High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Week 5

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.

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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, Montwood, Americas, El Dorado, Hanks, Ft Hancock, Tornillo.

Most teams will be racing on the regional course in Lubbock on Saturday.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars did not race last week and will have its open team run at the Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers varsity did not race last week the Tornillo Invitational. However, Aidan Danny Torres was sixth in 16:58.94 and Sulliman Rodriguez was tenth in 17:11.85. Eastwood’s open team was second with 69 points. The team will race at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif., Friday night.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds won the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park with 21 points. Coronado had four runners in the top eight including individual champion senior Luis Pastor (16:06.92). Junior Edgar Valles was third in 16:55.29, junior Preston Eastman was fourth in 17:02.71, sophomore Max Sandhu was seventh in 17:29.59 and Carlos Mendez was eighth in 17:31.06. The team will race at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans did not run a full team at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park.  Senior Omer Ibrahim was second in 16:43.68. Pebble Hills will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

5. San Elizario: The Eagles finished third at the Tornillo Invitational with 88 points. San Elizario had two top 10 runners – senior Chris Moreno (third, 16:35.59) and junior Julian Guerra (fourth, time not recorded). San Eli’s fourth runner junior Angel Maese was injured and jogged the final mile. The team will race at the Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers won the Tornillo Invitational with 65 points. El Paso placed two runners – sophomores Miles Westbrook (fifth, 16:42.38) and Ulysses O’Rourke (tenth, 17:10.09) – in the top 10. The team will race at its own invitational at El Paso at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

7. Tornillo: Tornillo finished fifth at its own meet despite its top two runners taking first and second place. Junior Daniel Romero (first, 15:39.55) and senior Angel Torres (second, 16:12.82) each set season-best marks. The Coyotes were missing one of its top 5 runners. The team will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

8. Chapin: The Huskies did not run a complete varsity team Tornillo Friday night. Chapin had two runners in the top 5 – sophomore Braulio Torres was sixth in 16:53.43. Chapin will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

9. Americas: The Trailblazers finished fourth at the Tornillo Invitational. Its top runner was senior Jacob Martinez (17th, 17:26.84). Americas will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

10. Bel Air:  The Highlanders make its season debut in the top 10 after its third-place finish at the Ysleta Invitational. Bel Air has gradually improved as the season has progressed. Its top runner Saturday was Leonardo Resendez who finished tenth in 17:45.13.

Dropped out: Cathedral.

On the brink: Parkland, Montwood.

Tornillo senior Angel Torres ran a season best 16:12.82 last week.

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, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 15:39.55 (Tornillo, 9/9).

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

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

7, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 16:12.82 (Tornillo, 9/9).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18, Miles Westbrook, El Paso High, 16:42.38 (Tornillo, 9/9.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Immanuel’s Israel Quintana (bib number 1852), has been running well all season.

Power Rankings

1, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 49 (4).

2, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 44 (3).

3, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 43 (1).

4, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 25 (1).

5, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 24.

6, Diego Flores, Franklin, 23.

7, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 22.

7, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 22.

9, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 21.

9, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 21.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 19 (1).

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 18.

Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 18.

Michael Castorena, Parkland, 18.

Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 17.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 14.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 13.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 13.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 12.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 11.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 11.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 10.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Matthew, Guerra, Burges, 9.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 7.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 5.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 5.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 5.

Aidan Danny Torres, Eastwood, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Max Sandhu, Coronado, 4.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 4.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 3.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

William Potter, Bel Air, 1.

Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 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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