High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Week 6

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

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.

Coronado juniors Edgar Valles and Preston Eastman finished one-two at the El Paso High Invitational.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars varsity did not race last week but its open team placed four runners in the top 9 to win the Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Senior Oscar Guzman was second in 16:56.85, sophomore Ethan Fontaine was fifth in 17:16.48, senior Austen Percifull was eighth in 17:50.00 and junior Gabriel Uranga was ninth in 17:50.72. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished 24th in the Sweepstakes Division of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. Its top runner was Anthony Casillas who had a personal record of 15:09.9, the new top time in the city. The Sweepstakes Division is considered to the second toughest race in the country, behind NXN.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park without its top runner Luis Pastor. Coronado had four runners in the top 8 including individual winner junior Edgar Valles (16:10.41). Junior Preston Eastman was second in 16:35.47, sophomore Max Sandhu was sixth in 17:23.85 and senior Sam Breceda was eighth in 17:54.35. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans finished fourth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Senior Omer Ibrahim was sixth in 16:40.4 and senior Noah Castorena was 16th in 17:38.0. Pebble Hills will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

5. San Elizario: They did not race last week. They will race Friday morning at the Clint Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers won their own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park with 28 points. El Paso had five runners in the top nine including sophomore Miles Westbrook (third, 17:08.75), junior Leo Valenzuela (fourth, 17:13.81), sophomore Ulysses O’Rourke (fifth, 17:22.87), junior Aydan Lugo (seventh,  17:32.34) and sophomore Lorenzo Shields (ninth, 18:03.08). The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

7. Tornillo: Tornillo finished second in the Class 3A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Junior Daniel Romero was second in 16:18.6 and senior Angel Torres was fourth in 17:05.2. They will race Friday morning at the Clint Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course.

8. Americas: The Trailblazers move up one after finishing sixth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Its top runner was sophomore Diego Romero who was 19th in 17:44.8. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

9. Chapin: The Huskies move down one after placing seventh in the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Its top runner was junior Seth Truax who was 14th in 17:26.7. Chapin will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview Saturday at Horizon Golf Course.

10. Bel Air:  The Highlanders did not run a full team at the Cathedral Invitational, but junior Leonardo Resendez was fourth in 17:15.74. They will race Friday morning at the Clint Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course.

 Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Hanks, Parkland, Montwood.

Eastwood’s Anthony Casillas.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 15:09.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 15:23.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

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

5, Leo Espino, Eastwood, 15:30.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

7, Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 15:37.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

9, Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 15:40.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

10, Danny Torres, Eastwood, 15:45.9 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

12, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 15:46.7 (May Simmons Park, 9/17).

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

14, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 16:10.41 (Mary Keisling Park, 9/17).    

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

16, Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 16:14.9(Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

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

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

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

21, Adrian Chavez, Eastwood, 16:32.8(Woodbridge, 9/16).

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

23, Preston Eastman, Coronado, 16:35.47(Mary Keisling Park, 9/17).      

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

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

Parkland’s Michael Castorena won the Cathedral Invitational.

Power Rankings

1, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 52 (1).

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

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

4, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 33 (1).

5, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 32 (1).

6, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 28 (1).

7, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 27.

8, Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 26.

9, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 24.

9, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 24 (1).

Diego Flores, Franklin, 23.

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 22.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 22.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 30.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 20.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 19.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 18.

Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 17.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 14.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 13.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 12.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 11.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 11.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Matthew, Guerra, Burges, 9.

Max Sandhu, Coronado, 9.

Oscar Guzman, Franklin, 9.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 7.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 7.

Ethan Fontaine, Franklin, 6.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 5.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 5.

Aidan Danny Torres, Eastwood, 5.

Julian Miramontes, Eastwood, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 4.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 3.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Lorenzo Shields, Coronado, 2.

Gabriel Uranga, Franklin, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

William Potter, Bel Air, 1.

Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 1.

Renee Galaviz, Socorro, 1.

Jesus Herrera, Harmony Science, 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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