High School Boys XC Poll: Week 6

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

Montwood Invitational – CANCELLED.

Bowie Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Veterans Park. Bowie, Irvin, Burges, Austin, Hanks, Canutillo, Anthony, Chapin.

Del Valle Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Del Valle High School.  Del Valle, Valle Verde, YWLA, Americas, Jefferson, Eastwood, Horizon, Parkland.

Clint ISD Invitational: Oct. 24, 8 a.m., Clint High School. Clint, Eastlake, Mt. View, Riverside, Ysleta.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers did not race a full team at the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club. Eastwood did have two runners in the top five – Aaron Perez (third, 16:07.8) Nathan Hernandez (fifth, 16:24.7). The team is scheduled to race at the Del Valle Invitational on Saturday.

2. Americas:  The Trailblazers had four runners finish in the top 7 to win the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club. Jared Laverty was fourth in 16:10.4 followed by Michael Mier (sixth, 16:27.9), Aaron Saenz (seventh, 17:30.1) and Stefan Alvarez (tenth, 17:42.6).  Americas will rest in preparation of next Friday’s District 1-6A Championship at Vista Hills Country Club.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds did not race last week nor will the race on Saturday as the Montwood Invitational is cancelled.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles won the District 1-4A division of the Pre-District Invitational, scoring 18 points.  All seven runners finished in the top 10 led by winner Edwin Gomez (16:00.6) followed by Dilan Sánchez (16:43.0). Other runners include Christopher Moreno (fourth, 17:14.2.5), Alan Ceballos (fifth, 17:24.5), Irvin Vazquez (sixth, 17:52.1), Angel Maese (eighth, 18:15.0) and .Matthew Maese (tenth, 18:17.7). The team is resting this weekend.

5. Tornillo: The Coyotes took a week off and will not race again until the District 1-3A Championship on Thursday in Presidio.

6. Franklin: Franklin was second in the Class 6A division of the Pre-District Invitational with 59 points. Octavio Trujillo was the top runner for the Cougars, finishing eighth in 17:32.0.  Franklin is resting this weekend.

7. Burges: The Mustangs won the District 1-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational with 31 points. The Mustangs placed five runners in the top 10 including runner-up Dylan Walker (16:38.5), David Gonzalez (fourth, 17:08.7), David Herrera (seventh, 17:28.9), Julian Maldonado (eighth, 17:32.8) and Aaron Gomez (tenth, 17:51.9). Burges will rest this weekend.    

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish did not race.

9. Hanks: Hanks moves up one after its first-place finish in the District 2-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational. The Knights had a 1-2 finish with Alejandro Tarin (17:02.1) and Gael Alvarado (17:08.4) and had two more runners – Michael Antuna (fifth, 18:31.2) and Andres Garcia (eighth, 18:41.3) – in the top 10.

10. El Paso: The Tigers make its 2020 debut after finishing second in the District 2-5A race of the Pre-District Invitational. Josep Ferret was third for El Paso High finishing the Vista Hills Country Club course in 17:02.3. Teammate David Ramirez was sixth in 17:25.1.

Dropped out: Eastlake.

On the brink: Riverside, Pebble Hills.

Hank’s Michael Antuna was fifth (18:31.2) in the District 2-5A race at the Pre-District Invitational at Vista Hills Country Club. His teammates Alejandro Tarin (17:02.1) and Gael Alvarado (17:08.4) – finished first and second.

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, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:31.2 (Vista Hills CC, 10/17).

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

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

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

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

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, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 16:16.6 (SAC, 10/9).

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

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

22, Josep Ferret, El Paso, 16:25.96 (Skyline Park, 10/10).

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

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

25, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 16:32.73 (Vista Hills, CC, 10/10).

Franklin’s Octavio Trujillo finished eighth in 17:32.0 in the Class 6A race of the Pre-District Invitational last Saturday.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, David, Eastlake, 50 (5).

2, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 45 (4).

3, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 44 (2).

3, Jared Laverty, Americas, 44 (1).

5, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 41 (2).

6, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 40 (2).

7, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 37 (2).

7, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 37 (2).

9, Michael Mier, Americas, 35.

10, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 34.

10, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 34 (2).

Dylan Walker, Burges, 32.

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 32. 

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 31.

Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 30.

Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 30.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 30.

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 28.

Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 27.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 27 (1).

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 26.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 25 (1).

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 24.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 24.  

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 23.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 22.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 21.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 20.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 19.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 19 (1).

David Herrera Burges, 19.

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 18.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 16.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 15.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 14.  

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 13.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 13. 

Danovan Estrada, Canutillo, 13.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 13.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 13.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 12.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 12.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 12.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 11.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 11.

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 11.  

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 10.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 10.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Michael Antuna, Hanks, 10.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 9.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 9.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso High, 9.

Andres Buckley, Franklin, 8.     

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 8.

Andrew Alvarado, Hanks, 7.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 6.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Aaron Gomez, Burges, 6

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 6.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 5.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 5.

Isai Barajas, Ysleta, 5.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 5.

Jesse Rodriguez, El Paso High, 5.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 5.

William Moreno, Bel Air, 4.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 4.

Bryan Guzman, Tornillo, 4.

Cesar Sandoval, Chapin, 4.

Andres Garcia, Hanks, 4.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 4.

Larry Green, Irvin, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 3.

Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 3.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 3.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 3.

Andre De Santos, El Paso High, 3.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 2.

Roberto Rivas, Franklin, 2.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 2. 

Yahir Barrios, Horizon, 2.

Omar Rivera, Canutillo, 2.

Moises Vera, Austin, 2.

Jayden Bustillos, Riverside, 2.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 2.         

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Christopher Torres, El Paso High, 1.

Stefan Alvarez, Americas, 1.

Juan Linares, Horizon, 1.

Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 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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