High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 3

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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Week three features two Friday races – the Pebble Hills Invitational at 8 a.m. and the Trooper Twilight Invitational at 6 p.m.

This week’s schedule

Pebble Hills Invitational: 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at Blackie Chesher Park. Eastlake, Austin, Chapin, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Americas, Ysleta, YWLA, Bowie.

Trooper Twilight Invitational: 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2 at Eastside Sports Complex. Franklin, Coronado, Irvin, Burges, Jefferson, El Paso, Eastwood, Socorro, El Dorado, San Eli, Bel Air, Hanks, Riverside, Anthony, Ft Hancock, Cathedral, Loretto.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars finished third at the 26-team, 223-runner Southlake Carroll Invitational. Franklin’s 1-5 split was 38 seconds.  Freshman Abigail Pinon was the top Cougars runner, racing to a personal best 18:58.19, placing 29th. Senior Alyssa Laspada was two spots behind in 18:58.74. Franklin will compete at the Trooper Twilight Invitational Friday at the Eastside Sports Complex.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers top runner sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez did not race the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday but Eastwood still managed a second-place finish with 59 points. Its only top 10 finisher was senior Salma Licon who finished ninth in 21:13.74. Eastwood will race at its own invitational Friday night at the Eastside Sports Complex.

3. Montwood: The Rams did not run a full team at the Del Valle Invitational. Senior Kassandra Jimenez won her first event of the year in 19:42.10. The team will race at the Pebble Hills Invitational Friday morning at Blackie Chesher Park.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans won the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle by placing three runners in the top 10 – senior Natalia Martinez Lopez (second, 19:47.27), junior Natalie Franco (third, 20:35.64) and freshman Aubrey Arsenault (tenth, 21:14.20). Pebble Hills is scheduled to race at its own invitational on Friday morning at Blackie Chesher Park.

5. Eastlake: The Falcons continue to improve and moved up a  spot after another third-place finish at the Rudy Alvarez at Del Valle. Eastlake junior Itzel Chavez was sixth in 21:05.24. The team will race at the Pebble Hills Invitational Friday morning at Blackie Chesher Park.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers moved up a spot after sweeping the Gadsden Invitational, placing six runners in the top 10, including the first three spots. Junior Andrea Castillo win in21:26.33, senior Jezarae Valenzuela was second in 22:33.33 and freshman Clarissa Castillo was third in 22:59.43. Other top 10 finishers were junior Sofia Ramirez (fifth, 23:50.29), freshman Calista Sakellakos (ninth, 25:24.78) and senior Aleah Ortiz (tenth, 25:41.06). The Tigers will race at the Trooper Twilight Invitational Friday at the Eastside Sports Complex.

7. Hanks: The Knights have been on the brink all season and they finally cracked the top 10 after its fourth-place finish at Del Valle. Hanks placed two runners in the top 18 – Destinee Loeza (12th, 21:28.93) and Elizabeth Aguirre (18th, 21:47.47). The team will race the Trooper Twilight Invitational Friday at the Eastside Sports Complex.

8. Canutillo: After two consecutive weeks of positive movement up the poll, the Eagles drop three spots after finishing a disappointing seventh at the Rudy Alvarez. Senior Natalie Rivera was fourth in 20:50.20.). Canutillo will race at the  Pebble Hills Invitational on Friday morning at Blackie Chesher Park.

9. Coronado: The T-Birds drop a spot after its ninth-place finish at the Cleveland Invitational in Albuquerque.   Its top runner was junior Caroline Pitchkolan (31st, 21:41.1). Coronado will try to regroup at the Trooper Twilight Invitational Friday at the Eastside Sports Complex.

10. Chapin: The Huskies make its debut after its sixth-place finish at the Rudy Alvarez at Del Valle. The Huskies had two runners in the top 7 – sophomore Rebecca Duran (fifth, 20:51.12) and senior Gianny Correa (seventh, 21:06.57). The Huskies will race at the Pebble Hills Invitational Friday morning at Blackie Chesher Park.

Dropped out: Burges, Del Valle.

On the brink: Americas.

Chapin senior Gianny Correa and Del Valle senior Valeria Loo-Kung battled to the end at last week’s Rudy Alvarez Invitational.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18:58.19 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

2, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:58.74 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

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

4, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 19:34.09 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

5, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 19:35.11 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

6, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 19:36.53 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:39.36 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

8, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 19:42.10 (Del Valle, 8/27).

9, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19:45.68 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

10, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:47.27 (Del Valle, 8/27).

11, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:16.05 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

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

13, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 20:28.25 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

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

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

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

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

18, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 20:51.12 (Del Valle, 8/27).

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

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

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

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

23, Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 21:07.63 (Del Valle, 8/27).

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

25, Salma Licon, Eastwood, 21:13.74 (Del Valle, 8/27).

Montwood’s Kassandra Jimenez ran a season 19:42.10 at Del Valle. Canutillo’s Natalie Rivera has had strong early season, earning a top 15 time.

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 25 (1).

2, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 21.

3, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 19 (1).

3, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 19 (1).

5, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 14.

6, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 12.

7, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 11 (1).

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

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

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

8, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 10.

Emily Orr, Franklin, 9.

Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 9.

Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 9.

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 9.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 8.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 8.

Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 8.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 8.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso,  8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 7.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 7.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 7.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 7.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 6.

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 6.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 6.

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.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 2.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 2.

Calista Sakellakos,  El Paso, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 1.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 1.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 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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