High School Boy’s XC Poll: Week 10

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:

Regional Championships: 8 a.m. Oct. 28 at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

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San Elizario

Top 10

1, Eastwood: The Troopers won their ninth straight district title, scoring 37 points in the District 2-5A championship. Eastwood placed four runners in the top 10 – Juan Olmos (third, 15:47.42), Elias Perez (fifth, 15:57.63), Nathan Hernandez (sixth, 16:06.77) and Victor Parra (tenth, 17:14.74). They will race in the Region 1-5 regional at 11 a.m. Monday in Lubbock.

2, Americas:  Americas senior Hector Sanchez finished third in 16:08.19 at the District 1-6A Championship to lead five Trailblazers – Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:16.32), Aaron Saenz (seventh, 16:28.59), Melo Corral (eighth, 16:28.96), Seth Andrade (ninth, 16:29.69) and Jacob Ye (tenth, 16:36.44) – in the top 10 to win the team title with 32 points. It is the second consecutive district title for Americas. They will race in the Region 1-6A regional at noon Monday in Lubbock.

3, Coronado: The T-Birds move up one after finishing second at District 1-6A Championship with 56 points. Senior Nick Gonzalez defended his individual title winning in 15:45.31. Teammate Alan Alba was fourth in 16:15.58. They will run at the Region 1-6A regional at noon Monday.

4, Franklin:  The Cougars finished third at the District 1-6A Championship with 60 points and move down one.  Senior Fernie Morales was second in 15:49.52 and senior Daniel Kennedy was fourth in 16:26.42. They will compete at the Region 1-6A regional at noon Monday.

5, San Elizario: All seven of San Elizario’s runners finished in the top 10 as the Eagles won another District 1-4A championship. Edwin Gomez was first in 15:59.12, Rene Arambula was second, 16:38.57, Dilan Sanchez, third (16:49.49), Irvin Vazquez, fourth (16:50.98), Alan Ceballos (sixth, 17:17.18), SethRodriguez was eighth in 17:48.15 and Anthony Gonzalez was 10th in 17:57.58. The Eagles will race for the Region 1-4A championship at 10 a.m. Monday in Lubbock.

6, Hanks: The Knights finished second at the District 2-5A championship with 44 points as three runners finished in the top seven. Michael Abeyta won his fourth district crown in 15:22.16 followed by senior Rodger Rivera (fourth, 15:49.19) and sophomore Gael Alvarado (seventh, 16:50.00). They will race in the Region 1-5 regional at 11 a.m. Monday in Lubbock.

7, Burges: David Gonzalez was second (16:46.00) in the District 1-5A championship to lead the Mustangs to a team title with 45 points. Dylan Walker was fifth in 17:14.36 and Noah Yeager was ninth in 17:22.83 for the Mustangs. They will race in the Region 1-5 regional at 11 a.m. Monday in Lubbock.

8, Tornillo: Tornillo won the District 1-3A championship with 37 points. Ofir Ortega was second in 16:18.65 followed by Bryan Garcia (third, 17:17.83), Angel Torres (eighth, 17:39.96) and Bryan Guzman (10th, 17:58.15). The Coyotes will race in the Region 1-3A championship at 9 a.m. Monday in Lubbock.

9, Chapin:  The Huskies jump back in the top 10 after its second-place finish in the District 1-5A championship. Chapin had two runners in the top five – district champion Angel Contreras (16:14.02) and Joaquin Ortega (fourth, 17:07.09). They will race in the Class 5A regional at 11 a.m. Monday in Lubbock.

10, El Paso High: The Tigers were third at the District 1-5A Championship with 72 points and will advance to the regional meet for the first time in 14 years. The Tigers had three runners in the top 10 – Jacob Ontiveros (sixth, 17:14.66), Josep Ferret (seventh, 17:15.17) and Matthew Avila (eighth, 17:16.29).

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

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Senior Angel Contreras won the District 1-5A Championship and helped the Huskies back into the Top 10. Chapin finished second as a team.

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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The El Paso High Tigers will compete at the Region 1-5A championship for the first time in 14 years.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 77 (6).

2, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 71 (3).

3, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 69 (2).

4, Hector Sanchez, Americas, 54 (1).

5, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 52 (4).

6, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 49.

7, Fernie Morales, Franklin, 47 (1).

7, Isreal David, Eastlake, 47.

9, Alan Alba, Coronado, 43.

10, Angel Contreras, Chapin, 38 (1).

 

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 34.

Jacob Ye, Americas, 33.

Dilan Sanchez, San Elizario, 33.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 32 (1).

Rene Arambula, San Elizario, 32.

Andrews Valdiviezo, Riverside, 24.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 23.

Melo Corral, Americas, 23.

Aaron Saenz, Americas, 21.

Gael Alvarado, Hanks, 19.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 18.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 17.

Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 17 (1).

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 16.

Miguel Avila, Del Valle, 16 (1).

Stephen Pitchkolan, Coronado, 15 (1).

Gage Garcia, Americas, 15.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 14.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 12.

Alex Sanchez, Horizon, 11.

Michael Mier, Americas, 11.

Irvin Vazquez, San Elizario, 11.

Dylan Walker, Burges, 11.

Alan Ceballos, San Elizario, 10.

Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 10.

Omer Ibrahim, Pebble Hills, 9.

Steve Porras, Franklin, 9.

Corey DuBrule, Coronado, 9.

Sebastan Mimbela, LPI, 8.

Bryan Garcia, Tornillo, 8.

Seth Andrade, Americas, 8.

Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress, 8.

Jacob Ontiveros, El Paso High, 8.

Jorge Garcia, Socorro, 7.

Joshua Gonazalez, Mt. View, 7.

Victor Anchondo, Eastwood, 6

Michael Bernal, Pebble Hills, 6.

Cristian Ibarra, Ysleta, 6.

Angel Morales, San Elizario, 6.

Josh Espino, Coronado, 6.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 6.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 6.

Lance Hubert, Canutillo, 5

Jose Nilo, Austin, 4.

Dominic Lara, Coronado, 4.

Gael Hernandez, Fabens, 4.

Victor Parra, Eastwood, 4.

Reginald Robinson, Jefferson, 3.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 3.

Isaac Becerill, Canutillo, 3.

Abdiel Vieyra, Del Valle, 3.

Denovan Estrada, Canutillo, 3.

Seth Rodriguez, San Elizario, 3.

Angel Torres, Tornillo 3.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 2.

Anthony Soto, Fabens, 2.

Noah Yeager, Burges,  2.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 1.

Abraham Cruz, Eastwood, 1.

Nick Barajas, Americas, 1.

Anthony Gonzalez, San Elizario, 1.

Armando Flores, Canutillo, 1.

Bryan Guzman, Tornillo, 1.

District titles earned as many teams and individuals defend titles

Who advanced?

The top three teams from each district and the top 10 individuals make it to the Region 1 Cross Country Championships. The following teams and runners have advanced:

Boys

Class 6A: Americas, Coronado and Franklin.

Class 5A: Eastwood, Burges, Chapin, Horizon, El Paso and Hanks. Also, Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress; Dylan Espinoza, Bowie; Israel David, Eastlake; Miquel Avila, Del Valle and Evan Rubio, Ysleta.

Class 4A: San Elizario, Fabens, Clint.  Also, Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View.

Class 3A: Tornillo.

Girls

Class 6A: Franklin, Coronado, Americas. Also, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro; Alexa Rangel, Montwood; Janeth Chacon, Socorro and Karyme Garcia, Montwood.

Class 5A: Eastwood, Jefferson, Eastlake, Canutillo, Del Valle and Burges. Also, Mora Montes, Austin; Destiny Beltran, Horizon; Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland; Joselyn Heaven Perez, Parkland and Andrea Villagomez, Horizon.

Class 4A:  Mt. View, San Elizario, Clint.

Class 3A: Tornillo.

What’s next

Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 28 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

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Coronado’s Nick Gonzalez defended his District 1-6A crown as did the Americas boys.

It was a case of déjà vu at this year’s cross-country district championships.

Seven of the eight teams and five of the eight individual runners successfully defended their district titles at the Chamizal National Memorial Park Saturday.

The boys from Americas, Burges, Eastwood and San Elizario won their respective district races as did the Franklin, Jefferson and Eastwood girls.

Winning individual championships were Coronado’s Nick Gonzalez and Franklin’s Eva Jess in District 1-6A, Jefferson’s Crystal Peterson in District 1-5A, Michael Abeyta from Hanks and Eastwood’s Lauren Walls-Portillo in District 2-5A and San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez in District 1-4A.

Here is a rundown on the district races.

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Franklin junior Eva Jess broke the course record at the Chamizal, winning District 1-6A in 17:45.44.

District 1-6A

In the most competitive race of the day, Coronado’s Nick Gonzalez outlasted the field in a race that was close from the opening gun.

Gonzalez and Franklin senior Fernie Morales battled the entire 3.1 miles each exchanging leads before Gonzalez out ran him in the final 800 meters to win the district championship in 15:45.31.

“For the most part, it all came together today,” said Gonzalez, who has been battling illness the past few weeks. “I felt a little heavy but I was able to overcome it and when I was tired, I was able to push through.”

Morales finished in 15:49.52.

Gonzalez said he did not expect this race to be as competitive as it was.

“Two weekends ago, I was able to finish in the top three even though I was sick,” he said. “I thought if I ran the exact same race, I would be able to win it easily but that definitely was not the case today. It seemed like every time I would make a move, someone would counter. It was a great race to be a part of.”

Americas senior Hector Sanchez finished third in 16:08.19 to lead five Trailblazers – Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:16.32), Aaron Saenz (seventh, 16:28.59), Melo Corral (eighth, 16:28.96), Seth Andrade (ninth, 16:29.69) and Jacob Ye (tenth, 16:36.44) – in the top 10 to win the team title with 32 points.

Coronado was second with 56 points and Franklin was third with 60.

Franklin’s girls continued its blessed season winning the district championship again with 48 points.

Junior Eva Jess broke the course record, winning in 17:45.44.

“It felt great breaking the course record, and I had a huge PR for the course,” she said. “Before the race, I was told the course record was a 18:07 and that’s all I was thinking about during the race.”

Jess overwhelmed the District 1-6A field, winning by more than 90 seconds.

Americas senior Mariana Guzman was second in 19:18.82 and Socorro senior Jazmin Chacon was third in 19:44.36.

“I’m so proud of this team,” Jess said. “Today was total team effort. We know what we have to do to get to state. We won today because we work hard and we’re going to continue to work hard and hope for the best.”

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Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson defended her District 1-5A crown.

District 1-5A

The Jefferson girls won the district title with relative ease, placing three runners in the top five including sophomore Crystal Peterson who defended her district title in 19:44.97 just ahead of her teammate Melody Tsutsumi who finished in 20:01.32.

“The team has been working together trying to better each other,” she said. “Me and Melody were pushing each other throughout the race so we could get the best outcome for the team.”

The Foxes scored 29 points with Monique Correa coming in fourth in 20:31.48.

Burges was second with 45 points and Canutillo was third with 55 points.

Peterson had a late start in training this summer and was held out of the early season races.

“I feel great right now,” she said. “I just need to keep on working hard, stay humble, push my teammates and hope for the best.”

Austin’s Morayma Montes was third in 20:24.75.

On the boy’s side, Chapin senior Angel Contreras won the district championship in his final attempt, winning in a commanding 16:14.02.

“It feels really great being a senior and ending my last district strong but it’s not the end, we are going to regionals,” he said. “But it feels great to finally win a district championship.”

Contreras and teammate Joaquin Ortega – who finished fourth in 17:07.09 – worked together throughout the race.

“He was really wonderful, he was up there and I was pacing off him,” Contreras said of his teammate. “He did a great job.”

David Gonzalez from Burges was second in 16:46.00 and a surprise third-place finish by Andress’ Jarrett Ketchmark in 17:03.84.

“I wanted to stay in the front pack, letting them do all the work for the first two miles,” Contreras said. “Once I saw them loosen up, that’s when I made my move and attacked the course and stayed strong until the end.”

Burges won the team title with 45 points. Dylan Walker was fifth in 17:14.36 and Noah Yeager was ninth in 17:22.83 for the Mustangs.

Chapin was second with 59 points and El Paso High was third with 72 points and will advance to the regional meet for the first time in 14 years.

The Tigers had three runners in the top 10 – Jacob Ontiveros (sixth, 17:14.66), Josep Ferret (seventh, 17:15.17) and Matthew Avila (eighth, 17:16.29).

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Hanks senior Michael Abeyta won his fourth District 2-5A championship.

District 2-5A

Eastwood’s boys and girls each won their races as they both look to return to the UIL State Championship.

The Eastwood boys are the defending state Class 5A champion and won their ninth straight district championship with 37 points.

The Troopers placed four runners in the top 10 – Juan Olmos (third, 15:47.42), Elias Perez (fifth, 15:57.63), Nathan Hernandez (sixth, 16:06.77) and Victor Parra (tenth, 17:14.74).

For the fourth straight year, Hanks senior Michael Abeyta won the district championship in 15:22.16 well ahead of Eastlake junior Israel David who completed the course in 15:33.02.

“This was my last district race of my high school career so it’s a little emotional,” Abeyta said. “The race was pretty fast. I took it a little faster than I wanted to. My first mile was in the 4:20s which made the third mile really tough. A lot of things were hurting and I started to feel tired but it’s natural, I just have to fight through it.”

Hanks finished second with 44 points with Rodger Rivera placing fourth in 15:49.19 and Gael Alvarado was seventh in 16:50.00.

Horizon surprised the district in taking third with 100 points.

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Eastwood sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo picked up her second district championship in 19:51.24.

On the girl’s side Eastwood won its 12th district championship in 14 years with 28 points, well ahead of Eastlake (74 points) and Del Valle (95 points).

Eastwood had three runners in the top five and four in the top 10.

Sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo picked up her second district championship in 19:51.24 ahead of teammate Meadow Ortiz (20:37.63). Other top 10 runners for the Troopers were Desiree Carrillo (fifth, 20:47.12) and Trinity Martinez (seventh, 20:55.64).

Parkland’s Angelina Lujan-Marrufo was third in 20:42.54.

“My goal was to win and get points for my team,” Walls-Portillo said. “It was a fast start because it was flat so that gave me a chance to increase my speed. The second part was a lot of hills so I had to accelerate and strengthen my body to go quicker. It was very challenging race but I like this park so it was a really good experience.”

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San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez won his third District 1-4A title on Saturday.

District 1-4A

The San Elizario Eagles secured another spot to regionals scoring 15 points, the fourth straight year with a perfect score.

Edwin Gomez was first in 15:59.12, Rene Arambula was second, 16:38.57, Dilan Sanchez, third (16:49.49), Irvin Vazquez, fourth (16:50.98) and Alan Ceballos (sixth, 17:17.18).

Mt. View’s Joshua Gonzalez was fifth in 17:16.88, however, his points do not count towards the team totals because Mt. View did not have five runners enter the race.

Fabens was second with 50 and Clint was third with 74.

“I worked harder this season than I have in the past,” Gomez said after winning his third district championship. “I’m happy that I finally broke the 16-minute mark on this course, that was my goal coming into the race. I came in with a 16:30 my freshman year, last year it was a 16:12 and now this year it was 15:59.”

The Mountain View girls made their presence known, winning the team and individual title.

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Mt. View’s Kayhla Talavera and Nicole Estrada finished 1-2 in the District 1-4A race.

Junior Kayhla Talavera and teammate Nicole Estrada finished the two-mile course first and second in 13:37.43 and 13:54.72 to pace Mt. View.

San Elizario’s Karina Gallegos was third in 14:31.04.

Mt. View edged San Elizario for the team title by one point.

Clint was third with 43 points.

For Talavera, who attended Montwood her freshman year and transferred to Mt. View last year but was unable to run varsity until this year, won her first district crown.

“Coming in, I had a strategy but I went out too fast at the start,” she said. “This feels great, I ran with all my heart. It’s an amazing feeling. When I ran at Montwood my freshman year, I wasn’t at my best. Now, little by little I’ve been improving and moving up.”

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The road to state begins Saturday for El Paso cross country runners

Make Plans

What: District Cross Country Championship.

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Rolling schedule (girls first, then boys) – District 1-4A, District 1-5A, District 2-5A, District 1-6A.

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. 28 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

 

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The chase for a third consecutive state medal for Eastwood begins Saturday at the District 5A Cross Country Championship.

Eastwood is chasing a back-to-back state championship in Class 5A.

Americas is seeking its second Class 6A state appearance.

San Elizario is focused on some sort of redemption after earning a bronze medal at the Class 4A state meet.

Hanks senior Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera would like to improve on their Top 10, All State performances at last year’s Class 5A state championship.

But first, they all have to get endure the rolling bumps of the the district course at Chamizal National Memorial Park.

The district cross country championship will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with the District 1-4A girls followed by the boys. There will be a rolling schedule after that (girls first, then boys) with District 1-5A, District 2-5A and District 1-6A.

The top three teams and top 10 individuals from each district will advance to the Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 28.

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Socorro senior Christian Parra has the talent to finish in the top 10 at the District 1-6A Championship.

District 1-6A at a glance:

 2018 District Champion: Americas.

2018 Individual District Champion: Nick Gonzalez, Coronado.

2018 Regional qualifiers: Americas, Coronado, Franklin.

Americas is seeking back-to-back district championships. The team has been impressive throughout the season with different runners leading the team.

The core of the team includes seniors Hector Sanchez, Jacob Ye and Seth Andrade, junior Gage Garcia and sophomores Jared Laverty, Melo Corral and Aaron Saenz.

The Trailblazers hope this is a springboard to its second state appearance.

If all things go as planned, Coronado and Franklin are the best bets to advance to regionals.

Coronado is led by defending district champion, senior Nick Gonzalez. Fellow senior Alan Alba is a top 15 runner in El Paso and sophomore Stephen Pitchkolan round out a top three that should be enough for the T-Birds to advance.

Franklin was somewhat of a surprise this season with seniors Fernie Morales and Daniel Kennedy leading the way.  Both of them have turned in top 13 times in El Paso.

If any of these teams have a bad day, Montwood and Socorro could slip right past either one for the third spot. Montwood junior Trenton Nelson has impressed all year as has Socorro senior Christian Parra.

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Jefferson senior Reginald finished eighth at the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational. He might be the key to the Silver Foxes returning to the Region 1-5A Meet in Lubbock.

District 1-5A at a glance:

 2018 District Champion: Burges.

2018 Individual District Champion: Chauncey Wilkes, Andress.

2018 Regional qualifiers: Burges, Chapin, Jefferson.

 The Mustangs are racing for its third straight district championship, and they have the horses to do it.

Senior Noah Yeager and juniors David Gonzalez and Dylan Walker are more than capable of it.

Burges must be careful with Chapin who always seem to peak at the right time.

Senior Angel Contreras, a state qualifier last year, will be once again be the frontrunner for Chapin. Junior Joaquin Ortega could help the Huskies cause as well.

But would anyone be surprised if Jefferson snags another regional bid?

Like Chapin, the Silver Foxes always seem to be there at the end. Senior Reginald Robinson seemingly came out of nowhere to finish eighth at the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational so who knows what’s in store for Jefferson.

Also, watch for El Paso High with junior Josep Ferret and seniors Matthew Avila and Jacob Ontiveros who could sneak up on someone.

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Eastlake sophomore Isreal David is seeking a return visit to the Region 1-5A Championship in Lubbock.

District 2-5A at a glance:

 2018 District Champion: Eastwood.

2018 Individual District Champion: Michael Abyeta, Hanks.

2018 Regional qualifiers: Eastwood, Eastlake, Hanks.

 Eastwood is going after its ninth consecutive district championship.

The Troopers, the defending Class 5A UIL state champions, have been solid this year competing at the elite Woodbridge Classic in California and the Desert Twilight Invitational in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Seniors Elias Perez and Juan Olmos along with junior Sergio Leon Cuartas have to top three times in El Paso this year. Juniors Victor Parra and Nathan Hernandez make a solid top five for Eastwood.

The Hanks Knights will most certainly make it interesting with seniors Michael Abyeta and Rodger Rivera along with sophomore Gael Alvarado. The Knights hope to make it to regionals for the second year in a row.

The final spot to regionals should belong to Eastlake with sophomore Isreal David leading the way with junior Anthony Lara in support.

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San Elizario’s Edwin Gomez will lead the Eagles into Saturday’s District 1-4A Championship.

District 1-4A at a glance:

 2018 District Champion: San Elizario.

2018 Individual District Champion: Edwin Gomez, San Elizario.

2018 Regional qualifiers: San Elizario, Fabens, Mt. View.

San Elizario is back and looking for its sixth straight district crown.

The four-time Class 4A UIL State champion missed out on the big prize last season and appears to be over its early-season injuries so watch out for the Eagles again.

Junior Edwin Gomez is looking to make it three individual titles in row on Saturday. This year’s version is not as loaded as in years past but they are still dangerous.

Senior Rene Arambula and Seth Rodriguez would like to end their careers on a winning note while junior Dilan Sanchez and sophomore Irvin Vazquez are ready to improve on last year’s results.

Fabens has an excellent chance at returning to the regional meet with seniors Gael Hernandez and Jacob Cruz and sophomore Anthony Soto.

Clint is led by juniors George Mendieta, Richardo Franco and Joey Leos.

Mt. View’s chances to return to regionals hinge on how strong the team can finish the race. Junior Joshua Gonzalez hopes to improve on his ninth-place finish at district last year.

 

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.

Franklin sweeps at Chamizal; Jess, Abeyta win individual titles

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The cross country action was in South El Paso at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial where runners raced on the district course. Districts are on Oct. 19.

The Franklin Cougars won triple gold at Saturday’s Jefferson/Burges Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial Park.

Both boys and girl’s teams won easily and junior Eva Jess won the girl’s individual title in 18:35.71 to run her win streak to seven consecutive meets.

Hanks senior Michael Abeyta won the individual gold for the boys, finishing in 15:30.93.

Franklin’s girls finished with three runners in the top 10 to win with 50 points. In addition to Jess, freshman Alyssa Laspada was seventh in 20:27.77 and sophomore Jordan Torres was tenth in 20:49.50.

Jefferson was second with 74 points and Montwood was third with 135.

“I didn’t expect our team to be this solid,” Jess said. “It’s crazy to be able to do this with four freshmen and now it looks like we have a shot to get to state. I know we’re going to have to definitely work but at least we have a shot, that’s incredible.”

For the past two years, Jess has been the lone representative from Franklin to reach the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

“I talk to them a lot about what it takes to prepare for the meets,” she said. “We talk about how important a good warm up is and good cool down is essential and we have to do it no matter what.”

Saturday’s race on the district course gave the runners an indication of what to expect on Oct. 19 as the teams attempt to qualify for the Region 1 championships in Lubbock.

“For the freshmen, it’s the first time they’ve ever run this course,” Jess said. “Its nice for the freshmen to know how this course runs, when to push on the hills so this is great experience for them before we run district in a few weeks.”

Montwood’s Karyme Garcia was second in 19:34.58, Jefferson’s Crystal Peterson was third (19:58.49), teammate Melody Tsutsumi was fourth (20:04.71), Alexa Rangel from Montwood was fifth (20:14.94), Coronado’s Sophia Flores was sixth in 20:23.68, Laspada was seventh, Coronado freshman Kyra Walker was eighth (20:38.57), Annette Guzman from Burges was ninth (20:49.22) and Torres was tenth.

“Throughout the year, we’ve worked really hard in practice but we have a lot of fun after,” Laspada said. “At races, we are focused and after the race, we’ll have fun.”

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Franklin freshman Alyssa Laspada finished seventh at the Jefferson/Burges Invitational on Saturday. She has helped the Cougars to an unbeaten season.

Laspada, whose father, Anthony Laspada, is Franklin’s head coach, said she expected good things to happen to this group of girls.

“My dad, our coach, works very hard to prepare us and for our team to be the best we can be,” she said. “He has had really big hopes and dreams for us all season. We are buying into what he is teaching us. We are putting in all of our effort, we really believe we can do it.”

Click here for complete girl’s results.

As peculiar as it might sound, Abeyta needed a little bit of self-motivation after finishing 19th at the Nike Desert Twilight Cross County Festival at Casa Grande, Ariz. last week.

After easily winning on Saturday, Abeyta feels a lot better about himself.

“Last week I did not have a good performance at all,” he said. “I have to say it was probably my worst performance in my history of racing. After that race, I had to reevaluate who I am and the runner I want to be. I had to remember what got me here in the first place. It was pretty tough for me this past week, there were moments when I questioned if I really wanted to keep running. I told myself, ‘No, I can’t quit now, I’ve come so far, why would I stop?’”

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Hanks senior Michael Abeyta won the individual gold for the boys, finishing in 15:30.93.

He found himself again, on a familiar course, feeling right at home crossing the finish line 35 seconds ahead of Santa Teresa’s Angel Anchondo (16:05.34). Coronado’s Nick Gonzalez was third (16:09.93), Franklin’s Fernie Morales was fourth in 16:12.48 and Edwin Gomez from San Elizario was fifth in 16:24.76.

“I had PR (personal record) for this course,” he said. “I feel good again, I just have to make sure I’m mentally and physically ready, I’m still not where I want to be but I’ll be ready.”

The Franklin boys took care of business scoring 85 points with two runners – Morales and Daniel Kennedy (eighth, 16:50.21) – in the top 10.

Coronado was second with 109 points and Santa Teresa was third with 113.

Rounding out the top 10 were Eastlake’s Israel David (sixth, 16:44.26), Chapin’s Angel Contreras (seventh, 16:49.68), Coronado’s Corey DuBrule (eighth, 16:52.73) and Hanks sophomore Gael Alvarado (tenth, 17:04.68).

Click here for complete boy’s results.

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.