El Paso well represented at Texas Distance Festival

El Paso distance runners represented well at the Texas Distance Festival in Southlake over the weekend.

Franklin senior Eva Jess set an El Paso record and personal best 17.00.06 in the Elite 5K division, placing second behind Denton Guyer’s Brynn Brown (15:56.89). Brown committed to North Carolina and Jess will run for Texas next fall.

Franklin senior Eva Jess set an El Paso record and personal best 17.00.06 in the Elite 5K division at Texas Distance Festival in Southlake.

Eastwoood senior Sergio Leon Cuartes ran the second fastest El Paso 5K of all time – behind former Trooper and current Furman runner Daniel Bernal – racing to a 14:47.99. Bernal’s 5K city record of 14.29 was set in 2017.

Cuartes finished 8th overall followed by teammates Isaac Medina (14th, 15:09.56), Aaron Perez (40th, 15:49.73) and Victor Parra (57th, 16:16.30). San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez finished in a time of 16:21.45.

Eastwoood senior Sergio Leon Cuartes ran the second fastest El Paso 5K of all time behind former Trooper and current Furman runner Daniel Bernal racing to a 14:47.99 at the Texas Distance Festival in Southlake. Bernal’s 5K city record of 14.29 was set in 2017.

Parkland senior Kenneth Golston Jr. re-set his own city-best time in the 800 racing to a 1:56.77, good for fourth place behind The Colony’s Wesley Gibbs’ 1:55.51.

Also setting a season, city-best time was Eastwood junior Lauren Walls-Portillo who posted a 5:06.32 in the 1,600-meter run. Her teammate, Victoria Ovalles, also had a season best 5:25.90, good for third in the city.

Parkland senior Angelina Lujan-Marrufo had a fourth-place finish in the 800, racing to a   2:16.26. Flower Mound’s Emma Hoang won the event in 2:12.35.

In the boy’s 3,200-meter run, Eastwood’s Andres Gurrola posted the city’s fifth fastest time this season, placing 24th in 9:46.86 and Devon Paez’s 9:57.94 was good for 8th in the city and 42nd at the meet.

Eastwood’s Amber Martin ran a 12:15.59 two mile, good for 7th in the city.

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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