterson (third, 21:35.7), Melody Tsutsumi (fourth, 21:55.5),  Jelia Lugo (fifth, 23:30.6) and Irma Munoz (sixth, Jefferson, 23:55.3). The team is scheduled to race in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

5. CoronadoThe T-Birds did not run a full team at the Americas Invitational at the Socorro Student Activities Complex  but still managed to have three top 10 runners – sophomore Kyra Walker who won the event in 21:56, Alexa Lawrence (sixth, 22:59.0) and Sonya Lee (ninth, 23:11.6). The team is scheduled to race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

6. CanutilloThe Eagles won the Clint ISD Invitational at Horizon High School with 27 points. The Eagles had four runners – Chondra Espino (third, 21:52.54), Natalie Rivera (fourth, 22:13.12), Ivy Lara (fifth, 22:19.36) and Vanessa Preciado (eighth, 22:38.12) – in the top 8. Canutillo is scheduled to race in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club at 8 a.m. Saturday.

7. El Paso High: The Tigers won the Austin/ElPaso Invitational at Skyline Park scoring 21 points. El Paso had five runners in the top 8 including the top three runners. Jezarae Valenzuela won her first meet of the season with a 21:18.49. Alissa Kennedy was second (21:19.65) and Andrea Castillo was third (21:26.02). Emma White was seventh (23:22.83) and Vivian Shaheen was eighth in 23:23.65. El Paso will race in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational.

8. Tornillo. The Coyotes finished fourth at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club finishing 12+23+24+28+37 for 124 points. Sophomore Kylene Elias was the top runner finishing in 20:32.17. Tornillo will rest this weekend.

9. Bel Air: The Highlanders move up one after its fifth place at the Parra Law XC Classic at Vista Hills Country Club. Bel Air runners placed 20+21+27+29+33 for 130 points. Bel Air is scheduled to participate in the Class 5A division of the Pre-District Invitational.

10. Eastlake. The Falcons are back in the top 10 after its team championship at the America’s Invitational run at the Socorro Student Activities Complex. The team scored 58 points. Megan Kirtley was second in 22:11.0 and Giselle Rubio crossed the finish line in 22:59.2, good for the seventh spot, to led Eastlake. The team will race in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club on Saturday. That race is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

Dropped out: Hanks.

On the brink: Pebble Hills, Burges.

Montwood senior Karyme Garcia ran the season’s eighth fastest time on Saturday, completing the 3.1-mile course at Vista Hills in 19:53.12.

Top times (5K/3Mile)

1, Lauren Portillo-Walls, Eastwood, 18:04.35 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:16.91 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 18:39.33 (Haskins Center, 10/3).

4, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:03.19 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

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

6, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:43.31 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

7, Michele Paillard, Franklin, 19:50.57 (Vista Hills C.C., 10/10).

8, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:53.12 (Vista Hills C.C., 10/10).

9, Sofia Camacho, Franklin 19:55.96 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

10, Jordan Torres, Franklin 19:56.30 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

11, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 20:08.85 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

12, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 20:09.54 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

13, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 20:19.07 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

14, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:23.25 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

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

16, Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 20:31.75 (Veterans Park, 10/3).

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

18, Selma Licon, Eastwood 20:35.22 (Vista Hills CC, 10/10).

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

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

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

22, Amber Martin, Eastwood, 20:40.65 (Desert Twilight, 10/2).

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

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

25, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 20:45.57 (Haskins Rec. Center, 10/3).

This courses have been dusty and hilly this season. This week, the runners will face the grass knolls of Vista Hills Country Club.

Power rankings

(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 50 (5).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 49 (4).

3, Ally Little, Franklin, 43.

4, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 35.

5, Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 33 (2).

6, Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 31.

7, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 30 (2).

7, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 30 (3).

9, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 29 (2).

10, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 27.

10, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 27.

Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 25.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 25.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 25.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 24.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 23.

Michele Paillard, Franklin, 23.

Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 22.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 22.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 21.

Samantha Ramirez, Socorro, 21.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 20.

Isabella Medina, Americas, 19.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 18.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 18.

Sara Armendariz, Bel Air, 17 (1).

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 17.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 17.

Jelia Lugo, Jefferson, 17.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso High, 17 (1).

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 17 (1).

.Annette Guzman, Burges, 16.

Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 16.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 15.

Morayma Montes, Austin, 14.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 13.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso High, 13.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 12.

Janice Olivas, Clint, 11.

Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 10.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 10.  

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 9.

Mia Vargas, Americas, 9.

Maria Hobbs, Loretto, 9.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 8.

Victoria Ovalles, Eastwood, 8.

Irma Munoz, Jefferson, 8.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 7.

Natalie Espinosa, Montwood, 7.  

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 7.

Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 7.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 7.

Amber Martin, Eastwood, 6

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 6.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 6.

Madison Spencer, Hanks, 6.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 6.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 5.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 5.

Banah Abdeljaber, Coronado, 5.

Selma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 5.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 5.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Itzel Garcia, Americas, 4.

Valeria Loo-King, Del Valle, 4.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 4.

Paola Bolanos Hernandez, Parkland, 4.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 4.

Vivian Shaheen, El Paso High, 4.

Emma White, El Paso High, 4.   

Aylin Tepezano, Clint, 3

Sarah Villaronga, Franklin, 3.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 3.

Claudia Vargas, Parkland, 3.     

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 3.

Jaslyne Ramirez, Del Valle, 3.

Eva Asfahani, Coronado, 2.

Jasmine Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Alexis Vasquez, Eastwood, 2.

Jade Baca, Hanks, 2.

Monica Hagerich, Eastwood, 2.

Amanda Sotelo, Franklin, 2.

Amanda Torres, Loretto, 2.

Sonya Lee, Coronado, 2.

Bianca Quintero, Chapin, 2.

Yanitza Olivares, Socorro, 1.

Genisis Guereca, Bel Air, 1.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 1.

Yulianna Anahi Martinez, Parkland, 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 1.

Andrea Baeza, Loretto, 1.

Iris Baca, Horizon, 1.

Kayhla Talavera, 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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