High School Boys Cross Country Poll: Final

San Elizario finished third place in Class 4A in 2022. It is the school’s ninth consecutive state trophy.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars advanced to the Class 6A State Championship for the first time and placed seventh. Senior Diego Flores had a top 20 performance, finishing 18th in 16:12.4. Franklin won its first district championship and advanced to state by placing fourth at the Region 1-6A meet where three runners placed in the top 16 – junior Matthew Engle (10th in 15:48.4), Diego Flores (15th, 15:58.20) and senior DenovanEstrada, (16th, 15:58.60).

2. Coronado: The T-Birds finished sixth at the Region 1-6A Championship. Senior Luis Pastor won the regional title in 15:09.7 and placed tenth at state in 16:05.2.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles picked up another Class 4A state medal, finishing third. Senior Chris Moreno, who won the Region 1-4A title in 15:37.1, paced the team at state, placing sixth in 16:16.9. Junior Julian Guerra had a top 6 performance at regionals (16:01.6).

4. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at the District 1-6A Championship and eighth at the Region 1-6A meet. Junior Alex Flores was the top Eastwood runner at regionals finishing 35th in 16:29.90.

5. El Paso High: The Tigers won the District 1-5A Championship and placed eighth at regionals where sophomore Miles Westbrook was 14th (16:18.5) and junior Leo Valenzuela was 17th in 16:22.5 and advanced to state. At state, Westbrook was 53rd in 16:41.0 and Valenzuela was 80th in 17:05.7.

6. Pebble Hills: Although the team did not advance to regionals, senior Omer Ibrahim, the District 1-6A champion, was third in the region (15:23.2) and fifth at the state meet (15:50.6).

7. Tornillo: Three runners advanced to the Class 3A state championship. After finishing second at regionals (15:58.9), senior Angel Torres was fourth at state in 16:13.1. Junior Romero was third at regionals (16:14.4) and 55th at state (17:39.1) and senior Bryan Castaneda was 63rd in 17:44.1.

8. Americas: The Trailblazers finished fifth in the District 1-6A Championship.

9. Chapin: The Huskies finished the season 14th in Region 1-5A. Braulio Torres was the top Chapin runner at regionals finishing 35th in 16:53.60.

10. Hanks: The Knightswere 18th at the Region 1-5A. Senior Alejandro Tarin earned a bronze medal finishing the regional course in 15:07.9. He would place 14th at the Class 5A State Championship in 15:57.2.

Dropped out: Bel Air, Canutillo.

On the brink: None.

Hanks senior Alejandro Tarin earned a bronze medal at the Region 1-5A championship finishing in 15:07.9, the city-best time in 2022.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 15:07.90 (May Simmons Park, 10/24).

2, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 15:09.7 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/24).

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

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

5, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 15:23.2 (Mae Simmons, 10/24).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 15:58.95 (Mae Simmons, 10/24).

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

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

19, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 16:18.5 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/24).

20, Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 16:22.5 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/24).

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

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

23, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 16:28.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/24).

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

25, Mathew Guerra, Burges 16:32.70 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/24).

Coronado senior Luis Pastor was the Region 1-6A champion (15:09.7) and placed tenth at state in 16:05.2.

Power Rankings

1, Luis Pastor, Coronado, 89 (5).

2, Daniel Romero, Tornillo, 88 (1).

3, Chris Moreno, San Elizario, 79 (5).

4, Angel Torres, Tornillo, 73 (2).

5, Miles Westbrook, El Paso, 60 (3).

6, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 58 (2).

7, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 56.

8, Matthew Engle, Franklin, 50.

9, Julian Guerra, San Elizario, 48.

10, Michael Castorena, Parkland, 47 (2).

Leo Valenzuela, El Paso, 41.

Edgar Valles, Coronado, 39 (1).

Diego Flores, Franklin, 39.

Israel Quintana, Immanuel, 32.

Braulio Torres, Chapin, 32.

Denovan Estrada, Franklin, 30.

Matthew Guerra, Burges, 25.

Alexander Flores, Eastwood, 24.

Edward Robledo-Gonzales, Mt. View, 24.

Jesus Herrera, Harmony Science, 24 (1).

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.

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.

Bryan Castaneda, Tornillo, 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.

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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