High School Girls Cross Country Poll: Week 6

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

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Clint ISD Course Preview: 8 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23 at Horizon Golf Course. Riverside, Bel Air, Ysleta, Del Valle, YWLA, Parkland, Hanks, San Elizario, Clint, Horizon, Mt. View, Anthony, Valle Verde, Fabens, Loretto, Radford, Canutillo, Tornillo.

EPISD/SISD Preview: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at Horizon Golf Course. Coronado, Irvin, Austin, Franklin, Burges, El Paso, Chapin, Bowie, Andress, Jefferson, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Montwood, Socorro, Americas, El Dorado.

Eastwood raced at the ultra-fast Woodbridge Classic. Six of the seven runners achieved personal best.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The open team placed eight runners in the top 10 and swept the Loretto/Cathedral Open Saturday at Veterans Park. Finishing one through six were sophomore Sienna Zarate (21:28.84), junior Brooke McCune (21:34.77), sophomore Tessa Gibbons (21:45.29), junior Hannah Martinez (21:51.16), junior Breckyn Wiebe (22:31.50) and senior Shani Malone (22:38.82). Sophomore Olivia Elder was eighth in 22:53.41 and senior Kayla Hicks was tenth in 23:04.54. The varsity will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

 2. Eastwood: Six Troopers set personal records in the rated division of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif., Friday night. The team finished 17th in the 34 team, 226 runner race. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez lead Eastwood, placing 40th in 18:04.4 on the 3-mile course. The 1-5 split was 1 minute and 7 seconds.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans placed fifth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Senior Natalie Martinez Lopez was the only top 10 finisher, finishing ninth 20:41.8. Freshman Aubrey Arsenault had a top 20 race, finishing 19th in 21:33.6. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

4. Eastlake: The finished eighth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Junior Itzel Chavez was the top Falcon runner, placing 24th in 21:54.2. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

5. Montwood: The Rams did not race on Saturday. Montwood is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers easily won its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park with 17 points. El Paso High had five runners in the top six spots including the top three – junior Andrea Castillo (21:06.81), senior Jezarae Valenzuela (21:28.99) and junior Sofia Ramirez (21:49.86). Freshman Kylie Alvarez was fifth 22:04.20 and fellow 9th grader, Clarissa Castillo, was sixth in 22:21.76. The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles did not race its varsity last week.  The team will race at the Clint ISD Course Preview Friday at 8 a.m. at Horizon Golf Course.

8. Coronado: The T-Birds’ finished second at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Coronado had two runners finish in the top 10 – junior Alexa Lawrence (fourth, 21:58.93) and senior Christina Duncan (ninth, 22:35.84). The team will race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

9. Hanks: The Knights were seventh in the Class 5A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park. Hanks had two runners, sophomore Elizabeth Aguirre (ninth, 20:53.7) and junior Destinee Loeza (10th, 20:53.7), in the top 10. The team will race at the Clint ISD Course Preview Friday at 8 a.m. at Horizon Golf Course.

10. Americas: The finished ninth in the Class 6A division of the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park.  Tornillo Invitational. Sophomore Laila Morales was the top runner, placing 36th in 22:49.9. The team is scheduled to race at the EPISD/SISD Preview at Horizon Golf Course on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Socorro.

Eastlake junior Itzel Chavez leads the young Eastlake Falcons.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18:04.4 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:44.75 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

3, Salma Licon, Eastwood, 18:45.2 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

4, Sophia Watts, 18:52.7 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18:58.19 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

6, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:58.74 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:59.60 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

8, Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 19:06.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

9, Giovanna Zubia, Eastwood, 19:12.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

10, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 19:34.09 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

11, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 19:35.11 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

12, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 19:36.53 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

13, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:39.36 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

14, Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 19:42.0 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

15, Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 19:43.8 (Woodbridge, 9/16).

16, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19:45.68 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

17, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 19:47.10 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

18, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:46.69 (Shawver Park, 9/10).

19, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 19:58.44 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:01.61 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:04.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:16.05 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

23, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:18.87 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

24, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 20:28.25 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

25, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:28.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Tornillo senior Kylene Elias had a top 10 finish in the Class 3A division at the Lubbock Invitational.

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 43 (1).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 39 (3).

3, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 38 (2).

4, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

5, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 26.

6, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 25.

7, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 25 (1).

8, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 19.

9, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18 (1).

9, Emily Orr, Franklin, 18.

9, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18 (1).

Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 17 (1).

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 15.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 15.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 15 (1).

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 14.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 14.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 11.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 11.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 11.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 10.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10.

Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 10 (1).

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 9.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 7.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 7.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 7.

Hannah Martinez, Franklin, 7.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Kylie Alvarez, El Paso, 6.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 6.

Breckyn Wiebe, Franklin, 6.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 5.

Shani Malone, Franklin, 5.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Andrea Iniguez, Andress, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 3.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Alexandra Ordaz, San Elizario, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 1.

Alina Caballero, Socorro, 1.

Kayla Hicks, Franklin, 1.

High School Girls Cross Country Poll: Week 5

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

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Woodbridge Cross Country Classic: 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. Eastwood.

El Paso High Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mary Frances Keisling Park. El Paso, Coronado, Socorro, Del Valle, VVECH, Riverside.

Loretto/Cathedral Open: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Veterans Park.  Irvin, Franklin, Andress, Radford, El Dorado, San Eli, Ysleta, Bel Air, YWLA, Anthony, Eastwood, Santa Teresa, Gadsden, Chaparral, Bowie.

Lubbock Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mae Simmons Park. Jefferson, Burges, Austin, Chapin, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Montwood, Americas, El Dorado, Hanks, Ft. Hancock, Tornillo.

Most of the teams will be headed to the Lubbock Invitational on Saturday.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars did not race last week. The open team will race at the Loretto/Cathedral Open Saturday at Veterans Park.    

2. Eastwood: The Troopers varsity did not race last week. Senior Nahlur Gurrola finished ninth at the Tornillo Invitational in 21:33.37. The open team placed fourth. The team will race at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif., Friday night.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans did not race all its varsity runners at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park. Senior Natalie Martinez Lopez won the event in a season best 19:46.69. The team will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

4. Eastlake: The Falcons did not race all of its varsity runners at the Ysleta Invitational. However, junior Natalie Martinez was fifth in 21:54.55. The team will race at the Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

5. Montwood: The Rams placed three runners in the top five to win the Tornillo Invitational with 42 points. Senior Kassandra Jimenez picked up her third straight individual championship winning in 19:13.61. Freshman Mia Hairston earned a personal best 20:40.10 and finished third while senior Jazmine Miranda was fifth in 21:05.36. Montwood will race at Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers finished second at the Tornillo Invitational with 48 points. El Paso High had three runners in the top 10. Junior Andrea Castillo was fourth in 20:47.37, senior Jezarae Valenzuela was eighth in 21:32.71 and freshman Clarissa Castillo was tenth in 21:53.66. The team will race at its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles did not race its full varsity team but still managed a second-place finish at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park. The team placed three runners in the top six senior Natalie Rivera (second, 20:52.23), freshman Nevaeh Escobedo (fourth, 21:52.16) and Jennifer Najar (sixth, 22:16.72).

8. Coronado: The T-Birds’ inconsistency makes them difficult to figure out.  After a few disappointing weeks, Coronado is back in the top 10 after winning the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park placing two runners in the top 10 junior Alexa Lawrence (ninth, 22:30.08) and senior Christina Duncan (tenth, 22:35.46). The team will race at the El Paso High Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

9. Hanks: The Knights placed third at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park, five points behind Canutillo. Hanks had two runners in the top seven – Elizabeth Aguirre (third, 21:43.29) and Destinee Loeza (seventh, Hanks, 22:27.94). The team will race at Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

10. Americas: The Trailblazers finished third at the Tornillo Invitational. Its top runners were sophomores Laila Morales (11th, 21:54.28) and Gisele Abascal (13th, 22:00.10). The team will race at Lubbock Invitational at Mae Simmons Park on Saturday.

Dropped out: Chapin.

On the brink: Socorro.

The Coronado girls are back in the Top 10 after winning the Ysleta Invitational.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:44.75 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

2, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18:58.19 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

3, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:58.74 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

4, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:59.60 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

5, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 19:33.45 (Canutillo, 8/20).

6, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 19:34.09 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 19:35.11 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

8, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 19:36.53 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

9, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:39.36 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

10, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19:45.68 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

11, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 19:47.10 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

12, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:46.69 (Shawver Park, 9/10).

13, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 19:58.44 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

14, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:01.61 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

15, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:04.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

16, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:16.05 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

17, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:18.87 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

18, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 20:28.25 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

19, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:28.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 20:35.04 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 20:40.10 (Tornillo, 9/9).

22, Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 20:45.77 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

23, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 20:46.02 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

24, Andrea Castillo, El Paso High, 20:47.37 (Tornillo 9/9).

25, Sophia Santivanez, Pebble Hills, 20:57.35 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Elizabeth Aguirre and Destinee Loeza have been the mainstays for Hanks.

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 43 (1).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 39 (3).

3, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

4, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 28 (1).

5, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 25.

6, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 23 (1).

7, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18 (1).

7, Emily Orr, Franklin, 18.

7, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18 (1).

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 17 (1).

10, Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 17.

10, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 17.

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 15.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 14 (1).

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 13.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 11.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 11.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 11.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 10.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 9.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 7.

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 7.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 7.

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 6.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Destinee Loeza, Hanks, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Calista Sakellakos, El Paso, 2.

Nahlur Gurrola, Eastwood, 2.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 1.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 1.

Christina Duncan, Coronado, 1.

High School Girl’s Poll: Week 4

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

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Tornillo Invitational: 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9 at Tornillo High School. Tornillo, Franklin, Burges, El Paso, Chapin, Eastlake, Americas, San Eli, Tornillo, Ft. Hancock, Eastwood, Chaparral, Santa Teresa.

Ysleta Invitational:  8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at Shawver Park. Coronado, Austin, Jefferson, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Socorro, Ysleta, Bel Air, Radford, YWLA, Anthony, Hanks, VVECH, Del Valle, Riverside, Cathedral, Santa Teresa, Bowie.

Eastlake continues to improve each week.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars scored 18 points, placing six runners in the top seven at the Trooper Twilight Invitational at the Eastside Sports Complex. Freshman Abigail Pinon won her first varsity race in 19:56.78 followed by fellow freshman Emily Orr (20:02.96). Senior Alyssa Laspada was fourth in 20:12.14 followed by juniors Victoria Hoyt (20:25.80) Abby Barraza (21:02.61) and senior Sofia Camacho (21:06.88). The team will not race on Saturday.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers finished second at their own invitational at the Eastside Sports Complex with three runners in the top 10. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez was second in 20:04.84 and seniors Sophia Watts was eighth in 21:10.44 and Salma Lincon was tenth in 21:19.34. The team will not race this weekend.

3. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up one after winning their own Invitational at the flat and extremely fast course at Blackie Chesher Park. Pebble Hills had four runners in the top 10 including junior Natalie Franco (third, 19:47.10), freshman Aubrey Arsenault (sixth, 20:04.43), senior Natalie Lopez Martinez (seventh, 20:06.08) and junior Carolina Zarrabal (ninth, 20:28.43). The team will race the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park on Saturday.

4. Eastlake: The Falcons move up a spot after its second-place finish at the Pebble Hills Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park. Eastlake junior Itzel Chavez was the top runner finishing eighth in 20:18.87. Freshman Chloe Del Real finished 11th in 20:45.77. The team will race the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park on Saturday.

5. Montwood: The Rams were without several of its top seven runners and managed to finish in fourth place at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Senior Kassandra Jimenez established a season city best 18:44.75 in winning her second straight individual title. The team will not race on Saturday.

6. El Paso High: The Tigers rested three of its top runners and finished fifth at the Trooper Twilight Invitational at the Eastside Sports Complex. Junior Andrea Castillo was ninth in 21:16.04. The Tigers will race at the Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

7. Hanks: The Knights did not race this weekend. Hanks will return to action Saturday at the Ysleta Invitational at Shawver Park.

8. Canutillo: The Eagles did not race a full team at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Senior Natalie Rivera was second in 18:59.60 and freshman Nevaeh Escobedo was tenth in 20:35.04.

9. Americas: The Trailblazers are back in the top 10 after placing third at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Sophomores Lexee Salas (14th, 20:57.82), Laila Morales (15th, 21:22.62) and Gisele Abascal (18th, 21:38.94) had top 20 finishes. The team will race at the Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

10. Chapin: The Huskies finished fifth at the Pebble Hills Invitational. Two runners, sophomore Rebecca Duran (fourth, 19:58.44) and senior Gianny Correa (fifth, 20:01.61), had top five finishes. The Huskies will race at the Tornillo Invitational on Friday night.

Dropped out: Coronado.

On the brink: Socorro.

Freshman Abigail Pinon has lead the Cougars the past two weeks.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:44.75 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

2, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18:58.19 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

3, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:58.74 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

4, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:59.60 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

5, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 19:33.45 (Canutillo, 8/20).

6, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 19:34.09 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

7, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 19:35.11 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

8, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 19:36.53 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

9, Emily Orr, Franklin, 19:39.36 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

10, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 19:45.68 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

11, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 19:47.10 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

12, Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 19:47.27 (Del Valle, 8/27).

13, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 19:58.44 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

14, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:01.61 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

15, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:04.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

16, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:16.05 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

17, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:18.87 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

18, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 20:28.25 (Southlake Carroll, 8/27).

19, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:28.43 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

20, Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 20:35.04 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

21, Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 20:45.77 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

22, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 20:46.02 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

23, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 20:54.84 (Canutillo, 8/20).

24, Sophia Santivanez, Pebble Hills, 20:57.35 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

25, Lexee Salas, Americas, 20:57.82 (Blackie Chesher, 9/2).

Canutillo senior Natalie Rivera has been a top five runner all season.

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 34 (1).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 29 (2).

2, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 29.

4, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 21 (1).

5, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 18 (1).

5, Emily Orr, Franklin, 18.

5, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 18 (1).

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 17 (1).

9, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 16.

9, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 16 (1).

9, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 16.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 15.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 14.

Natalia Martinez Lopez, Pebble Hills, 13.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 11.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 10 (1).

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 10.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 10.

Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 9.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 9.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 8.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 8.

Clarissa Castillo, El Paso, 8.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 7.

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 7.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 7.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 7.

Jeanette Rivera, Young Women’s, 7.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 6.

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso, 6.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 2.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 3.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Calista Sakellakos,  El Paso, 2.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 1.

Aleah Ortiz, El Paso 1.

Monday Cooldown: Moreno remains unbeaten; Jimenez keeps on running; Eastwood boys cruising 

Chris Moreno picked up his third individual title at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle.

San Elizario senior Chris Moreno, who ended the 2021 season with a Class 4A state silver medal around his neck, has continued his winning ways.

Moreno won his third straight invitational on Saturday at Del Valle High School, holding off Tornillo’s Daniel Romero in the final 100 meters.

Moreno finished in 16:19.62 and Romero in 16:19.98. Eastwood’s Alex Flores was third 16:24.18 followed by Hanks’ Alejandro Tarin (16:46.51) and Eastwood’s Matthew Marshall (16:50.51).

“The first mile and a half I was pacing myself behind Alex and little by little I caught up to him,” Moreno said. “I started to relax and pushing it a little more when Danny came up. I had to have a good kick at the end to win.”

Rounding out the top 10 were Eastwood’s Anthony Casillas (16:56.74) and Leo Espino (16:57.45), Parkland teammates Michael Castorena (eighth, 16:59.44) and Efren Moncada (tenth, 17:27.73) and Immanuel Christian’s Israel Quintana (ninth, 17:13.73).

Moreno said the stiff El Paso competition helps him prepare for what he sees at regionals and state.

“El Paso has a lot of great runners, so we push each other every weekend,” he said. “We all work together to be better runners.”

He is also sticking to the rigid San Elizario training schedule.

“Every week we train harder than the previous week,” he said. “If you train hard, the races will be easier. We’ve been training on hills which gets us stronger, plus we’re doing a lot of distance which should help us in the earlier season. We’ll do more speed work when we get closer to state. Right now, I’m happy with where we’re at.”

Montwood’s Kassandara Jimenez looked strong at Del Valle.

Kassandra Jimenez; Eastwood boy’s cruise

Kassandra Jimenez has had a busy summer.

The Montwood senior is coming off a spectacular summer track season, earning a USATF national championship in the steeplechase, a silver in the 3,000-meter run and a fourth-place finish in the 1,500.

After finishing second at the Canutillo Invitational, Jimenez came back on Saturday to win the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle in a season-best 19:42.10.

Pebble Hills’ Natalia Martinez Lopez was second (19:47.27) followed by teammate Natalie Franco (20:35.64), Canutillo’s Natalie Rivera (20:50.20), Chapin’s Rebecca Duran (20:51.12), Eastlake’s Itzel Chavez (21:05.24), Chapin’s Gianny Correa (21:06.57), Del Valle’s Valeria Loo-Kung   (21:07.63), Eastwood’s Salma Licon (21:13.74) and Aubrey Arsenault from Pebble Hills       (21:14.20).

Jimenez said summer track has helped her prepare for the fall cross country season.

“Summer track helped me with my speed and turnover,” she said. “Since I ran at the national level, the competition really helped me show myself that I can run with some talented girls. I now know when I put my mind to it, I can end a race strong.”

She said she is not fatigued from the long season.

“I have some really good coaches who have trained me well,” she said. “I’m in a really good state physically and mentally. I don’t feel fatigued or that I’m going to peak too early. I feel like I’m right on track.”

Eastwood continued its winning ways at Del Valle.

The Eastwood boys easily won the team title with 29 points, placing four runners in the top seven.

“We’re really a close team,” Flores said. “We all care for each other so when we are racing, we all know that we are out there for each other.”

Flores, who is running his first varsity season, said the team concept is the only way to go.

“Of course, you have to think about yourself too, but you’re doing it for the team,” he said “Half the race is mental and that really helps you push through to the end. The concept of the race is pushing your body to the absolute limit and sure, it terrifies you, but you are doing it for your teammates so that really pushes you when you feel you can’t go on.”

Flores said this year’s team, with only two runners back from a Class 6A state bronze medal team, is well aware of what  the expectations are.

“There is pressure, but we welcome it,” he said. “There is a positive that comes with a legacy, knowing the history helps push us through those hard points of the season. We are not only doing it for ourselves, but the guys who came before us.”

High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 2

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

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

The big this week is Del Valle High School on Saturday.

This week’s schedule

Rudy Alvarez Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Del Valle High School. Burges, Jefferson, Andress, Chapin, Del Valle, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Eastlake, Socorro, Americas, San Eli, Ysleta, Bel Air, Hanks, Parkland, VVECH, Eastwood, Ft Hancock, Loretto, Cathedral, Tornillo, Riverside, Canutillo.

Gadsden Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Chaparral High School. Irvin, Austin, Bowie, El Paso.

Southlake Carroll Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 at Southlake Carroll High School. Franklin.

Albuquerque Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 in Albuquerque. Coronado.

The Pebble Hills girls have moved up another spot this week. They will race at Del Valle on Saturday.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars opened the 2022 season with a resounding 1-5 sweep and a perfect score. Franklin placed runners in the first six spots and 10 out of the first 11 at its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Senior Alyssa Laspada won the individual title in 20:07.26 followed by a pair of freshmen – Emily Orr in 20:36.10 and Abigail Pinon in 20:38.16. Sophomore Tessa Gibbons was fourth in 20:41.73 and senior Sofia Camacho was 20:42.09. The team average was 20:33.07. Franklin will travel to Southlake Carroll on Saturday.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers won the Canutillo Invitational placing five runners in the top 8 for 27 points. Sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez won the event in 19:33.45. Its four seniors finished in consecutive order – Salma Licon, fifth, 21:35.49; Sophia Watts, sixth, 21:38.08; Annika Cuellar, seventh, 21:42.80 and Hannah Tellez, eighth, 22:08.40. Its average time was 21:19.64. Eastwood will race the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

3. Montwood: The Rams finished second at the Canutillo Invitational with 59 points. Montwood placed three runners in the top nine with senior Kassandra Jimenez placing second in 19:54.12. Freshman Mia Hairston was fourth in 20:54.84 and senior Jazmine Miranda was ninth in 22:08.93. The team is scheduled to race the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

4. Pebble Hills: The Spartans move up one after finishing second at the Franklin Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Junior Natalie Franco paced Pebble Hills, finishing seventh in 20:54.83. Freshman Aubrey Arsenault was 13th in 21:26.48.  Pebble Hills is scheduled to race at the Rudy Alvarez Invitational Saturday at Del Valle High School.

5. Canutillo: For the second straight week the Eagles move up a spot after finishing third at the Canutillo Invitational. Senior Natalie Rivera was third in 20:41.99 and freshman Nevaeh Escobedo was tenth in 22:09.42. The Eagles race at Del Valle.

6. Eastlake: The Falcons move up two spots after its third-place finish at the competitive Franklin Invitational. Eastlake had two runners in the top 20 – junior Itzel Chavez was 17th in 22:12.14 and junior Natalie Martinez was 18th in        22:21.56. The team will race the Rudy Alvarez Invitational at Del Valle High School on Saturday.

7. El Paso High: The Tigers finished a respectable fourth at the Franklin Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. El Paso had two runners – junior Andrea Castillo (14th, 21:31.64) and senior Jezarae Valenzuela (19th, 22:32.79) – in the top 20. The team’s next race is the Gadsden Invitational at Chaparral High School.

8. Coronado: The T-Birds drop four spots after its fifth-place finish at the Franklin Invitational. Coronado struggled with the wet, muddy course. Senior Kyra Walker was 29th in 23:18.94. Coronado will compete at the Albuquerque Invitational on Saturday.

9. Del Valle: The Conquistadores have not run a full team at the Franklin Invitational. Senior Valeria Loo-Kung was 15th in 21:48.49. Hopefully we will see them in full force at its own invitational on Saturday.

10. Burges: The Mustangs are expected to make its team debut on Saturday at the Rudy Alvarez at Del Valle on Saturday.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: Hanks, Chapin.

El Paso High junior Andrea Castillo leads the Tigers.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 19:33.45 (Canutillo, 8/20).

2, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 19:54.12 (Canutillo, 8/20).

3, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 20:07.26 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

4, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:27.08 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

5, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 20:33.60 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

6, Emily Orr, Franklin, 20:36.10 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

7, Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 20:38.16 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

8, Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 20:41.73 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

9, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 20:42.09 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

10, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 20:41.99 (Canutillo, 8/20).

11, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:45.32 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

12, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:50.62 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

13, Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 20:51.50 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

14, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:54.27 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

15, Mia Hairston, Montwood, 20:54.84 (Canutillo, 8/20).

16, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 21:00.13 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

17, Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 21:04.83 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

18, Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 21:05.01 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

19, Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 21:06.07 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

20, Brooke McCune, Franklin, 21:06.64 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

21, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 21:09.05 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

22, Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 21:13.09 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

23, Sienna Zarate, Franklin, 21:16.28 (Mary Keisling Park, 8/20).

24, Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 21:24.40 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

25, Sophia Santivanez, Pebble Hills, 21:25.80 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

Power Rankings

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18 (1).

2, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 13.

3, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 10 (1).

3, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 10 (1).

3, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 10 (1).

3, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 10 (1).

7, Emily Orr, Franklin, 9.

7, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 9.

7, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 9.

7, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 9.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 8.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 8.

Abigail Pinon, Franklin, 8.

Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 7.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 7.

Mia Hairston, Montwood, 7.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 7.

Gianny Correa, Chapin, 6.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 6.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 6.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 6.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 5.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Victoria Hoyt, Franklin, 5.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 4.

Annika Cuellar, Eastwood, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 3.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Sophia Keiser, Franklin, 3.

Hannah Tellez, Eastwood, 3.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 2.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Abigail Barraza, Franklin, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 1.

Nevaeh Escobedo, Canutillo, 1.

High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 1

Every Wednesday, El Paso Running will utilize a point system to highlight El Paso’s top girl’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 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Franklin Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, Mary Frances Keisling Park. Franklin, Coronado, Irvin, El Paso, Chapin, Pebble Hills, Eastlake, Americas, Hanks, Ft Hancock, Tornillo, VVECH, Ysleta, Del Valle.

Canutillo Invitational: 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, Canutillo Middle School. Eastwood, Canutillo, Austin, Burges, Jefferson, Andress, Bowie, Radford, Montwood, Socorro, Hanks, YWLA, Anthony, Cathedral, Loretto, Santa Teresa, Gadsden, Chaparral, San Eli, Bel Air.

Franklin senior Alyssa Laspada will begin her final season on Saturday. She has run on the Cougars varsity since she was a freshman.

Top 10

1. Franklin: The Cougars open its season Saturday at its own invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park. Parking is bad, so get there early.

2. Eastwood: The Troopers open its season Saturday at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

3. Montwood: The Rams did not run a full team at the Eastlake Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park but senior Jazmine Miranda finished sixth in 21:00.13.  The team is scheduled to race at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

4. Coronado: The T-Birds won the Irvin Invitational at Skyline Park (2.7 miles) placing three runners in the top 8 including Carolina Pitchkolan (third, 20:04.50), Kyra Walker (fourth, 20:10.07) and Isabella Galindo (eighth, 20:35.57). Coronado is scheduled to race at the Franklin Invitational, Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.    

5. Pebble Hills: The Spartans won the Eastlake Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park in an average time of 21:06.94. The team swept the top three spots with freshman Aubrey Arsenault winning in 20:27.08 followed by juniors Natalie Franco (second, 20:33.60) and Carolina Zarrabal (third, 20:45.32). Pebble Hills is scheduled to race at the Franklin Invitational, Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

6. Canutillo: The Eagles move up one spot after finishing four points behind Coronado at the Irvin Invitational at Skyline Park. Senior Natalie Rivera won the 2.7-mile event in 17:42.75, senior Jennifer Najar was fifth in 20:13.43 and sophomore Arianna Castaneda was ninth in 20:38.54. They will race at its own invitational at Canutillo Middle School on Saturday.

7. El Paso High: The Tigers move up one after finishing third at the Irvin Invitational at Skyline Park. El Paso placed four runners in the top 12 and two in the top the top six. Junior Andrea Castillo was second in the 2.7-mile race in 19:58.64 and senior Jezarae Valenzuela was sixth in 20:21.07. The team will be challenged at the Franklin Invitational, Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

8. Eastlake: The Falcons break into the Top 10 after finishing second at the Eastlake Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park. Eastlake placed four runners in the top 10 including Itzel Chavez (fourth, 20:50.62), Chloe Del Real (seventh, 21:05.01), Natalie Martinez (ninth, 21:13.09) and Sarah Dovenbarger (tenth, 21:24.40). The team will race at the Franklin Invitational, Saturday at Mary Frances Keisling Park.    

9. Del Valle: The Conquistadores will open the season Saturday at the Franklin Invitational at Mary Frances Keisling Park.

10. Burges: The Mustangs will race at the Canutillo Invitational at Canutillo Middle School.

Dropped out: Americas.

On the brink: Hanks, Chapin.

Pebble Hills’ Natalia Martinez will begin her 2022 campaign at the Franklin Invitational on Saturday.

Top Times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 20:27.08 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

2, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 20:33.60 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

3, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 20:45.32 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

4, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 20:50.62 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

5, Gianny Correa, Chapin, 20:54.27 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

6, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 21:00.13 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

7, Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 21:05.01 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

8, Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 21:09.05 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

9, Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 21:13.09 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

10, Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 21:24.40 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

11, Sophia Santivanez, Pebble Hills, 21:25.80 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

12, Laila Morales, Americas, 21:26.64 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

13, Ava Maldonado, Chapin, 22:10.49 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

14, Clarissa Morales, Pebble Hills, 22:22.88 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

15, Krystal Talavera, Pebble Hills, 22:33.14 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

16, Alexa Guevara, Eastlake, 22:34.52 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

17, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 22:40.06 (Clint, 8/13).

18, Kimbrea Storrer, Pebble Hills, 22:43.29 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

19, Kiana Matsuda, Eastlake, 22:45.95 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

20, Gisele Abascal, Americas, 22:47.25 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

21, Julie Canales, Montwood, 22:54.71 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

22, Gabriela Quintana, Americas, 23:00.99 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

23, Anabella Escobar, Americas, 23:31.23 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

24, Olivia Belmonte, Eastlake, 23:37.31 (Blackie Chesher, 8/12).

25, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 22:48.51 (Clint, 8/13).

Power Rankings

1, Aubrey Arsenault, Pebble Hills, 10 (1).

1, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 10 (1).

1, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 10 (1).

4, Andrea Castillo, El Paso, 9.

4, Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 9.

4, Elizabeth Aguirre, Hanks, 9.

7, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 8.

7, Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 8.

7, Marysol Vida, Bel Air, 8.

10, Itzel Chavez, Eastlake, 7.

10, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 7.

10, Kim Castro, Riverside, 7.

Gianny Correa, Chapin, 6.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 6.

Itzel Dean, Horizon, 6.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 5.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 5.

Camila Luna, Riverside, 5.

Chloe Del Real, Eastlake, 4.

Nadine Villasana, Socorro, 4.

Ashley White, Hanks, 4.

Rebecca Duran, Chapin, 3.

Isabella Galindo, Coronado, 3.

Hillary Hernandez, Riverside, 3.

Natalie Martinez, Eastlake, 2.

Arianna Castaneda, Canutillo, 2.

Paula Tapia, Riverside, 2.

Sarah Dovenbarger, Eastlake, 1.

Mea Workman, Socorro, 1.

Madison Leedom, Hanks, 1.

High School Girls XC Preseason Poll 2022

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

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

This week’s schedule

Eastlake Invitational: 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 at Blackie Chesher Park. Franklin, Burges, Jefferson, Chapin, Pebble Hills, Montwood, Eastlake, Americas, Hanks, Del Valle and Cathedral.

Irvin Invitational: 8 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 at Skyline Park. Irvin, Coronado, Austin, El Paso, Andress, Bowie, Radford, El Dorado, Ysleta, Loretto, Canutillo.

Clint Invitational:  8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Clint High School. Clint, San Eli, Anthony, Eastwood, Ft Hancock, Bel Air, Riverside, Tornillo, Pebble Hills.

Eastwood sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez (Bib No. 538) is the city’s top returning runner. She finished seventh at state in 17:49.2.  

Top 10

1. Franklin: Coach Anthony Laspada has done an amazing job handling the talented Cougars lineup the past three years in establishing a regional contender. The team narrowly missed out on its third straight state appearance last year. The senior-laden team appears to be primed to make a return visit. Seniors Alyssa Laspada, Sofia Camacho and Abby Barraza will lead the team along with junior Victoria Hoyt. Watch for freshmen Abigail Pinon to make an impact on the team. The team will open the season Friday at the Eastlake Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park.

2. Eastwood: Eastwood finished its season in fifth place at the Region 1-6A championship. The big loss from that team was All State runner Lauren Walls-Portillo. The good news is five of the top seven runners are back including sophomore Adelynn Rodriguez who had a phenomenal season last year, finishing seventh at state in 17:49.2.  Seniors Salma Licon, Sophia Watts and Andrea Limon return along with junior Giovanna Zubia. Eastwood will race at the Clint Invitational at Clint High School on Saturday,

3. Montwood: The Rams have a solid 1-2 punch with seniors Kassandra Jimenez and Jazmine Miranda returning. Jimenez is coming off a spectacular summer track season, earning a USATF national championship in the steeplechase, a silver in the 3,000-meter run and a fourth-place finish in the 1,500. The biggest question is who will emerge to fill the scoring positions for Montwood. Senior Julie Canales should be the team’s No. 3 runner and freshman Mia Hairston, the daughter of former Del Valle cross country coaches Orlando and Valerie Hairston, could help the team as well. The team will open the season on Friday at the Eastlake Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park.

4. Coronado: The T-Birds have six of its top seven returning from a Region 1-6A qualifying team. In a loaded 1-6A district, Coronado will lean on seniors Kyra Walker, Sonya Lee, Isabella Galindo and Christina Duncan, Juniors Alexa Lawrence and Caroline Pitchkolan will be huge contributors, as well.  Watch from some great things from this group in 2022. The T-Birds will race at the Irvin Invitational at Skyline Park on Friday.

5. Pebble Hills: The Spartans were the surprise team of 2021 and with all its runners back, including the top three – senior Natalia Martinez, junior Carolina Zarrabal and sophomore Krystal Talavera. Pebble Hills should contend for a spot to regionals. Junior Natalie Franco and sophomore Sophia Santivanez will add much need depth in one of the toughest districts in Region 1. The Spartans will open the season Friday at the Eastlake Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park.

6. Americas: The Trailblazers season ended at district, but sophomore Lexee Salas did get to experience the Region 1-6A championship. Americas will lean on Salas and fellow sophomore Natalie Tolliver in a very competitive District 1-6A. The young Trailblazers have five sophomores and two juniors running on varsity this year. Watch for sophomore Gisel Abascal to have a break-out season. It all starts Friday at the Eastlake Invitational, 8 a.m.at Blackie Chesher Park.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles finished 10th at the Region 1, Class 5A championship and return three of its top five including seniors Natalie Rivera, Dania Cano and Jennifer Najar. The Eagles hope its four freshmen runners can show improvement throughout the season if it hopes to be a District 2-5A contender. Canutillo will race at the Irvin Invitational at Skyline Park on Saturday.

8. El Paso High: The Tigers look to build an its Region 1-5A Championship appearance. Five of its top six return including top runner senior Jezarae Valenzuela, juniors Andrea Castillo and Sofia Ramirez and sophomores Claudia Ferret and Samantha Ordonez. The Tigers race Friday at   the Irvin Invitational at Skyline Park on Friday.

9. Del Valle: After winning District 2-5A for the first time since 2010, the Conquistadores are looking to rebuild. The Conquistadors have a solid 1-2 punch in senior Valeria Loo-Kung and junior Bobbi Guillen returning from the team’s top five. Del Valle must find the right mix to defend its district title. The races Friday at the Eastlake Invitational at Blackie Chesher Park.

10. Burges: The Mustangs return all but two runners – state qualifier Pam Ramirez and Amy Lozano. Sophomore Keilah Valenzuela-Garcia must continue to excel as does junior Aritzel Garcia. Seniors Alyssa Rosales, Isabella Aguilera and Karyme Garcia will need to contribute  heavily if Burges is to advance to its second consecutive regional championship. The team will race on Friday at the Eastlake Invitational.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: None.

El Paso’s top runners compete at NXR South; Ibrahim earns Top 10 finish

Pebble Hills’ Omer Ibrahim capped his junior year with a top 10 finish in the Championship Division at the Nike Cross South Regional, placing sixth in 15:40.4.

Pebble Hills junior Omer Ibrahim (left) was El Paso’s top runner at the Nike Cross South Regional, placing sixth.

Coronado junior Luis Pastor (14th, 15:54.9), Eastwood senior Andres Gurrola (19th, 16:01.6) and Americas senior Jared Laverty (24th, 16:08.9) were the only other top 25 runners.

Coronado’s Luis Pastor (in blue) had a top 15 finish at NXR South.

Grapevine, the Class 5A UIL state champion, won the team event with 66 points followed by Class 6A state champ Southlake Carroll (73 points), Class 6A runner-up The Woodlands (127 points) and Class 6A fourth place team Humble Atascocita, with 170 points.

Eastwood, which won Class 6A bronze, was fifth with 171 points and Class 4A state champion San Elizario was 19th with 449 points.

Eastwood, which won Class 6A bronze, was fifth at NXR South.

Sahil Dodda, from Dallas St. Marks, won the individual title in 15:15.3.

In the girls Championship Division, three El Paso runners finished in the top 25 including Eastwood senior Lauren Walls-Portillo (11th, 18:34.70), Eastwood freshman Adelynn Rodriguez (13th, 18:39.8) and Franklin junior Alyssa Laspada (24th, 19:07.0).

Lauren Walls-Portillo

Shewaye Johnson from Prosper won the individual title in 17:45.9.

Southlake Carroll won the team event with 95 points, Eastwood was 10th with 265 points and Franklin was 11th with 276 points. The Troopers are only the second girl’s team to finish in the top 10 at NXR. The other was Eastwood in 2013.

Alyssa Laspada

In the boys Open Division, four El Pasoans finished in the top 15 including Franklin junior Diego Flores who won the event in 16:36.8. A pair of teammates – junior Denovan Estrada (fifth, 16:49.0) and sophomore Matthew Engle (ninth 16:54.8) – had top 10 finishes and Riverside senior Jayden Bustillos was 11th in 16:57.0.

Franklin junior Diego Flores won the boys Open Division. The team finished second overall.

The Woodlands won the team title with 91 points followed by Franklin (108 points). Eastwood was 11th overall with 406 points and Cathedral was 16th with 462 points.

In the girl’s Open Division, San Elizario senior Samantha Ramirez was 14th in 20:26.7.

Samantha Ramirez

Keller Bear Creek’s Vivien Boehmer won the individual title in 19:21.7.

High School Girl’s XC Poll: Final

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

The system is as follows: In a race of less than 150 runners, first place gets 10 points, second gets 9 points all the way down to 10th place which gets 1 point. For meets with between 150 to 300 runners, double points will be rewarded meaning 20 points for first, 19 for second all the way down to 1 point for 20th. For every additional 150 runners, another 10 runners will be included in the points.

For those who like raw times, we also list the Top 25 girls race times and the meets and dates that they occurred.

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

What a season for El Paso runners – all culminating at the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

Top 10

1. Franklin: Franklin continues to create its own identity not only in El Paso but in the region. The team narrowly missed out on its third straight state appearance and it appears some serious help is on the way.  Junior Alyssa Laspada was the lone runner to represent Franklin at the Class 6A state meet where she placed 62nd in 19:08.1. With Laspada and fellow juniors Sofia Camacho and Michele Paillard and sophomore Abby Barraza returning, the future remains bright.

2. Eastwood: Eastwood finished its team season in fifth place at the Region 1-6A championship. Freshman Adelynn Rodriguez and senior Lauren Walls-Portillo turned in All State performances at the Class 6A division of the state championship. Rodriguez finished seventh in 17:49.2 and Walls-Portillo was 10th in 18:10.3. Rodriguez will be the top returning runner for the Troopers with juniors Salma Licon, Sophia Watts and Andrea Limon, along with sophomore Giovanna Zubia also returning.

3. Montwood:  Juniors Kassandra Jimenez and Jazmine Miranda will return next season for the Rams.

4. Jefferson: The Foxes are going to have to reload after losing all six of its top runners including four-year varsity and state runners Crystal Peterson and Monique Correa.

5. Coronado: The T-Birds, which finished its season 20th in the Region 1, Class 6A championship, will be loaded next fall with six of its top seven returning. Senior Banah Abdeljaber will be missed, but juniors Kyra Walker, Sonya Lee, Isabella Galindo and Christina Duncan will return along with super sophomores Alexa Lawrence and Caroline Pitchkolan.  Watch from some great things from this group in 2022.

6. Pebble Hills: The Spartans were the surprise team of the season. All its runner will return in 2022 including the top three – junior Natalia Martinez, sophomore Carolina Zarrabal and freshman Krystal Talavera.

7. Canutillo: The Eagles finished 10th at the Region 1, Class 5A championship with 319 points. The team returns three of its top five including juniors Natalie Rivera, Dania Cano and Jennifer Najar.

8. Del Valle: After winning District 2-5A for the first time since 2010, the Conquistadores finished 15th at regionals. It looks like another rebuild is in order for Del Valle with only junior Valeria Loo-Kung and sophomore Bobbi Guillen returning from the team’s top five.

9. Americas: The Trailblazers season ended at district but freshman Lexee Salas finished 62nd in 20:38.3 at the Region 1-6A championship in Lubbock. Americas will lean on Salas and fellow freshman Natalie Tolliver in a very competitive District 1-6A.

10. Tornillo: The Coyotes made school history by winning their district, finishing fourth at the Region 1-3A Championship and advancing to its first ever state meet where they finished 11th.  The team returns juniors Kylene Elias and Brianna Ibarra and sophomore Nataly Escajeda.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: None.

Franklin senior Jenna Saunders finished the season with the city’s 11th fastest time, clocking a 19:22.86 at the SAC in October.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 17:17.6 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

2, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 17:20.1 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

3, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 18:28.29 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11)

4, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 18:30.07 (Southlake, 8/28).

5, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 18:52.86 (Clint, 10/2).

6, Pamela Ramirez, Burges, 18:59.11 (Del Valle, 8/28).

7, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:07.10 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

8, Natalia Martinez, Pebble Hills, 19:08.03 (Del Valle, 8/28).

9, Salma Licon, Eastwood, 19:10.4 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

10, Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 19:11.6 (Woodbridge, 9/18).

11, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:22.86 (SAC, 10/2).

12, Abby Barraza, Franklin, 19:25.63 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

13, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 19:36.05 (Mae Simmons, 10/25).   

14, Ana Rojas, Socorro, 19:38.94 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

15, Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 19:41.07 (Del Valle, 8/28).

16, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 19:51.64 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

17, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 19:53.20 (Shawver Park, 9/4).

18, Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 19:57.39 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

19, Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 19:57.84 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

20, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 19:58.38 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

21, Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 19:58.92 (Del Valle, 8/28).

22, Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 20:03.13 (Canutillo, 8/21).

23, Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 20:03.35 (Mary Frances Keisling, 9/11).

24, Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 20:04.76 (Clint, 10/2).

25, Monique Correa, Jefferson, 20:06.17 (SAC, 10/2).   

Hanks senior Mia Rivera had an amazing season, finishing as District 2-5A champion, a top 20 city best time and a No. 5 power ranking.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 74 (3).

2, Adelynn Rodriguez, Eastwood, 64 (1).

3, Pamela Ramirez, Burges, 63 (2).

3, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 63 (2).

5, Mia Rivera, Hanks, 52 (2).

6, Kassandra Jimenez, Montwood, 49 (2).

6, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 49.

8, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 47.

9, Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 46 (2).

10, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 42.

Natalia Martinez, Pebble Hills, 41 (1).

Samantha Ramirez, San Elizario, 39 (2).

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 39.

Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 39.

Valeria Loo-Kung, Del Valle, 31.

Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 29 (1).

Abby Barraza, Franklin, 29.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 27.

Disany Sandoval, Del Valle, 20.

Katelyn Montoya, San Elizario, 20.

Andrea Castillo, El Paso High, 17.

Madelyn Estrada, Mt. View, 17.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 16.

Carolina Zarrabal, Pebble Hills, 16.

Dania Cano, Canutillo, 15.

Olivia Garcia, Tornillo, 15.
Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 14.

Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 13.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 11.

Sofia Ramirez, El Paso High, 11.

Brooke McCune, Franklin, 10 (1).

Lexee Salas, Americas, 10.

Jaylee Levario, Bel Air, 10.

Osmary Vazquez, San Elizario, 10.

Olivia Elder, Franklin, 9.

Lauren Perez, Riverside, 9.

Jeanette Rivera, YWLA, 8.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 7.

Camila Prieto, Jefferson, 7.

Sarah Lopez Touchy, Ysleta, 7.

Marcela Hernandez, Riverside, 6.

Alexa Lawrence, Coronado, 6.

Tessa Gibbons, Franklin, 6.

Brianna Ibarra, Tornillo, 6.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 5.

Jennifer Najar, Canutillo, 5.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Sofia Hernandez, Jefferson, 5.

Salma Licon, Eastwood, 5.

Abigail Murillo, Bel Air, 5.

Natalie Franco, Pebble Hills, 4.

Kyra Walker, Coronado, 4.

Natalia Valdez, Chapin, 4.

Nataly Escajeda, Tornillo, 4.

Daniela Luna, Riverside, 4.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso High 4.

Allison Perez, Coronado, 3.

Jazmine Miranda, Montwood, 3.

Mireyda Samer, Franklin, 3.

Alicia Chavez, YWLA, 3.

Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 2.

Caroline Pitchkolan, Coronado, 2.

Sophia Watts, Eastwood, 2.

Ileana Maldonado, Clint, 2.

Hannah Martinez, Franklin, 2.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 2.

Ximena Holguin, San Elizario, 1.

Grace Kimble, Franklin, 1.

Amy Lozano, Burges, 1.

Ashley Hernandez, San Elizario, 1.

San Elizario earns sixth Class 4A state title in eight years; Eastwood ekes out bronze

Winning gold never gets old in San Elizario.

Matter of fact, it has become a tradition – a rite of passage for its runners.

The Class 4A cross country juggernaut defended its state title on Saturday morning at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, edging Region 1 foe Argyle by four points.

San Elizario won back-to-back state titles.

This was the Eagles sixth state title in eight years – winning in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020 and 2021. In the years they didn’t win gold, they finished second (2019) and third (2018).

Canyon, the Region 1 champion, was third.

“We’re very happy for the kids,” San Elizario coach Cesar Morales. “Finishing second at regionals gave us a little bit of humility and it forced us to come up with a plan that needed to be executed. It all worked out perfectly for us.”

Morales credits the 25-second gap between his two through five runners for the team’s success.

“We knew it was going to come down to the last kilometer so made several adjustments that eventually paid off for us,” he said.

Junior Angel Maese was 29th in 16:41.3 followed by sophomore Matthew Maese (39th, 16:53.5), senior Irvin Vazquez (48th, 16:59.6), sophomore Julian Guerra (55th, 17:06.1), senior Alan Ceballos (69th, 17:13.1) and senior Jorge Maese (105th, 17:55.0).

He is also impressed with how the team has emerged as state champions after losing Edwin Gomez and Dilan Sanchez – its two leaders the past four years.

“This group of kids is carrying on that tradition of doing well in state,” Morales said. “Edwin was a great leader and a great athlete for the past four years so there was a question coming into the season if we could continue the San Eli legacy. This is proof that we can and that we will continue to do well.”

Chris Moreno

San Elizario junior Chris Moreno was second in 15:45.8, three seconds behind state champMicah Swann from Athens who completed the course in 15:42.4.

“The first mile was pretty relaxing but heading out into the second mile, Swann made a move, and I knew I had to keep up with him,” Moreno said. “Little by little, he was moving farther ahead of me, so I just kept my pace because I know I have a good 800-meter kick. Almost towards the end of the race, I noticed that he slipped and almost fell. I saw that as my opportunity, so I started pushing myself harder. But as we headed to the finish, he regained his momentum, and it was too late for me.”

Moreno said he was happy with his silver medal but is even happier the team was able to repeat as Class 4A state champions.

“It feels great,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, people all over Texas doubted we could do it again. It gave us motivation to show them we could do it even without Edwin and Dilan. In our hearts and in minds, we knew that we could win another state title for San Elizario and carry on the tradition.”

Riverside seniors Jayden Bustillos (16th, 16:18.5) and Andrew Valdiviezo (19th, 16:28.7) had top 20 finishes.

On the girl’s side in class 4A, San Elizario senior Samantha Ramirez was 74th in the two-mile race in 12:45.0.

The Eastwood Troopers won its fifth consecutive state medal – eking out a bronze medal in Class 6A.

Class 6A

The Eastwood Troopers won its fifth consecutive state medal – eking out a bronze medal in Class 6A.

Initially, Humble Atascocista and Eastwood had been listed as having tied at 133 with Atascocista earning third place due to its sixth runner finishing better than Eastwood’s sixth.

However, about 20 minutes later, after resolving “a technical issue,” Eastwood was declared the winner, finishing with 132 points, one point better than Atascocista.

Southlake Carroll won state with 65 and The Woodlands was second with 96 points.

“The race goes on, the results come in and I see that we tied for third but lost the tiebreaker,” said Eastwood coach Mike McLain. “We’re in the tent taking pictures with the girls and someone from MileSplit said ‘congratulations, they redid the results and you finished third.’  We had no idea what was happening, so we get on our phones and it still shows us at fourth.”

McLain went to the medal stand and asked someone there and they didn’t know what was going on either. McLain walked over to the UIL tent to speak with an official who told him to go another tent where there was a monitor showing rolling results.

“It showed us in third by one point,” McLain said. “I asked someone there and he told me to go back to the medal stand, which is where we started, to find out.”

They finally got a hold of the official timer who said they went through the camera finish and reversed a couple of things and Eastwood finished third.

“Two of our top runners were sick so coming into the race we knew a third-place finish was probably the best we could do, so that was pretty nice,” McLain said. “We knew medaling for five straight years at state would be historic for El Paso. We’ll celebrate this, and hopefully we can get those two boys feeling better and go after it again at Nike South.”

Eastwood senior Andres Gurrola was the top Trooper runner, finishing 12th in 15:28.6.

Seniors Andres Gurrola and Isaac Mendoza had top 20 finishes to lead Eastwood Gurrola 12th in 15:28.6 and Isaac Mendoza, 17th in 15:37.8. Sophomore Jacob Beckett was 37th in 15:54.6 followed by senior Victor Anchondo (46th, 15:58.5), senior Devon Paez (108th, 16:44.6) and juniors Anthony Casillas (120th, 16:56.1) and Joaquin Chavez (148th, 17:51.1).

“It was a roller coaster of emotions,” Gurrola said. “Regardless of the place we were going to get, we were all proud of the effort that we put in because we all know how hard we worked this season.”

Eastwood ran in its eighth consecutive state meet and its ninth in the past 10 years.

“This culture was built way before I came in,” Gurrola said. “As soon as I came in my freshman year, a light went on in my head. Watching the seniors and seeing the team succeed my freshman year and being able to go to NXN changed my mindset and inspired me.”

Austin Vandegrift junior Kevin Sanchez won the individual title in 14:53.4. Pebble Hills junior Omer Ibrahim was eighth in 15:17.3 and Coronado junior Luis Pastor was tenth in 15:19.9 – both earning All-State honors.

Pebble Hills junior Omer Ibrahim was eighth in 15:17.3 and Coronado junior Luis Pastor was tenth in 15:19.9 – both earning Class 6A All-State honors.

“It was exciting and nerve racking but overall it was a great experience with great competition, and I really loved the flat course,” Ibrahim said. “I felt strong and good once the race got started but before the race I was wondering how it would go down so that got me a little nervous.”

Ibrahim said he didn’t feel too overwhelmed at his first state championship.

“I’m really excited about what I did; I really feel good about myself,” he said. “I did what I had to do, and I was able to get it done.”

Pastor said his first state championship was “roller coaster of emotions.”

“I would feel nervous for one second and then the next minute I was feeling good ready to compete,” he said. “Once the gun went off, I was trying to stick with my strategy. Usually, I like to run from the front because even if I died out, it wouldn’t matter because I would be so far ahead of everyone. But at regionals and state, I ran from the back and picked off one guy, one pack, at a time.”

Americas senior Jared Laverty was 45th in 15:58.4 and teammate Carmelo Corral was 71st in 16:17.8.

Eastwood freshman Adelynn Rodriguez earned Class 6A All-State honors after finishing seventh in 17:49.2

On the girl’s side, Eastwood freshman Adelynn Rodriguez and senior Lauren Walls-Portillo earned All-State honors.

It is the first time a pair of Eastwood teammates finished in the top 10.

Rodriguez was seventh in 17:49.2 and Walls-Portillo was tenth in 18:10.3.

“It’s really crazy, I honestly wasn’t expecting this,” Rodriguez said. “I just wanted to go out there and run my best race of the season.”

Rodriguez credits Walls-Portillo for her continued support throughout her first high school season.

“She is really special to me,” she said. “I never had a female teammate as fast as me so coming into Eastwood and seeing that I could run with Lauren was a big deal for me because of what she has accomplished in her four years. She has inspired me to do the same thing in my four years.”

Eastwood senior Lauren Walls-Portillo earned Class 6A All-State honors, placing 10th in her final state championship.

Walls-Portillo, who ran in her fourth state meet, said is relieved she is leaving the Eastwood girl’s program in good hands.

“It feels really good knowing that she is going continue to keep the Eastwood tradition alive,” Walls-Portillo said. “It really comforts me to know that our girl’s team will have someone leading them next year.”

Lewisville Flower Mound senior Natalie Cook won the event in 16:32.4. Franklin junior Alyssa Laspada was 62nd in 19:08.1.

McLain said it was great to see two Eastwood girls receiving state medals around their necks. “This was one of the strongest years in our state for the girls,” McLain said. “The Woodlands and Flower Mound are killing it; Southlake Carroll was up there killing it against some of the best teams in the nation and they end fourth and they are one of the best teams in the nation.”