High School Boy’s XC Poll: Week 10

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 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.

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

This week’s schedule

UIL Cross Country State Championship: Friday, Nov. 5 for Class 3A and 5A and Saturday, Nov. 6 for Class 4A and 6A at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Hundreds of runners from all over Region 1 converged on Lubbock on Monday, all hoping to earn a spot to the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers had two top 10 runners – seniors Andres Gurrola (fourth, 15:46.0) and Isaac Mendoza (tenth, 16:01.6) – and finished second at the Region 1-6A Championship behind Southlake Carroll. Senior Victor Anchondo had a top 30 regional showing, finishing 30th in 16:36.4. Eastwood’s team average was 16:22.2. This will be Eastwood’s eighth consecutive trip to state and the ninth in 10 years.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers finished sixth at the Region 1-6A Meet. Seniors Jared Laverty (11th, 16:02.5) and Carmelo Corral (16th, 16:08.0) both qualified to state. Senior Aaron Saenz was 29th in 16:34.9. The team’s average was 16:44.9.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles earned a team silver at the Region 1-4A Championship, scoring 97 points, 12 points behind Canyon. Junior Chris Moreno won the region in 15:40.9 – the fastest El Paso time in any classification. San Elizario had four other runners – junior Matthew Maese (21st, 17:01.4), sophomore Angel Maese (23rd, 17:05.9), senior Alan Ceballos (25th, 17:09.3) and senior Irvin Vazquez (27th, 17:16.9) – finish in the top 30. The team’s average was 16:50.9. San Elizario will compete in its eighth straight state championship.

4. Franklin: The Cougars finished the season with an 11th place finish at the Region 1, Class 6A Championship. Junior Diego Flores was the top Franklin runner, finishing 28th in 16:34.5. The team average was 17:14.0.

5. Coronado: Junior Luis Pastor finished fifth at the Region 1-6A Championship in 15:47.0 and qualified for state. Senior Sam Breceda was 55th in 17:02.1.

6. Cathedral:  The Irish are preparing TAPPS State Championship Monday,Nov. 1 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, Waco.

7. Riverside: The Rangers finished fifth – one spot away from advancing to state -at the Region 1-4A Championship with 173 points. Riverside had two top 10 runners – seniors Andrew Valdiviezo (fourth, 16:10.2) and Jayden Bustillos (sixth, 16:15.7) – both qualify to state. Bustillos’ time is a personal best. Senior Jostin Briones had a top 40 run, finishing 37th in 17:35.5. The team average was 17:19.1.

8. Pebble Hills:  Junior Omer Ibrahim led all El Paso runners at the Region 1-6A Championship, finishing with a bronze medal in 15:45.3.

9. Hanks: The Knights were the top El Paso 5A school finishing 14th in the Region 1-5A race with 384 points. Senior Gael Alvarado (13th, 16:23.7) and junior Alejandro Tarin (16th, 16.29.1) both advanced to state. The team average was 18:03.2.

10. Burges: The Mustangs placed 16th in the Region 1-5A race. Burges had two top 50 runners – senior Julian Maldonado (45th, 17:19.8) and junior Mathew Guerra (46th, 17:21.0). The team average was 18:17.3.

Dropped out: Horizon.

On the brink: None.

These five runners have been city leaders in teams and overall performance all season.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 14.43.8 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

2, Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 14.49.7 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

3, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:02.15 (Del Valle, 8/28).

4, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:02.73 (Del Valle, 8/28).

5, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:04.79 (Del Valle, 8/28).

6, Devon Paez, Eastwood, 15:13.6 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

7, Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 15:16.8 (Woodbridge, 9/18)

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

9, Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 15:28.0 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

10, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 15:38.71 (Del Valle, 8/28).

11, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 15:41.47 (Clint, 10/2).

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

13, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 15:44.07 (Del Valle, 8/28).

14, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 15:44.47 (Clint, 10/2).

15, Jacob Becket, Eastwood, 15:44.8 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

16, Diego Flores, Franklin, 15:51.32 (Mary Francis Keisling, 9/11).

17, Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 15:52.3 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

18, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 16:01.51 (Shawver Park, 9/4).

19, Aaron Saenz, Americas 16:04.0 (Cleveland, 8/28).

20, Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 16:15.52 (Clint, 10/2).

21, Jayden Bustillos, Riverside, 16:15.7 (Mae Simmons, 10/25).

22, Austen Percifull, Franklin, 16:16.35 (Mary Francis Keisling, 9/11).

23, Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 16:19.03 (Shawver Park, 9/4).

24, Isaac Romero, Franklin, 16:22.86 (Southlake, 8/28).

25, Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 16:28.43 (Clint, 10/2).

Senior Aaron Saenz has been a steady No. 3 man for Americas. His 16:04.0 ranks in the top 20 in El Paso.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 88 (3).

2, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 83 (6).

3, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 67 (3).

4, Jared Laverty, Americas, 66 (4).

5, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 57.

6, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 55.

7, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 54.

8, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 49 (3).

9, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 45.

10, Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 45 (1).

Diego Flores, Franklin, 40 (1).

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 40.

Isaac Mendoza, Eastwood, 40.

Jayden Bustillos, Riverside, 38.

Israel David, Eastlake, 34.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 20.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 19.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 19.

Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 17.

Julian Maldonado, Burges, 17 (1).

Preston Arnett, Cathedral, 15.

Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 15.

Devon Paez, Eastwood, 15.

David Ramirez, El Paso High, 15.

David Herrera, Burges, 14.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 12 (1).

Omar Rivera, Canutillo, 12.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 13.

Bernard Martinez, Cathedral, 10.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 10.

Rai Lopez, Franklin, 9.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 9.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 8.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 8.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 8.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso High, 8.

Michael Castorena, Parkland, 8.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 7.

Frank Lozano, Franklin, 7.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 7.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 6.

Matthew Guerra, Burges, 6.

Oscar Guzman, Franklin, 6.

Diego Espinoza, Cathedral, 6.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 6.

Juan Linares, Horizon, 6.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 5.

Mario Elias, Eastlake, 5.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 5.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 5.  

Aydan Lugo, El Paso High, 5.

Aaron Gomez, Burges, 5.

Isai Barajas, Ysleta, 5.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 4.

Dauntae Herrera, Chapin, 4.

Dylan Lorilla, Cathedral, 4.

Venancio Calderon, El Dorado, 4.

Bryan Estrada, Eastlake, 3.

Antonio Palos, Irvin, 3.

Jorge Maese, San Eli, 3.

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 2.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 2.

Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 2.

Rene Renteria, Americas, 2.            

Juan Leal, Franklin, 2.

Luis Martinez, Irvin, 2.

Kevin Perez, Riverside, 2.

Heiden Pereda, Eastwood, 2.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 2.

Yahir Barrios, Horizon, 2.

Isaac Romero, Franklin, 1.

Jesse Morales, Americas, 1.

Mauricio Cuartes, Eastwood, 1.

Evan Avitia, Americas, 1.

Jostin Briones, Riverside, 1.

Santiago Cadena, 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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