High School Boys XC Poll: Week 8

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

Region 1 Cross Country Championship: At Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Monday, Nov. 9, Class 3A, 10:30 a.m. (MDT), Class 5A 1:30 p.m. (MDT). Tuesday, Nov. 10, Class 4A 10:30 a.m. (MDT), Class 6A, 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

El Paso’s runners kept their focus during the season as they had to face the uncertain that the coronavirus brought.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The two-time defending Class 5A state champions returned to 6A and won its tenth straight district championship. The Troopers had runners finish in the 2-3-4-8 and 10 spot – seniors Sergio Leon Cuartas (second, 15:32.3) and Aaron Perez (third, 15:41.7, his season personal best), junior Isaac Mendoza. (fourth, 15:43.7), senior Victor Parra (eighth, 16:21.9) and junior Andres Gurrola (tenth, 16:27.3). Eastwood’s average time was 15:57.38 with a 55 second 1-5 split. Eastwood will run in the Class 6A regional race at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

2. Americas:  The Trailblazers finished second in District 1-6A scoring 48 points. Its top 10 runners were senior Michael Mier (fifth, 16:03.8, a season personal best), Carmelo Corral (sixth, 16:06.0) and Jared Laverty (seventh, 16:15.8), both juniors. The teams average time was 16:33.42. Americas will race in the Class 6A regional division at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles won its seventh straight District 1-4A championship with 19 points and moved up one spot. Senior Edwin Gomez earned his fourth district gold. The team placed all five scorers in the top 6 including Gomez (15:51.11), Dilan Sanchez (third, 16:07.38), Alan Ceballos (fourth, 17:17.54), Irvin Vazquez (fifth, 17:24.53) and Matthew Maese (sixth, 17:27.58). The team average was 16:49.63. San Elizario will compete in the Class 4A race at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

4. Burges: The Mustangs move up one spot after claiming its fourth consecutive District 1-5A championship, placing six runners in the 10 for 28 points. Seniors Dylan Walker (second, 17:02.1) and David Gonzalez (fifth, 17:22.7), and juniors David Herrera (sixth, 17:29.3), Aaron Gomez (seventh, 17:32.1) and Julian Maldonado (eighth, 17:43.9) scored for the Mustangs. Senior Luis Holguin was tenth (18:07.4). The team average was 17:26.02 with a 1-5 split of 41 seconds.  Burges will compete in the Class 5A race Monday at 1:30 p.m.

5. Tornillo: After three weeks off dealing with COVID-19 issues, Tornillo missed out on the District 4-3A championship by three points. The Coyotes placed three runners in the top 10 – freshman Daniel Romero (second, 17:19.75), sophomore Angel Torres (third, 17:28.88) and senior Bryan Garcia (fifth, 17:45.78). The team will run in the Class 3A at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

6. Franklin: The young Cougars, moved up two spots after its impressive third-place finish in District 1-6A, scoring 97 points. Freshman Matthew Engle was first for the Cougars, placing 15th in 17:08.0. The teams average time was 17:40.68.

7. Cathedral: Cathedral finished one point away from reaching the podium at the TAPPS Class 6A Cross Country Championship, scoring 102 points, behind San Antonio’s Central Catholic High School for the bronze medal. Cathedral had four runners in the top 20 – Luis Gomez (14th, 17:24.9), Bernard Martinez (15th, 17:25.9), Elijah Noble (16th, 17.:30) and Dylan John Lorilla (20th, 17:32.1).

8. Riverside: The Rangers jump into the top 10 after its second-place finish at the District 1-4A Championship. Riverside qualified for regionals for the first time since 2005 behind a solid effort from junior Andrew Valdiviezo who finished second in 16:02.61 (a season personal best). Two other Rangers finished in the top 10 – Jayden Bustillos (eighth, 17:29.64 7) and Paul Ayala (ninth, 17:48.84). The Rangers had a team average of 17:41.89. The team will race in Class 4A division at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

9. Hanks: The Knights won its first District 2-5A title since 1995, scoring 48 points. In the process, the team also continued its streak of seven straight individual district champions as junior Gael Alvarado won the race in 16:49.0. Hanks had three runners in the top 10 – Alvarado, sophomore Alejandro Tarin (second, 17:06.0) and senior Michael Antuna (ninth, 18:01.1). The Knights team average was 18:01.04. Hanks will compete in the Class 5A race Monday at 1:30 p.m.

10. El Paso: El Paso High was second in District 1-5A with 58 points.The Tigers had two in the top 10 – Josep Ferret (fourth, 17:15.7) and David Ramirez (ninth, 17:52.8). Its time average was 18:48.96. The team advances to the Region 1-5A XC Championship on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Dropped out: Coronado.

On the brink: None.

Americas senior Michael Mier ran a season-best 16:03.8 as he finished 5th at the District 1-6A championship to lead the Trailblazers to another regional.

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, 15:20.1 (Vista Hills CC, 10/31).

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, 15:41.7 (Vista Hills CC, 10/31).

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

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, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:02.61 (Vista Hills CC, 10/30).

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

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

19, Michael Mier, Americas, 16:03.8 (Vista Hills CC, 10/31).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Burges senior Dylan Walker finished second in the District 1-5A championship in 17:02.1. Walker sits in the top 10 in the El Paso Running power rankings.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Isreal David, Eastlake, 60 (6)

2, Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 55 (5).

3, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 53 (2).

4, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 49 (3).

5, Jared Laverty, Americas, 48 (1).

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 47 (3).

7, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 46 (2).

8, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 43 (2).

9, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 42.

10, Dylan Walker, Burges, 41.

10, Michael Mier, Americas, 41.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 40 (2).

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 39. 

Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 38.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 36 (1).

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 36.

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 33.

Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 33.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 32.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 32.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 31.

Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 30.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 30.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 29 (2).

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 29.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 29.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 29.

Kenneth Lamar Golston, Parkland, 26.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 25 (1).

Ivan Hernandez, Horizon, 24.

David Herrera Burges, 24.

Nick Parra, Eastwood, 21 (1).

David Gonzalez, Burges, 21.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 20.

Danovan Estrada, Canutillo, 20.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 20.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 19.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 17.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 16.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 15.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 15.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 14.  

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 13.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 13. 

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 13.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 13.

Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 13.

Diego Flores, Franklin, 12.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 12.

Michael Antuna, Hanks, 12.

William Moreno, Bel Air, 12.

Venancio Claderon, El Dorado, 11.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 11.

Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 11. 

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 11.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

 Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 10.

Luis Holguin, Burges, 10.

Aaron Gomez, Burges, 10.

Octavio Trujillo, Franklin, 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.

Aden Hodgson, El Dorado, 6.

Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 6.

Diego Garnica, Pebble Hills, 6.

Isai Barajas, Ysleta, 6.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 5.

Carlos Medez, Coronado, 5.

Jesse Rodriguez, El Paso High, 5.

Jacob Beckett, Eastwood, 5.

Jayden Bustillos, Riverside, 5.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 5.

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.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 4.

Bryan Gunter, Bel Air, 4.

Larry Green, Irvin, 4.

Juan Uribe, Socorro, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 3.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 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.

Paul Ayala, Riverside, 2.

Erfren Moncada, Parkland, 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.

Joaquin Rascon, Del Valle, 1.

Noah Gutierrez, Horizon, 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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