High School Boy’s XC Poll: Week 1

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 boys race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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This week’s schedule

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, Mary Frances Keisling Park. Franklin, Coronado, Irvin, El Paso, Chapin, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Americas, Hanks, Ft Hancock, Tornillo, VVECH, Ysleta, Del Valle,

Canutillo Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, Canutillo Middle School. Eastwood, Canutillo, Austin, Burges, Jefferson, Andress, Bowie, Radford, Montwood, Socorro, Hanks, YWLA, Anthony, Cathedral, Loretto, Santa Teresa, Gadsden, Chaparral, San Eli, Bel Air.

The San Elizario Eagles are ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers will start its season Saturday at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School. The Troopers are ranked No. 5 in Class 6A by the Texas Cross Country Coaches Association.

2. Franklin: The Cougars will begin the 2022 campaign Saturday at its own Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds placed four runners in the top 10 and won the Irvin Invitational at Skyline Park with 27 points. Senior Luis Pastor won the 2.7-mile race in 13:18.52 followed by junior Edgar Valles (fourth, 15:35.63),          junior Preston Eastman (fifth, 15:36.97), senior Sam Flores (seventh, 15:42.57) and junior Carlos Mendez (tenth, 15:54.01). The team will race at the Franklin Invitational Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

4. Pebble Hills:  Senior Omer Ibrahim did not race the Eastlake Invitational on Friday, but the Spartans still managed to win the event, placing all five scoring runners in the top 10. Ibrahim’s brother, sophomore Ameen Ibrahim, won his first individual title, racing to a 16:42.44. Senior Noah Castorena was second in 16:44.13 followed by sophomore Zach Rivas (seventh, 17:22.00), junior Robert Dickerson (ninth, 17:25.15) and Micah Lay (tenth, 17:31.18). The Spartans will race at the Franklin Invitational Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

5. San Elizario: The Eagles won the Clint Invitational placing three runners in the top 10. Senior Chris Moreno won the individual crown in 16:29.97 followed by junior Julian Guerra (third, 16:45.80) and junior Angel Maese (ninth, 18:12.10). The Eagles are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by the Texas Cross Country Coaches Association. San Elizario will race at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

6. Americas: The Trailblazers finished second at the Eastlake Invitational on Friday without placing a runner in the top 10. Its top two runners were junior Christian Hurtado who was 12th in 17:44.47 and Jacob Corral was 14th in 17:47.45. Americas will race at the Franklin Invitational Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

7. Cathedral:  The Irish did not run a full team at the Eastlake Invitational. However, seniors Jacob Noble was third in 16:51.73 and Elijah Noble was fourth in 16:52.88. Cathedral will race at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

8. El Paso High: The Tigers finished six points behind Coronado at the Irvin Invitational with four runners in the top 10. Sophomore Miles Westbrook        was third in 15:21.48, sophomore Ulysses O’Rourke was sixth in 15:40.54, junior Leo    Valenzuela was eighth in 15:44.32 and junior Ayden Lugo was ninth in 15:46.44. The course measured the 2.7-miles. El Paso will be tested at the Franklin Invitational Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

9. Hanks: The Knights move up a spot after its second-place finish at Clint. Hanks had two runners finish in the top 11 – senior Alejandro Tarin was fourth in 16:50.00 and senior Angel Gomez was 11th in 18:54.65. Hanks will race at the loaded Franklin Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

10. Eastlake: The Falcon make its season debut in the top 10 after finishing third at its own Invitational. Its top runner was junior Diego Mota who finished 11th in 17:39.34. Eastlake will race at the Franklin Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

Dropped out:  Chapin.

On the brink: Tornillo.

Pebble Hills sophomore Ameen Ibrahim won the Eastlake Invitational last week in 16:42.44

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:29.97 (Clint, 8/13).

2, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 16:36.91 (Clint, 8/13).

3, Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 16:42.44 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

4, Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 16:44.13 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

5, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 16:45.80 (Clint, 8/13).

6, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 16:50.00 (Clint, 8/13).

7, Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 16:51.73 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

8, Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 16:52.88 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

9, Seth Truax, Chapin, 17:03.07 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

10, Matthew, Guerra, Burges, 17:12.41 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

11, Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 17:22.00 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

12, Braulio Torres, Chapin, 17:23.46 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

13, Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 17:25.15 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

14, Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 17:30.22 (Clint, 8/13).

15, Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 17:31.18 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

16, Diego Mota, Eastlake, 17:39.34 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

17, Christian Hurtado, Americas, 17:44.47 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

18, Cesar Ruiz, Del Valle, 17:45.32 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

19, Jacob Corral, Americas, 17:47.45 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

20, Jorge Soto, Pebble Hills, 17:49.42 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

21, Martin Sanchez, Montwood, 17:56.54 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

22, Jacob Martinez, Americas, 17:56.85 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

23, Francisco Reyes, Jefferson, 17:57.20 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

24, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 18:00.98 (Clint, 8/13).

25, Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 18:08.79 (Clint, 8/13).

Parkland’s Michael Castorena is one the top returning runners. He finished second at the Irvin Invitational.

Power Rankings

1, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 10 (1).

1, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 10 (1).

1, Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 10 (1).

4, Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 9.

4, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 9.

4, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 9.

7, Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

7, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 8.

7, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 8.

10, Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

10, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 7.

10, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 7.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 6.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 6.

Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 6.

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 5.

Matthew, Guerra, Burges, 5.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 4.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 3.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 3.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 2.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 2.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 1.

William Potter, Bel Air, 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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