High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Week 9

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

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.

San Elizario won its ninth straight district championship.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars won its first ever District 1-6A Championship scoring 27 points at the Horizon Golf Course. Franklin placed all five scoring runners in the top eight. Senior Diego Flores was third in 16:09.25 followed by junior Matthew Engle (fourth, 16:22.82), senior Denovan Estrada (fifth, 16:30.64), junior Juan Leal (seventh, 16:55.61) and junior Sebastian Gonzalez (eighth, 16:56.36). The team will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at the District 1-6A Championship, scoring 58 points. The team had three runners in the top 10 – senior Anthony Casillas (sixth, 16:48.92), junior Alex Flores (ninth, 17:01.53) and senior Matthew Marshall (tenth, 17:03.57). Eastwood will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds finished third at the District 1-6A Championship with 62 points and will advance to regionals. Senior Luis Pastor was second overall in 16:03.92. Junior Carlos Mendez was 13th in 17:09.66 and senior Sam Breceda was 14th  in 17:11.96.  Coronado will race at the Region 1-6A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles move up one after winning the District 2-4A title at the Horizon Golf Course with 15 points. San Elizario took seven of the top 8 spots lead by senior Chris Moreno who won the event in 17:20.92. Junior Julian Guerra was second in 17:34.21 followed by junior Angel Maese (fourth, 17:44.02), junior Gustavo Salazar (fifth, 18:18.71), senior Emilio Solano (sixth, 18:43.92), senior Matthew Maese (seventh, 18:49.81) and Luis Marquez (eighth, 19:01.29). San Elizario will race at the Region 1-4A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

5. El Paso High: The Tigers move up one after winning the District 1-5A Championship at Mary Keisling Park with 21 points. El Paso had four runners in the top 10 including the top two who set personal best times.  Sophomore Miles Westbrook won the event in 16:21.57 and junior Leo Valenzuela was second in 16:32.94. Junior Aydan Lugo was fifth in 17:20.61 and sophomore Lorenzo Shields was seventh in 17:26.48. El Paso will compete at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

6. Pebble Hills: Pebble Hills drops two spots after finishing fourth at the District 1-6A Championship. Senior Omer Ibrahim won the individual title in 15:53.81 and will advance to regionals.

7. Tornillo: Tornillo finished second at the District 4-3A Championship. Senior Angel Torres won the individual title in 16:50 and junior Daniel Romero was second in 17:21. The Coyotes will race at the Region 1-3A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

8. Americas: The Trailblazers finished fifth in the District 1-6A Championship at Horizon Golf Course. Its top runner was senior Jacob Martinez who finished 21st in 17:40.40.

9. Bel Air:  The Highlanders move up one after winning the District 2-5A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 52 points. Bel Air had three runners in the top seven including junior Leonardo Resendez (fourth, 18:24.96), junior Hernnan Duarte (sixth, 18:50.23) and senior William Potter (seventh, 19:01.40). Bel Air will compete at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

10. Canutillo: The Eagles finished second at the District 1-5A Championship at Mary Keisling Park with 60 points.  Canutillo had two runners – senior Esteban Aguilera (sixth, 17:21.25) and junior Omar Rivera (eighth, 17:36.08) – in the top 10. The Eagles will race at the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock

Dropped out: Chapin.

On the brink: Riverside.

Parkland senior Michael Castorena has been one of the city’s top runners this season.

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, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:33.4 (Nike South, 10/1).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 16:21.57 (Mary Keisling Park, 10/14).

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

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

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

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

24, Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 16:32.94 (Mary Keisling Park, 10/14).

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

Bel Air junior Leonardo Resendez has helped the Highlanders late-season surge.

Power Rankings

1, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 70 (1).

2, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 68 (4).

3, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 54 (4).

4, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 53 (3).

5, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 47 (2).

6, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 46 (2).

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

7, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 39.

9, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 38.

10, Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 37.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 34 (2).

Diego Flores, Franklin, 33.

Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 33.

Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 32.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 32.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 25.

Matthew Guerra, Burges, 25.

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 24.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 24.

Efren Moncada, Parkland, 23.

Preston Eastman, Coronado, 22.

Ulysses O’Rourke, El Paso, 26.

Ayden Lugo, El Paso, 25.

Leonardo Resendez, Bel Air, 20.

Ameen Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 17 (1).

Noah Castorena, Pebble Hills, 17.

Anthony Casillas, Eastwood, 16.

Jesus Herrera, Harmony Science, 15 (1).

Matthew Marshall, Eastwood, 14.

Esteban Aguilera, Canutillo, 13.

Seth Truax, Chapin, 12.

Angel Maese, San Elizario, 12.

Juan Leal, Franklin, 11.

Lorenzo Shields, El Paso, 11.

William Potter, Bel Air, 11.

Oscar Guzman, Franklin, 10.

Leo Espino, Eastwood, 9.

Max Sandhu, Coronado, 9.

Carlos Mendez, Coronado, 9.

Ethan Fontaine, Franklin, 9.

Nathaniel Delgado-Rodriguez, Austin, 9.

Kevin Perez, Riverside, 8.

Jacob Noble, Cathedral, 8.

Elijah Noble, Cathedral, 7.

Sebastian Gonzalez, Franklin, 7.

Pablo Fuentes, Riverside, 7.

Diego Romero, Americas, 6.

Cesar Ruiz, Del Valle, 6.

Angel Navarrete, Riverside, 6.

Gustavo Salazar, San Elizario, 6.

Andrew Hernandez, El Paso, 5.

Aidan Danny Torres, Eastwood, 5.

Julian Miramontes, Eastwood, 5.

Sean Sanchez, Chapin, 5.

Hernnan Duarte, Bel Air, 5.

Emilio Solano, San Elizario, 5.

Pedro Jimenez, Austin, 5.

Zachary Rivas, Pebble Hills, 4.

Sam Flores, Coronado, 4.

Joaquin Moya, El Paso, 4.

Eirik Arredondo, Austin, 4.

Matthew Maese, San Elizario, 4.

Adam Ramirez, Montwood, 3.

Sam Breceda, Coronado, 3.

Austen Percifull, Franklin, 3.

Robert Dickerson, Pebble Hills, 3.

Omar Rivera, Canutillo, 3.

Angel Gomez, Hanks, 3

Francisco Reyes, Jefferson 3.

Jeremiah Loustaunau, Austin, 3.

Luis Marquez, San Elizario, 3.

Joaquin Chavez, Eastwood, 2.

Aidan Hernandez, Eastlake, 2.

Lorenzo Shields, Coronado, 2.

Gabriel Uranga, Franklin, 2.

Damian Espinoza, Del Valle, 2.

Dauntae Herrera, Chapin, 2.

Adam Valdiviezo, Riverside, 2.

Rafael Gomez, Fabens, 2.

Micha Lay, Pebble Hills, 1.

Sulliman Rodriguez, Eastwood, 1.

Isaac Ortega, Jefferson, 1.

Renee Galaviz, Socorro, 1.

Owen Rubio, Ysleta, 1.

Cesar Duran, Bowie, 1.

Marin Maldanado, Valle Verde Early College, 1.