High School Girl’s 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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The big this week is Del Valle High School on Saturday.

This week’s schedule

Rudy Alvarez Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Del Valle High School. Burges, Jefferson, Andress, Chapin, Del Valle, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Eastlake, Socorro, Americas, San Eli, Ysleta, Bel Air, Hanks, Parkland, VVECH, Eastwood, Ft Hancock, Loretto, Cathedral, Tornillo, Riverside, Canutillo.

Gadsden Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Chaparral High School. Irvin, Austin, Bowie, El Paso.

Southlake Carroll Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Southlake Carroll High School. Franklin.

Albuquerque Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 in Albuquerque. Coronado.

The Pebble Hills girls have moved up another spot this week. They will race at Del Valle on Saturday.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars opened the 2022 season with a resounding 1-5 sweep and a perfect score. Franklin placed runners in the first six spots and 10 out of the first 11 at its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Senior Alyssa Laspada won the individual title in 20:07.26 followed by a pair of freshmen – Emily Orr in 20:36.10 and Abigail Pinon in 20:38.16. Sophomore Tessa Gibbons was fourth in 20:41.73 and senior Sofia Camacho was 20:42.09. The team average was 20:33.07. Franklin will travel to Southlake Carroll on Saturday.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers won the Canutillo Invitational placing five runners in the top 8 for 27 points. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the event in 19:33.45. Its four seniors finished in consecutive order – Salma Licon, fifth, 21:35.49; Sophia Watts, sixth, 21:38.08; Annika Cuellar, seventh, 21:42.80 and Hannah Tellez, eighth, 22:08.40. Its average time was 21:19.64. Eastwood will race the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

3. Montwood: The Rams finished second at the Canutillo Invitational with 59 points. Montwood placed three runners in the top nine with senior Kassandra Jimenez placing second in 19:54.12. Freshman Mia Hairston was fourth in 20:54.84 and senior Jazmine Miranda was ninth in 22:08.93. The team is scheduled to race the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up one after finishing second at the Franklin Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Junior Natalie Franco paced Pebble Hills, finishing seventh in 20:54.83. Freshman Aubrey Arsenault was 13th in 21:26.48.  Pebble Hills is scheduled to race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational Saturday at Del Valle High School.

5. Canutillo: For the second straight week the Eagles move up a spot after finishing third at the Canutillo Invitational. Senior Natalie Rivera was third in 20:41.99 and freshman Nevaeh Escobedo was tenth in 22:09.42. The Eagles race at Del Valle.

6. Eastlake: The Falcons move up two spots after its third-place finish at the competitive Franklin Invitational. Eastlake had two runners in the top 20 – junior Itzel Chavez was 17th in 22:12.14 and junior Natalie Martinez was 18th in        22:21.56. The team will race the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

7. El Paso High: The Tigers finished a respectable fourth at the Franklin Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. El Paso had two runners – junior Andrea Castillo (14th, 21:31.64) and senior Jezarae Valenzuela (19th, 22:32.79) – in the top 20. The team’s next race is the Gadsden Invitational at Chaparral High School.

8. Coronado: The T-Birds drop four spots after its fifth-place finish at the Franklin Invitational. Coronado struggled with the wet, muddy course. Senior Kyra Walker was 29th in 23:18.94. Coronado will compete at the Albuquerque Invitational on Saturday.

9. Del Valle: The Conquistadores have not run a full team at the Franklin Invitational. Senior Valeria Loo-Kung was 15th in 21:48.49. Hopefully we will see them in full force at its own invitational on Saturday.

10. Burges: The Mustangs are expected to make its team debut on Saturday at the Rudy Alvarez at Del Valle on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Hanks, Chapin.

El Paso High junior Andrea Castillo leads the Tigers.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 19:33.45 (Canutillo, 8/20).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 19:54.12 (Canutillo, 8/20).

3, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 20:07.26 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

4, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:27.08 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

5, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 20:33.60 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

6, Emily Orr, Franklin, 20:36.10 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

7, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 20:38.16 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

8, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:41.73 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

9, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 20:42.09 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

10, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 20:41.99 (Canutillo, 8/20).

11, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:45.32 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

12, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:50.62 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

13, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 20:51.50 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

14, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:54.27 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

15, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 20:54.84 (Canutillo, 8/20).

16, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 21:00.13 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

17, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 21:04.83 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

18, Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 21:05.01 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

19, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 21:06.07 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

20, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 21:06.64 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

21, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 21:09.05 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

22, Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 21:13.09 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

23, Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 21:16.28 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

24, Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 21:24.40 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

25, Sophia Santivanez, Pebble Hills, 21:25.80 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18 (1).

2, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 13.

3, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 10 (1).

3, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 10 (1).

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

3, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 10 (1).

7, Emily Orr, Franklin, 9.

7, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 9.

7, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 9.

7, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 9.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 8.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 8.

Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 8.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 7.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 7.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 7.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 7.

Gianny Correa, Chapin, 6.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 6.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 6.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 6.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 5.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 5.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 3.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 2.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 1.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 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.

2 thoughts on “High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 2”

  1. Mr. Martinez,

    Is there a meet next week? Leading up to Labor Day weekend? Love your coverage for all these teams and athletes in the greater El Paso area!! I followed your coverage over the last couple of years.

    Thomas Valles McFarland USA



    1. Hi Thomas. Thank you for the kind words. The big one is on Friday night – Trooper Twilight Invitational: 6 p.m. at Eastside Sports Complex. Franklin, Coronado, Irvin, Burges, Jefferson, El Paso, Eastwood, Eastlake, Socorro, El Dorado, San Eli, Bel Air, Hanks, Riverside, Anthony, Ft Hancock, Cathedral, Loretto.


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