High School Boy’s Poll: Week 4

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.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

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.

Franklin is ranked No. 6 in the Class 6A by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars move up to the top spot placing four runners in the top eight to win the Trooper Twilight Invitational at the Eastside Sports Complex. Senior Diego Flores was third in 16:24.05, junior Matthew Engle was fourth, (16:33.91), senior Denovan Estrada was seventh (16:41.21) and junior Juan Leal was eighth (16:47.00). The team is ranked No. 6 in Class 6A by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas. The team will not race this weekend.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at its own invitational. Junior Alexander Flores was the low-point man finishing sixth in 16:40.30. Junior Leo Espino was 11th in 16:55.90. Eastwood’s team average was 17:00.74. Eastwood is ranked No. 8 in Class 6A by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas. The team will not race this weekend.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished third at the Trooper Twilight Invitational. Senior Luis Pastor won the individual title in 15:56.36. Junior Edgar Valles was 12th in 16:57.51. The team’s average was 17:02.61. Coronado will race at the Ysleta Invitational Saturday at Shawver Park.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans won its own invitational at Blackie Chesher Park with 25 points. Senior Omer Ibrahim won the event in 15:56.70. Three other runners finished in the top 10 – senior Noah Castorena (third, 16:28.950, sophomore Ameen Ibrahim (fourth, 16:33.63) and junior Robert Dickerson (tenth, 17:18.06). The team average was 16:44.23. The Spartans will race at the Ysleta Invitational Saturday at Shawver Park.

5. San Elizario: The Eagles finished fourth at the Trooper Twilight with a team average of 17:53.85. San Elizario had two top 10 runners – senior Chris Moreno (fifth, 16:34.80) and junior Julian Guerra (tenth, 16:54.40). San Elizario is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas. The team will race at Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers were fourth at the Trooper Twilight with an average score of 18:10.04. Its top runner was sophomore Miles Westbrook (18th, 17:20.37). El Paso will race at Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

7. Tornillo: Tornillo moves up one after its sixth-place finish at the Trooper Twilight. The Coyotes had two runners in the top 9 – junior Daniel Romero (second, 16:20.50) and senior Angel Torres (ninth, 16:51.54). Tornillo cracked the Class 3A Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas poll, ranked No. 6. The team will race at its own invitational Friday night.

8. Chapin: The Huskies move up one after finishing second at the Pebble Hills Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park. Chapin had two runners in the top 5 – sophomore Braulio Torres was second in 16:23.31 and junior Seth Truax was fifth in 16:39.13. Chapin will race Friday night at Tornillo.

9. Americas: The Trailblazers move up one after finishing third at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Its top runner was sophomore Diego Romero (13th, 17:28.57). Americas will race at the Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

 10. Cathedral:  The Irish drop three spots after not fielding a full team at the Trooper Twilight.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Parkland, Bel Air.

Eastwood’s Matthew Marshall and Anthony Casillas have two of the city’s fastest 25 times.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Diego Flores, Franklin, 15:26.04 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

2, Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 15:29.44 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

3, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 15:32.31 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

4, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:46.25 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

5, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:56.70 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

6, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 16:19.62 (Del Valle, 8/27).

7, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 16:19.98 (Del Valle, 8/27).

8, Juan Leal, Franklin, 16:22.38 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

9, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 16:22.89 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

10, Braulio Torres, Chapin, 16:23.31 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

11, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 16:24.18 (Del Valle, 8/27).

12, Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 16:28.95 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

13, Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 16:33.63 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

14, Seth Truax, Chapin, 16:39.13 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

15, Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 16:40.10 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

16, Frank Lozano, Franklin, 16:41.37 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

17, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:44.41 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

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

19, Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 16:50.51 (Del Valle, 8/27).

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

21, Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 16:52.80 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

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

23, Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 16:55.24 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

24, Austen Percifull, Franklin, 16:56.07 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

25, Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 16:56.74 (Del Valle, 8/27).

Mt. View’s Edward Robledo-Gonzales ran a season best 16:55.24 at Blackie Chesher Park last week.

Power Rankings

1, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 39 (3).

2, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 36 (3).

3, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 33.

4, Diego Flores, Franklin, 23.

5, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 22.

6, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 21.

7, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 18 (1).

8, Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

8, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 17.

8, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 17.

8, Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Edgar Valles, Coronado, 14.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 13.

Michael Castorena, Parkland, 13.

Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 12.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 12.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 12.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 12.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Angel Torres, Tornillo, 12.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 11.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 10 (1).

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 10.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 8.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 7.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 6.

Matthew, Guerra, Burges, 5.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 5.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 3.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 1.

William Potter, Bel Air, 1.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 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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