High School Boy’s XC Poll: Final

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.

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Cathedral finished the season with a bronze medal at the TAPPS State Championship.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers won its fifth consecutive state medal winning bronze n Class 6A. Seniors Andres Gurrola and Isaac Mendoza had top 20 finishes to lead Eastwood – Gurrola 12th in 15:28.6 and Isaac Mendoza, 17th in 15:37.8. Eastwood will race at the NXN South Regional Championship in The Woodlands on Nov. 20 and the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championship in December.

2. San Elizario: The Eagles defended its Class 4A UIL state championship – its sixth championship in eight years.  Junior Chris Moreno was second in 15:45.8. Junior Angel Maese was 29th in 16:41.3 and sophomore Matthew Maese (39th, 16:53.5) were the only other top 40 finishers for San Elizario. The Eagles will race at the NXN South Regional Championship in The Woodlands on Nov. 20.

3. Americas: The Trailblazers finished sixth at the Region 1-6A Meet. Americas did send two runners to state.  Senior Jared Laverty was 45th in 15:58.4 and teammate Carmelo Corral was 71st in 16:17.8. As Americas looks ahead, the team will only return two of its top seven – juniors Stefan Alvarez and Rene Renteria.

4. Franklin: The Cougars finished the season with an 11th place finish at the Region 1, Class 6A Championship. Their future looks bright as the team returns all but one of the top seven including juniors Diego Flores and Austen Percifull and Rai Lopez and sophomores Matthew Engle and Juan Leal.

5. Coronado: Junior Luis Pastor had an Al State race at the Class 6A State meet, finishing 10th in 15:19.9. The team will return three of its top five runners including Pastor, sophomore Carlos Mendez and junior Sam Flores.

6. Cathedral:  The Irish finished with a bronze medal at the TAPPS State Championship with 69 points. Elijah Noble was eighth in 17:08.5 followed by Bernard Martinez (ninth, 17:12.6 12), Jacob Noble (12th, 17:22.3), Preston Arnett (14th, 17:55.2 ) and Dylan-John Lorilla (26th, 18:06.3).

7. Riverside: The Rangers seniors – Andrew Valdiviezo and Jayden Bustillos – had top 20 finishes at the Class 4A State Championship. Bustillos was 16th in 16:18.5 and Valdiviezo was 19th in 16:28.7.

8. Pebble Hills:  Junior Omer Ibrahim was eighth in 15:17.3 and finished All State at the UIL Class 6A Championship. His 15:17.3 was the fastest of any El Paso runner in all classifications. Four of its top five will return including Ibrahim, junior Noah Castorena, freshman Ameen Ibrahim and sophomore Robert Dickerson.

9. Hanks: The Knights duo of junior Alejandro Tarin and senior Gael Alvarado finished their season at the Class 5A state meet where Tarin was 27th in 16:05.6 and Alvarado was 51st in 16:30.8. Four of the top five runners will return for Hanks including Tarin, juniors Andres Garcia, Gael Ornelas and Angel Gomez.

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). With only two of the top five returning (Guerra and junior Esteban Armendariz) – it looks to be a rebuild at Burges.

Dropped out:  None.

On the brink: None.

Coronado junior Luis Pastor, Eastwood seniors Andres Gurrola and Isaac Mendoza and Pebble Hills junior Omer Ibrahim, have been the top runners in El Paso since the beginning of the season. All ran at the UIL Class 6A state meet.

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).

A great season in Class 4A came to end with San Elizario’s Chris Moreno earning a state silver medal.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 89 (3).

2, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 86 (6).

3, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 76 (3).

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

5, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 58 (3).

6, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 57.

7, Andrew Valdiviezo, Riverside, 55.

8, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 54.

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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