High School Girls Cross Country Poll: Week 6

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

Clint ISD Course Preview: 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23 at Horizon Golf Course. Riverside, Bel Air, Ysleta, Del Valle, YWLA, Parkland, Hanks, San Elizario, Clint, Horizon, Mt. View, Anthony, Valle Verde, Fabens, Loretto, Radford, Canutillo, Tornillo.

EPISD/SISD Preview: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at Horizon Golf Course. Coronado, Irvin, Austin, Franklin, Burges, El Paso, Chapin, Bowie, Andress, Jefferson, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Montwood, Socorro, Americas, El Dorado.

Eastwood raced at the ultra-fast Woodbridge Classic. Six of the seven runners achieved personal best.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The open team placed eight runners in the top 10 and swept the Loretto/Cathedral Open Saturday at Veterans Park. Finishing one through six were sophomore Sienna Zarate (21:28.84), junior Brooke McCune (21:34.77), sophomore Tessa Gibbons (21:45.29), junior Hannah Martinez (21:51.16), junior Breckyn Wiebe (22:31.50) and senior Shani Malone (22:38.82). Sophomore Olivia Elder was eighth in 22:53.41 and senior Kayla Hicks was tenth in 23:04.54. The varsity will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

 2. Eastwood: Six Troopers set personal records in the rated division of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif., Friday night. The team finished 17th in the 34 team, 226 runner race. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez lead Eastwood, placing 40th in 18:04.4 on the 3-mile course. The 1-5 split was 1 minute and 7 seconds.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans placed fifth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Senior Natalie Martinez Lopez was the only top 10 finisher, finishing ninth 20:41.8. Freshman Aubrey Arsenault had a top 20 race, finishing 19th in 21:33.6. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

4. Eastlake: The finished eighth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Junior Itzel Chavez was the top Falcon runner, placing 24th in 21:54.2. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

5. Montwood: The Rams did not race on Saturday. Montwood is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers easily won its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park with 17 points. El Paso High had five runners in the top six spots including the top three – junior Andrea Castillo (21:06.81), senior Jezarae Valenzuela (21:28.99) and junior Sofia Ramirez (21:49.86). Freshman Kylie Alvarez was fifth 22:04.20 and fellow 9th grader, Clarissa Castillo, was sixth in 22:21.76. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles did not race its varsity last week.  The team will race at the Clint ISD Course Preview Friday at 8 a.m. at Horizon Golf Course.

8. Coronado: The T-Birds’ finished second at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Coronado had two runners finish in the top 10 – junior Alexa Lawrence (fourth, 21:58.93) and senior Christina Duncan (ninth, 22:35.84). The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

9. Hanks: The Knights were seventh in the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Hanks had two runners, sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre (ninth, 20:53.7) and junior Destinee Loeza (10th, 20:53.7), in the top 10. The team will race at the Clint ISD Course Preview Friday at 8 a.m. at Horizon Golf Course.

10. Americas: The finished ninth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park.  Tornillo Invitational. Sophomore Laila Morales was the top runner, placing 36th in 22:49.9. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Socorro.

Eastlake junior Itzel Chavez leads the young Eastlake Falcons.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18:04.4 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

3, Salma Licon, Eastwood, 18:45.2 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

4, Sophia Watts, 18:52.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

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

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

8, Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 19:06.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

9, Giovanna Zubia, Eastwood, 19:12.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

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

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

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

14, Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 19:42.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

15, Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 19:43.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

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

18, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:46.69 (Shawver Park, 9/10).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tornillo senior Kylene Elias had a top 10 finish in the Class 3A division at the Lubbock Invitational.

Power Rankings

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

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

3, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 38 (2).

4, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

5, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 26.

6, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 25.

7, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 25 (1).

8, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 19.

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

9, Emily Orr, Franklin, 18.

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

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 17 (1).

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 15.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 15.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 15 (1).

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 14.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 14.

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.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10.

Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 10 (1).

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 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.

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 7.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 7.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 7.

Hannah Martinez, Franklin, 7.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Kylie Alvarez, El Paso, 6.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 6.

Breckyn Wiebe, Franklin, 6.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 5.

Shani Malone, Franklin, 5.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Andrea Iniguez, Andress, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 3.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Alexandra Ordaz, San Elizario, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 1.

Alina Caballero, Socorro, 1.

Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 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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