High School Boys XC Poll: Week 2

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s 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 and 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 boys and 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.

The Rudy Alvarez Invitational highlights the local races on Saturday. The race begins at 8 a.m. with the varsity boys followed by the girls.

Top 10

  1. Eastwood: The Troopers scored 33 points and won the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational without its top four runners. Eastwood had six runners finish in the six through 12 spots. Joaquin Chavez was sixth in 17:09.16 followed by   Anthony Casillas (7th, 17:11.28), Alexander Flores (9th, 17:23.17), Matthew Marshall (10th, 17:30.48), Heiden Pereda (11th, 17:31.01) and Maurico Cuartas (12th, 17:38.00). Eastwood will be back in action at Saturday’s Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.
  2.  Americas:  The Trailblazers were missing its third and fourth runner and still managed a third-place finish at the Canutillo Invitational. Senior Jared Laverty won the individual title with a city best 15:24.83. Senior Carmelo Corral was third in 15:41.73. Americas will travel North to race in the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque.
  3. Franklin: The Cougars move up two spots after winning the Canutillo Invitational with 45 points. Junior Diego Flores was the low man for Franklin finishing fifth in 16:43.12. Junior Austen Percifull was 7th in 16:56.69, junior Rai Lopez was 10th in 17:07.57 and sophomore Sebastian Gonzalez was 12th in 17:12.55. Franklin will travel to Dallas on Saturday to compete at the Southlake Carroll Invitational.
  4. Cathedral: The Irish move up three spots after its second-place finish at the Canutillo Invitational. Sophomore Preston Arnett was 8th in 16:56.69, junior Elijah Noble was 11th in 17:10.36 and senior Marcos Garcia was 18th in 17:33.36. Cathedral will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.
  5. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up four spots after its second-place finish at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational. Junior Omer Ibrahim won the event in 15:49.84, a course record. Junior Noah Castorena was 15th in 17:49.83. Pebble Hills will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.
  6. San Elizario: The Eagles drop three spots after finishing third at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational with 103 points. Junior Chris Moreno finished second (16:22.64), senior Irvin Vazquez was 14th in 17:46.19 and senior Alan Ceballos was 17th in 18:03.99. The team will try to regroup at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.
  7. Coronado: The T-Birds drop three spots, finishing fourth at the Canutillo Invitational with 85 points. Junior Luis Pastor was the low-stick man for Coronado, finishing second in 15:25.73. Sophomore Carlos Mendez (15th, 17:20.73) and junior Sam Breceda (20th, 17:35.89) were the only two other T-birds to finish in the top 20. Coronado will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday.
  8. Hanks: The Knights drop two spots after finishing in fourth place at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational with 112 points. Junior Alejandro Tarin (4th, 16:42.67) and senior Gael Alvarado (8th, 17:20.00) were top 10 runners for Hanks. The Knights will race at the Rudy Alvarez at Del Valle on Saturday.
  9. Riverside: The Rangers crack the top 10 after two weeks of racing. The Rangers, which finished fifth at the Canutillo Invitational with 100 points, were led by senior Andrew Valdiviezo who finished fourth in 16:40.25. Newcomer senior Jayden Bustillos was the only other Ranger to finish in the top 20, turning in a 17:30.78 (17 place). Riverside will compete at the Rudy Alvarez on Saturday.
  10. Tornillo: The Coyotes did not run a full team at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational but its top two runners had top five finishes. Sophomore Daniel Romero was third in 16:25.14 and junior Angel Torres was fifth in 16:43.28.  

Dropped out: Burges.
On the verge: Bel Air, El Paso High.

Americas seniors Jared Laverty and Carmelo Corral along with Coronado’s Luis Pastor turned in the top three times in the city at the Canutillo Invitational last week.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

1, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:24.83 (Canutillo, 8/21).

2, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:25.73 (Canutillo, 8/21).

3, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:41.95 (Canutillo, 8/21).

4, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:49.84 (Tornillo, 8/21).

5, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:22.64 (Tornillo, 8/21).

6, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 16:25.14 (Tornillo, 8/21).

7, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 16:40.25 (Canutillo, 8/21).

8, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 16:42.67 (Tornillo, 8/21).

9, Diego Flores, Franklin, 16:43.12 (Canutillo, 8/21).

10, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:43.28 (Tornillo, 8/21).

11, Julian Maldonado, Burges, 16:49.35 (Canutillo, 8/21).

12, Austen Percifull, Franklin, 16:56.26 (Canutillo, 8/21).

13, Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 16:56.69 (Canutillo, 8/21).

14, Seth Truax, Chapin, 17:05.94 (Canutillo, 8/21).

15, Rai Lopez, Franklin, 17:07.57 (Canutillo, 8/21).

16, Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 17:09.16 (Tornillo, 8/21).

17, Elija Noble, Cathedral, 17:10.36 (Canutillo, 8/21).

18, Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 17:11.28 (Tornillo, 8/21).

19, Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 17:12.55 (Canutillo, 8/21).

20, David Herrera, Burges, 17:15.70 (Canutillo, 8/21).

21, Matthew Guerra, Burges, 17:19.26 (Canutillo, 8/21).

22, Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 17:20.00 (Tornillo, 8/21).

23, Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 17:20.73 (Canutillo, 8/21).

24, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 17:23.17 (Tornillo, 8/21).

25, Frank Lozano, Franklin, 17:25.48 (Canutillo, 8/21).

The Franklin boys won the Canutillo Invitational and moved up two positions in the El Paso Running Top 10. The team will race at Southlake on Saturday.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 19 (1).

2, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 10 (1).

2, Jared Laverty, Americas, 10 (1).

2, Diego Flores, Franklin, 10.

5, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 9.

5, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 9.

5, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 9.

8, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 8.

8, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 8.

8, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 8.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 7.

Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 7.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 6.

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 6.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 5.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 5.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 5.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 4.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 4.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 4.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 3.

Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 3.

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 2.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 2.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 1.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 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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