High School Boys XC Poll: Week 9

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.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

What’s next?

UIL Cross Country State Championship (all times MDT): At Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Monday, Nov. 23, Class 3A girls, 10:45 a.m.; Class 3A boys, 11:30 a.m.; Class 5A girls, 1:30 p.m.; Class 5A boys, 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, Class 4A boys, 11:30 a.m.; Class 6A girls, 1:30 p.m.; Class 6A boys, 2:15 p.m.

With one race to go, El Paso runners, coaches and administrators should be commended for keeping the athletes safe this season. Congratulations to all!

Top 10

1. Eastwood: Eastwood finished three points away from its third straight Region 1 championship. The Troopers  had three runners in the top 10 – seniors Sergio Leon Cuartas (fourth, 16:03.80), Aaron Perez (seventh, 16:03.80) and Nathan Hernandez (ninth, 16:17.50) – for a total of 64 points in the Region 1-6A championship. Southlake Carroll won the Region of Doom with a low score of 61 points. Eastwood will make its seventh consecutive trip to state. The team’s average regional time was 16:27.80.

2. Americas:  The Trailblazers finished a heartbreaking fourth place at the Region 1-6A championship. Americas scored 109 points, eight behind Coppell for the last spot to state. Jared Laverty was the low-point man for Americas finishing 14th in 16:24.70 followed by Michael Mier (16th, 16:29.90). Both qualified to state. The team’s average was 16:49.49.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles won another Region 1-4A championship – the team’s sixth in the past seven years. The team also earned it seventh straight trip to state. San Elizario had two runners in the top 10 including Region champion Edwin Gomez (15:56.50). Dilan Sanchez was sixth in 17:00.60. The team’s average time was 17:08.20.

4. Tornillo: Tornillo moved up one after escaping Region 1 with a third-place finish and a trip to the UIL State Cross Championship. The Coyotes placed two runners in the top 10 – freshman Daniel Romero (fourth, 17:35.90) and sophomore Angel Torres (seventh, 17:42.70). Its team average was 18:35.50. Tornillo will making its 11th state appearance in the past 12 years.

5. Riverside: The Rangers moved up three spots after finishing seventh at the Region 1-4A championship, scoring 183 points.  Junior Andrew Valdiviezo was fourth in 16:47.00 and advances to his first state championship. The team’s average was 18:14.40.

6. Burges: The Mustangs were the top El Paso 5A team at regionals finishing in seventh with 223 points. Its top runner was David Gonzalez who finished in 17:55.70, good for 29th. The team average was 18:39.60.

7. Franklin: The Cougars ended their season at district.

8. Cathedral: Cathedral ended its season two weeks ago, one point away from reaching the podium at the TAPPS Class 6A Cross Country Championship.

9. Hanks: The Knights finished 11th in the Region 1-5A championship with 265 points. Sophomore Alejandro Tarin was 16th in 17:23.30 and advanced to state. The team average was 18:54.50.

10. Bel Air: The Highlanders finished the season 14th in Region 1-5A scoring 336 points. Senior Bryan Gunter ended his cross country career in 57th place in 18:38.70. Bel Air’s team average was 19:36.30.

Dropped out: El Paso.

On the brink: None.

Coronado’s Luis Pastor ended his season o the Region 1-6A championship. The sophomore has the city’s 11th fastest 3 mile time this season and is the top 10 in Power Points.

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).

Eastwood and San Elizario will represent El Paso in Class 6A and Class 4A at the UIL State Championship.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won)

1, Isreal David, Eastlake, 65 (6).

2, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 60 (2).

3, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 57 (4).

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

5, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 50 (2).

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

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

8, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 47.

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

10, Dylan Walker, Burges, 41.

10, Michael Mier, Americas, 41.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 40 (2).

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 40.

Josep Ferret, El Paso High, 39. 

Corey Dubrule, Coronado, 38.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 36 (1).

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 33.

Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 33.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 33.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 32.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 32.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 32.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 31.

Luis Gomez, Cathedral, 30.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 29 (2).

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 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.

Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 22.

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.

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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