High School Girls Cross Country Poll: Week 5

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.

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

This week’s schedule

Woodbridge Cross Country Classic: 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. Eastwood.

El Paso High Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mary Frances Keisling Park. El Paso, Coronado, Socorro, Del Valle, VVECH, Riverside.

Loretto/Cathedral Open: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Veterans Park.  Irvin, Franklin, Andress, Radford, El Dorado, San Eli, Ysleta, Bel Air, YWLA, Anthony, Eastwood, Santa Teresa, Gadsden, Chaparral, Bowie.

Lubbock Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mae Simmons Park. Jefferson, Burges, Austin, Chapin, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Montwood, Americas, El Dorado, Hanks, Ft. Hancock, Tornillo.

Most of the teams will be headed to the Lubbock Invitational on Saturday.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars did not race last week. The open team will race at the Loretto/Cathedral Open Saturday at Veterans Park.    

2. Eastwood: The Troopers varsity did not race last week. Senior Nahlur Gurrola finished ninth at the Tornillo Invitational in 21:33.37. The open team placed fourth. The team will race at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif., Friday night.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans did not race all its varsity runners at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park. Senior Natalie Martinez Lopez won the event in a season best 19:46.69. The team will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

4. Eastlake: The Falcons did not race all of its varsity runners at the Ysleta Invitational. However, junior Natalie Martinez was fifth in 21:54.55. The team will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

5. Montwood: The Rams placed three runners in the top five to win the Tornillo Invitational with 42 points. Senior Kassandra Jimenez picked up her third straight individual championship winning in 19:13.61. Freshman Mia Hairston earned a personal best 20:40.10 and finished third while senior Jazmine Miranda was fifth in 21:05.36. Montwood will race at Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers finished second at the Tornillo Invitational with 48 points. El Paso High had three runners in the top 10. Junior Andrea Castillo was fourth in 20:47.37, senior Jezarae Valenzuela was eighth in 21:32.71 and freshman Clarissa Castillo was tenth in 21:53.66. The team will race at its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles did not race its full varsity team but still managed a second-place finish at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park. The team placed three runners in the top six senior Natalie Rivera (second, 20:52.23), freshman Nevaeh Escobedo (fourth, 21:52.16) and Jennifer Najar (sixth, 22:16.72).

8. Coronado: The T-Birds’ inconsistency makes them difficult to figure out.  After a few disappointing weeks, Coronado is back in the top 10 after winning the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park placing two runners in the top 10 junior Alexa Lawrence (ninth, 22:30.08) and senior Christina Duncan (tenth, 22:35.46). The team will race at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

9. Hanks: The Knights placed third at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park, five points behind Canutillo. Hanks had two runners in the top seven – Elizabeth Aguirre (third, 21:43.29) and Destinee Loeza (seventh, Hanks, 22:27.94). The team will race at Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

10. Americas: The Trailblazers finished third at the Tornillo Invitational. Its top runners were sophomores Laila Morales (11th, 21:54.28) and Gisele Abascal (13th, 22:00.10). The team will race at Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

Dropped out: Chapin.

On the brink: Socorro.

The Coronado girls are back in the Top 10 after winning the Ysleta Invitational.

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, 19:46.69 (Shawver Park, 9/10).

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, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 20:40.10 (Tornillo, 9/9).

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

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

24, Andrea Castillo, El Paso High, 20:47.37 (Tornillo 9/9).

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

Elizabeth Aguirre and Destinee Loeza have been the mainstays for Hanks.

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 43 (1).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 39 (3).

3, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

4, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 28 (1).

5, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 25.

6, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 23 (1).

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

7, Emily Orr, Franklin, 18.

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

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

10, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 17.

10, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 17.

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 15.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 14 (1).

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 11.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 11.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 11.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 10.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 9.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 7.

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 7.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 7.

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 6.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 1.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 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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