San Eli’s Gomez, Montwood’s Garcia earn first championships of the season

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The San Elizario boys won the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday. San Elizario placed three runners in the top ten.

Since her days of running middle school cross country, Montwood’s Karyme Garcia knew her day of winning a varsity race would eventually come.

She just needed a little patience.

All those years of putting in the miles and the sweat, suffering through the pain of summer training paid off Saturday morning as the Montwood junior won the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park.

“I feel pretty accomplished in what I did,” Garcia said. “Good training in the summer and great motivation from my coach is the reason this happened.”

Garcia outkicked Jefferson’s Melody Tsumi in the final 100 meters to take the victory in 19:40.08. Tsumi finished in 19:44.53 and Bel Air’s Abagail Murillo was third in 20:16.27.

Garcia led through most of the race but was challenged by Tsumi throughout, particularly in the final 800 meters.

“I could hear Tsumi’s coaches shouting, ‘she’s tired, she’s tired’ so that motivated me a little bit; I was like, ‘I’m not tired, not at all.’ I was waiting until that last few yards because I knew she didn’t have a strong sprint so I knew I could take her there.”

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Montwood’s Karyme Garcia won the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational in 19:40.08. It is Garcia’s first ever varsity win.

The Eastwood JV won the team race with 46 points, Montwood was second (49) and Bel Air was third (109).

Other top 10 runners were Alexa Rangel, Montwood (fourth, 20:19.38), Angelia Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland (fifth, 20:23.38), Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood (sixth, 20:23.52), Crystal Peterson, Jefferson (seventh, 20:26.75), Morayama Montes, Austin (eighth, 20:31.12), Emilee Antimo, Burges (ninth, 20:31.12) and Sophia Watts, Eastwood (tenth, 20:44.37).

Full girl’s results here – http://www.arrowliveresults.com/LorettoCathedralVarsityGirls3058

Unlike Garcia, San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez is no stranger to winning – except for this season.

Gomez, one of the top Class 4A runners in the state, has had a difficult time with nagging injuries all summer and early into the fall.

He finally picked up his first gold of the season, cruising to an easy win in 16:10.36. Pebble Hills freshman Omer Ibrahim was second in 16:39.35 and Hanks sophomore Gael Alvarado was third (16:46.65).

“I came to the race late and didn’t have time to warmup or stretch,” he said. “The guys were already on the line when I got here and I didn’t have my bib number so I had to get it and put it on right away.”

San Elizario won the team title with 54 points. Eastwood’s JV was second with 59 points and Burges was third with 108.

“We are doing pretty good considering we didn’t practice much in the summer because we had a lot of injured guys,” he said. ‘We’re improving with every race and stepping up to another level.”

Other top top runners were – David Gonzalez, Burges (fourth, 16:52.72), Victor Anchondo, Eastwood (fifth, 16:53.05), Rene Arambula, San Elizario (sixth, 16:53.90), Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario (seventh, 16:56.24), Alex Sanchez, Horizon (eighth, 16:59.33), Dylan Espinoza, Bowie(ninth, 17:00.48) and Abraham Cruz, Eastwood (tenth, 17:00.99).

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San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez won the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational in 16:10.36. It was his first win of the season.

Cesar Morales, San Elizario’s head coach, said the injuries could be the cause of the team’s early season struggles.

“The fact that we didn’t win (state) last season took us away from the spotlight and taught us a little bit of humility,” he said. “We are working harder. Not being on the top all the time is helping us with the mentality of working harder. Nobody is going to give us anything, we have to work for it all the time.”

After winning four consecutive Class 4A state championship, the Eagles finished third last fall.

“A team win like this will us start to believe in ourselves again,” Morales said. “There was a time in the season where we lost to some very good teams that put a sense of doubt in our heads. We know we are still here and we can still compete.”

Full boy’s results here –  arrowliveresults.com/LorettoCathedralVarsityBoys3056

High School Boy’s XC Poll: Week 4

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boys 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 and 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 and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

This week’s schedule:

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park. Franklin, Coronado, Canutillo, Chapin, EPHS, Mt View, Clint, Eastlake, Americas, VVEC, El Dorado, Del Valle.

Loretto/Cathedral Invitational:  8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Veterans Park. Cathedral, Austin, Jefferson, Fabens, Bowie, Ft Hancock, Burges, LPI, Eastwood, Hanks, Bel Air, YWLA, Parkland, Socorro, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Andress, San Eli, Horizon, Ysleta, Andress, Loretto, Riverside.

Cobre Invitational: 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Bataan Memorial Park in Fort Baynard, N.M.  Irvin.

 Guyer Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 14 in Denton. Socorro and Tornillo.

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The Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park and the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park highlight week four of the El Paso cross country season.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood:  The Troopers had four runners in the top 5 to score 19 points and win the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.  Juan Olmos won the 3.19 mile run in 15:59.63 followed by Sergio Leon Cuartas (16:07.38) and Elias Perez (16:15.88). Nathan Hernandez was fifth (16:37.47) and Victor Parra was eight (17:01.81). Eastwood will rest its varsity this weekend as the team prepares for the Woodbridge (Calif.) Cross Country Classic on Sept. 21. Eastwood is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by Texas MileSplit and No. 15 in the United States by MileSplit USA.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers had six runners finish in the top 8 for a score of 24 at the 2.5 mile El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course. Hector Sanchez was second (13:06.91) followed by Jacob Ye (fourth, 13:12.78), Melo Corral (fifth, 13:13.87), Gage Garcia (sixth, 13:16.40), Seth Andrade (seventh, 13:18.56) and Aaron Saenz (eighth, 13:31.75). Americas will race the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park. The Trailblazers are ranked No. 10 in Class 6A by Texas MilesSplit.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars finished second at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle with 61 points. Fernie Morales and Daniel Kennedy continue to have solid seasons with Morales finishing fourth in 16:21.66 and Kennedy ninth in 17:07.50. The Cougars will travel to Del Valle High School for the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday. Franklin is ranked No. 23 in Class 6A by Texas MileSplit.

4, San Elizario: The Eagles scored 101 points and finished third at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle. Junior Edwin Gomez was sixth in 16:46.07 and senior Rene Arambula was 11th in 17:25.30. The Eagles will race at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.  San Elizario is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by Texas MileSplit.

5, Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the 2.5 mile El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course with 44 points. Senior Nick Gonzalez won for the second straight week in 12:55.03. Alan Alba was third in 13:11.97 and Stephen Pitchkolan was 10th in 13:50.53. Coronado will run the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park on Saturday.

6, Hanks: The Knights – without its top two runners – finished fourth at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle. Hanks was led by Gael Alvarado who finished 10th in 17:20.50. Michael Abeyta won the Elite Division at the Southlake Carroll Invitational in 15:25.84. Hanks, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 5A by Texas MileSplit, will race at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

7, Chapin: The Huskies placed fifth at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational with 147 points. Once again, senior Angel Contreras paced the Huskies with a seventh-place finish in 16:59.50. The team will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday. Chapin will run the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park on Saturday.

8, Eastlake: The Falcons did not race its varsity last week. They will race at the Franklin Invitational on Saturday.

9, Tornillo: Tornillo placed sixth at the 23-team, 185-runner UT-Tyler Cross Country Classic in Tyler Texas. Senior Ofir Ortega was fourth in 16:15.48. The Coyotes will race at the Texas MileSplit Invitational hosted by Denton Guyer. Texas MileSplit has Tornillo ranked No. 3 in Class 3A.

10, Montwood: The Rams were third at the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational. The team finished with 78 points.  Trenton Nelson was ninth in 13:45.66   Montwood is scheduled to compete at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park.

Dropped out: Socorro.
On the verge: Cathedral, Ysleta.

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Coronado seniors Alan Alba and Nick Gonzalez have clocked two of the top 25 times in the city. Gonzalez at No. 11 with a 16:27.00 at the UNM Lobos Invitational and Alba at No. 23 with a 16:51.00, also at the UNM Invitational.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Michael Abeyta Hanks, 15:25.84 (Southlake Carroll, 9/7).

2, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 15:29.04 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

3, Elias Perez, Eastwood 15:42.30 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

4, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 15:51.54 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

5, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16:04.45 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

6, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16:05.24 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

7, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 16:05.83 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

8, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 16:08.28 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

9, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 16:15.25, (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

10, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 16:15.48 (Tyler Lee Classic, 9/7).

11, Melo Corral, Americas, 16:20.47 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

12, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 16:27.00 (UNM Invitational, 8/31).

13, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 16:30.08. (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

14, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 16:30.91 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

15, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 16:33.21 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

16, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 16:34.31 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

17, Christian Parra, Socorro, 16:34.47 (Marcus Invitational, 8/31).

18, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 16:36.61 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

19, Seth Andrade, Americas, 16:41.32 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

20, Jacob Ye, Americas, 16:42.89 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

21, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:43.77 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

22, Jared Laverty, Americas, 16:50.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

23, Alan Alba, Coronado 16:51.00 9 (UNM Invitational, 8/31).

24, Steven Porras Franklin, 16:51.92 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

25, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 16:53.73 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

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The Eastwood boys are ranked No. 1 in the state among Class 5A schools and No. 15 in the United States according to MileSplit. Here, Elias Perez (193), Nathan Hernandez (189), Juan Olmas (190) and Sergio Leon Cuartes (187) race to the championship at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 35 (1).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 30 (2).

3, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 23.

4, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 22 (1).

4, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 22.

6, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 20 (2).

7, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 18 (1).

8, Alan Alba, Coronado, 17.

8, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 17.

10, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 15.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14.

Melo Corral, Americas, 14.

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 11.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 11.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 10 (1).

Gage Garcia, Americas, 10.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 9.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 7.

Jacob Martinez, Americas, 7.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 7.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 6.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 6.

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 6.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 5.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 5.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 4.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 4.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Isaac Becerill, Canutillo, 3.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 2.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 2.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 1.

Jacob Ontiveros, El Paso High, 1

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 1.

High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 4

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 and 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.

This week’s schedule:

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park. Franklin, Coronado, Canutillo, Chapin, EPHS, Mt View, Clint, Eastlake, Americas, VVEC, El Dorado, Del Valle.

Loretto/Cathedral Invitational:  8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Veterans Park. Cathedral, Austin, Jefferson, Fabens, Bowie, Ft Hancock, Burges, LPI, Eastwood, Hanks, Bel Air, YWLA, Parkland, Socorro, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Andress, San Eli, Horizon, Ysleta, Andress, Loretto, Riverside.

 Cobre Invitational: 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at Bataan Memorial Park in Fort Baynard, N.M.  Irvin.

 Guyer Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 14 in Denton. Socorro.

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The Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park and the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park highlight the local cross country scene on Saturday.

Top 10

1, Franklin: The Cougars placed five runners in the top 11 for 27 points and the championship of the 3.19 mile Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.  Eva Jess won her third invitational of the season in a time of 18:30.05. Franklin’s next scoring runners were Jordan Torres (fifth, 20:53.74), Jenna Saunders (sixth, 20:57.81) Alyssa Laspada (eighth, 21:08.81) and Sofia Camacho (11th, 21:26.24.). The Cougars will run at its own invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park on Saturday.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational with 32 points, five behind Franklin. Eastwood had four runners in the top 10 including  Lauren Walls- Portillo (second, 19:56.75), Elieen McLain, (fourth, 20:37.04), Meadow Ortiz (seventh, 21:02.63) and Adalia Olmos, Eastwood (tenth, 21:20.19). Eastwood will rest its varsity this weekend as the team prepares for the Woodbridge (Calif.) Cross Country Classic on Sept. 21.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds won the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course with 24 points, placing three runners in the top five spots – Kyra Walker (first, 16:07.12), Sophia Flores (third, 16:19.31) and Marcela Perches (fifth, 16:45.81). Walker, a freshman, won her first individual title on the 2.5 mile course. Coronado will run the rugged Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers placed second at the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course with 31 points. Top 10 runners were Mariana Guzman (sixth, 16:48.90), Lauren Anderson (eighth, 16:53.46) and Abigail Barraza (tenth, 16:56.48). Americas will race the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park.

5, Socorro: The Bulldogs challenged themselves at the Southlake Carroll Invitational and finished 29th in the Elite Division. Senior Jazmin Chacon was the top runner, finishing 51st in 20:22.88, good for the 16th fastest time in El Paso this season. Socorro is schedule to race at the Guyer Invitational in Denton.

6, Burges: The Mustangs won the Gadsden Invitational with 54 points. Burges had three runners in the top five including sophomore Annette Guzman (second, 21:00.32), junior Emilee Antimo (fourth, 21:21.57) and senior Evonna Walker (fifth, 21:28.85). Burges will race the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

7, Montwood.  The Rams did not run a full squad at the 2.5. mile El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational. They did place two runners in the top five – Karyme Garcia (second, 16:17.47) and Alexa Rangel (fourth, 16:42.12).  Montwood is scheduled to compete at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park.

8, Jefferson: The Foxes did not run a full varsity at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational, however, Melody Tsumi was third in 20:28.87. Jefferson is scheduled to compete at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park.

9, Eastlake: The Falcons varsity did not race on Saturday. Expect the varsity to race at the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park on Saturday. Eastlake will race the Franklin Invitational at the Don Haskins Recreational Center/Park.

10, Bel Air: The Highlanders make its season debut after its third-place finish at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational. Sophomore Abagail Murillo was ninth in 21:09.51. Bel Air will race the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Bel Air will race the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park on Saturday.

Dropped out: Hanks.

On the brink:  Clint, Tornillo.

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Montwood’s Karyme Garcia’s 19:38.39 ranks her fifth in El Paso this season. She was second at the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course last week.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

 1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:05.86 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

2, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:48.20 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

3, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19:14.83 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

4, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 19:19.01 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

5, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:38.39 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:48.22, (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

7, Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 20:00.09 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

8, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 20:02.95 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

9, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 20:03.40 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

10, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 20:06.12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

11, Eileen Mclain, Eastwood, 20:08.61 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

12, Annette Guzman, Burges, 20:18.30 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

13, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 20:19.12 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

14, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 20:21.97 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

15, Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 20:22.10 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

16, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 20:22.88 (Southlake Carroll, 9/7)

17, Daphne Duran, Americas, 20:26.80 (UNM Lobo Invitational, 8/31).

18, Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 20:28.02 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

19, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 20:30.39 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

20, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 20:30.45 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

21, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 20:33.27 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

22, Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 20:34.49 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

23, Morayama Montes, Austin, 20:37.41 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

24, Julie Canalas, Montwood, 20:38.12 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

25, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 20:43.91 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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There is no feeling like the pre-race cross country jitters.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 30 (3).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 28 (1).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 25.

4, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 22.

5, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 21.

6, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 20 (1).

7, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 18 (1).

7, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18.

7, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 18.

7, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 18.

 

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 17. (1)

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 14.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 13.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 13

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 12.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 11.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1).

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 8.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 8.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 7.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 7.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 7.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 7.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 6.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 3.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 3.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 2.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 2.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 2.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 2.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 1.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Americas boys continue to impress; Coronado freshman picks up her first victory

A pair of Coronado runners won individual honors while the Americas boys and the Coronado girls won team championships at the inaugural El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Park.

The 2.5 mile Saturday morning run that zig-zagged through the Ascarate nine-hole portion of the golf course, caused a bit of confusion in the girls race.

Americas senior Mariana Guzman led for most of the race until she followed the wrong golf cart which took her off the course for about 20 meters and onto the street before reversing her tracks.

As Guzman veered onto the street, taking another runner with her, Coronado freshman Kyra Walker took the lead at that point, a lead she would never relinquish, to win her first gold medal at the varsity level in 16:07.12.

“The girls ahead of me were following the wrong cart and I almost did the same but my coach caught it, thankfully,” Walker said. “I felt pretty good coming into the race.  It’s exciting to be able to come out win and help my team.”

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Coronado’s Kyra Walker won her first varsity individual championship at the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational Saturday morning. Montwood’s Karyme Garcia was second.

Coronado won the team title with 24 points, placing three runners in the top five spots – Walker at one, Sophia Flores in third (16:19.31) and Marcela Perches in fifth in 16:45.81.

“We’re doing pretty good right now,” Walker said. “We have a solid top three, we just need to work on our four and five to get them higher up. Hopefully we can do that before district so we could get a good place and advance to regionals.”

Montwood’s Karyme Garcia was second in 16:17.47 and teammate Alexa Rangel was fourth in 16:42.12.

As for Guzman, she took the golf cart mishap in stride.

“I was making the turn and when looked up I saw a green cart and an orange cone out there but I didn’t know it was for the parking lot,” she said with a laugh.  “I’m just running my race and then I hear everyone calling me back; I just felt bad for the girl who was following me.”

Considering what Guzman has been through the past two seasons, this little mishap is nothing.

“I had stress fracture in my left leg so I only had the chance to run only one healthy race last year,” she said. “It was so painful that I wanted to stop running. It just took a lot of patience to come back.”

Guzman said she is happy with her season so far.

“I just wanted to give it all I’ve got one last season,” she said. “I love what I do, I love my coaches and my teammates. I’m really just want to run a full season and make my teammates and coaches proud of me. I think I’m going to be able to do it.”

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Mariana Guzman

Guzman eventually finished sixth in 16:48.90 to help her team to a second-place finish with 31 points.

Other top 10 finishers were: Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View (seventh, 16:52.00); Lauren Anderson, Americas (eighth, 16:53.46); Nicole Estrada, Mt. View (ninth, 16:53.87) and Abigail Barraza, America (tenth, 16:56.48).

On the boys side, Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez followed up on his UNM Lobo Invitational championship with another, completing the short course in 12:55.03.

“It was good comeback race after Albuquerque,” he said. “Plus, we finally got a chance to race against Americas. It was the first time we’ve had the chance to race Americas this season so I just wanted to see where I stood against their runners.”

The Americas juggernaut place six runners in the top 8 to win team title with 24 points. Coronado was second with 44 followed by Montwood with 78.

For most of the race, Gonzalez and teammate Alan Alba were 1-2 until the final 800 meters when Americas senior Hector Sanchez outkicked Alba to finish second in 13:06.91. Alba was third in 13:11.97.

“Last week, Alan took off in the lead early and I was trying to catch him the entire race,” Gonzalez said. “We started to push each other at the 4K and from there on out it was whoever wanted it more; that’s pretty much what we did in this race.”

Americas took the fourth through eighth spots – Jacob Ye (fourth, 13:12.78), Melo Corral (fifth, 13:13.87), Gage Garcia (sixth, 13:16.40), Seth Andrade (seventh, 13:18.56), Aaron Saenz (eighth, 13:31.75).

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The Americas boys won the El Dorado/Pebble Hills Invitational at Ascarate Golf Course with 24 points.

Rounding out the top 10 were Montwood’s Trenton Nelson (ninth, 13:45.66) and Coronado’s Stephen Pitchkolan (tenth, 13:50.53).

“I’m really happy with the way this race turned out, even if it was short one,” Gonzalez said. “My goal is to get 15 flat at the end of the season at state.”

 

 

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 3

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boys 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 and 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 and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

This week’s schedule:

Rudy Alvarez Invitational (3 Miles): 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at Del Valle High School. Del Valle, Eastwood, Franklin, Jefferson, Chapin, Fabens, Bowie, Ft Hancock, LPI, VVEC, Bel Air, YWLA, Hanks, Ysleta, Loretto, Cathedral, Horizon, Clint, San Elizario. Harmony, Riverside.

Southlake Carroll Invitational:  7 a.m. Sept. 7 in Southlake. Socorro.

Gadsden Invitational: 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at Gadsden High School. Canutillo, Austin, Irvin, EPHS, Burges, Andress, Parkland.

SISD Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at Ascarate Park. Pebble Hills, El Dorado, Americas, Montwood, Coronado, Mt View, Eastlake.

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The third week of the season includes three local meets – the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School, the Gadsden Invitational at :Gadsden High School and the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood:  The Troopers had five runners in the top 10 – Elias Perez (second, 15:42.30), Juan Olmos (third, 15:51.55), Sergio Leon Cuartas (fifth, 16:05.24), Nathan Hernandez (eighth, 16:30.91) and Aaron Perez (10th, 16:36.61) – to win the Canutillo Invitational with 28 points. Eastwood will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers placed second at the Cleveland Invitational in Rio Rancho (N.M.) 12 points behind Albuquerque Academy. Americas placed six runners in the top 20 including senior Hector Sanchez (second, 16:08.28) and sophomore Melo Corral (10th, 16:31.71) in the top 10.  Americas will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars placed second at the Canutillo Invitational with 62 points. Franklin placed two runners in the top 10 – Fernie Morales (sixth, 16:05.83) and Daniel Kennedy (seventh, 16:15.25) – and four runners in the top 20. The Cougars will travel to Del Valle High School for the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday.

4, San Elizario: The Eagles scored 26 points in their Saturday championship at the Fabens Invitational. San Elizario placed five runners in the top 10 – Edwin Gomez (second, 16:30.08), Dilan Sanchez (third, 17:03.21), Rene Arambula (fourth, 17:05.70), Irvin Vazquez (ninth, 17:31.36) and Alan Ceballos  (tenth, 17:41.92). The Eagles will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle on Saturday.

5, Coronado: The T-Birds placed three runners in the top 10 at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Senior Nick Gonzalez won the event in 16:27.00 and teammate Alan Alba was second in 16:51.00. Stephen Pitchkolan was seventh in 17:04.00. The T-Birds will run at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

6, Hanks: The Knights move up one after its third-place finish at the Canutillo Invitational. Senior Michael Abeyta won the race in 15:27.65. Hanks sophomore Gael Alvarado finished 14th in 17:01.05. Rodger Rivera did not run. Neither Abeyta or Rivera is scheduled to run at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational.

7, Chapin: The Huskies ran a full varsity team and placed fourth at the Canutillo Invitational scoring 146 points. Senior Angel Contreras placed ninth in 16:33.21 and junior Joaquin Ortega was 16th in 17:13.35. The team will race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday.

8, Eastlake: The Falcons moved down two spots after placing sixth at the Canutillo Invitational. Sophomore Israel David was fourth in 16:04.45. Junior Anthony Lara was the only other Falcon to have a top 20 finish, placing 18th in 17:16.22. They will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

9, Tornillo: Tornillo remains at No. 9 after its second place finish at the Fabens Invitational. Senior Ofir Ortega won the race in 16:29.24. Sophomore Bryan Garcia was 11th in 17:51.58.

10, Montwood: The Rams drops two spots with a 190-point, seventh place finish at Canutillo.  Its top finisher was junior Trenton Nelson who was 29th in 17:48.86. Montwood will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

Dropped out: Socorro.
On the verge: Cathedral, Ysleta.

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Coronado seniors Nick Gonzalez and Alan Alba finished 1-2 at the UNM Lobo Invitational. Gonzalez won the event in 16:27.00 and Alba was second in 16:51.00.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Michael Abeyta Hanks, 15:27.65 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

 2, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 15:29.04 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

3, Elias Perez, Eastwood 15:42.30 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

4, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 15:51.54 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

5, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16:04.45 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

6, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16:05.24 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

7, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 16:05.83 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

8, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 16:08.28 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

9, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 16:15.25, (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

10, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 16:17.42 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

11, Melo Corral, Americas, 16:20.47 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

12, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 16:27.00 (UNM Invitational, 8/31).

13, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 16:30.08. (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

14, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 16:30.91 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

15, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 16:33.21 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

16, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 16:34.31 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

17, Christian Parra, Socorro, 16:34.47 (Marcus Invitational, 8/31).

18, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 16:36.61 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

19, Seth Andrade, Americas, 16:41.32 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

20, Jacob Ye, Americas, 16:42.89 (Cleveland Invitational, 8/31).

21, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:43.77 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

22, Jared Laverty, Americas, 16:50.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

23, Alan Alba, Coronado 16:51.00 9 (UNM Invitational, 8/31).

24, Steven Porras Franklin, 16:51.92 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

25, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 16:53.73 (Canutillo Invitational 8/31).

 

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Americas senior Hector Sanchez was second at the Cleveland Invitational in Rio Rancho (N.M.) finishing in 16:08.28.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 18 (1).

2, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 17.

3, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16.

4, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 15 (1).

4, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 15.

6, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 14.

7, Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 11.

8, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 10 (1).

8, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 10 (1).

8, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 10 (1).

Alan Alba, Coronado, 9.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 9.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 8.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Melo Corral, Americas, 8.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 7.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 6.

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 5.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 4.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 4.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 4.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 3.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 3.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 2.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 2.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 2.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 1.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood 1.

High School Girls XC Poll: Week 3

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 and 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.

This week’s schedule:

Rudy Alvarez Invitational (3 Miles): 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at Del Valle High School. Del Valle, Eastwood, Franklin, Jefferson, Chapin, Fabens, Bowie, Ft Hancock, LPI, VVEC, Bel Air, YWLA, Hanks, Ysleta, Loretto, Cathedral, Horizon, Clint, San Elizario. Harmony, Riverside.

Southlake Carroll Invitational:  7 a.m. Sept. 7 in Southlake. Socorro.

Gadsden Invitational: 9 a.m. Sept. 7 at Gadsden High School. Canutillo, Austin, Irvin, EPHS, Burges, Andress, Parkland.

SISD Invitiational: 8 a.m. Sept. 7 at Ascarate Park. Pebble Hills, El Dorado, Americas, Montwood, Coronado, Mt View, Eastlake.

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Three area invitationals are on tap for Saturday – the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle, the Gadsden Invitational at Gadsden (N.M.) High School and the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park.

Top 10

1, Franklin: For the second week in a row, the Cougars move up one, this time to the top spot after placing four runners in the top 8 to win the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School. Junior Eva Jess won her second meet of the season, pacing the team in 18:05.86, the top time in the city. Franklin finished with 33 points, five better than previous No. 1 Eastwood. Other top 10 runners for Franklin were Jordan Torres (fifth, 20:02.96), Jenna Saunders (seventh, 20:19.12) and Alyssa Laspada (eighth, 20:21.98). The Cougars will travel to Del Valle High School for the Rudy Alvarez Invitational on Saturday.

 2, Eastwood: The Troopers scored 38 points in its first race of the season at Canutillo Middle School and placed second behind Franklin. Sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo was second in 19:19.02, Eileen McLain (sixth, 20:08.61), Desiree Carrillo (ninth, 20:22.10) and Meadow Ortiz (10th, 20:30.39). Eastwood will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds had a strong showing at the UNM Lobo Cross Country Invitational with two runners finishing in the top 10 – Kyra Walker at seventh in 20:49 and Marcela Perches in ninth in 21:17. The T-Birds are scheduled to compete at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers placed seventh in the 15-team Cleveland (N.M.) Invitational. Americas had two top 21 finishers – Mariana Guzman was sixth in 19:40.29 and Daphane Duran was 21st in 20:26.80. Americas will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

5, Socorro: The Bulldogs were supposed to race at the Marcus Invitational in Flower Mound but did not attend. Socorro is scheduled to run at the Southlake Carroll Invitational on Saturday.

6, Burges: The Mustangs did not run a complete team at the Canutillo Invitational. They did have three runners in the top 20 – Evonna Walker (15th, 20:46.48), Emilee Antimo (18th, 20:50.88) and Pamela Ramirez (20th, 20:59.88). Burges will run the Gadsden Invitational at Gadsden High School on Saturday.

7, Montwood.  The Rams finished third at the Canutillo Invitational with 77 points. Montwood had three runners in the top 16 – Karyme Garcia (third, 19:43.88), Julie Canalas (13th, 20:38.12) and Alexa Rangel (14th, 20:43.91). Montwood will rest their varsity at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

8, Jefferson: The Foxes did not run a full varsity at Canutillo Middle School. They did have a top five runner in junior Melody Tsumi who was fourth in 19:48.26. Jefferson will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

9, Eastlake: The Falcons had a fourth-place finish at the Canutillo Invitational with 107 points.  Junior Megan Kirtley continues to be the bright spot early in the season with an 11th place finish in a time of 20:30.45. They will race at the SISD Invitational at Ascarate Park on Saturday.

10, Hanks: The Knights make its season debut at No. 10 after finishing fifth at the Canutillo Invitational. Its top finisher was sophomore Mia Rivera who was 27th in 21:28.17. They will compete at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

Dropped out: San Elizario.

On the brink:  Clint, Del Valle, Tornillo.

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Tornillo freshman Kylene Elias (far left) comes into this week with the city’s third fastest time. She leads the season’s early surprise team which is on the brink of cracking the top 10.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

 1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:05.86 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

2, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:48.20 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

3, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19:14.83 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

4, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 19:19.01 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

5, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:38.39 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:48.22, (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

7, Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 20:00.09 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

8, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 20:02.95 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

9, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 20:03.40 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

10, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 20:06.12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

11, Eileen Mclain, Eastwood, 20:08.61 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

12, Annette Guzman, Burges, 20:18.30 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

13, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 20:19.12 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

14, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 20:21.97 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

15, Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 20:22.10 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

16, Daphne Duran, Americas, 20:26.80 (UNM Lobo Invitational, 8/31).

17, Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 20:28.02 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

18, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 20:30.39 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

19, Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 20:30.45 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

20, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 20:33.27 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

21, Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 20:34.49 (La Isla Invitational, 8/31).

22, Morayama Montes, Austin, 20:37.41 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

23, Julie Canalas, Montwood, 20:38.12 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

24, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 20:43.91 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

25, Evonna Walker, Burges, 20:46.48 (Canutillo Invitational, 8/31).

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The Eastlake and Hanks girls enter this week at No. 9 and No. 10.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 20 (2).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19 (1).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 16.

4, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 15 (1).

5, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 14.

6, Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 13.

6, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 13.

6, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 13.

9, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 12.

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 11.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1).

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 8.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 7.

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 9.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 8.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 7.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 7.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 5.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 5.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 4.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 3.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 3.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 2.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 2.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 2.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 2.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 1

Morayama Montes, Austin, 1.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 1.

 

Eastwood boys, Franklin girls win at Canutillo; Jess and Abeyta win individual titles

The defending UIL Class 5A state champion Eastwood Troopers and El Paso’s top runner Hanks senior Michael Abeyta ran their first race of the 2019 season on Saturday morning and – to no one’s surprise – looked poised and confident in winning the team and individual titles at Canutillo Middle School.

The Troopers had five runners in the top 10 – Elias Perez (second, 15:42.30) Juan Olmos (third, 15:51.55), Sergio Leon Cuartas (fifth, 16:05.24), Nathan Hernandez (eighth, 16:30.91) and Aaron Perez (10th, 16:36.61) – to win the Canutillo Invitational with 28 points.

Franklin was second with 61 points, Hanks was third (121), Chapin was fourth (149) and Americas JV was fifth (152).

 

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Michael Abeyta

Abeyta easily won the individual title in 15:27.65 at the 3.15 mile course.

“Coming into this race, I really didn’t know what to expect because my summer workouts were geared towards miles instead of speed,” he said. “I just wanted to see where I was at for this race.”

Abeyta said he felt strong.

“After the first loop, I kind of lost focus a little bit,” he said. “But I got my head back into it. My time was pretty good, it could have been a little bit better but there is always another race next week to improve.”

He said this race was a good start for him to fix what needs to be fixed for later in the season.

Other top 10 runners were Eastlake’s Israel David (fourth, 16:04.45), Franklin’s Fernie Morales (sixth, 16:05.83), Franklin’s Daniel Kennedy (seventh, 16:15.26) and Chapin’s Angel Contreras (ninth, 16:33.22).

For Perez, the Eastwood senior said he was happy with the team’s inaugural race of the season calling it a good start to a brand new season.

“We ran really well as a team,” he said. “I know we won state last year and did a lot big things but this is a new year and we don’t want to put any pressure on ourselves. We’ve always run for each other and that’s what we did today.”

As far as his individual race, he thought he ran well.

“I base my race on how we run as a team,” he said. “Most of the time me, Sergio and Juan are with each other throughout the race. Today, I felt a little bit better so I decided to take it out.”

For complete boys results – https://www.arrowliveresults.com/CanutilloVarsityBoys5k

On the girl’s side, Franklin had four runners in the top 8, to beat Eastwood by five points.

Eastwood had four runners finish in the top 10.

Franklin’s Eva Jess won her second straight invitational easily winning in 18:05.86.

Eastwood’s Lauren Walls-Portillo was second in 19:19.02 followed by Montwood runner Karma Garcia (19:43.89) and Melody Tsumi from Jefferson (19:48.26).

 

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Eva Jess

Franklin finished with 33 points followed by Eastwood (38), Montwood (77), Eastlake (107) and Hanks (159).

“Our girls were really resilient throughout the race,” Franklin coach Anthony Laspada said. “Our young girls stepped it up again last week. Eva ran about 42 seconds faster than last year so that was great. Our goal was to be under 21 (minutes) for this race and Jordan, Jenna and Alyssa did just that; they achieved their goal.”

Other top 10 runners for Franklin were Jordan Torres (fifth, 20:02.96), Jenna Saunders (seventh, 20:19.12) and Alyssa Laspada (eighth, 20:21.98).

Laspada said winning the invitational, in particular over an Eastwood team that made an appearance at the Class 5A state championship, will give his young squad confidence.

“Eastwood has an amazing program,” he said. “They are going to get us at times and we’re going to get them. That happened last year, too. But this is good for our kid’s confidence to do what they did today.”

Eastwood’s top 10 runners were Walls in second, Eileen McLain (sixth, 20:08.61), Desiree Carrillo (ninth, 20:22.10) and Meadow Ortiz (10th, 20:30.39).

For complete girl’s results – https://www.arrowliveresults.com/CanutilloVarsityGirls5k