High School Boys XC Poll: Week 7

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

District 1-4A Championship: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at Vista Hills Country Club. San Elizario, Fabens, Clint, Mt. View, Riverside. The girls will race first followed by the boys.

District 1-6A, 1-5A, 2-5A Championships: Saturday, Oct. 31 at Vista Hills Country Club.9 to 10:15 a.m. 2-5A girls, followed immediately by boys; 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. 1-5A girls, immediately followed by boys; 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. 1-6A girls, immediately followed by boys.

District 3-4A Championship: Noon Saturday, Oct. 31 at Presidio High School. Tornillo, Presidio, Alpine, Kermit and Anthony. Girls followed by boys.

The Championship Season begins this weekend. Who will survive and advance to regionals?

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The two-time defending Class 5A state champions, will be seeking its tenth straight district championship. The Troopers, which moved back to 6A this year, are led by senior Sergio Leon Cuartas who is supported by a more than capable group of runners including junior Nathan Hernandez,  Isaac Mendoza, Aaron Perez, Victor Anchondo and Victor Parra – all who own top 13 times in the city.

2. Americas:  The Trailblazers, who won the District 1-6A championship the past two years, will provide the Trooper its biggest challenge. A pair of juniors – Carmelo Corral and Jared Laverty – set the pace for Americas. The two have combined for three individual championships and have turned in two of the city’s fastest top 10 times – 15:15.03 for Corral and 15:41.15 for Laverty. Two other runners are on the top 25 list of fastest times including Aaron Saenz (15:56.91) and Michael Mier (16:04.08).

3. Coronado: Because only two teams qualify for regionals, it will be difficult for Coronado to advance this season. Last week, the T-birds almost had a perfect score at the Clint Invitational, scoring 16 points. Sophomore Luis Pastor won the event in 15:46.24, followed by Sam Breceda, (16:30.82), Corey Dubrule (16:33.99),  Stephen Pitchkolan (16:54.74), Carlos Medez (17:22.59) and Sam Florez (17:25.27). With only one senior, the future is bright for Coronado.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles are going for its fifth straight District 1-4A championship. At the Pre-District Invitational two weeks ago, 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).

5. Tornillo: The Coyotes have not raced in two weeks. They will compete for a District 4-3A championship on Saturday at Presidio.

6. Franklin: Franklin will make a run for it at Saturday’s District 1-6A Championship. With only one senior, watch for the Cougars to be a force in 2021.

7. Burges: The Mustangs won the District 1-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational with 31 points two weeks ago. 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 is going after its fourth consecutive district championship.    

8. Cathedral: The Fighting Irish did not race.

9. Hanks: Hanks won first-place in the District 2-5A division of the Pre-District Invitational two weeks ago. Alejandro Tarin was first (17:02.1) and Gael Alvarado was second (17:08.4). The Knights 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: El Paso finished second in the District 1-5A race of the Pre-District Invitational two weeks ago. 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.

Pebble Hills sophomore Omer Ibrahim (in blue) will be in the thick of things at the District 1-6A Championship.

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, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:46.24 (Clint, 10/24).

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

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

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

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

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

16, Nick Parra, Eastwood, 16:03.00 (Del Valle, 10/24).

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

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

19, Devon Paez, Eastwood, 16:06.00 (Del Valle, 10/24).

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

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, Sam Breceda, Coronado, 16:30.82 (Clint, 10/24).  


Eastwood and San Elizario are heavy favorites in the District 1-6A race and the District 1-4A championship. Both teams have been working towards return trips to the state championship.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Isreal David, Eastlake, 50 (5)

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

3, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 47 (3).

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

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

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

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

8, Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 38.

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

10, Michael Mier, Americas, 35.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 34.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 34 (2).

Dylan Walker, Burges, 32.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 32.

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 32. 

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 31.

Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 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.  

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 22.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 21.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 21 (1).

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 20.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 20.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 19.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 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.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 13.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 12.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 12.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 12.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 12.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 11.

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 11. 

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

 Victor Parra, 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.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 7.

David Ortega, Socorro, 6.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 6.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 6.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Aaron Gomez, Burges, 6.

Diego Garnica, Pebble Hills, 6.

Isai Barajas, Ysleta, 6.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 5.

Carlos Medez, Coronado, 5.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 5.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 5.

Jesse Rodriguez, El Paso High, 5.

Jacob Beckett, Eastwood, 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.

Sam Florez, Coronado, 4.

Marcos Garcia, Cathedral, 4.

Angel Recio Martinez, Eastlake, 4.

Kenneth Gomez, Parkland, 4.

Larry Green, Irvin, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 3.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 3.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 3.

Joaquin Martinez, Eastwood, 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.

Gianni Ortega, Eastlake, 2.

Erfren Moncada, Parkland, 2.

Jayden Bustillos, Riverside, 2.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 2.         

Eric Lopez, Riverside, 1.

Mathew Estrada, Socorro, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Christopher Torres, El Paso High, 1.

Stefan Alvarez, Americas, 1.

Juan Linares, Horizon, 1.

Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 1.

Joaquin Rascon, Del Valle, 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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