District 1-5A Preview: Burges boys, El Paso girls hope to repeat; Chapin’s Skyler Goodman looks to defend individual title

District Previews

Monday – District 1-4A, District 3-3A

Tuesday – District 2-5A

Wednesday – District 1-6A

Thursday – District 1-5A

Make Plans

What: District Cross Country Championship.

When: 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Rolling schedule (girls first, then boys) – District 1-6A; District 1-4A; District 2-5A, District 1-5A.

Where: Chamizal National Memorial Park, 800 S San Marcial.

At Stake: Top three teams and the top 10 individuals make it to the Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

1-5A Group
Burges is seeking a repeat performance of last year’s district race which ended in a championship.

There are two things that are almost certain – the Burges boys will defend its District 1-5A team title and Chapin senior Skylar Goodman will claim her second straight district crown.

Everything else in this district championship is up for grabs.

Aside from the Burges boys, no school in the district has shown any kind of consistency this season which could lead to two of the most intriguing races of the day.

The Burges boys are seeking a return to state, but first they must take care of business Friday and then finish in the top four at the Region 1-5A championship at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock on Oct. 22.

Senior Sam Zambrano, sophomore David Gonzalez and junior Noah Yeager are the Mustangs top three and seniors Angel Ortiz, Luis Cuevas are solid 4-5 runners.

Zambrano said in order for the Mustangs to match last years district and regional performance, which eventually got them to the state meet – the team needs to focus.

“Our first year at regionals we were just happy to be there,” Zambrano said. “We just wanted to see what we could do. The next year, last year, we made it to state and that was a big deal for us because we were only the second team from Burges to take our coach to state again. We didn’t really perform well over there so we want to go back and hopefully place in the top three.”

But before any of that can happen, the District 1-5A race looms.

“We’re all about business right now,” Zambrano said. “We need to show what we’re all about. We need to focus on our individual performances and then we can work as a team. Last year at state, we were just happy to be there. That was my second time but our team’s first and that was a big deal for us.”

Burges must keep an eye out for the Chapin Huskies who are capable of putting up a solid battle for the district title and, at the very least, run well enough to earn a trip to regionals.

The pack-running Huskies are led by junior Angel Contreras, senior Thomas Magee, junior Michael Gunnison and sophomore Jaquin Ortega.

The third and final spot to regionals will come down to El Paso, Jefferson and Irvin but do not count out the young Austin Panthers who could surprise everyone with a qualifying run of the season.

Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes is the favorite to win the district championship.

Individually, Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes hopes to earn the district championship. He will be challenge by the Burges pair of Zambrano and Gonzalez and Jefferson’s D’Angelo Flores.

“It’s my goal,” Wilkes said of winning district. “It would mean a lot to me, especially heading into regionals. The district course has a few hills but it’s not anything like regionals. Getting out there and focusing on having a good first two miles and focusing on staying on a pace where it would relate to regionals would be my goal.”

Wilkes said he hopes it rains on Friday.

Jefferson did not run a full team at last year’s district meet. However, senior D’Angelo Flores finished sixth and qualified for regional.

“I want a tough course,” he said. “Something that I have to work hard at and where I have to push myself. We can’t always stress about times, even through we all want to see those sub 16s but right now it’s all about placing.”

District 1-5A boys at a glance:

2017 District Champion: Burges.

2017 Individual District Champion: Aaron Gillam, Irvin.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: Burges, Austin, Chapin.

Projected order of finish:

1, Burges: Favorite to defend district title.

2, Chapin: Huskies will give it a run.

3, Jefferson: Always seem to be in the mix.

4, El Paso: Tigers are up for an upset.

5, Irvin: Rockets are dangerous unknowns.

6, Austin: Rebuild is in full effect.

7, Canutillo: Still developing under a new coach.

8, Address: Not deep enough.

9, Bowie: The Bears keep plugging away.

The El Paso High girls won the district meet last year by 3 points last year.

Skylar Goodman, the defending girls district champion, has been preparing for Friday the entire season.

“We went to Lubbock this year and it gave me a chance to run a hilly course against some great competition,” Goodman said. “That put me into the mindset that in order to push myself I had to train as hard as possible and run against as great of competition as I possibly can.”

At the Lubbock Invitational, Goodman finished second in 18:54 at Mae Simmons Park, the Region 1-5A course.

Goodman, a senior, said 2018 has been a challenging year.

“We lost a lot of our team from last year and only have six varsity girls,” she said. “We have a stronger bond with each other because we have such a small team. At practice, if someone gets tired and wants to give up, we feed off each other and push each other to keep going. We are constantly encouraging each other to push on.”

She has also had to make some training adjustments.

“One of those adjustments was training with the guys team,” she said. “They are closer to the paces that I want to hit or the paces that I am hitting. I also put on extra practice outside of my school practice.”

Skyler Goodman
Chapin senior Skyler Goodman is the defending district champion. Last year, Chapin’s team finished 3 points behind El Paso High.

Clearly, Goodman is the class of the district. Austin sophomore Morayma Montes could pose a threat as well as a slew of Jefferson and El Paso High runners.

Jefferson and El Paso High have the deepest teams in the district.

When the Silver Foxes run as a unit, which they haven’t done much this season, they look to head and shoulders above the rest of the district. On any given day – Crystal Peterson, Monique Correa, Saxon Alvarez, Karen Garcia or Melody Tsutsumi – could lead this team.

Same goes for the Tigers and its top runners – junior Marisol Hernandez and sophomores Alissa Kennedy, Stevie Tuckman, Vivian Shaheen and Camille Watts.

The final regional spot could very well be Chapin.

“I think we have really good chance of qualifying as a team for regional,” Goodman said. “We’ve put in a lot more mileage the past two weeks so I’m really looking forward to the district meet and see how we do.”

District 1-5A girls at a glance:

2017 District Champion: El Paso.

2017 Individual District Champion: Skyler Goodman, Chapin.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: El Paso, Chapin, Jefferson.

Projected order of finish:

1, Jefferson: Foxes always peak at the right time.

2, El Paso: Young Tigers could surprise people.

3, Chapin: Toss up for the final spot.

4, Burges: Why not the Mustangs to regionals?

5, Canutillo: Has the potential in a few years.

6, Bowie: Bears will run hard.

7, Irvin: Rockets will not quit.

8, Andress: Will not run a full team.

9, Austin: Will not run a full team.

District 1-6A Preview: Americas boys, Franklin girl’s favorites to win titles; Jess looks to defend individual championship

District Previews

Monday – District 1-4A, District 3-3A

Tuesday – District 2-5A

Wednesday – District 1-6A

Thursday – District 1-5A

Make Plans

What: District Cross Country Championship.

When: 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Rolling schedule (girls first, then boys) – District 1-6A; District 1-4A; District 2-5A, District 1-5A.

Where: Chamizal National Memorial Park, 800 S San Marcial.

At Stake: Top three teams and the top 10 individuals make it to the Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

The Americas boys are looking for its first district championship since 2005.


One thing is certain to happen at Friday’s district cross country championships – a new District 1-6A champion will be crowned.

Because of realignment, Eastwood – the district and region champion and bronze medalist at state – will compete in Class 5A the next two years, opening the door for a new district champion in both boys and girl’s races.

That boy’s team should be the deep and talented Americas Trailblazers.

Americas has had an impressive season competing in three out-of-town meets, including the McNeil Invitational where they finished a very impressive fourth out of 81 teams right behind state power Southlake Carroll.

They averaged 15:53 as a team and also had a 39 second 1-5 split.

They had four runners in the top 60 with junior Jacob Ye leading the team with a time of 15:39.67 finishing 30th, senior Alek Duran finishing 47th with a time of 15:48.30, and senior Tyler Rodriguez finishing 53rd with a time of 15:51.29.

Jared Laverty came in with a freshman national best of 15:51.29.

“The team has been performing really well all season,” Rodriguez said. “Our two freshmen have helped us a lot and the older guys bring a lot of experience so we’ve been able to win a lot of meets this season.”

Freshman Melo Corral, junior Seth Andrade and sophomore Gage Garcia make up the remainder of the team.

Rodriguez said he is excited about Friday’s district meets and the potential Americas has to advance to the state meet.

“As an underclassman, I always watched the older guys have an opportunity to compete at state, now it’s finally our chance to move up there,” he said. “Hopefully we can make it, its something I’m looking forward to.”

Americas is looking for its first district championship in 13 years. The Trailblazers have won a district championship in 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2005.

Coronado will need a total team effort if they hope to return to the regional meet.

The real battle will be for the final two qualifying team spots for the UIL 6A Region 1 Championship between Franklin, Coronado and Socorro.

Franklin is one of the most improved teams in the city and appears to be peaking at the right time.

“They definitely don’t have any pressure on them,” said coach Anthony Laspada. They’ve put in the work during the summer. Our goal since the beginning of the season was to advance to regionals. If we do everything we have to do, we should be able to get in.”

Four of its runners, including its top two runners – senior Jacobo Wedemeyer and junior Daniel Kennedy – had personal best times at the Desert Twilight Invitational two weeks ago.

“That experience we had and the teams we faced out there was like no other,” Laspada said. “Our boys and girls have never experienced anything like that before. They were nervous before the race but they all did great; a lot of them had personal best times.”

Franklin junior Steven Porras is the Cougars No. 3 man. His finish will be pivotal in Franklin’s quest for a trip to regionals.

Laspada said that race give the boys and girls team confidence.

“It made them ready for district, regionals and hopefully we can squeeze in there for state,” he said. “At least they got that exposure to that type of caliber of competition.”

Franklin missed out on the regional meet last year, placing fourth at district.

Coronado’s top three – senior Liam Walsh, juniors Nick Gonzalez and Alan Alba – have been carrying the T-Birds all season and hope to hold off Socorro for the final spot.

Individually, the race is wide open.

The top returning runner is Coronado’s Walsh who placed third in 16:23.26 ahead of Gonzalez (16:34.63) his teammate, Wedemeyer (16:35.83) and Americas’ Ye (16:42.57) at last year’s meet.

Look for Americas’ Rodriquez and Socorro’s Mario Luna to also contend.

All six have run well this season against quality competition and courses.

District 1-6A boys at a glance:

2017 District Champion: Eastwood.

2017 Individual District Champion: Anthony Molina, Eastwood.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: Eastwood, Coronado, Americas.

Projected order of finish:

1, Americas: The Trailblazers are the team to beat. Balance throughout its top five makes them the clear favorite.

2, Franklin: Cougars four and five runners will be the difference.

3, Coronado: It’s very possible the T-Birds will have three runners in the top 10.

4, Socorro: The Bulldogs are dangerous and could grab the last spot to regionals.

5, Montwood: The Rams could be a year out.

6, Pebble Hills: The Spartans have work to do.

Eva Jess@Chapin
Franklin sophomore Eva Jess will defending her District 1-6A title Friday morning at 9 a.m. at the Chamizal National Memorial.

Laspada, Franklin’s coach, has been blessed with a talented squad of young ladies who are willing to put in the effort.

As the year has progressed, the Cougars have gained valuable experience and confidence, all culminating with an impressive finish in the Sweepstakes race at Desert Twilight where six of the seven girls earned personal best times.

“With hard work and everyday grinding, things will start to take care of itself,” Laspada said. “I know it sounds cliché but whatever these girls put their minds to, they can accomplish.”

The team – seniors Amalia Dorion and Natalie Linford, junior Lorien Clark, sophomores Eva Jess and Sarah Villaronga and freshmen Jenna Saunders and Jordan Torres – have put together a strong season.

“I don’t really know they realize what they have accomplished so far,” Laspada said. “Every week we have a different girl who steps up. If one girl has a bad day, another girl will step up. That says a lot about their character and their competitiveness.”

Last time Franklin won a district championship was in 2005.

However, if the Cougars do falter, Americas is more than capable of winning its second district championship in two years.

Americas core group of girls – juniors Daphne Duran, Priscilla Villalobos and Victoria Duran – won the district championship as freshmen and with the addition of sophomore Lauren Anderson, they can win it again.

Americas has won district titles in 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2016.

Which leaves Coronado and Socorro fighting for the final spot to regionals.

Coronado is always dangerous with one-two punch senior Jennelle Jaeger-Daraksy and junior Sophia Flores leading the way to a possible second consecutive regional team appearance.

“Our team is doing really well right now,” said Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado’s top runner. “Every week our times are dropping. We’re doing better and better week after week because of the way we train. We try to progressively get better and drop down a couple of spots; that’s the way our coaches train us.”

The return of senior Lilly Breceda, who has been nursing an injury, will help the T-Bird cause.

“Right now, we should be at our peak,” Jaeger-Darakjy said. “We work really, really hard for what we want. We’re going to surprise some people so I’m pretty excited about that.”

Socorro junior Jazmin Chacon is looking for a top 10 finish which will earn her a trip to regionals.

Socorro could challenge for the final spot to regionals if it’s four and five runners pick up the pace. Twin sisters Jazmin and Janeth Chacon pace the Bulldogs with freshman Ana Rojas providing a solid three.

Individually, the race is for second place as Franklin’s Jess is clearly the class of the city. Her toughest challenge will come from Jaeger-Daraksy with Duran and Flores battling for top five spots.

District 1-6A girls at a glance:

2017 District Champion: Eastwood.

2017 Individual District Champion: Eva Jess, Franklin.

2017 Regional qualifiers: Eastwood, Coronado, Americas.

Projected order of finish:

1, Franklin: The young Cougars just might be a year away from challenging for a bid to state.

2, Americas: The Trailblazers are very capable of upsetting Franklin.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds outpointed Socorro by 13 points at the Chamizal two weeks ago.

4, Socorro: The final spot for regionals will come down to the fifth runner.

5, Montwood: Don’t count out the Rams.

6, Pebble Hills: Only way is up for the Spartans.


District 2-5A Preview: Eastwood boys and girls team favorites; Hanks’ Abeyta, Eastlake’s Chavez hope to repeat

District Previews

Monday – District 1-4A, District 3-3A

Tuesday – District 2-5A

Wednesday – District 1-5A

Thursday – District 1-6A

Make Plans:

What: District Cross Country Championship.

When: 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Rolling schedule (girls first, then boys) – District 1-6A; District 1-4A; District 2-5A, District 1-5A.

Where: Chamizal National Memorial Park, 800 S San Marcial.

At Stake: Top three teams and the top 10 individuals make it to the Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

The Eastwood Troopers won a bronze medal at the Class 6A state meet last year. On Friday, the quest for a state 5A medal begins with a District 2-5A Championship.

The Eastwood Troopers are back in familiar territory.

The Troopers are back in District 2-5A and both girls and boy’s teams are heavy favorites to win yet another district title.

For the Eastwood boys, the quest for a UIL Class 5A state title begins on Friday. Last fall, the Troopers won the Region of Doom in Class 6A and then placed third at the state meet.

This team could be even better.

“They could end up as one of the best team’s we’ve ever had if things go well,” Eastwood coach Mike McLain said. “We’ve had some really great teams here. The two teams that are on top of that list are the 2017 team and our 2014 team which is a close second. I think this year’s team can be right next to those two teams.”

The 2017 team had a team average of 15:18.83 while the 2014 team’s average was 15:24.00.

Sophomore Sergio Leon Cuartas and junior Juan Olmos are both sub-15 runners and senior Kaye Quinones is just 3.3 seconds over the 15-minute mark. Sophomore Nathan Hernandez and senior Eddie Gallegos are not far behind.

Sophomore Aaron Perez and junior Elias Perez are as solid as they come 6-7 guys.

Eastwood’s 1-5 splits have been consistently close all season. At the Desert Twilight Meet in Casa Grande, it was 22 seconds and at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, they had the second fastest 1-5 split of 36 seconds.

Eastwood is going for its eighth consecutive district title.

“Our goal has always been to compete against the best,” McLain said. “It doesn’t matter what division that it’s in. Locally, the best in the past couple of years has been Tornillo and San Eli. We always try to compete against them because they are consistently factors at the state meet every year.

“Out of town, we have gone to great extremes to compete against the best schools in the country,” he said. “We are not a rich school and a lot of times the schools we face out of town are rich schools who fly in their teams to California while we do the 12-hour drive. We were the top out-of-town finisher at Woodbridge, even after that long drive. Same thing when we got to Desert Twilight. We drove seven hours, got off the bus, raced and drove seven hours back.”

District 2-5A is going to be tough.

Hanks juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera are the front runners for the Hanks Knights. The teammates could finish 1-2 at the District 2-5A meet.

Hanks, with its 1-2 punch of juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera, should lead the Knights back to the Regional 5A Meet.

“It’s all about the team,” said Abeyta, the two-time defending individual champion. “We’ve really improved this year. I just want my team to get to regionals and I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen.”

Abeyta acknowledges that the task will be tough to unseat Eastwood.

“Eastwood is a really talented team,” he said. “All those guys work hard so it’s no surprise that they are one of the top teams in the state. But running against them will help my team. If we can hang with a team of that caliber, it will really boast our confidence headed into regionals and hopefully state.”

Abeyta relishes the possibility of a first and second place for Hanks runners.

“It would be really great,” he said. “Rodger has been working really hard; he has actually been training with me here and there so we‘ve been helping each other get better. We stay on top of each other and encourage each other. He has really been a great teammate. By the end of this season, he is going to be up on that podium at state, I really believe that he’ll finish in the top 10.”

Both ran well two weeks ago against the nation’s best at the Nike Desert Twilight Festival with Abeyta finishing fourth in the 5K race in 14:50.10 and Rivera ninth in 15:15.70.

The battle for the third and final spot to regionals will come down to Eastlake, Bel Air and Horizon.

District 2-5A boys at a glance:

2017 District Champion: Eastlake.

2017 Individual District Champion: Michael Abeyta, Hanks.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: Eastlake, Hanks, Horizon.

Projected order of finish:

1, Eastwood: Looking for its eight consecutive district championship.

2, Hanks: With its 1-2 punch of Abeyta and Rivera, never count out the Knights.

3, Eastlake: Freshman Israel David could lead the young Falcons to another regional meet.

4, Bel Air: The Highlanders are very capable of snagging the last spot.

5, Horizon: But so are the Scorpions.

6, Del Valle: The Conquistadores are the dark horse.

7, El Dorado: The Aztecs could be a few years out.

8, Riverside: Will always compete.

9, Parkland: The Matador runners seem to have a lot of fun at meets.

10, Ysleta: Team works hard.

11, Valle Verde: Not enough is known about VV.

The Eastwood and Eastlake girls will battle for the District 2-5A team championship on Friday.

The Eastwood girls are going for their 11th district title in 13 years.

“We have girls on the team that a lot of people probably have never heard of except for my freshman Lauren Wall,” McLain said. “Other than Lauren, we don’t have any club runners. There’s nobody that anybody in town was dying to get. These girls have just worked their tails off.  I have never seen the dedication that I’ve seen from them. This is the hardest working team I’ve had.”

But it’s not going to come easy.

The Eastlake Falcons loom large with Aeriel Garcia and Amaris Chavez, last year’s district champion.

“I want to come in at 18:30 which is I know is possible,” Garcia said. “I’ve been training on that course for the past week and I feel like I’ve gotten a little bit better. My goal is to ultimately win the race only because it will help my team. I know if Amaris and I come in first and second, that will put us in a good spot and then the rest of the girls will fall in after that.”

Eastlake senior Aeriel Garcia comes into the District 2-5A meet with the city’s second best 3-mile time. She is the favorite to win the district crown.

The Falcons are one of the youngest teams. Other than Garcia, Chavez and junior Evelyn Alvarez, Eastlake will run four freshmen.

“We have some really good freshmen so we figured they would be on the varsity squad,” Garcia said. “They started really strong and as the season has gone on, they have gotten a lot better and even a lot stronger. Although they have been a little inconsistent, each one of them has proved that they have the ability to come in with good times to help us with a good team score.”

Eastwood is the odds-on favorite to win the team title with Eastlake a solid second leaving Hanks, Bel Air and Horizon battling for the final spot to Lubbock.

The Troopers are led by juniors Meadow Ortiz, Eileen McLain and freshman Walls, whose times rank among the top 10 in the city.

Eastlake’s 1-2 senior punch of Garica and Chavez should earn enough points for a team runner-up finish.

All five runners will also challenge for individual honors.

“We’re a pretty solid team, I have a lot of confidence in all of my girls that they’ll come in in pretty good times,” Garcia said. “It might a challenge for the freshman but I have  no doubt that all of them can finish in the top 20.”

Which leave us with Hanks, Bel Air and Horizon.

Horizon senior Kenia Enriquez and Destiny Beltran have been consistent all year while Hanks seniors Paulina Friare and Jaqueline Spencer hope to do enough to get them past Horizon.


The young Highlanders have the potential to advance as well if sophomores Rosemary Torres, Sara Armendariz and freshman Abagail Murillo come of age on Friday.

What could play a factor in Friday’s race is the looming remnants of Hurricane Sergio which may bring over an inch of rain to much of southern New Mexico and far west Texas Friday and Saturday morning.

“We need the rain,” McLain said. “Every time it sprinkles in El Paso we cancel the meet. When we travel to Dallas and Houston and state, if it’s not lightning, they don’t care how muddy the course is, they run. If it’s ugly and muddy out there, it would be good for us. We need to learn how to run in those conditions. The rest of the state doesn’t have the same climate as we do in El Paso and we have to travel to their part of the state to race after district so I hope it rains so it can give us some great experience.”

District 2-5A girls at a glance:

2017 District Champion: Horizon.

2017 Individual District Champion: Amaris Chavez, Eastlake.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: Horizon, Eastlake, Hanks.

Projected order of finish:

1, Eastwood: The Troopers should have enough to win another district title.

2, Eastlake: Falcons are racing four freshmen.

3, Hanks: Knights could be headed for second consecutive regional.

4, Bel Air: If Hanks falters, the Highlanders will be right there waiting to take the last spot.

5, Horizon:  Don’t count the Scorpions out.

6, Del Valle: Del Valle showed some life this season.

7, Parkland: Angeline Lujan hopes to qualify for regionals.

8, El Dorado: The Aztecs are a few years away.

9, Riverside: Rangers will put up a good fight.

10, Ysleta: The Indians will race hard.

11, Valle Verde: Always willing to compete.

County Preview: San Elizario looks for a District 1-4A sweep, Tornillo seeks fifth consecutive District 3-3A title

District Previews

Monday – District 1-4A, District 3-3A

Tuesday – District 2-5A

Wednesday – District 1-5A

Thursday – District 1-6A

Make Plans

What: District Cross Country Championship.

When: 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Rolling schedule (girls first, then boys) – District 1-6A; District 1-4A; District 2-5A, District 1-5A.

Where: Chamizal National Memorial Park, 800 S San Marcial.

 At Stake: Top three teams and top 10 individuals make it to the Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

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San Elizario and Tornillo are favorites to win their respective district titles. San Elizario races Friday at Chamizal National Memorial and Tornillo runs Saturday in Alpine.

It’s no secret how dominant the San Elizario and Tornillo boy’s teams have been at the district and regional level.

San Elizario has experienced a bit more success at state, winning the past four Class 4A titles.

Tornillo – which has made eight state appearances in nine years – has earned silver medals the past two years in Class 3A behind nemesis Luling.

But the first step is the district meets and neither team is taking them lightly.

San Elizario will compete in the District 1-4A Championship on Friday at Chamizal National Memorial Park while Tornillo will race for the District 3-3A title Saturday in Alpine. Both teams are seeking their fifth consecutive district championships.

The Eagles are looking for another perfect score of 15 just like the previous two years when its runners placed in the top five spots.

“As far as times go, we have the potential to do even better than last year,” said Edwin Gomez, the defending district, regional and state champion. “We’ve had a little bit of issues with higher times this year because we have some new runners but we’re going to work on that.”

San Elizario sophomore Edwin Gomez is out to defend his district title Friday morning at Chamizal National Memorial.

Gomez, a sophomore, looks to repeat as district champ and will be challenged by his own teammates – Seth Rodriquez, Martin Pargas, Dilan Sanchez, Irvin Vasquez, and Tony Diaz.

“I have to give my best now,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve had a really good race this season. The best part of the season is ahead of us and the competition is going to get better with every race. Now is the time we all have to do our best.”

The real challenge in this district is who will grab the final two spots to regionals.

The Wildcats seem likely to advance with juniors Gael Hernandez, Jacob Cruz and freshman Anthony Soto leading the way with Clint and Mt. View battling for the final spot.

In District 3-3A, the Coyotes from Tornillo are the class of a very strong district. Presido always presents somewhat of a challenge but like Tornillo, they are rebuilding.

The experience of Crane should propel them to second place with Presido taking the last spot to regionals.

“This was only our second race as a full squad,” Tornillo coach Jesse Garcia said after the Clint ISD Invitational on Friday. “We are trying to build confidence. We’ve never finished in the top five at this race so this should boost our confidence heading into the next race.”

Tornillo finished third behind the defending four-time Class 4A state champ San Eli and Coronado which ran its varsity team.

“I told them that this would serve as our pre-state race because San Eli beat Luling at the Gold Race at McNeil last week,” Garcia said. “I told them if they could compete with San Eli, they could compete with Luling.”

Luling, a town of 5,700 residents in the Austin metropolitan area along the San Marcos River, has won eight straight Class 3A state championships and has been in the way of Tornillo’s first state championship.

It has been Garcia’s goal to be the first team to beat Luling at state.

“Each runner has a job to do,” he said. “Our first two guys have to meet a certain time,” he said. “Our three/four guys have a certain time to break and so on. In order for us to beat Luling, these are the things we have to do.”

Garcia is trying to build the young team’s confidence and mixing in two new runners – sophomore Michael Maney and senior Raymundo Felix.

Ofir Ortega
Tornillo’s Ofir Ortega won the Class 3A individual title at the Lubbock Invitational in 6:22.5 followed by teammate Eduardo Carrillo in 16:31.3.

Five runners – seniors Eduardo Carrillo, Heriberto Amaya and Tommy Montelongo, junior Ofir Ortega and sophomore Bryan Garcia – have race experience.

“This is the first time I’ve had to do this,” he said of limiting his team to only two races.  “We’re not red and black (Tornilo’s school colors) this year, we’re green. A lot of these kids have never run a high school cross country race before so I had to build their confidence. I’m old-school, I usually like to throw them into the fire and see what happens but with this group and the dynamics of the team and us being so green, I had to hold them back for a little bit.”

Ortega has been the workhorse all season for Tornillo is looking for his first district championship.

District 1-4A boys at a glance:

2017 District Champion: San Elizario.

2017 Individual District Champion: Edwin Gomez, San Elizario.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: San Elizario, Fabens, Mt. View.

Projected order of finish:

1, San Elizario: Put it in ink, the Eagles will win its 5th straight district title.

2, Fabens: The Wildcats look to advance to another regional meet.

3, Clint: The once powerful Lions could struggle but should have enough.

4, Mt. View: Don’t be surprised if the Lobos sneak in.

San Elizario’s girls are going for a district three-peat on Friday morning.

The San Elizario girls are seeking their third straight district championship.

The major challenge will come from a young Clint team led by sophomore Vivian Zapata and junior Brisa Aguilar who could lead the Lions to a district championship.

Zapata will challenge for the individual gold as will a pair of San Eli runners – sophomore America Morales and junior Yajary Quiroz – and junior Nicole Estrada from Mountain View.

“We won the last two district championships, and now we’re looking for number three,” said Cesar Morales, San Elizario’s coach. “We would like to take a competitive team to regionals and to be able fight for a spot to qualify to the state championship.”

Clint sophomore Vivian Zapata will challenge for the individual gold at Friday’s District 1-4A Championship.

Girls in Class 1A through 4A only run two-mile courses at the district, regional and state meets which could put San Elizario at a disadvantage because they have been running 3.1 mile course all season.

“Running the longer races in town will help us at the district meet since we are competing against local schools but it’s a disadvantage at regionals because teams over there have been competing on 2-mile courses and they have their two-mile pace set. That was one of the reasons we traveled to McNeil, unfortunately the girl’s race was cancelled due to lightning.”

In District 3-3A, Presidio, Crane and Alpine are much too strong for the young Tornillo team. Tornillo has shown some improvement over the past two year but not enough to earn themselves a spot to regionals.

District 1-4A girls at a glance:

2017 District Champion: San Elizario.

2017 Individual District Champion: Jocelyn Castro, Fabens.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: San Elizario, Clint, Mt. View.

Projected order of finish:

1, San Elizario: Odds are good that the Eagles will win its third straight district title.

2, Clint: The Lions were close last year.

3, Mt. View: A return to regionals is possible.

4, Fabens: Don’t count the Wildcats out.


San Eli’s Gomez, Coronado’s Jaeger-Darakjy win at Horzion, each lead teams to meet titles

More than 170 boys started the Clint ISD Cross County Meet at Horizon Golf Course. This was the last race of the regular season. The District races will start at 9 a.m. Friday at Chamizal National Memorial.

San Elizario sophomore Edwin Gomez is a fierce competitor who is always up for a challenge.

So, when he looked at the performer’s list for the Clint ISD Cross Country Meet, two names immediately jumped out at him – Brandon Seagreaves from Cathedral and Coronado’s Liam Walsh.

Seagreaves and Walsh are the only two El Paso runners who have beaten him this season.

“Both of the runners who ran with me had beaten me before so I wanted to win this one,” Gomez said after winning his fifth race of the year. “It was a tough race, for some reason I couldn’t breathe very well, I don’t know why.”

The pre-district race at Horizon Golf Course was close for about a mile and half before Gomez took charge as he avenged earlier season defeats finishing the 3.2-mile race in 16:33.77. Walsh was second in 16:40.95 followed by Seagreaves (16:48.92), Nick Gonzalez from Coronado (16:52.17) and Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes (17:16.70).

Gomez also helped San Elizario to its third straight Clint ISD Meet championship and the team’s sixth win of the season heading into next Friday’s District 1-4A Championship at the Chamizal National Memorial.

San Elizario ended up with 64 points, Coronado second with 79, Tornillo third with 111, Americas JV in fourth (121) and Cathedral in fifth with 150 points.

On the girl’s side, Coronado senior Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy easily won the event in almost two full two minutes over the field.

“The race went well,” she said. “I know the course very well, I think I’ve run it six times before. It was a really good, fun Friday run for me, I had a lot of fun with it.”

Jannelle Horizon
Coronado’s Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy easily won the event in almost two full two minutes over the field.

Jaeger-Darakjy’s winning time was 19:41.68 followed by Alamogordo’s Gabriella Sandoval (21:30.42), Kenia Enriquez from Horizon (21:42.27) and a pair of Coronado runners, Sophia Flores (22:03.76) and Lilian Breceda (22:12.55).

Coronado’s team also won the meet with 45 points, Alamogordo was second (49), Del Valle third (103), San Elizario fourth (171) and Loretto fifth (184).

While most of the top ranked teams and runners took the race day off, Coronado, San Elizario and Tornillo ran theirs.

“Taking a week off before district would have hurt me,” Jaeger-Darakjy. “I need to race every weekend, I think it’s a mental thing for me. I’ll take the days leading up to district a little easier and be ready for Friday.”

Clint ISD Invitational at Horizon Golf Course


1, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 16:33.77; 2, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 16:40.95; 3, Brandon Seagreaves, Cathedral, 16:48.92; 4, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 16:52.17; 5, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 17:16.70; 6, Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 17:17.14; 7, Alan Alba, Coronado, 17:23.84; 8, Celso Garcia, Alamogordo, 17:40.70; 9, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 17:41.42; 10, Irvin Vasquez, San Elizario, 17:50.05

Team results: 1, San Elizario, 64; 2, Coronado, 79; 3, Tornillo, 111; 4, Americas JV, 121; 5, Cathedral, 150.


1, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 19:41.68; 2, Gabriella Sandoval, Alamogordo, 21:30.42; 3, Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 21:42.27; 4, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 22:03.76; 5, Lilian Breceda, Coronado, 22:12.55; 6, Sheyenne Drake, Alamogordo, 22:20.23; 7, Britney Martinez, Loretto, 22:21.40; 8, Vivian Zapata, Clint, 22:28.27; 9, Jalyn Guardado, Coronado, 22:30.18; 10, Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 22:35.25.

Team results: 1, Coronado, 45; 2, Alamogordo, 49; 3, Del Valle, 103; 4, San Elizario, 171; 5, Loretto, 184; 6, Franklin, 207; 7, Canutillo, 216; 8, Horizon, 218; 9, Tornillo, 227; 10, El Paso, 237; 11, Clint, 270; 12, Parkland, 309; 13, Irvin, 340; 14, Ysleta, 355

Centennial Cross Country Challenge in Las Cruces


1, Jeremy Stevens, Centennial, 17:13.25; 2, Nickolas Yacone, Mayfield, 17:41.27; 3,  Adrian Villarreal, Onate, 17:56.01. Top El Pasoan: 7, Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 18:23.67.


1, Jessica Rios, Centennial, 20:36.41; 2, Page Payne, Onate, 21:13.23; 3, Savanaah Mihecoby,  Centennial, 21:17.34; 4, Morayma Montes, Austin,      21:34.42; 5, Brenda Prieto, Mayfield, 21:37.68; 6, Megan Hurst, Onate, 21:56.45; 7, Raegan Gorzeman, Mayfield, 22:40.92; 8, Saxon Alvarez, Jefferson,  22:58.40; 9, Olivia Drake, Centennial, 23:01.95; 10, Alyssa Epperson, Onate, 23:19.29.

Team results:  1, Centennial, 28; 2, Onate, 33; 3, Jefferson, 71.

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 8

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top 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 5K/3 mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

Eastwood won it’s second Desert Twilight Sweepstakes race in three years, edging out Colorado Niwot by a point. Eastwood’s 1-5 split was 22 seconds apart.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers followed up their 5thplace finish at the Woodbridge Classic two weeks ago with a Sole Sports Sweepstakes championship at the Desert Twilight Meet in Mesa Grande, Ariz. Eastwood beat Niwot (Colo.) by one point to claim the title. The Troopers 1-5 split was 22 seconds, placing scoring runners in 16-17-20-22 and 37. Sophomore Sergio Leon Cuartes and Elias Perez led Eastwood’s pack finishing 18thoverall in 15:36.90 and 19th in 15:37.20. Eastwood will rest this week in preparation of the District 2-5A Championship on Oct. 12.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers tied for third and placed four runners in the top 55 in the 680-runner, 81-team McNeil Invitational. Junior Jacob Ye led Americas finishing 30thin 15:39.67 followed by seniors Alek Duran (47th, 15:48.30), Tyler Rodriguez (53rd, 15:51.29) and freshman Jared Laverty (55th, 15:51.29). Americas will take a break before returning for the District 1-6A Meet on Oct. 12.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles finished in 36th place at the 81-team McNeil Invitational. Sophomore Edwin Gomez was 11thout of 680 runners in a time of 15:14.85. The Eagles will run their varsity at the Clint ISD 5K Cross Country Meet at the Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

 4. Hanks: The Knights placed 17thout of 30 teams in the Sole Sports Sweepstakes championship at the Desert Twilight Meet in Mesa Grande, Ariz. The Hanks’s 1-2 punch of Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished fourth and ninth in times of 14:51 for Abeyta and 15:16 for Rivera.  

 5. Franklin: The Cougars finished 22ndat the Desert Twilight Meet.  Four runners ended the race with personal best marks including Jacobo Wedemeyer’s 15:46 which was good for 30thplace. They will rest this week as they prepare for the district run on Oct. 12.

6. Burges: The vastly improving Mustangs are peaking at the right time and move up two spots. Burges won the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at the Chamizal National Park edging Coronado by five points, scoring 99 points.  Senior Sam Zambrano was 8thin 17:20.21. The varsity is resting this week in preparation of the District 1-5A Championship on Oct. 12.

7. Coronado: The T-Birds finished second at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday despite placing three runners in the top four spots. Junior Nick Gonzalez won the event in 16:19.87 just ahead of teammate Liam Walsh (16:25.97). Junior Alan Alba was fourth in 16:58.07. They will compete at the Clint ISD 5K Cross Country Meet at the Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

8. Eastlake: The Falcons move up a spot after picking up a third-place finish at Chamizal National Park. Freshman Israel David was third in 16:48.83 and senior Carlos Armendariz was fifth in 16:59.01.

9. Socorro: The Bulldogs placed fourth at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday.  Christian Parra was seventh overall in 17:13.58.

10. Tornillo: The Coyotes travelled to Round Rock for the McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park, the UIL State course, but did not run because of lightning. They will run the Clint ISD 5K Cross Country Meet at the Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: 
El Paso High, Cathedral.

Chapin Boys Canan
Horizon Golf Course will host the Clint ISD Cross Country Meet Friday at 4:30 p.m. Most teams will rest their varsity runners in preparation of the district championships Oct. 12 at the Chamizal.

Top 25 Times (5K/3 mile)

 1, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 14:32.48 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

2, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 14:37.0 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

3, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14:52.5 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15)

4, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 14:55.2 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

5, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 14:59:46 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

6, Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 15:03.3 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

7, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:13.4 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

8, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:14.85 (NcNeil Invitational, 9/29).

9, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:18.09 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

10, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 15:19.73 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

11, Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 15:22.9 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

12, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:24:52 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

13, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:31.8 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

14, Jacob Ye, Americas, 15:39.67 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

15, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 15:41:9 (Mae Simmons Park, 9/22).

16, Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 15:45.10 (Desert Twilight, 9/29).

17, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:47.21 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

18, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 15:47:50 (Desert Twilight, 9/28).

19, Alek Duran, Americas, 15:48:30 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

20, Alan Alba, Coronado, 15:48.83 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

21, Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 15:51.12 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

22, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:51.29 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

23, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:56.30 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

24, D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 15:57.92 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

25, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 16:03.58 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

Runners have not seen the last of the hills at Chamizal National Memorial. The district races will take place there starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 79 (4).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 54 (2).

3, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 50 (1).

4, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 37 (1).

4, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 37 (1).

6, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 35 (2).

6, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 35 (1).

8, Israel David, Eastlake, 33.

8, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 33 (1).

10, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 29 (1).


Jacob Ye, Americas, 28.

Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 26.

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 25.

Mario Luna, Socorro, 23.

Alek Duran, Americas, 19.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 18.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 17.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 17.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 17.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 16.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 15.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 14.

Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 14.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 14.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 13.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 11.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 9.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 7.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 7.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 7.

Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 6.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Matthew Lindsey, Montwood, 3.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 3.

Irvin Vasquez, San Elizario, 2.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 2.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 1.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 1.

Abraham Navarez, Parkland, 1.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 1.

Jorge Navor, Eastwood, 1.

Adrian Morales, Irvin, 1.

High School Girls XC Poll: Week 8

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top 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 151 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 5K/3-mile boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

For questions, videos and photos email vrmart66@gmail.com.

The regular season comes to end Friday at the Clint ISD Legends Classic at Horizon Golf Course. The girls begin at 4:30 p.m.

Top 10

1. Franklin:  The Cougars finished 19thin the Sole Sports Sweepstakes championship at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa Grande, Ariz. Sophomore Eva Jess was ninth overall in 17:31.80. The Cougars will rest and return to the course on Oct. 12 for the District 1-6A Championship.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers placed 24thin the Sweepstakes race at the Desert Twilight Invitational. Its top runner was freshman Lauren Wells who was 71st in 19:13.20. Eastwood will rest for the District 2-5A race on Oct. 12.

3. Americas: The Trailblazers were 36that the McNeil Invitational in Round Rock. Its top runner was Daphne Duran who was 52nd in 18:48.63. Americas will not race this week.

4. Eastlake: Eastlake won the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday with 60 points.  Senior Aeriel Garcia was second in 19:51.49. They too will rest their varsity this weekend.

5. Jefferson: So the Foxes run a full team and this is what happens – a second place finish at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational and a Top 10 debut. Jefferson placed three runners in the top 10 and finished with 71 points. Crystal Peterson was third in 19:59.96 followed by Monique Correra (seventh, 20:50.36) and Melody Tsutsumi (ninth, 21:15.59; 10).

6. Coronado: The T-Birds were third with 96 points at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park. Senior Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy won the event in 18:51.49. Coronado will compete at the Clint ISD Cross Country Meet on Friday.

7. Socorro: The Bulldogs move down one spot after its fourth place finish at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational. Socorro junior Jazmin Chacon was sixth in 20:50.36.

8. Bel Air: The Highlanders placed 22ndin the Championship Division of the Desert Twilight Invitational in Mesa Grande, Ariz. Sophomore Rosemary Torres was the top Bel Air runner finishing 86th in 21:38.80.

9. Montwood: The Rams placed fifth at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational with 136 points. Its top runner was sophomore Karyme Garcia (14th, 21:49.58).

10. San Elizario: The Eagles did to get to run at the McNeil Invitational because of lightning. They will run at the Clint ISD Meet at Horizon Golf Course and Recreation Center on Friday.

Dropped out: Horizon.

On the brink: Hanks, Del Valle.

Seniors Aeriel Garcia from Eastake and Coronado’s Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, have the second and third fastest times in the city this year.

Top 25 Times (5K/3Mile)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 17:30.05 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

2, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 17:49.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

3, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 18:31.85 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

4, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 18:36.0 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

5, Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 18:38.59 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

6, Eileen Mclain, Eastwood, 18:38.6 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

7, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 18:48.55 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

8, Daphne Duran, Americas, 18:48.63 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

9, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 19:02.5 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/25).

10, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 19:06.79 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

11, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 19:08.71 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

12, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 19:09.26 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

13, Lauren Villareal, Eastwood, 19:15.3 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/25).

14, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 19:18.55 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

15, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 19:20.82 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

16, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:28.27 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

17, Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 19:28.74 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

18, Jenna Saunders, Franklin 19:31.02 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

19, Karen Garcia, Jefferson 19:31.80 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

20, Morayma Montes, Austin, 19:33.63 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

21, Emily Hernandez, Eastlake, 19:34.68 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

22, Lorien Clark, Franklin 19:38.52 11 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

23, Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 19:39.6 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

24, Angelina Lujan, Parkland, 19:43.96 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

25, Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 19:46.9 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

The second season begins Oct. 12 with the district championships at the Chamizal National Memorial Park.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 72 (6).

2, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 54 (1).

2, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 54 (2).

4, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 44.

5, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 42.

6, Daphne Duran, Americas, 35.

7, Angeline Lujan, Parkland, 29 (2).

8, Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 25.

9, Marisol Hernandez, El Paso, 22.

10, Morayma Montes, Austin, 21.

10, Lauren Anderson, Americas, 21.

10, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 21.


Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 18 (1).

Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 18.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 17.

America Morales, San Elizario, 16.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 16.

Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 15.

Natalie Jimenez, Burges, 15.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 14.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 10.

Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 10.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 10.

Mariana Guzman, Americas, 9.

Diane Mena, Montwood, 9.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 9.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 8.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 8.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 7.

Marcela Perches, Loretto, 6.

Jocelyn Castro, Fabens, 6.

Emilia Fontes, Socorro, 5.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 5.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 5.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 5.

Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 5.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 5.

Rosalinda Reza, Mt. View, 4.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 4.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 4.

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 4.

Demi Garcia, Socorro, 3.

Lorien Clark, Franklin, 3.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 3.

Melody Tsutsumi, Jefferson, 3.

Valerie Gonzalez, Pebble Hills, 2.

Natalia Perez, San Elizario, 2.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 2.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 2.

Karen Garcia, Jefferson, 1.

Lynette Rocha, Clint, 1.

Amaya Foran, Andress, 1.

Destiney Martinez, Eastwood, 1.

Natalia Espinosa, Montwood, 1.

Paulina Friare, Hanks, 1.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 1.

Caryn Hart, Andress, 1.