High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Week 7

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

Desert Twilight Invitational: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Coyote Run Golf Course, Mesa, Arizona. Franklin, Del Valle, Socorro, 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, Hanks, Chapin, El Paso High.

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

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

San Elizario runners Chris Moreno and Julian Guerra set season best times at Old Settler’s Park.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course with 29 points, placing six runners in the top 10. Matthew Engle paced Franklin, finishing second in 16:27.96 followed by Denovan Estrada (third, 16:37.82), Sebastian Gonzalez (seventh, 17:16.63), Ethan Fontaine (eighth, 17:17.04), Diego Flores (ninth, 17:17.10) and Oscar Guzman (tenth, 17:22.66). The team will travel to Mesa, Arizona to compete in the Desert Twilight Invitational.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers did not race this weekend. The team will compete at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course five points behind Franklin. Coronado had three runners in the top 10 including Luis Pastor who won his fourth race of the season. He finished in 16:03.09. Edgar Valles was fourth in 16:50.92 and Carlos Mendez was sixth in 17:08.56. The team will race at its own invitational on Saturday at Don Haskins Park.

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

5. San Elizario: The Eagles raced two of its boys in the Silver Division of the McNeil Invitational in Round Rock. Chris Moreno won the event in a season best 15:22.10. Julian Guerra also had a season best, finishing tenth in 15:52.10. The race was at the state course at Old Settlers Park. The team will compete at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa, Arizona on Friday night.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers easily won the Class 5A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course with 21 points. El Paso High had all five scoring runners finish in the top 7. Miles Westbrook won the 2.7 mile race in 15:14.29 followed by Leo Valenzuela (second, 15:22.91), Ulysses O’Rourke (fifth, 15:58.53), Aydan Lugo (sixth, 16:00.09) and Lorenzo Shields (seventh, 16:43.35).

7. Tornillo: Tornillo won the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course with 79 points. Angel Torres picked up the individual title in 16:25.30 and Daniel Romero was second in 17:14.55.

8. Americas: The Trailblazers finished third in Class 6A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Its top runner was Diego Romero who finished fifth in 17:04.65. The team is scheduled to race at Nike South in The Woodlands on Saturday morning.

9. Chapin: The Huskies finished second at the Class 5A District Preview at Horizon Golf Course. Two runners finished in the top 8 – Braulio Torres was fourth in 15:54.72 and Sean Sanchez was eighth in 16:51.50.

10. Bel Air:  The Highlanders were second at the Riverside/Clint ISD Course Preview at Horizon Golf Course. William Potter was ninth in 18:24.71 and Leonardo Resendez was tenth in 18:44.33.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Hanks, Parkland, Montwood.

The season is heading into its final stretch. Championship season begins Oct. 14.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

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

2, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 15:22.10 (Old Settlers Park, 9/24).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 15:52.10 (Old Settlers Park, 9/24).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Efren Moncada has been a steady force all season for Parkland.

Power Rankings

1, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 61 (1).

2, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 59 (4).

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

4, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 43 (2).

5, Edgar Valles, Coronado, 39 (1).

6, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 37 (1).

7, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 36 (1).

8, Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 32.

9, Diego Flores, Franklin, 25.

10, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 24.

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

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 22.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 22.

Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 30.

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 28.

Matthew Engle, Franklin, 26.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 26.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 25.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 19.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 19.

Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

Matthew Guerra, Burges, 17.

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 16.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 14.

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 13.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 13.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 11.

Oscar Guzman, Franklin, 10.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Max Sandhu, Coronado, 9.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 9.

Ethan Fontaine, Franklin, 9.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 8.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 7.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 7.

Diego Romero, Americas, 6.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 5.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Aidan Danny Torres, Eastwood, 5.

Jesus Herrera, Harmony Science, 5.

Julian Miramontes, Eastwood, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 4.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

William Potter, Bel Air, 3.

Sean Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Lorenzo Shields, Coronado, 2.

Gabriel Uranga, Franklin, 2.

Dauntae Herrera, Chapin, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Renee Galaviz, Socorro, 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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