High School Boy’s XC Poll: Week 8

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 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:

Dale Reinhardt Invitational (2-mile): 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at Eastlake High School. Socorro. Eastwood, Hanks, Riverside, Valle Verde, Bel Air, YWLA, Parkland, Ysleta, Eastlake, El Dorado, Pebble Hills, Socorro, Fabens, Tornillo, Loretto, Cathedral, San Elizario, Del Valle, Mt. View, Horizon, Clint.

West El Paso Invitational:  8 a.m. Oct. 12 at Haskins Recreation Center. Franklin, Coronado, Canutillo, Austin, El Paso, Cathedral, LPI, Harmony.

 Las Cruces Centennial Hawks XC Challenge:  9 a.m. Oct. 12 at Centennial High School.  Jefferson, Irvin, Burges, Loretto, Andress, Valle Verde, San Elizario, Del Valle.

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Most El Paso schools are resting their runners in preparation of next Saturday’s district championships at Chamizal National Memorial.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood: The Troopers did not race on Saturday. They will rest on Saturday in preparation of the District 1-5A Championship Oct. 19.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers finished third in the Elite Division of the Nike South Invitational in The Woodlands with 106 points. The team average was 16:26.1. Hector Sanchez (11th, 17:07.8) and Jacob Ye (12th, 16:09.3) finished within two seconds of each other to lead the team. The Trailblazers will rest this weekend.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars won the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial with 85 points. Seniors Fernie Morales (fourth, 16:12.48) and Daniel Kennedy (eighth, 16:50.21) finished in the top 10. Franklin will rest on Saturday.

4, Coronado: The T-Birds – who were without Alan Alba – finished second at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational scoring 109 points. Senior Nick Gonzalez was third in 16:09.93 and junior Corey DuBrule was ninth in 16:52.73. Coronado will compete in the West El Paso Invitational at Haskins Recreation Center.

5, San Elizario: The Eagles finished fourth at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational with 123 points. Junior Edwin Gomez was fifth in 16:24.76. The Eagles will rest this weekend.

6, Hanks: The Knights finished sixth at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational. Senior Michael Abeyta won the event in 15:30.93. Freshman Gael Alvarado was 10th in 17:04.68. Hanks is taking Saturday off.

7, Burges: The Mustangs jump back into the top 10 after its seventh-place finish at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational with 215 points.  It’s top five average was 18:01.23. Its top runner was junior David Gonzalez who finished 11th in 17:05.33. Burges will rest this week.

 8, Eastlake: The Falcons move up one after its placing eighth-place at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational Sophomore Israel David again led Eastlake, finishing sixth in 16:44.26. The top five average was 18:06.17. Eastlake will rest this Saturday.

9, Montwood: The Rams finished ninth at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational with a team average of 18:13.22. Junior Trent Nelson who was 13th in 17:12.32. The team will not race this weekend.

10, Tornillo: Tornillo rested and will do so again this week.

Dropped out: Chapin.
On the verge: Socorro.

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The Eastlake boys move up one spot in this week’s El Paso Running Top 10.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Elias Perez, Eastwood 14:25.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14:51.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

3, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 14:51.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

4, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:08.93 (Desert Twilight, 9/27).

5, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:19.21 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

6, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 15:20.73 (Desert Twilight, 9/27).

7, Jacob Ye, Americas, 15:22.23 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

8, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:22.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

9, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 15:23.42 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

10, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:27.4 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

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

12, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 15:29.51 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

13, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 15:35.20 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

14, Alan Alba, Coronado 15:35.77 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

15, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:36.45 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

16, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 15:36.89 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

17, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:38.00 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

18, Isreal David, Eastlake, 15:43.10 (Mae Simmons Park, 9/28).

19, Gage Garcia, Americas, 15:44.35 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

20, Seth Andrade, Americas, 15:48.70 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

21, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:50.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

22, Melo Corral, Americas, 15:53.93 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

23, Christian Parra, Socorro, 15:55.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

24, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 15:55.60 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

25, Stephen Pitchkolan Coronado, 15:56.74 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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Socorro’s Christian Parra has been the Bulldogs most consistent runner this season. He owns one of El Paso’s top 25 times heading into next week’s District 1-6A championship.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 61 (2).

2, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 58 (5).

3, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 53 (2).

4, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 46 (1).

5, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 43.

6, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 42 (3).

7, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 38 (1).

7, Isreal David, Eastlake, 38.

9, Alan Alba, Coronado, 36.

10, Jacob Ye, Americas, 32.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 29.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 28.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 25.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 24 (1).

Andrews Valdiviezo, Riverside, 24.

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 23.

Melo Corral, Americas, 20.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 17.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 15.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 15.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 14.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 12.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 11.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 10 (1).

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 9.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 9.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 6

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 6.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 6.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 5.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 5.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 5.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 4.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 4.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 3.

Reginald Robinson, Jefferson, 3.

Isaac Becerill, Canutillo, 3.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 2.

Michael Mier, Americas, 2.

Corey DuBrule, Coronado, 2.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 1.

Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 1.

Jacob Ontiveros, El Paso High, 1.

High School Boy’s Poll: Week 7

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 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:

Burges/ Jefferson Invitational:  8:30 a.m. Oct. 5 at Chamizal National Memorial.  Jefferson, Chapin, Fabens, Irvin, El Paso, Tornillo, Bowie, LPI, Loretto, Andress, Cathedral, San Elizario, Ysleta, Riverside, Hanks, Eastwood, Parkland, Bel Air, Del Valle, Valle Verde, Americas, Socorro, Eastlake, Burges, Franklin, Coronado, Canutillo, Austin.

Nike South Invitational: 8 a.m. Oct. 5 in The Woodlands. Americas and Pebble Hills.

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Franklin has had a strong fall. The Cougars finished second in the 6A Division of the Lubbock Invitational with 32 points. Daniel Kennedy (in the middle) was second overall in 16:10.5.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood:  Eastwood placed seventh out of 28 teams in the Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight Invitational at Casa Verde, Ariz. Elias Perez was seventh (15:08.69) and Juan Olmos was 15th (15:19.04) out of 220 runners. Eastwood will not race on Saturday.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers Hector Sanchez won the 6A Division of the Lubbock Invitational in 15:41.3 to lead Americas to another team title. All five of Americas scoring runners finished in the top 10 including Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:19.5), Aaron Saenz (seventh, 16:20.9), Jacob Ye (ninth, 16:23.4) and Seth Andrade at tenth in 16:27.5. Americas will compete in the Elite Division of the Nike South Invitational in The Woodlands.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars finished second in the 6A Division of the Lubbock Invitational with 32 points. Franklin’s Daniel Kennedy was second in 16:10.5. Franklin will race in the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

4, Coronado: The T-Birds finished third at the Las Cruces Onate Rob Winter Invitational with 92 points. Senior Nick Gonzalez continues his undefeated season winning in 15:27.65. Teammate Alan Alba was sixth in 16:10.35. The T-Birds will race at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

5, San Elizario: The Eagles finshed 16th at the 28-team, 220-runner Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight Invitational at Casa Verde, Ariz. Edwin Gomez was 8th overall in a season-best 15:08.93. The Eagles will race in the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday.

6, Hanks: The Knights finished 23rd out of 28 teams in the Sweepstakes Division of the Desert Twilight Invitational at Casa Verde, Ariz. It’s top runner was Michael Abeyta who finished 19th in 15:20.73, a season best for him. The team will compete at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial.

7, Chapin: The Huskies finished seventh at the Las Cruces Onate Invitational. Senior Angel Contreras was seventh in 16:12.30. The team average was 17:32.64. Senior Joaquin Ortega was 13th in 16:58.22. The team will race at the at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial.

8, Montwood: The Rams finished sixth in the 6A Division of the Lubbock Invitational with 180 points. Its top finisher was junior Trent Nelson who was 28th in 17:36.7. The team’s average team was 17:53.0.  The Rams will race at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial.

9, Eastlake: The Falcons move up one after its placing second in the 5A Division of the Lubbock Invitational. Sophomore Israel David ran a season best 15:43.1 to lead the team to 135 points. The team’s average time was 17:27.0. Eastlake will race at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial.

10, Tornillo: Tornillo dropped one after its third-place finish in the Class 3A Division of the Lubbock Invitational. Senior Ofir Ortega won the race in 16:04.5. Freshman Angel Torres was 15th in 18:03.0 and junior Michael Maney was 16th in 18:05.4. The team’s average time was 18:00.1. They will not run this weekend.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: Socorro, Burges.

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Eastlake sophomore Israel David ran a season best 15:43.1 – the city’s 18th fastest time this year – in the Class 5A Division of the Lubbock Invitational.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Elias Perez, Eastwood 14:25.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14:51.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

3, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 14:51.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

4, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:08.93 (Desert Twilight, 9/27).

5, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:19.21 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

6, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 15:20.73 (Desert Twilight, 9/27).

7, Jacob Ye, Americas, 15:22.23 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

8, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:22.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

9, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 15:23.42 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

10, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:27.4 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

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

12, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 15:29.51 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

13, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 15:35.20 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

14, Alan Alba, Coronado 15:35.77 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

15, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:36.45 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

16, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 15:36.89 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

17, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:38.00 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

18, Isreal David, Eastlake, 15:43.10 (Mae Simmons Park, 9/28).

19, Gage Garcia, Americas, 15:44.35 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

20, Seth Andrade, Americas, 15:48.70 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

21, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:50.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

22, Melo Corral, Americas, 15:53.93 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

23, Christian Parra, Socorro, 15:55.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

24, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 15:55.60 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

25, Stephen Pitchkolan Coronado, 15:56.74 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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Tornillo senior Ofir Ortega won the Class 3A Division of the Lubbock Invitational in 16:04.5.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 55 (2).

2, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 53 (2).

3, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 50 (5).

4, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 43.

5, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 36 (1).

5, Alan Alba, Coronado, 36.

7, Isreal David, Eastlake, 33.

8, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 32 (2).

9, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 31 (1).

10, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 26.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 25.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 24.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 24 (1).

Andrews Valdiviezo, Riverside, 24.

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 23.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 23.

Melo Corral, Americas, 20.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 17.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 15.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 14.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 14.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 12.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 11.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 10 (1).

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 9.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 9.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 6

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 6.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 6.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 5.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 5.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 5.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 4.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 4.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 3.

Reginald Robinson, Jefferson, 3.

Isaac Becerill, Canutillo, 3.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 2.

Michael Mier, Americas, 2.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 1.

Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 1.

Jacob Ontiveros, El Paso High, 1.

 

High School Boy’s Poll: Week 6

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 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:

Desert Twilight: 9 p.m. Sept. 27 in Casa Verde, Ariz.  Eastwood, Hanks, Riverside, Bel Air, Bowie, Cathedral, Del Valle, San Elizario.

 Lubbock Invitational: 8:45 a.m. Sept. 28, Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock. Socorro, Valle Verde, Parkland, Franklin, Austin, Jefferson, El Paso, Ft. Hancock, Burges, Americas, Eastlake, El Dorado, Pebble Hills, Montwood.

 Las Cruces Onate Invitational: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Onate High School. Coronado, Canutillo, Chapin, Loretto, Andress.

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All the teams are out of town this weekend. El Paso runners will be in three states – Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood:  Eastwood placed sixth out of 32 teams in the Sweepstakes Division of the 39th Woodbridge (Calif.) Cross Country Classic presented by ASICS.  Elias Perez finished ninth out of 241 runners in 14:25.9. Two other runners – Sergio Leon-Cuartes (48th, 14:51.4) and Juan Olmos (49th, 14:51.9) – had top 50 finishes. The Troopers will race the Desert Twilight in Casa Verde, Ariz. Friday.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 10 to easily win the Parkland/Riverside Invitational at the Northeast Regional Park. Jacob Ye led the way with a second-place finish in 15:22.23. Americas runners finished 7-10 – Aaron Saenz seventh in 15:36.45, Hector Sanchez, eighth in 15:36.89, Jared Laverty, ninth in 15:38.00 and Gage Garcia, tenth in 15:44.35. Americas will compete in the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars move back up to the third after its 53-point performance at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park. Franklin and Coronado actually tied but Franklin’s fifth runner – Rai Lopez, finished in 16:41.82, ahead of Coronado’s fifth runner. Franklin had two runners – Fernie Morales (third, 15:23.42) and Daniel Kennedy (fifth, 15:35.20) – in the top 10. Franklin will race in the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

4, Coronado: The T-Birds drop one after finishing third at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park. Nick Gonzalez won his fourth individual championship of the season, racing to a 15:19.21 while Alan Alba was sixth in 15:35.77. The T-Birds will race at the Las Cruces Onate Invitational on Saturday.

5, San Elizario: The Eagles seem to be hitting their mid-season stride, winning the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School. San Elizario scored 46 points with four runners in the top 10. Leading the way was Edwin Gomez who won the event in 16:11.24. Rene Arambula was fourth (16:24.05), Dilan Sanchez was fifth (16:24.67) and Irvin Vazquez was ninth in 16:26.20. The Eagles will race the Desert Twilight in Casa Verde, Ariz. Friday.

6, Hanks: Again, the Knights did not run its top two runners and finished with 108 points (tied for second) at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School. Four the second straight week, sophomore Gael Alvarado paced the Knights with a sixth-place finish in 16:25.29. Senior Omar Munoz was 11th in 17:16.87. The team will compete at the Desert Twilight in Casa Verde, Ariz. Friday.

7, Chapin: The Huskies continue to improve, placing fourth at the Parkland/Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park. Senior Angel Contreras was fourth in 15:29.51. The team will race at the Las Cruces Onate Invitational on Saturday.

8, Montwood: The Rams finished fifth at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School with 128 points. Trenton Nelson continues to lead Montwood (12th in 17:18.80). The Rams are scheduled to compete in the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

9, Tornillo: Tornillo is struggling just a bit on the back end of the team. Senior Ofir Ortega continues to be the only consistent runner, finishing third at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational in 16:50.61. Its closest runner finished in 22nd place. The Coyotes will compete in the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

10, Eastlake: The Falcons did not race last weekend. The team will race in the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: Socorro, Burges.

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Chapin senior Angel Contreras ran a season best 15:29.51 at last Saturday’s Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

 1, Elias Perez, Eastwood 14:25.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

2, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14:51.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

3, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 14:51.90 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

4, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:19.21 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

5, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:22.40 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

6, Jacob Ye, Americas, 15:22.23 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

7, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 15:23.42 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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

9, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:27.4 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

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

11, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 15:29.51 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

12, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 15:35.20 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

13, Alan Alba, Coronado 15:35.77 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

14, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 15:36.45 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

15, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 15:36.89 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

16, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:38.00 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

17, Gage Garcia, Americas, 15:44.35 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

18, Seth Andrade, Americas, 15:48.70 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

19, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:50.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

20, Melo Corral, Americas, 15:53.93 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

21, Christian Parra, Socorro, 15:55.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

22, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 15:55.60 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

23,  Stephen Pitchkolan Coronado, 15:56.74 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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

25, Jose Nila, Austin, 16:06.27 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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Franklin’s Daniel Kennedy out-kicked Coronado senior Alan Alba for a fifth-place finish at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional. Kennedy’s time was 15:35.20 and Alba’s was 15:35.77.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 43 (1).

2, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 42 (2).

3, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 40 (4).

4, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 31 (1).

4, Alan Alba, Coronado, 31.

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

7, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 29.

8, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 26.

9, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 25.

10, Isreal David, Eastlake, 24.

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 23.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 21.

Melo Corral, Americas, 20.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 20.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 18 (1).

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 17.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 15.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 14.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 14.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 13.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 11.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 10 (1).

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 9.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 9.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 6

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 6.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 6.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 5.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 5.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 5.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 5.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 4.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 4.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Isaac Becerill, Canutillo, 3.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Michael Mier, Americas, 2.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 1.

Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 1.

Jacob Ontiveros, El Paso High, 1.

High School Boy’s XC Poll: Week 5

Every Thursday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top boy’s cross country runners.

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 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:

Parkland /Riverside Invitational:  8 a.m. Sept. 21 at Northeast Regional Park. Riverside, Parkland, VVEC, Bel Air, Coronado, Franklin, Austin, Chapin, Irvin, Eastlake, El Dorado, Americas, Loretto, Andress, Loretto, Harmony, Canutillo, LPI.

 Tornillo/San Eli Invitational: 8 a.m. Sept. 21 at Tornillo High School. Tornillo, San Eli, Jefferson, Fabens, EPHS, Bowie, Montwood,  Ft Hancock, Cathedral, Mountain View, Clint, Horizon, Eastwood, Hanks, Ysleta, YWLA, Del Valle, LPI, Socorro.

 Woodbridge: 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in Woodbridge, Calif, Eastwood.

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We are halfway through the 2019 cross country season! Teams are preparing for districts (Oct. 19), regionals (Oct. 28) and ultimately the UIL State Championship on Nov. 9. On Saturday, the two in-town invitationals are the Parkland/Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park and the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

Top 10

 1, Eastwood:  Eastwood will travel to the 39th Woodbridge (Calif.) Cross Country Classic presented by ASICS America on Saturday. The team will race in the Doug Speck Sweepstakes at 8:55 p.m. Texas schools Coppell and Southlake Carroll and Cedar Park are also entered.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers continue its early season success with another team championship. Americas runners finished 5-6-7—8 and 9 to win the Franklin Invitational with 35 points. The team’s 1-5 split was an impressive 15 seconds. The team was led by Carmelo Corral (fifth, 17:27.29), Jacob Ye (sixth, 17:27.78), Gage Garcia (seventh, 17:32.30), Aaron Saenz (eighth, 17:40.33) and Michael Mier (ninth, 17:43.07). The team will race at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds move up two spots after another second-place finish at the Franklin Invitational. Coronado – which scored 55 points – placed its top five runners in 1-2-13-16 and 23. Senior Nick Gonzalez won his third straight race in 16:44.87. Senior Alan Alba was second in 16:49.55. Coronado will run the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

4, Franklin:  The Cougars drop a spot after finishing third at the Franklin Invitational with 67 points. It’s top five finished 10-11-12-15 and 19 with a 43 second top 5 split. Fernie Morales was the lone top 10 runner (17:53.74). Franklin will compete at the Parkland /Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

5, San Elizario: The Eagles won the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park by five points over Eastwood’s JV. Junior Edwin Gomez won the event in 16:10.36 followed by senior Rene Arambula (sixth, 16:53.90) and junior Dilan Sanchez (seventh, 16:56.24). San Elizario will race at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

6, Hanks: The Knights did not run its top two runners and finished fifth at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Sophomore Gael Alvarado was the low man for Hanks, finishing the race in his season best 16:46.65, good for third place. The team will compete at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

7, Chapin: The Huskies placed fourth at the Franklin Invitational with 131 points. Senior Angel Contreras was fourth in 17:08.00. The team will race at the Parkland/Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

8, Montwood: The Rams move up two spots after finishing third at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. The team finished with 108 points. Junior Trenton Nelson was 11th in 17:01.60 and Ruben Gonzalez was 12th in 17:09.88. Montwood is scheduled to compete at the Tornillo/San Eli Invitational at Tornillo High School.

9, Tornillo: Tornillo placed 19th at the Texas MileSplit Invitational hosted by Denton Guyer. Senior Ofir Ortega ran a personal season best 15:50 and finished 21st.  The Coyotes will race at its Invitational on Saturday.

10, Eastlake: The Falcons finished fifth at the Franklin Invitational with 135 points. Israel David was third overall in 16:50.41. The team is scheduled to race at the Parkland/Riverside Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.
On the verge: Socorro, Burges.

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Pebble Hills freshman Omer Ibrahim ran his first varsity race at last week’s Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park and finished second in 16:39.35, good for 19th fastest in the city.

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, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:50.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

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

6, Christian Parra, Socorro, 15:55.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

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

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

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

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

11, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 16:10.36 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19, Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 16:39.35 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

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

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

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

23, Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 16:46.00 (Guyer Invitational, 9/14).

24, Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 16:46.65 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

25, Alan Alba, Coronado 16:49.55 (Franklin Invitational, 9/14).

Gael Alvarado
Hanks sophomore Gael Alvarado turned in his season-best 16:46.65 and finished third at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational. His time is the 24th fastest in El Paso this season.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

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

2, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 32 (1).

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

3, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 30 (3).

5, Alan Alba, Coronado, 26.

6, Isreal David, Eastlake, 24.

7, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 23.

7, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 23 (1).

9, Melo Corral, Americas, 20.

10, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 19.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 18 (1).

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 17.

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 16.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 14.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 14.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 13.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 12.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 11.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 10.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 10 (1).

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 9.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 9.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 9.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 9.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 6

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 6.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 5.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 5.

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 5.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 4.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 4.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Isaac Becerill, Canutillo, 3.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 2.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 2.

Michael Mier, Americas, 2.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 1.

Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 1.

Jacob Ontiveros, El Paso High, 1

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 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 Boys XC Poll: Week 2

Every Wednesday, 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:

Canutillo Invitational: 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at Canutillo Middle School. Canutillo, Eastwood, Hanks, Riverside, Franklin, Austin, Jefferson, Chapin, Burges, LPI, Valle Verde, Bel Air, Montwood, Americas, YWLA, Loretto, Andress, Cathedral, Ysleta, Del Valle, Loretto, Eastlake.

ABQ Invitational: 8 a.m. Aug. 31 at the University of New Mexico. Americas, Coronado, Ysleta.

Fabens La Isla Invitational: 8 a.m. Aug. 31.  Fabens, Irvin, EPHS, Tornillo, Bowie, Ft. Hancock, Parkland, El Dorado, Pebble Hills, Clint, Horizon, Mountain View, San Elizario, El Paso.

Marcus 1 Invitational: 7 a.m. Aug. 31 in Flower Mound. Socorro.

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BoysPackSAC
The Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School highlights the local races. The invitational will feature at least 23 teams. The race begins at 8 a.m.

Top 10

1, Eastwood: The Troopers plan to run its varsity at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School. Top returnees include junior Sergio Leon Cuartas, and seniors Juan Olmos and Elias Perez. Juniors Aaron Perez and Nathan Hernandez round out the returning five who won the Class 5A state championship last year.

2, Americas:  The Trailblazers easily won the Race to Midnight Invitational on Friday night. Americas had six runners in the top 10 including sophomore Melo Corral in fourth (16:20.47), senior Hector Sanchez at fifth (16:40.46), junior Gage Garcia at sixth (16:43.77), sophomore Jared Laverty at seventh (16:50.11), sophomore Aaron Saenz at eighth (16:53.59) and senior Seth Andrade at 10th (17:02.82). Americas will race at the UNM Lobo Invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

3, Franklin:  The Cougars make a huge leap this week, jumping five spots to No. 3 after its impressive and surprising Freedom Run championship at Mt. View High School. New comer Fernie Morales, a senior, won the 2.7 mile Red Sands desert course in his first EVER cross country meet. The Cougars placed three runners in the top 6 including senior Steve Porras in second and senior Daniel Kennedy in sixth to earn the team championship with 30 points. The Cougars will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

4, San Elizario: The Eagles drop a spot after its second-place finish at the Clint ISD’s Freedom Run. San Elizario placed three runners in the top 10 – junior Edwin Gomez (third), junior Dilan Sanchez (fourth) and senior Rene Arambula (seventh), good for 46 points. The Eagles will regroup and race at the Fabens Invitational at Las Islas Church on Saturday.

5, Coronado: The T-Birds began the season with a third-place finish at the Race to Midnight Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex without senior Nick Gonzalez. Its top runner was sophomore Nick Espino (20th, 17:58.21). Coronado will race at the UNM Lobo Invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

6, Eastlake: The Falcons move up one spot after finishing fourth at the Race to Midnight Invitational. Sophomore Israel David paced the team with a second-place finish in 16:08.07. Eastlake will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

7, Hanks: Senior Rodger Rivera easily won Friday’s Race to Midnight Invitational in 15:29.04. All State runner Michael Abeyta did not race. Hanks had three runners in the top 25. They will run in Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

8, Montwood: The Rams moved up two spots after its 6th place finish in the 16-team Race to Midnight Invitational. Senior Ruben Gonzalez paced 12th in 17:14.26 and junior Trenton Nelson was 25th in 17:59.20. Eastlake will race at Saturday’s Canutillo Invitational.

9, Tornillo: Tornillo dropped three spots after its seventh place finish at the Race to Midnight Invitational. Senior Ofir Ortega finished third in 16:17.42. The Coyotes will race at the Fabens Invitational at Las Islas Church.

10, Socorro: The Bulldogs jump in the top 10 after its third-place finish at the Tall City Invitational in Midland. Senior Cristian Parra was second (16:49.1) and junior Jorge Garcia was fourth (17:18.9) to pace the Bulldogs. Socorro will travel to  Flower Mound to race at the Marcus Invitational on Saturday.

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

Morales&Porras
Franklin seniors Fernie Morales and Steve Porras finished 1-2 to help the Cougars to the boy’s championship at Clint ISD’s Freedom Run at Mt. View High School.

Top times (3-mile or 5K)

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

2, Isreal David, Eastlake, 16:08.07 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

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

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

5, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 16:40.46 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

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

7, Christian Parra, Socorro 16:49.1 (Midland Tall City, 8/24)

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

9, Aaron Saenz, Americas, 16:53.59 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

10, Jose Nilo, Austin,  16:53.76 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

11, Seth Andrade, Americas, 17:02.83 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

12, Andres Gurrola, Eastwood, 17:13.03 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

13, Ruben Gonzalez, Montwood, 17:14.27 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

14, Jorge Garcia, Socorro 17:18.9 (Midland Tall City, 8/24).

15, Nick Barajas, Americas, 17:24.86 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

16, Jonah Camposano, Eastwood, 17:28.31 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

17, Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 17:30.23 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

18, Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 17:34.84 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

19, Enrique Aguirre, Eastlake, 17:37.99 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

20, Anthony Lara, Eastlake, 17:42.78 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

21, Nicolas Maes, Cathedral, 17:46.22 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

22, Josh Espino, Coronado, 17:58.22 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

23, Alejandro Tarin, Hanks, 17:58.44 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

24, Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 17:58.66 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

25, Sam Breceda, Coronado, 17:58.84 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/24).

Abyeta
 Hanks senior Michael Abeyta is expected to make his 2019 debut at the Canutillo Invitational at 8 a.m. Saturday. Texas Milesplit has Abeyta ranked No 8 in the state. Eastwood, which won the Class 5A state championship last year, begins its quest to defend that title also at the Canutillo Invitational.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

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

1, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 10 (1).

3, Christian Parra, Socorro, 9.

3, Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

3, Isreal David, Eastlake, 9.

6, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 8.

6, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 8.

8, Melo Corral, Americas, 7.

8, Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 7.

8, Jorge Garcia, Socorro 7.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 5.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 5.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 4.

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 4.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 3.

Joaquin Sanchez, Chapin, 3.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 2.

Jose Nilo, , Austin, 2.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 1.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 1.