High School Girl’s Poll: Week 4

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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This week’s schedule

Tornillo Invitational: 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9 at Tornillo High School. Tornillo, Franklin, Burges, El Paso, Chapin, Eastlake, Americas, San Eli, Tornillo, Ft. Hancock, Eastwood, Chaparral, Santa Teresa.

Ysleta Invitational:  8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at Shawver Park. Coronado, Austin, Jefferson, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Socorro, Ysleta, Bel Air, Radford, YWLA, Anthony, Hanks, VVECH, Del Valle, Riverside, Cathedral, Santa Teresa, Bowie.

Eastlake continues to improve each week.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars scored 18 points, placing six runners in the top seven at the Trooper Twilight Invitational at the Eastside Sports Complex. Freshman Abigail Pinon won her first varsity race in 19:56.78 followed by fellow freshman Emily Orr (20:02.96). Senior Alyssa Laspada was fourth in 20:12.14 followed by juniors Victoria Hoyt (20:25.80) Abby Barraza (21:02.61) and senior Sofia Camacho (21:06.88). The team will not race on Saturday.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at their own invitational at the Eastside Sports Complex with three runners in the top 10. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez was second in 20:04.84 and seniors Sophia Watts was eighth in 21:10.44 and Salma Lincon was tenth in 21:19.34. The team will not race this weekend.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up one after winning their own Invitational at the flat and extremely fast course at Blackie Chesher Park. Pebble Hills had four runners in the top 10 including junior Natalie Franco (third, 19:47.10), freshman Aubrey Arsenault (sixth, 20:04.43), senior Natalie Lopez Martinez (seventh, 20:06.08) and junior Carolina Zarrabal (ninth, 20:28.43). The team will race the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park on Saturday.

4. Eastlake: The Falcons move up a spot after its second-place finish at the Pebble Hills Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park. Eastlake junior Itzel Chavez was the top runner finishing eighth in 20:18.87. Freshman Chloe Del Real finished 11th in 20:45.77. The team will race the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park on Saturday.

5. Montwood: The Rams were without several of its top seven runners and managed to finish in fourth place at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Senior Kassandra Jimenez established a season city best 18:44.75 in winning her second straight individual title. The team will not race on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers rested three of its top runners and finished fifth at the Trooper Twilight Invitational at the Eastside Sports Complex. Junior Andrea Castillo was ninth in 21:16.04. The Tigers will race at the Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

7. Hanks: The Knights did not race this weekend. Hanks will return to action Saturday at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park.

8. Canutillo: The Eagles did not race a full team at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Senior Natalie Rivera was second in 18:59.60 and freshman Nevaeh Escobedo was tenth in 20:35.04.

9. Americas: The Trailblazers are back in the top 10 after placing third at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Sophomores Lexee Salas (14th, 20:57.82), Laila Morales (15th, 21:22.62) and Gisele Abascal (18th, 21:38.94) had top 20 finishes. The team will race at the Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

10. Chapin: The Huskies finished fifth at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Two runners, sophomore Rebecca Duran (fourth, 19:58.44) and senior Gianny Correa (fifth, 20:01.61), had top five finishes. The Huskies will race at the Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

Dropped out: Coronado.

On the brink: Socorro.

Freshman Abigail Pinon has lead the Cougars the past two weeks.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:44.75 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

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

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

4, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:59.60 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

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

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

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

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

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

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

11, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 19:47.10 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

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

13, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 19:58.44 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

14, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:01.61 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

15, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:04.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

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

17, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:18.87 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

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

19, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:28.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 20:35.04 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 20:45.77 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 20:46.02 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

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

24, Sophia Santivanez, Pebble Hills, 20:57.35 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

25, Lexee Salas, Americas, 20:57.82 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Canutillo senior Natalie Rivera has been a top five runner all season.

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 34 (1).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 29 (2).

2, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

4, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 21 (1).

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18 (1).

5, Emily Orr, Franklin, 18.

5, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18 (1).

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 17 (1).

9, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

9, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

9, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 16.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 14.

Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 13.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 11.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 10 (1).

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 10.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 9.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 7.

Abby Barraza, 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.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 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.

Calista Sakellakos,  El Paso, 2.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 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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