Region 1 qualifiers seek state berths in Lubbock (girls)

What: Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

When: Monday, Oct – 24. 4A Girls, 8 a.m.; 4A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 6A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 6A Boys, 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 –  3A Girls, 8 a.m.; 3A Boys, 8:30 a.m.; 5A Girls, 9:30 a.m.; 5A Boys, 10:10 a.m.

Where: Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

At Stake: Top four teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the UIL Cross Country State Championship, Saturday Nov. 2 and 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Eastwood sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the individual title in District 1-6A.

The Franklin girls won its fifth straight District 1-6A title last week and are seeking a return trip to the UIL Cross Country State Championship Nov. 2 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

To get back to Round Rock, the team must finish in the top four at Monday’s Region 1-6A Championship at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Last October, Franklin narrowly missed out on its third straight state appearance. The team finished tied for fourth with Northwest Eaton with 167 points but Eaton advances on the strength of its sixth runner finishing before Franklin’s sixth runner.

At the district championship at Horizon Golf Course last week, Freshman Emily Orr led the team, finishing second in 19:20.24.

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).

The top three teams and 10 individuals advanced to regionals.

Eastwood sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the individual title in 19:10.52. The Troopers finished second at district and Pebble Hills was third and advanced to the regionals.

Also advancing as individuals are senior Kassandra Jimenez (third, 19:42.24) and freshman Mia Hairston (seventh, 20:20.26).

Eastwood’s Rodriguez finished sixth at last year’s regional and advanced to state as did Franklin’s Laspada who had a top 20 regional finish.

Chapin senior Gianny Correa won the District 1-5A title.

District 1-5A

El Paso High and Canutillo ended the District 1-5A Championship at Mary Frances Keisling Park tied at 36 points. However, the Tigers were awarded the championship when its sixth runner, freshman Calista Sakellakos, finished four spots ahead of Canutillo’s sixth runner, freshman Adrianna Boyd.

El Paso, Canutillo and Chapin advanced to the Region 1-5A championship Tuesday at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Also advancing is Jefferson’s Nohemi Garcia who finished eighth in 21:30.97.

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).

Huskies senior Gianny Correa won the individual title in 19:36.58 and sophomore Rebecca Duran was sixth in 21:14.91.

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).

Hanks won the team championship in 2-5A.

District 2-5A

Hanks won the District 2-5A Championship at Horizon Golf 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), freshman Lily Arias (fifth, 23:24.62), freshman Alina Levario (eighth, 23:57.78) and freshman Jessica Fino (tenth, 24:07.43).

Bel Air was second and Horizon was third to also advance to the Region 1-5A Championship Tuesday in Lubbock.

Del Valle senior Valeria Loo-Kung won the title in 21:30.40. Horizon’s Jaquelin Gonzalez was fourth in 23:21.16 and Estephanie Tena was sixth in 23:27.70.

Bel Air’s Carolyna Noriega was seventh in 23:35.58 and Marysol Vidal was ninth in 24:01.56.

Riverside won the team title in 1-4A.

District 1-4A

The Riverside Rangers won the District 1-4A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 21 points.

The Rangers took the first three spots and five out of eight.

Camila Luna was the first to complete the two-mile course in 14:25.21 to win her first district championship.

Kim Castro was second in 14:25.40, Paula Tapia was third in 15:14.94, Jisclem Camacho was seventh (15:41.96) and Hillary Hernandez was eighth (15:49.39).

Riverside, along with Austin and Irvin, will compete in the Region 1-4A Championship Monday in Lubbock.

The Panthers had three runners in the top 10 – Jayleen Robles (fourth, 15:28.73), Dalia Santiesteban (ninth, 15:49.61) and Jefet Trejo (tenth, 15:54.86).

Irvin had one runner – Zoe Estrada-Moreno (fifth, 15:35.03) – in the top 10, Irvin.

Harmony’s Yatznelly Galindo also advances to regionals, finishing sixth in 15:40.04.

San Elizario won the 2-4A Championship.

District 2-4A

San Elizario won the District 2-4A Championship at Horizon Golf Course with 18 points.

The Eagles had five runners in the top seven including district champion Kylee Pardo who completed the 2-mile course in 13:55.19.

Katelyn Montoya was second (13:55.41), Alexandra Ordaz was fourth (14:49.64), Osmary Vazquez was sixth (14:58.65) and Briana Mancillas was seventh (15:09.72).

El Paso Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Clint also advanced to regionals.

Young Women’s had three runners – Jeanette Rivera (third, 14:10.76), Jenisa Gomez (eighth, 15:15.25) and Lluvia Armendariz-Padilla (tenth, 15:20.48) – in the top 10.

Also advancing to regionals are Faben’s Antoinette Ogaz (fifth, 14:56.01) and Avery Guerrero (ninth, 15:19.78) from Valle Verde Early College.

Tornillo senior Kylene Elias won her third district championship.

District 4-3A

Tornillo defended its District 4-3A title scoring 19 points.

Kylene Elias won her third district championship finishing the two-mile course in 12:45.

Olivia Garcia was second in 13:07, Wendy Garcia was fourth (13:18), Brianna Ibarra (fifth, 13:19) and Nataly Escajeda (seventh, 13:33).

Tornillo, which finished fourth at regionals last year, is seeking its second straight trip to state.

The team will race the Region 1-3A championship Tuesday at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

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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