Tornillo hopes to rebound with strong state performance

State Championship Previews

Saturday: Cathedral boys.

Sunday: Tornillo boys.

Monday: San Elizario boys.

Tuesday: Burges boys.

Wednesday: Eastwood boys and girls.

Thursday: Americas boys.

Friday: Individual qualifiers. Class 6A – Coronado, senior Liam Walsh, junior Nick Gonzalez and senior Jennelle Jaeger-Daraksy; Franklin senior Jacobo Wedemeyer and Franklin sophomore Eva Jess. Class 5A – Hanks juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera; Eastlake’s freshman Israel David and seniors Carlos Armendariz, Aeriel Garcia and Amaris Chavez; Chapin junior Angel Contreras; Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes and Jefferson freshman Crystal Peterson. Class 4A – Mt. View junior Nicole Estrada.

Make Plans

What: UIL State Cross Country Championship.

When:  Saturday Nov. 3. All times (CST): Girls Class 6A, 8:30 a.m.; Boys Class 6A, 9:10 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 12:10 p.m.; Girls Class 4A, 1:20 p.m.; Boys Class 4A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 2:30 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 3:10 p.m.

Where:  Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

At Stake: State team and individual titles.

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Tornillo is headed back to state for the ninth time in 10 years. They are looking to improve on their back-to-back silver medal performances.

Tornillo’s quest for five consecutive Region 1-3A championship came to an abrupt end last week.

And that could be a good thing heading into this week’s UIL State Cross Country Championship.

“It’s not a good feeling giving away that streak of regional championships that we’ve worked so hard for,” coach Jesse Garcia said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s hard to accept second place. Maybe those kids wanted it a little bit more than we did.”

Tornillo had a run of four straight team and individual championships. Both ended as Boyd’s fifth runner Noah Richardson out leaned Tornillo’s fifth guy Heriberto Amaya at the finish line. Boyd won it with 89 points followed by Tornillo with 91 and Crane with 94 points.

Tornillo’s junior Ofir Ortega was second overall in 16:04.70. Dimmitt senior Jace Sanchez was the region champion in 15:58.70.

“Sure, we lost the streak but I would rather be humbled at regionals than have it happen to us at state,” Garcia said.

The team – Ortega, seniors Amaya, Eduardo Carrillo and Tommy Montelongo; sophomores Bryan Garcia and Michael Maney and freshman Raymundo Feliz – are looking to rebound at the state meet.

“I knew it was going to be a fight, I knew Boyd was going to come after us and they did,” Garcia said. “The main message I had for the guys is we are not going to be scared of being in a fight. We’re going to come back hungrier for that next race. It doesn’t matter who is going to be on that line, Boyd or any other school, we are we’re going to take it to them. We’re going to do our best.”

If anything, the regional race showed the Coyotes the importance of the four, five, six and seven runners.

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Tornillo junior Ofir Ortega hopes to have a top 10 state performance. Last year he was 19th in 16:45.79.

“Every runner matters,” said Maney. “I now know the importance that every single teammate has on the eventual score. To get where we want to be, we all have to come together and win it as a group.”

In his first season of cross country, Maney has been the consistent fourth or fifth runner for Tornillo.

He finished 32nd overall (17:44.60) and fourth on the team at regionals.

Maney said being upset at regionals, will motivate his team.

“Over the past four years the seniors have won regionals and have made it to state so getting second place was a wakeup call for us. It’s something that’s going to give us that little extra drive to win state and try to get another medal.”

The focus is now firmly on the state meet where Tornillo will try to unseat Luling who have won eight straight Class 3A championships.

“I don’t think state is going to be a low scoring affair,” Garcia said. “There isn’t just one team that’s going to dominate. The top four teams could easily end up in first or fourth place, that’s how close it’s going to be. I see a 20-point difference between first to fifth place.”

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Tornillo senior Eduardo Carrillo needs to run a solid race in order for the Coyotes to medal at state. Carrillo ran a 16:19.52 at last year’s state meet, good for 11th place.

Despite the disappointing regional finish, Garcia is encouraged by his team.

“I saw the guys fight like they never have before,” he said. “That tells me that we’re mentally prepared for whatever is going to happen. Last year we had guys who were more prepared and seasoned but somehow, against all odds, I have a strange feeling about this group of boys.”

Garcia remains confident that the Coyotes can get back to the state medal stand where they have finished with silver medals the past two years.

“We are on the brink,” he said. “If they just follow the vision and they stick with one another, they are going to surprise a lot of people at the end of that race.”

 

TAPPS State Championship within Cathedral’s reach; Loretto and LPI to also compete

State Championship Previews:

Saturday: Cathedral boys.

Sunday: Tornillo boys.

Monday: San Elizario boys.

Tuesday: Burges boys.

Wednesday: Eastwood boys and girls.

Thursday: Americas boys.

Friday: Individual qualifiers. Class 6A – Coronado, senior Liam Walsh, junior Nick Gonzalez and senior Jennelle Jaeger-Daraksy; Franklin senior Jacobo Wedemeyer and Franklin sophomore Eva Jess. Class 5A – Hanks juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera; Eastlake’s freshman Israel David and seniors Carlos Armendariz, Aeriel Garcia and Amaris Chavez; Chapin junior Angel Contreras; Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes and Jefferson freshman Crystal Peterson. Class 4A – Mt. View junior Nicole Estrada.

Make Plans:

What: UIL State Cross Country Championship.

When:  Saturday Nov. 3. All times (CST): Girls Class 6A, 8:30 a.m.; Boys Class 6A, 9:10 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 12:10 p.m.; Girls Class 4A, 1:20 p.m.; Boys Class 4A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 2;30 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 3:10 p.m.

Where:  Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

At Stake: State team and individual titles.

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Cathedral senior Brandon Seagreaves is chasing his third consecutive TAPPS State Championship on Monday.

If form holds true, Cathedral’s Fighting Irish are due to win the TAPPS Class 6A  State Championship on Monday.

Since 2015, the Irish have placed second, first in 2016 and second again in 2017.

With senior Brandon Seagreaves leading the way, the team seeks to capture its second state championship in four years.

“Training has been going well; the team is super encouraged,” Seagreaves said. “Pack wise, the team is closer than we have ever been. Everyone is running together.  This is the best team dynamic we’ve had all season.”

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Loretto sophomore Britney Martinez will lead the Angels to the Class 6A Cross Country Championship in Waco on Monday.

The TAPPS State Championship will be at 9 a.m., Oct. 29 at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco.

The team – Seagreaves; senior Steve Stresow; juniors Nico Maes and Fernando Anzures; sophomores Luis Gomez, Alberto Martinez and Andres Buckley; (junior Jacob Magallanes is the alternate) – will have to take the championship away from San Antonio Antonian.

Antonian won last year’s championship with 67 points, 9 ahead of Cathedral’s 76. Argyle Liberty Christian was not far behind with 81 points.

“San Antonio Antonian is always a big contender but this year it looks like Argyle Liberty Christian will be tough,” Seagreaves said. “Their 1 through 4 guys are really strong. San Antonio Central Catholic is really good, too. This is probably going to be the closest top four team finish at the TAPPS State Meet. It’s going to be a really competitive and tight race all the way through.”

And by the way, Seagreaves is chasing his third consecutive state championship.

“My goal is to put my toe on the line and do my best,” he said. “I have to make sure to give it 110 percent and whatever happens, happens.”

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Lydia Patterson Institute will race in the TAPPS Class 5A Cross Country Championship on Monday.

Loretto Academy will also run in Class 6A while the boys and girls of Lydia Patterson Institute will race in the Class 5A division.

The last time these teams ran was three weeks ago at the Clint ISD Invitational at Horizon Golf Course.

“I don’t think the layoff will have a negative impact on us,” Seagreaves said. “Racing week after week is pretty stressing on the body, it makes it hard to be fresh and be physically ready. Over an entire season of racing every week, you’re not always going to be 100 percent fresh.”

He said training has been going well.

“Being able to focus on just preparation and then tapering and being fresh is really comforting,” he said. “I try not to focus on what other people (teams) are doing. I hope they have a great race but the focus is on me and my team going out there and doing our best and hopefully coming out with the best result at the end.”

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 10

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.

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Americas, Tornillo and San Elizario traveled to Round Rock, Texas to compete at Old Settlers Park, the site of the UIL State Championship on Nov. 3.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers handily won the Region 1-5A Championship placing runners in the 4-6-7-8 and 15th positions for 40 points. Eastwood will make its second straight state appearance. Eastwood top five were Kayn Quinones (fourth, 15:32.30), Juan Olmos (sixth, 15:35.50), Sergio Cuartas (seventh, 15:37.30), Elias Perez (eighth, 15:39.90) and Eddie Gallegos (16th, 15:56.80). The UIL State Cross Country Championship is Nov. 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers advanced to the UIL Class 6A State Championship for the first time in school history after finishing fourth in the Region of Doom. Tyler Rodriguez led the Trailblazers finishing 14thin 15:25.10 followed by Jacob Ye (22nd, 15:33.30), Jared Laverty (27th15:42.20), Alek Duran (44th, 15:58.50) and Gage Garcia (45th, 16:00.50).

3.  San Elizario: The Eagles advanced to the Class 4A state championship finishing third with 87 points. Edwin Gomez defended his individual title in 15:17.90. Rene Arambula was 12thin 16:28.50 followed by Irvin Vasquez (22nd, 16:49.10), Martin Pargas (25th, 16:53.70) and Dilan Sanchez (27th, 16:55.80). San Elizario will race for its fifth state championship in a row.

4. Coronado: The T-Birds placed eighth at the Region 1-6A Championship. Two runners – Liam Walsh (fifth, 15:08.60) and Nick Gonzalez (seventh, 15:12.10) – finished in the top 10 and will advance to the state meet.

5. Franklin: The Cougars placed tenth at the Region 1-6A Championship. Senior Jacobo Wedemeyer was 13thin 15:26.10 and will advance to the state meet.

6. Burges:  The Mustangs advance to the Class 5A State Championship for the second consecutive year after its fourth place finish at regionals. Sam Zambrano was the No. 1 for Burges finishing 11thin 15:47.00. David Gonzalez placed 25 in 16:24.30 followed by Luis Cuevas (37th, 16:43.40), Noah Yeager (40th, 16:45.40) and Angel Ortiz (47th, 16:53.70).

7. Hanks: The Knights move up one spot after its sixth place finish at the Region 1-5A Championship. Juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished back to back AGAIN this time second and third in times of 15:12.70 and 15:20.40. Both will advance to the state championship. Defending state champ Graydon Morris from Aledo win the region in 14:34.40.

8. Tornillo: Tornillo moves up a spot after placing second at the Region 1-3A Championship. The Coyotes will advance to the state meet. Top runners were Ofir Ortega (second, 16:04.70), Eddie Carrillo (fourth, 16:23.50), Bryan Garcia (19th, 17:24.80) and Heribeto Amaya (34th, 17:46.60).

 9. Chapin: The Huskies finished 9th in the Region 1-5A race and move up a spot. Junior Angel Contreras qualified for state after his 16th place finish in 15:57.50.

 10. Eastlake: The Falcons move down three spots. Eastlake finished 10that the Region 1-5A meet but qualified two runners – Israel David (12th, 15:48.90) and Carlos Armendariz (14th, 15:55.40) – to state.

 Dropped out: Jefferson.
On the verge: Cathedral.

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The season came to end for many cross country teams. The season was filled with many highs and lows, just like the course at the Chamizal National Memorial.

Top 25 Times (5K/3mile)

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, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 15:08.60 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

10, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:12.10 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

13, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 15:25:10 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/22).

14, Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 15:26.10 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

17, Sam Zambrano, Burges, 15:47.00 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 15:57.50 (Mae Simmons, 10/22).

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Many runners earned “personal bests” at last week’s Regional Cross Country Championship.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 119 (7).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 83 (3).

3, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 77 (1).

4, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 69 (1).

5, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 67 (2).

6, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 61 (1).

7, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 55 (2).

8, Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 46 (1).

9, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 44 (1).

9, Israel David, Eastlake, 44.

 

Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 42 (2).

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 41.

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 38.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 38.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 33.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 32.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 32.

Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 30.

Mario Luna, Socorro, 26.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 24.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 24.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 23.

Alek Duran, Americas, 20.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 19.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 17.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 17.

Rene Arambula, San Eli, 16.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 15.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 15.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 15.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 14.

Irvin Vasquez, San Eli, 12.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 11.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

Dilan Sanchez, San Eli,7.

Jacob Ordonez, San Eli, 6.

Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 6.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 6.

Lloyd Frilot, Andress, 6.

Heriberto Amaya, Tornillo, 6.

Gael Hernandez, Fabens, 5.

Matthew Lindsey, Montwood, 5.

Uciel Garcia, Jefferson 5.

Jordy Cortez, Jefferson, 4.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Adrian Morales, Irvin, 4.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 4.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 3.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 3.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 3.

Mario Garcia. Mt. View, 3.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 2.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 2.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 1.

Abraham Navarez, Parkland, 1.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 1.

Jorge Navor, Eastwood, 1.

Felipe Rocha, Clint, 1.

 

 

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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 building a running culture in the Cotton Valley; seeks 5th straight state title

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The San Elizario boys are seeking it’s fifth consecutive Class 4A State Championship. The boys have won five straight invitationals to start the season, with sophomore Edwin Gomez (far left) winning four of five meets.

The San Elizario boy’s cross country team is still searching for the right combination, the perfect seven, to get them their fifth consecutive Class 4A state championship.

And it’s just not at the varsity level.

Even the junior varsity times matter.

“I don’t have my top seven set yet when it comes to who I’m taking to regionals,” said Cesar Morales, San Elizario’s head coach. “I have two candidates on my JV team that could probably move up to varsity and the varsity team knows that. The way we look at it, we don’t run varsity or JV meets, we run for times. It’s a very healthy competition within our team and they support each other. They’re giving it their all and I’m very proud of that.”

The District 3-4A Championship is Oct. 12 at the Chamizal National Memorial Park, followed by the Region 4A Meet Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock and the State Cross Championship Nov. 3 at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock.

The Eagles, which are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas and No. 3 in the city by El Paso Running, will travel to The Woodlands for the Nike South Invitational Saturday.

San Elizario has won five straight invitationals to start the season, with sophomore Edwin Gomez winning four of five meets.

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Irvin Vasquez (580) and Tony Diaz (575) have been consistent runners for San Elizario this season. They will be counted on as the championship season draws near.

The base of San Elizario’s team includes Gomez, Seth Rodriquez, Martin Pargas, Dilan Sanchez, Irvin Vasquez, and Tony Diaz.

Junior Rene Arambula, who finished second at the 2017 Region 1-4A Championship and fifth at State, is recovering from an injury. He ran his first race of the season in the Open Division at the Franklin Invitational.

He too is looking to regain his 2017 form and help the Eagles to five state championships in a row.

“Every year we graduate some quality runners, our best runners, so it’s always a mystery trying to figure out who is going to come up and how they are going to hold up,” Morales said. “Even Edwin and my top three runners, you never know what’s going to happen with them and the injuries they might have during the season.”

Morales said the success of the program over the past six years is a credit to the work ethic of the San Elizario community and the culture that has been built around the cross country team.

“Other coaches ask me if there’s a secret to what we are doing,” he said. “I wish there was but there really isn’t. It’s just kids who are willing to work and give their 100 percent every day. They are smart about what they do and they are committed to the workout and that’s all any coach could ask for.”

Gomez, who won the UIL Class 4A country state title in 15:36.16 as a freshman, agrees with Morales.

“I’ve been running since I was in the fourth grade, that’s when my brother told me about how good the high school team was,” he said. “When I was in the sixth grade, that’s when they started winning state championships.  It was then when I thought to myself that I wanted to win one, too.”

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Seth Rodriguez has been San Elizario’s No. 2 man all season. He has a power ranking of 26, 10th highest in the city.

Gomez said there really is a running culture in San Elizario.

“The kids at the middle school look forward to running cross country when they get to high school,” he said. “The middle school kids work hard and look up to the high school runners. That’s how they get inspired to keep on working to be able to run for a state championship one day.”

With the district, regional and state meets looming in the next month, Morales said the team’s focus is to improve with every meet.

“When it comes to the state title, we try not to think about it,” he said. “We never talk about state championships. We do talk about getting better and improving our times. I’ve told them I don’t care if we win state, all I want from them is to improve their times and for them to give me their best every day, be respectful to the workout and to the team.”

 

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 7

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.

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Several El Paso teams tested Mae Simmons Park, the Region 1 course, during the Lubbock Invitational. Americas in Class 6A and Tornillo in Class 3A won meet titles.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers rested on Saturday after returning from the 38th Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. Eastwood will race in the Sole Sports Sweepstakes race at Friday night’s Desert Twilight Meet in Mesa Grande, Ariz.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers placed five runners in the top 10 including the top three spots to easily win the Class 6A portion of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Senior Tyler Rodriguez won the event in 15:41.9 followed by Jacob Ye (15:52.2) and Alek Duran (15:53.5). Freshman Jared Laverty was fifth in 15:57.8 and sophomore Gage Garcia was ninth in 16:13.0. Americas will travel to Round Rock for the McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park, the UIL State course.

4. San Elizario: The Eagles won its fifth straight meet, winning the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreational Center on Saturday with 83 points, 15 points ahead of Franklin. Edwin Gomez was second in 17:04.20 and Seth Rodriguez as 10thin 17:51.48. San Elizario will travel to Houston for the Nike South Invitational.

4. Hanks: The Knights rested Saturday as the team prepares for Friday night’s Desert Twilight Meet in Mesa Grande, Ariz.

5. Franklin: The Cougars climb another two spots after finishing second at their own invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center. Franklin scored 98 points with Jacobo Wedemeyer leading the way placing fifth in 17:10.44. Franklin will also race at Friday night’s Desert Twilight Meet in Mesa Grande, Ariz.

6. Socorro: The Bulldogs placed fifth with 95 points in the Class 6A race of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Senior Mario Luna was eight in 16:10.0. The team will race at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday.

7. Coronado: The T-Birds appear to have depth issues. It’s top three runners  – Nick Gonzalez, Liam Walsh and Alan Alba – have been steady all season. In order for the T-Birds to make a late-season run, they must find more consistency in the back of their pack. Gonzalez was fourth (17:06.35), Walsh was sixth in 17:30.64 and Alba was seventh (17:39.81) at the Franklin Invitational. Its final scoring runners were 48thand 52nd. They will compete at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Park on Saturday.

8. Burges: The Mustangs were third at the Class 5A portion of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday. Its top runner was senior Sam Zambrano who finished fifth in 16:50.1. They will race in their own invitational at the Chamizal.

 9. Eastlake: The Falcons placed fourth in the Class 5A race of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Eastlake had two top 10 finishers – freshman Israel David (fourth, 16:15.2) and senior Carlos Armendariz (seventh, 16:27.2). Eastlake’s average time was 17:14.6. They will race at the Chamizal on Saturday.

10. Tornillo: The Coyotes finally ran a full squad for the first time this season at the Lubbock Invitational and won the Class 3A race. Tornillo went 1-2 with Ofir Ortega winning the race in 16:22.5 followed by Eduardo Carrillo in 16:31.3 and scored 65 points.  They will travel to Round Rock for the McNeil Invitational at Old Settlers Park, the UIL State course.

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

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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.

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

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

10, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 15:22:57 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

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

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

13, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:30.08 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

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

15, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:39:86 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

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

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

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

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

20, Jacob Ye, Americas, 15:52.2 (Mae Simmons Park, 9/22).

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

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

23, Seth Rodriguez, San Elizario, 15:58.36 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

24, Alek Duran, Americas, 15:53:5 (Mae Simmons, 9/22).

25, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:57.8 (Mae Simmons, 9/22).

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Americas senior Tyler Rodriguez won the Lubbock Invitational’s Class 6A race completing the 3-mile course in 15:41.9.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicates meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 49 (4).

2, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 38 (1).

3, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 37 (2).

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

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

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

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

8, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 27.

9, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 26 (1).

10, Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 26.

 

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 25.

Israel David, Eastlake, 25.

Mario Luna, Socorro, 23.

Alek Duran, Americas, 19.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 18.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 17.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 15.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 14.

Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 14.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 13.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 11.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 11.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 10.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 9.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 8.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 7.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 7.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 7.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 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.

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.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 1.

 

 

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 4

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 boys and girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

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Chapin makes its 2018 Top 10 debut while Hanks moved up five spots to No. 4 and Socorro jumps up two spots to No. 8.

Top 10 Teams

1. Eastwood. The Troopers 1 through 5 runners ran well as a pack at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle, earning them a second consecutive meet championship, scoring 30 points. Eastwood’s 1-5 gap was 16 seconds as all five runners finished in the top 10, again. Sophomore Sergio Leon Cuartas paced the Troopers finishing third in 16:21.23. The Troopers will travel to Irvine, Calif. for the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic.   

2. Americas. The Trailblazers finished second at the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque with 86 points. Americas senior Tyler Rodriguez (11th, 16:47.9), freshman Melo Corral (13th, 16:50.5) and Alek Duran (20th, 16:58.3) had top 25 finishes. Americas will race at the Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park on Saturday.

3. San Elizario. The Eagles won the Dale Reinhardt Open at Socorro’s Student Athletic Center scoring 33 points, three points ahead of Socorro. Edwin Gomez won his second consecutive race, running the 2-mile course in 10:08.47. Other top 10 finishers were Seth Rodriguez (third, 10:25.62) and Martin Pargas (fifth, 10:38.69). San Elizario will race at the Tornillo/San Elizario Invitational at Tornillo High School.

 4. Hanks. Hanks makes a five-spot leap after its second place finish at the Rudy Alvarez at Del Valle. This is the second week the Knights have run a full squad and seem to improve each week. Hanks juniors Michael Abeyta and Roger Rivera finished one and two, Abeyta in 15:58.41 and Rivera in 16:10.10. Hanks will race at Southlake Carroll Meet on Saturday.

5. Coronado. The T-Birds drop one spot after finishing third, one point behind Hanks at the Rudy Alvarez. Senior Liam Walsh returned after taking last week off and finished seventh in 16:29.12. The T-Birds will race the state’s elite runners at Saturday’s Southlake Carroll Invitational.

6. Burges. The Mustangs placed second at the Gadsden Invitational at Chaparral High School, scoring 39 points, 15 points behind Santa Teresa. David Gonzalez was fourth in 17:37.45, Angel Ortiz was fifth in 17:41.18 and Luis Cuevas was eighth in 18:00.91. Burges will run the Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park on Saturday.

7. Franklin. The Cougars drop a spot after its fourth place finish at the Rudy Alvarez with 106 points. Its top runner was Jacobo Wedemeyer who was 10thin 16:50.60. Franklin will race at the Chapin Invitational.

8. Socorro. The Bulldogs jump up two spots placing second at the Dale Reinhardt at the SAC. Socorro finished 3 points behind San Elizario, the four-time state Class 4A champ. Mario Luna was second in the 2-mile race in 10:16.31 followed by Christian Parra (fourth, 10:29.56) and Sebastian Mendoza (fifth, 10:31.50).

9. Tornillo. The Class 3A Coyotes are not expected to run a full team until the Lubbock Invitational on Sept. 22.

10. Chapin. The Huskies sneak in to make its 2018 Top 10 debut. Chapin was fourth at the Rudy Alvarez with 114 points. Angel Contreras was the top Chapin runner, finishing in 17:18.36, good for 14thplace. They will run in their own Invitational at Skyline Park on Saturday.

 Dropped out: Cathedral.
On the verge: Eastlake, El Paso High.

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Hanks junior Roger Rivera has the city’s fastest 5K time while Cathedral senior Brandon Seagraves owns the second fastest time.

Top 25 Times

1, Roger Rivera, Hanks, 15:09:58 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

2, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 15:22:57 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

3, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15:39:86 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

4, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:50:12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

5, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 15:58.41 (Del Valle, 9/1).

6, Alek Duran, Americas, 16:01:90 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

7, Gage Garcia, Americas, 16:02:88 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

8, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 16:03:93 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

9, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 16:10.08 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

10, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 16:13.02 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

11, Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 16:14:27 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

12, Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 16:16.95 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

13, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 16:18.38 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

14, Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 16:28:67 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

15, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 16:29.91 (Canutillo Invite 8/25).

16, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 16:30:16 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

17, Fernando Anzures, Cathedral, 16:30:61 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

18, Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 16:31:41 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

19, Jared Laverty, Americas, 16:33.33 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

20, Stephen Stresow, Cathedral, 16:35:06 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

21, Zach Sanchez, Andress, 16:38.25 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

22, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 16:38.32 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

23, Seth Andrade, Americas, 16:38:73 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

24, Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 16:38:86 (Race to Midnight, SAC. 8/17).

25, Jacob Ye, Americas, 16:40:65 (Race to Midnight, SAC. 8/17).

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Franklin senior Jacobo Wedemeyer leads the No. 7 Cougars.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Roger Rivera, Hanks, 28 (1).

2, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 25 (1).

3, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 20 (2).

4, Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 18.

5, David Gonzalez, Burges, 16.

6, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 15.

6, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 15.

6, Carmelo Corral, Americas, 15.

9, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 14 (1).

10, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 13.

Israel David, Eastlake, 12.

Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 12.

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 12.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 11.

Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 10 (1).

Mario Luna, Socorro, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 9.

Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 8.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 7.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 7.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 7.

Alek Duran, Americas, 7.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 7.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 5.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 5.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 4.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 3.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 1.