High school girls cross country poll: Week 7

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.

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This week’s schedule

Desert Twilight Invitational: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Coyote Run Golf Course, Mesa, Arizona. Franklin, Eastlake, Del Valle, Socorro, Hanks, Tornillo, San Eli, Eastwood.

Coronado Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. at Don Haskins Park. Coronado, Irvin, Andress, Chapin, Socorro, El Dorado, Anthony, Ysleta boys, Cathedral, Loretto, Bowie.

Clint/Fabens Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at Fabens High School. Clint, Fabens, Radford, Montwood, Ysleta girls, YWLA, Ft. Hancock, Riverside, Clint.

Nike South: 7 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Woodlands. Del Valle, San Elizario, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Americas.

Mayfield Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1. Austin, Jefferson, Burges.

Riverside’s Camila Luna won the Class 4A division of the District Preview.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars dominated the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course, placing seven runners in the top nine to score 22 points. Freshman Abigail Pinon lead the way finishing second in 20:22.76 followed by Victoria Hoyt (third, 20:24.91), Emily Orr (fourth, 20:37.58), Sofia Camacho (sixth, 20:50.38), Sophia Keiser (seventh, 21:04.77), Abby Barraza (eighth, 21:09.72) and Alyssa Laspada (ninth, 21:13.79). The team will travel to Mesa, Arizona to compete in the Desert Twilight Invitational.

 2. Eastwood: The Troopers did race this weekend. The team will compete at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans did not run its varsity on Saturday. The team will race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

4. Montwood: The Rams move up one after an impressive second place finish at the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Montwood senior Kassandra Jimenez won the event in 20:22.05 and freshman Mia Hairston was fifth in 20:46.20. The team will race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

5. Eastlake: The Falcons were without a few of its top runners including junior Itzel Chavez at the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Its top finisher was Natalie Martinez who finished 11th in 21:58.33. The team will travel to Mesa, Arizona to compete in the Desert Twilight Invitational.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers finished second at the Class 5A Preview at Horizon Golf Course. It must be noted that its top runners, junior Andrea Castillo and senior Jezarae Valenzuela and other runners, took a wrong turn on the course. Freshman Calista Sakellakos was seventh in 24:33.59, Marfil Sandino was eighth in 24:46.55 and Aleah Ortiz was ninth in 24:56.50.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles won the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview on Friday with 31 points. Natalie Rivera won her second individual championship finishing in 20:37.97. Nevaeh Escobedo was fifth in 22:34.52 and Jennifer Najar was sixth in 23:01.55.

8. Coronado: The T-Birds’ rested many of its top runners and finished fourth in the Class 6A Preview. Kyra Walker was the top runner for Coronado, finishing 16th in 23:09.50. The team will race at its own invitational on Saturday at Don Haskins Park.

9. Americas: The Trailblazers moved up a spot after its third-place finish in the Class 6A Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Sophomore Lexee Salas was tenth in 21:45.99 and classmate Laila Morales was 12th in 22:24.63. The team is scheduled to race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

10. Hanks: The Knights were second at the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview. Sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre was third in 22:01.93) and junior Destinee Loeza was fourth in 22:12.51). The team will race at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Chapin, Socorro.

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, Eastwood, 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).

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 53 (2).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 49 (4).

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

4, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

5, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 27.

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 27 (1).

7, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 26.

8, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 25.

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

8, Emily Orr, Franklin, 25.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, Tornillo, 24 (1).

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 21.

Marysol Vidal, Bel Air, 20.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19.

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19 (1).

Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18 (1).

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 16.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 15.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 15.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 15 (1).

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 15.

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 14.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 14.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 14.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 13.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 11.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 11.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10.

Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 10 (1).

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 10.

Nohemi Garcia, Jefferson, 10 (1).

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 9.

Keilah Valenzuela Garcia, Burges, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Isabella Villalobos, Chapin, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 7.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 7.

Hannah Martinez, Franklin, 7.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 7.

Ava Maldonado, Chapin, 7.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Kylie Alvarez, El Paso, 6.

Breckyn Wiebe, Franklin, 6.

Angelina Alvarez, Burges, 6.

Antoinette Ogaz, Fabens, 6.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 6.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 5.

Paris Jones, Burges, 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.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 3.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 3.

Lluvia Armendariz-Padilla, Young Womens, 3.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 3.

Marfil Sandino, El Paso, 3.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Alexandra Ordaz, San Elizario, 2.

Estephanie Tena, Horizon, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Alina Caballero, Socorro, 1.

Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 1.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 1.     

Jisclem Camacho, Riverside,1       

Lexee Salas, Americas, 1.

A’Ishah Smith, Chapin, 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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