High School Girls XC Poll: Week 2

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top girls cross country 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 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 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 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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This week’s schedule

Rudy Alvarez Invitational: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at Del Valle High School.  Burges, Coronado, Andress, Chapin, Pebble Hills, Socorro, Montwood, El Dorado, Eastwood, Valle Verde, Riverside, Del Valle, Hanks, Parkland, Bel Air, YWLA, Ft. Hancock, LPI, Harmony, Fabens, Cathedral, San Elizario, Clint, Horizon, Mt View, Eastlake.

Gadsden ISD Invitational: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at Chaparral High School. El Paso, Irvin, Santa Teresa, Chaparral, Gadsden, Ruidoso, Canutillo, Anthony.

Centennial Invite: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at Centennial High School in Las Cruces. Bowie.

Southlake Carroll Invitational: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at Southlake Carroll. Franklin.

Albuquerque Invitational: 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the University of New Mexico. Austin, Ysleta, Americas.

There is only one major in-town meet this week in El Paso – the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle. The other meets are the Gadsden Invitational, the Centennial Invite, Albuquerque Invitational and the Southlake Carroll Invitational.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won the Canutillo Invitational with a perfect score of 15. Junior Alyssa Laspada won the individual title in a time of 18:51.55. Senior Jordan Torres was third (19:22.07), senior Jenna Saunders was fourth (19:59.91), junior Abby Barraza was sixth (20:05.66) and junior Sofia Camacho was seventh in 20:27.15. Franklin will travel to Dallas on Saturday to compete at the Southlake Carroll Invitational.

2. Montwood:  The Rams did not run a full team at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. Senior Alexa Rangel did finish fourth in 21:36.22 and junior Jazmine Miranda was 11th in 22:10.28. Expect the Rams to be at full strength at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

3. Eastwood: The Troopers rested its top five runners at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational and still managed a second-place finish with 57 points. Three runners finished in the top 15 including Annika Cuellar (12th, 22:40.60), Giavanna Zubia (13th, 22:45.54) and Jasmine Martinez (15th, 22:56.72). Eastwood will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes did not run a full team at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. Senior Monique Correra finished sixth in 21:45.01 and senior Crystal Peterson was 14th in 22:47.25). Jefferson will race at the Gadsden ISD Invitational at Chaparral High School on Saturday.

5. Bel Air:  Senior Abigail Murillo was lone Highlander to race at the Canutillo Invitational, finishing 16th in a 21:41.12. The team is scheduled to race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

6. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the Canutillo Invitational with 55 points. Coronado had four runners finishing in the 9 through 14 spots. Sophomore Caroline Pitchkolan was the low-stick runner finishing in 20:52.26 followed by classmate Alexa Lawrence (10th, 20:55.11), senior Banah Abdeljaber (13th, 21:21.56) and junior Kyra Walker (14th, 21:22.72). The team will Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

7. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up two spots after winning the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational with 32 points. Junior Natalia Martinez won the race in 20:43.20. Sophomore Carolina Zarrabal was third in 21:19.44 and sophomore Natalie Franco was seventh in 21:53.35. Pebble Hills will race in a loaded field at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

8. Hanks: The Knights raced to a third-place finish at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational with 83 points. Seniors Mia Rivera was second in 20:52.89 and Elizabeth Aguirre was 20th in 23:12.34. The team will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

9. Del Valle: The Conquistadores move up one after its fourth-place finish at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. The team finished with 83 points, the same amount as Hanks. Del Valle had two runners finish in the top 10 – Anisa Sanchez (5th, 21:44.42) and senior Disany Sandoval (8th, 21:59.04). Del Valle will race at its own invitational on Saturday.

10. Socorro: The Bulldogs make its season debut into the top 10 after placing third at the Canutillo Invitational with 82 points. Senior Ana Rojas was 8th in 20:33.84. Two other runners had top 20 races – senior Andrea Estrada (18th, 22:18.66) and senior Yanitza Olivares (19th, 22:19.96). The team will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

Dropped out: El Paso High.

On the brink: Burges.

Franklin junior Alyssa Laspada won the individual title at the Canutillo Invitational in a time of 18:51.55 – tops in the city after two weeks.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:51.55 (Canutillo, 8/21).

2, Pamela Ramirez, Burges, 19:11.82 (Canutillo, 8/21).

3, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:22.07 (Canutillo, 8/21).

4, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:59.91 (Canutillo, 8/21).

5, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 20:02.59 (Canutillo, 8/21).

6, Abby Barraza, Franklin, 20:05.66 (Canutillo, 8/21).

7, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 20:27.15 (Canutillo, 8/21).

8, Ana Rojas, Socorro, 20:33.84 (Canutillo, 8/21).

9, Natalia Martinez, Pebble Hills, 20:43.20 (Tornillo, 8/21).

10, Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 20:52.26 (Canutillo, 8/21).

11, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 20:52.89 (Tornillo, 8/21).

12, Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 20:55.11 (Canutillo, 8/21).

13, Michele Paillard, Franklin, 20:55.60 (Canutillo, 8/21).

14, Isabella Medina, Americas, 21:03.20 (Canutillo, 8/21).

15, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 21:19.44 (Tornillo, 8/21).

16, Banah Abdeljaber, Coronado, 21:21.56 (Canutillo, 8/21).

17, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 21:22.72 (Canutillo, 8/21)

18, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 21:36.22 (Tornillo, 8/21).

19, Dana Cano, Canutillo, 21:37.71 (Canutillo, 8/21).

20, Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 21:41.12 (Canutillo, 8/21).

21, Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 21:44.03 (Canutillo, 8/21).

22, Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 21:44.42 (Tornillo, 8/21).

23, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 21:45.01 (Tornillo, 8/21).

24, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 21:53.35 (Tornillo, 8/21).

25, Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 21:59.04 (Tornillo, 8/21).

After a wet opening week, the season got off to a full start on Saturday. As week three approaches, teams are still searching for the right seven to build a foundation for later in the season.


Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18 (1).

2, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 15.

3, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 13.

4, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 11.

5, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 10 (1).

5, Abby Barraza, Franklin, 10.

5, Natalia Martinez, Pebble Hills, 10 (1).

8, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 9.

8, Pamela Ramirez, Burges, 9.

10, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 8.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 7.

Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 6.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 6.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 5.

Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 4.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 4.

Allison Perez, Coronado, 3.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 3.

Ana Rojas, Coronado, 3.

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 2.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 2.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 1.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 1.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 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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