High School Girls Cross Country Poll: Week 9

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

Region 1 Championship: Monday, Oct. 24 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.  4A Girls, 8 a.m.; 4A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 6A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 6A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Region 1 Championship: Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.  3A Girls, 8 a.m.; 3A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 5A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 5A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Franklin is looking to return to state after winning its fifth straight district championship.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won its fifth straight District 1-6A title with 26 points at Horizon Golf Course. Freshman Emily Orr was second (19:20.24) overall to lead the Cougars. Franklin placed five runners in the top 10 including freshman Abigail Pinon (fourth, 19:51.70), senior Abby Barraza (fifth, 19:55.75), junior Victoria Hoyt (sixth, 20:14.03) and senior Alyssa Laspada (ninth, 20:28.24). Franklin will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at the District 1-6A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 59 points. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the individual title in 19:10.52.  Senior Salma Licon was eighth in 20:22.63. Eastwood advanced to the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up one after placing third at the District 1-6A Championship with 95 points. Its lone top 10 runner was senior Natalia Martinez Lopezwho was tenth in 20:29.07.  For the first time in school history, Pebble Hills will advance to the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

4. Montwood: The Rams move down one after placing fourth at the District 1-6A Championship with 111 points. Montwood placed two runners in the top 10 – senior Kassandra Jimenez (third, 19:42.24) and freshman Mia Hairston (seventh, 20:20.26).

5. El Paso High: The Tigers move up one after winning the District 1-5A Championship with 36 points at Mary Frances Keisling Park. El Paso had four runners in the top 10 – junior Andrea Castillo (fourth, 20:51.61), senior Jezarae Valenzuela (fifth, 21:01.24), freshman Clarissa Castillo (ninth, 21:36.52) and junior Sofia Ramirez (tenth, 21:41.14). El Paso and Canutillo tied with 36 points so the teams had to go their sixth runner. El Paso freshman Calista Sakellakos finished four spots ahead of Canutillo’s sixth runner, freshman Adrianna Boyd. El Paso will race at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

6. Canutillo: The Eagles move up one after finishing second at the District 1-5A Championship. The Eagles had three runners in the top 10 including senior Natalie Rivera (second, 20:16.07), freshman Nevaeh Escobedo (third, 20:38.28) and senior Jennifer Najar (seventh, 21:21.83). Canutillo will race at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

7. Hanks: The Knights won the District 2-5A Championship at Horizon Golf Course Course with 23 points. Hanks had five runners place in the top 10 including junior Destinee Loeza (second, 21:45.82), sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre (third, 21:55.73), and three freshman Lily Arias (fifth, 23:24.62), Alina Levario (eighth, 23:57.78) and Jessica Fina (tenth, 24:07.43). The team will race in the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

8. Soccoro: The Bulldogs have been on the brink all seasonand finally broke through with a fifth-place finish at the District 1-6A Championship. Socorro placed two runners in the top 20 – Nadine Vilaasana (18th, 21:46.09) and senior Mea Workman (19th, 21:52.90).

9. Chapin: The Huskies make its return to the top 10 after finishing third at the District 1-5A Championship, earning them a berth to the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock. Senior Gianny Correa won the individual title in 19:36.58 and sophomore Rebecca Duran was sixth in 21:14.91.

10. Eastlake: The Falcons drop five spots after finishing sixth at the District 1-6A Championship. Its top runner was freshman Chloe Del Real was 25th in 22:26.99.

Dropped out: Coronado, Americas.

On the brink: Tornillo.

Young Womens Leadership’s Jeanette Rivera was third at the District 2-4A Championship.

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, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:11.6 (Desert Twilight, 9/30).

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

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

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

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

14, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 19:36.58 (Mary Frances Keisling, 10/14).

15, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 19:38.5 (The Woodlands, 10/1).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Socorro senior Mea Workman had a top 20 finish at the District 1-6A Championship.

Power Rankings

1, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 77 (4).

2, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 62 (2).

3, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 47.

4, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 45 (2).

5, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 35 (1).

5, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 35.

7, Emily Orr, Franklin, 34.

7, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 34 (1).

7, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 34 (2).

10, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 32.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 28 (2).

Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 26 (1).

Camila Luna, Riverside, 25 (2).

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 24.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 24.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 23.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 23.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 22.

Marysol Vidal, Bel Air, 22.

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 21 (1).

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 21.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 16.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 16.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 15.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 15.

Keilah Valenzuela Garcia, Burges, 15.

Nohemi Garcia, Jefferson, 15 (1).

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 15.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 15.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 14.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 14.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 13 (1).

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 12.

Antoinette Ogaz, Fabens, 12.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10.

Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 10 (1).

Kylee Pardo, San Elizario, 10 (1).

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 9.

Alexandra Ordaz, San Elizario, 9.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Isabella Villalobos, Chapin, 8.

Jaquelin Gonzalez, Horizon, 8.     

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 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.

Estephanie Tena, Horizon, 7.

Jayleen Robles, Austin, 7.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 7.     

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Kylie Alvarez, El Paso, 6.

Breckyn Wiebe, Franklin, 6.

Angelina Alvarez, Burges, 6.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 6.

Lily Arias, Hanks, 6.

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 6.

Zoe Estrada-Moreno, Irvin, 6

Mea Workman, Socorro, 5.

Paris Jones, Burges, 5.

Shani Malone, Franklin, 5.

Yatznelly Galindo, Harmony, 5.

Jisclem Camacho, Riverside, 5.

Osmary Vazquez, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Andrea Iniguez, Andress, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Carolyna Noriega, Bel Air, 4.

Briana Mancillas, San Elizario, 4.

Lluvia Armendariz-Padilla, Young Womens, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 3.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 3.

Nat Escajeda, Tornillo, 3.

Marfil Sandino, El Paso, 3.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 3.

Alina Levario, Hanks, 3.

Jenisa Gomez, Young Womens Leadership, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Dalia Santiesteban, Austin, 2.

Avery Guerrero, Valle Verde Early College, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Alina Caballero, Socorro, 1.

Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 1.

Lexee Salas, Americas, 1.

A’Ishah Smith, Chapin, 1.

Jessica Fino, Hanks, 1

Jefet  Trejo,  Austin, 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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