Eva Jess, Eastwood Boys seek NXN titles

What: Nike Cross Nationals (NXN).

Who: Eastwood boys – seniors Juan Olmos and Elias Perez, juniors Sergio Cuartas, Nathan Hernandez and Victor Parra and sophomores Victor Anchondo and Andres Gurrola and Franklin’s Eva Jess.

When: Boys race begins at 11 a.m. Saturday and the girl’s race begins at 12:35 p.m.

Where: Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon.

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Eastwood received one of four at-large bids to compete at the Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday.

When the Eastwood Running Club toed the line to start the 2018 Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon, it was a decade of work and dedication and perseverance in the making.

At the time, it felt as if the journey was over – they finally made it to the national state.

“The dream was always to get there, and once we did, it almost felt the finish line was Nike South and not NXN,” Eastwood coach Mike McLain said. “This year it feels more like business. Yes, we are going to enjoy it, but it’s a little more about business this time.”

NXN is the pinnacle of high school cross country in the United States. The top two teams in eight regional championships and the top five placing individuals not on an automatically-placing team receive automatic bids to NXN.

The race is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland.

Eastwood finished third (137 points) at Nike South but Nike Cross Nationals selection committee selected them as one of four at-large boy’s teams to compete in the 22-team field.

Southlake Carroll (85 points) and The Woodlands (126) received automatic bids for placing first and second.

Franklin junior Eva Jess automatically qualified by placing third at Nike South racing to a 17:54.34.

“This is going to be great experience,” Jess said. “I’m really excited to go. I’m going to get a lot of cool stuff and I get to race against the best in the nation.”

Jess, who finished second at the UIL State Cross Country Championship in Class 6A, is the first girl’s runner from El Paso to qualify for Nike Nationals.

“I’m happy just to make it there,” she said. “I know these are the best girls in the nation so I’m just really happy to make it. I’m going to do my best and see what happens.”

Last week Jess finished 13th out of 195 runners at the Foot Locker South Regional in North Carolina and missed qualifying for the Foot Locker nationals by three spots. She did run a personal best of 17:49 in that meet.

“This was my first year running the NXN regionals so it’s awesome making it to nationals on my first try,” she said. “I never really thought about NXN. I was always focused on state.”

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Franklin junior Eva Jess automatically qualified by placing third at Nike South racing to a 17:54.34. She is the first female from El Paso to race at NXN.

The girl’s championship race is at 12:35 p.m.

The Eastwood boys – seniors Juan Olmos and Elias Perez, juniors Sergio Cuartas, Nathan Hernandez and Victor Parra and sophomores Victor Anchondo and Andres Gurrola – are making its second consecutive trip to NXN.

“We just want to do better than last year,” Perez said. “We could have done better, so we want to go up there and show something, especially since we’re going up there as an at-large team, we want to show that it was worth it.”

Eastwood – which defended its Class 5A state championship this year – finished 22nd in a field of 22 teams in its first national championship.

Perez said he is hoping last year’s experience will help them on Saturday.

“Because it is NXN, we’ll still be a little excited, a little starstruck because it’s only our second year,” he said. “But we know it’s a big race and we can’t let it get the best of us.”

He has seen the team progress since his freshman season when the team was fourth at Nike South. His sophomore year, Eastwood was third but did not receive an at-large bid.

In 2018, Eastwood became the first team from El Paso to win Nike South and compete at NXN.

“Last year we were just kind of there having a blast,” he said. “This year, we’re going to have fun but we definitely want to take it more serious and do better than last year and that’s what we’re hoping to do.”

The team had to wait a week before getting the call last Saturday.

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Eastwood’s Elias Perez and his team are returning to NXN on Saturday hoping to improve on last year’s performance.

“The team ran well at South but we didn’t know if we would be top two,” Perez said. “Coach was saying it would be close. I told the guys that there was nothing more we could do, we left it all on the course. I had a lot of confidence a week after South that would get an at-large berth.”

McLain said the past two weeks of training have been normal.

“The experience we had last year means everything,” he said. “Last year, before NXN, it didn’t feel like just another week of practice. Practice last week was calm, it felt like regional or state week. We weren’t as uptight as we were last year. We took a more it’s-just-another-race approach. It was just another two weeks of practice for us. We just did what we’ve been doing to make us successful this year, so it did feel more at home for us.”

But this is not just another race.

“These kids will be treated like royalty for four days,” he said. “The atmosphere is so incredible up there. When you show up they give you all this amazing gear, their pictures are up all over the Nike campus, you are like a celebrity with glamour and glitz and Olympians coming up to talk to you and eating with you at every meal.”

The team now has NXN experience with five runners who ran the course last year. Four runners – Olmos, Perez, Cuartas and Hernandez – ran the championship race while Parra was an alternate and race the community race.  Anchondo and Gurrola will be making their NXN debut.

“If you want to keep doing well at NXN, you have to keep working to get back every year,” McLain said. “At first, everything is so new. You are looking around, experiencing things for the first time so it seems more like a vacation than a meet. We want to get to the point where running at NXN is as comfortable as preparing for Woodbridge, or state or Nike South. We’re not at that point yet, but we’re getting there.”

 

El Paso area teams to battle at Nike South

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What: Nike South Regional. Teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi will compete for an opportunity to race for a national championship. The boys from Americas, Eastwood and San Elizario, and the Franklin girls, will compete in the Championship Division.

When: Saturday, Nov. 23. Boys championship at 1 p.m.; Girls championship at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Bear Branch Park in The Woodlands.

At stake: The top two teams in the region receive automatic bids. The top five placing individuals not on an automatically-placing team will advance as individual qualifiers. Individuals and club qualifiers from eight regional championships are invited to NXN on Dec. 7 at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon.

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The reaction of the 2018 Eastwood cross country team after learning they won Nike South. They were the first team in El Paso history to compete at NXN.

The championship season for 2019 is almost over for many of the nation’s top high school cross country programs.

On Saturday, the best teams in five states will race at the Nike South Regional at Bear Branch Park in The Woodlands.

Teams from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi will compete for an opportunity to race for a national championship – Nike Cross Nationals (NXN).

Three boys teams – Americas, Eastwood and San Elizario – and the Franklin girls, will compete in the Championship Division with a NXN berth at stake.

Many consider NXN, which is Dec. 7 at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon, as the ultimate cross country experience.

“I don’t think anybody who hasn’t experienced NXN can ever imagine what happens at NXN,” said Eastwood coach Mike McLain. “I talked to someone who qualified for the Olympics and this person had never seen NXN. I was describing to him what NXN is, showing him pictures and videos of it. I asked him if it was an experience only someone who made the NCAA Championship would go through and he said, ‘oh no, the NCAA can’t compete with what NXN does.’”

Last year, Eastwood Running Club became the first team from El Paso to win Nike South and advance to NXN.

Eastwood scored 121 points, Southlake Carroll was second with 137 points and Flower Mound was third with 142 points.

And just like in 2018, the path is hauntingly familiar.

Like last year, Eastwood won Region 1, the UIL 5A state championship and now enter Saturday’s meet peaking at the right time.

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The Franklin girls hope to complete a successful 2019 season at Nike South.

“Nike South is always on our schedule, no matter what.” McLain said. “It doesn’t matter if we have a strong season or not, we go there.”

McLain said Nike South is a great way to measure the Eastwood program against the best in Texas.

“In order to compete against Southlake Carroll and The Woodlands, you have to respect them,” he said. “Too often, when a team beats you, coaches will say it’s because you cheat or it’s because you recruit – they make up excuses.

We don’t do that. We go up there and if a team beats us, they beat us because they outworked us. You have to respect them for doing that and that should motivate you to work just as hard as they do.”

This is the ninth year in row that Eastwood will participate in Nike South. It’s best results were a pair of fourth place finishes in 2012 and 2016, a third place finish in 2017 and finally breaking through with a Nike South Championship in 2018.

In a season that started a bit slow for Eastwood, the team put it all together at the UIL Cross Country State Championship at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock two weeks ago.

The Troopers defended its Class 5A UIL State title in convincing fashion scoring 51 points, 59 fewer than state runner-up Grapevine.

Eastwood seniors Juan Olmos (fifth, 15:01.41) and Elias Perez (sixth, 15:03.46) had top 10 finishes. All scoring runners – junior Sergio Cuartas (17th, 15:28.21), junior Nathan Hernandez (20th, 15:31.10) and junior Victor Parra (21st, 15:31.12) – finished in the top 25.

Eastwood’s average time of 15:19.06  – with a 29 second split – was the fastest of all classifications, including Class 6A state champ Southlake Carroll’s 15:22.18.

“In the beginning of the season, we weren’t where we would have liked and  all of us were wondering if we would ever get there,” Perez said. “I knew what we were capable of and I believed in every one of them. The young guys panicked a little and they would ask me if we could make it to NXN again? I told them I believed in them and that we could. After state, we definitely have a shot, and do better than we did last year.”

The team finished 22nd in a field 22 teams in its first national championship.

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San Elizario’s Rene Arambula and Dilan Sanchez will compete with their teammates at Nike South.

San Elizario junior Edwin Gomez, who was second in the UIL State Championship Class 4A race, is focusing on Nike South from a more personal level.

“I had an up-and-down cross country season,” he said. “All season, I was running for the team. I’ve been training really hard since the season ended and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get back to Nike Nationals.”

Last year he placed fifth at Nike South in 15:45.38, and was 84th at NXN in 16:05.9.

Gomez, who lead San Elizario to a team silver medal, was the second El Paso area athlete to advance to NXN.  Eastwood alum and current Furman University runner Daniel Bernal was the first in 2015 and 2016.

Bernal was also the first El Paso runner to be recognized as NXN All American when he finished 10th in 2016 in a time of 15:47.3.

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The Americas boys will compete for the first time as a team at Nike South.

Americas senior Seth Andrade said his team is excited about its first appearance at the NXN South Regional.

“We wanted to place at state but our legs felt a little heavy and things didn’t work out like we wanted,” Andrade said. “We’re hoping Nike South turns out a little better. We are all excited to go out there and kick some butt.”

Americas placed sixth in the Class 6A race.

The opportunity is there for the taking. Four El Paso powerhouses – Franklin’s girls and the boys from Americas, Eastwood and San Elizario – all fighting for the ultimate prize – a trip to NXN.

“What Nike does for these kids is absolutely amazing,” McLain said. “Until you’ve been there, you could never image what it’s like. It’s a lot to take in. Nothing really compares for it. NXN has changed our sport. NXN changed Eastwood cross country.”

High School girl’s XC: Final

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.

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The Cougars first UIL State Cross Country Championship ended with a 15th place finish in the Class 6A race. Junior Eva Jess finished with a silver medal in 17:12.18.

Top 10

1, Franklin:  The Cougars were the only girl’s team from El Paso to race at the UIL State Cross Country Championship. Junior Eva Jess finished with a silver medal in Class 6A finishing in 17:12.18. The team finished in 15th place.

2, Eastwood: Sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo was the top finisher from Class 5A at the UIL State Cross Country Championship, finishing 46th in 19:01.29.

3, Jefferson:  A pair of Jefferson runners – junior Melody Tsuitsumi (81st in 19:25.02 and sophomore Crystal Peterson (97th in 19:42.03) made state appearances.

4, Americas: Senior Mariana Guzman had a top 20 finish at the Class 6A UIL State Cross Country Championship placing 20th in 18:21.05.

5, Coronado: Freshman Kyra Walker was 118th in 19:56.25 in her first state championship.

 6, Burges: The Mustangs ended its season with an eighth-place finish at the Region 1-5A race.

7, Eastlake: The Falcons finished 12th in the Region 1-5A championship.

8, Montwood. Junior Karyme Garcia was 99th in 19:28.96 the Class 6A state meet.

9, Canutillo: The Eagles finished 16th at the Region 1-5A meet.

10, Tornillo. Freshman Kylene won the bronze medal at the Class 3A state championship running the two-mile race in 11:37.79.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: None.

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Americas senior Mariana Guzman had a top 20 finish at the Class 6A UIL State Cross Country Championship placing 20th in 18:21.05.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 16:56.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

2, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:14.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 18:16.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

4, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18:17.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

5, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 18:17.70 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

6, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 18:33.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 18:41.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

8, Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 18:45.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

9, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 18:54.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

10, Sophie Watts, Eastwood, 18:55.06 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

11, Adaila Olmos, Eastwood, 18:59.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

12, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19:05.00 (Denton Guyer, 9/14).

13, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 19:07.10 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

14, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:07.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

15, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 19:08.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

16, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19:08.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

17, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:13.00 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

18, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:18.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

19, Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 19:19.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

20, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:22.69 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

21, Annette Guzman, Burges, 19:23.00 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

22, Monique Correa Jefferson, 19:24.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

23, Sophia Camacho, Franklin, 19:27.30 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

24, Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 19:29.39 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

25, Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 19:37.50 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

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Eastwood sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo (bib No. 2268) was the top finisher from Class 5A at the UIL State Cross Country Championship, finishing 46th in 19:01.29.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 119 (10).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 96 (6).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 70 (1).

4, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 63 (1).

5, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 60 (1).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 53.

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 50.

8, Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 48 (1).

9, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 39 (1).

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 36.

10, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 36 (1).

Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 35.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 34 (2).

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 33.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 33.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 30.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 26.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 26.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 24.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 21.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 20, (1).

Annette Guzman, Burges, 19.

Daphne Duran, Americas, 18.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 17.

Karina Gallegos, San Elizario, 16.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 16.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 15.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 14.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 14.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 13.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 13.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 13.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 13.

Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 12.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 10.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 8.

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 8.

America Morales, San Elizario, 7.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Sofia Fodor, Coronado, 6.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 6.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 6.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Luisa Ramirez, Coronado, 5.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 5.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 5.

Grettel Aguilar, Irvin, 4.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 4.

Maya Ramirez, Americas, 4.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 4.

Janice Olivas, Clint, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 3.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 3.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 3.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 3.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 3.

Kassandra Jimenez, Young Women, 3.

Pam Ramirez, Burges, 3.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 3.

Emily Guerrero, San Elizario, 3.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso, 2.

Joselyn Heaven Perez, Parkland, 2.

Madeline Estrada, Mt. View, 2.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Julie Canales, Montwood, 1.

Sydney Puentes, Coronado, 1.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 1.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 1.

Three teams earn medals and eight individuals race to All State honors

The El Paso delegation of distance runners who descended upon Old Settlers Park in Round Rock for the UIL Cross Country State Championship last week certainly left an impression on the rest of Texas.

Three of the six teams returned home with state team medals and eight athletes earned  All State honors by virtue of finishing in the top 10 in their respective races.

The Eastwood Troopers won back-to-back Class 5A state championships, San Elizario was second in Class 4A and Tornillo was third in Class 3A.

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The Eastwood Troopers won back-to-back Class 5A state championships.

Five of the top 10 runners out of Class 5A were from El Paso including Hanks seniors Michael Abyeta (second, 14:34.61) and Rodger Rivera (third, 14:55.64) Eastwood seniors Juan Olmos (fifth, 15:01.41) and Elias Perez (sixth, 15:03.46) and Eastlake sophomore Israel David was seventh in 15:05.63. San Elizario junior Edwin Gomez was second in the Class 4A race finishing in 15:06.05 and Tornillo senior Ofir Ortega was eighth in Class 3A in 16:03.31.

Only two girls finished in the top 10 – Franklin junior Eva Jess was second in Class 6A in 17:12.18 and Tornillo freshman Kylene Elias was third in the Class 3A two-mile race in 11:37.79.

“It felt harder this year,” Eastwood coach Mike McLain said. “People take these things for granted. Doing something like this is difficult. I told the guys they needed to enjoy it because moments like this don’t come around too often.”

Eastwood won its second state championship by 59 points, scoring 51 points. Grapevine was second with 110, Boerne Champion was third with 128 points and Hanks was fourth with 151 points.

“This one had a very different feeling,” McLain said. “It was just as satisfying but in a very different way because of everything they had to overcome to get here. We lost two big guns from last year who were our leaders. We had some health issues with one of our top runners that would have decimated a lot of other teams. That runner, and the rest of the team, pulled together and made the most out of it.”

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Eastlake sophomore Israel David was seventh in 15:05.63, earning him All State Class 5A honors.

After Olmos and Perez, Eastwood’s next five were junior Sergio Cuartas (17th, 15:28.21), junior Nathan Hernandez (20th, 15:31.10) junior Victor Parra (21st, 15:31.12) sophomore  Victor Anchondo (107th, 16:48.43) and sophomore Andres Gurrola (139th, 17:26.53).

“It’s a great feeling going back to back,” Olmos said. “It was a good feeling to be able to share this with Elias, it was a perfect way to end our senior year.”

Perez and Olmos took over the leadership role for the Troopers this year.

“We had a lot of younger guys on this year’s team and we weren’t really doing too good in the beginning,” he said. “But we knew what we were capable of and it was awesome for all of us to come together at that moment.”

Perez said there were many twists and turns this season.

“At the beginning of the season, we were doing good but when we raced at Woodbridge, that’s when people started to get hurt. Desert Twilight was kind of bad, too. Runners who where usually up there with us were getting hurt and we weren’t at our full strength.”

But Perez knew this team would come around.

“We knew what we were capable of, but we had to stick with it, stick with the process,” he said. “We were lost at some point and getting in our own heads and we weren’t performing like we usually do. We talked to each other, we knew what we needed to do but we couldn’t stress over it. We had to keep working and get past it.”

For Hanks, after Abyeta’s second place finish and Rivera’s third place finish, Knights runners were sophomore Gael Alvarado (74th, 16:15.24), senior Omar Munoz (76th, 16:16.93) freshman Alejandro Tarin (85th, 16:23.43), junior Christian Jaquez, (144th, 17:44.91) and junior  Michael Antuna (152nd, 19:18.47).

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Hanks senior Micheal Abyeta was second in Class 5A in 14:34.61 and senior Rodger Rivera was third in 14:55.64. Aledo senior Graydon Morris won the gold in 14:33.43.

Chapin senior Angel Contreras was 23rd in 15:33.98.

Eastwood sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo was the top girl from Class 5A finishing 46th in 19:01.29. A pair of Jefferson runners – junior Melody Tsuitsumi was 81st in 19:25.02 and sophomore Crystal Peterson was 97th in 19:42.03.

San Elizario found itself on the podium for sixth straight time, finishing state runner-up to Decatur by three points.

“It’s a bitter sweet feeling,” San Elizario coach Cesar Morales said. “I’m not taking anything away from Decatur, they’re a great team and they improved a lot but we could have done a lot better. We had a young team and we made a couple of mistakes, so it cost us a little bit.”

After four straight state championships, the Eagles won bronze last year and now add a silver to its ever expanding trophy case.

“We could have done better but I’m happy because of the team’s improvement over the entire season,” he said. “We improved our average by 30 seconds from the last time we were state champions and we improved by 34 seconds average time from last year.”

But to finish three points shy of five state championships in six years, it stings just a little bit.

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San Elizario has made it to the podium for six consecutive years. This year, the team won silver, missing out on gold by three points.

“I just wanted a little better result because the kids worked so hard this season,” Morales said. “We wanted a state championship, we were expecting one but looking at the year in its entirety, we improved a lot. I don’t know if there are any other teams in El Paso that have been on the podium six years in a row. But we have to keep working and taking it one year at a time.”

After Gomez’s second place finish, senior Rene Arambula was 11th in 15:47.50, junior Dilan Sanchez was 12th in 15:51.22, sophomore Irvin Vazquez was 56th (16:38.27), junior Anthony Gonzalez was 79th (16:53.56), senior Seth Rodriguez was 92nd (17:03.52) and sophomore Alan Ceballos was 103rd (17:15.51).

Mt. View junior Joshua Gonzalez was 78th in 16:52.55.

“We’ll have to reflect and evaluate what we did as a team and come back and get hungry again,” Morales said. “We’ll have lot of young kids on the JV team fighting for a spot on varsity.”

Mt. View senior Nicole Estrada had the best finish among El Paso’s 4A girls finishing the two-mile race in 37th place in 12:28.27. Mt. View junior Kayhla Talavera was 65th (12:47.25) and San Elizario junior Karina Gallegos was 109th in 13:20.09.

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Tornillo earned a bronze in the Class 3A cross country state medal.

For Tornillo coach Jesse Garcia, there was added meaning to this year’s state championship.

His father, Eleazar Garcia, past away on Dec. 31, 2018.

“When I went back after the Christmas break, my kids found out,” he said. “I told them we were going back to the state championship and run it for my dad. Every race was for my dad. At the  state championship, we all knew that my dad was watching from up there cheering them on. It was a proud moment.”

The Coyotes finished third with with 121 points. Eustace won state with 85 points followed by Crane with 112.

It was a bronze kind of day for Tornillo at this year’s state meet.

“Every kid we took up there came back with a third place medal,” Garcia said. “We put on a show. We were leading the race after the first mile. Eustace, the state champs from last year, had lost one from that group so they had a solid squad and Crane, which finished second last year, had everyone coming back so I knew it was going to be a hard battle.”

Garcia said he was  happy with the way the team improved every week.

“I am real appreciative of the overall performance of the kids,” he said. “Every week we got stronger and Saturday was no different. Our best race of the season was Saturday.”

Ortega led the team with an All-State eighth place performance followed by junior Bryan Garcia (33rd, 16:43.75), freshman Angel Torres (37th, 16:49.39), sophomore Bryan Guzman (42nd, 16:56.74), junior Michael Maney (53rd, 17:06.42) and freshman Eric Fuentes (149th, 22:10.57).

“Finishing in the top 10 was my goal,” Ortega said. “I was little bit disappointed because I wanted to finish in the top three but I’m still glad I finished on the podium for the first time individually. Team wise, the guys stepped up big and because of them, we finished in the top three. I did my part, but they ran their heart out and did something really special.”

Ortega said he enjoyed his four years at the Cotton Valley school.

“Running for Tornillo has been a wonderful experience,” he said. “I will cherish all the memories I have from my freshman year to my senior year. The team-bonding, the family-bonding, was very special. I have much love for my coaches, it’s something I’ll never forget. They were  like my second dads. It’s been a special journey.”

Freshman Kylene Elias is just starting hers at Tornillo. She won the school’s first girl’s state medal, finishing third by just one second to state runner up  Finley Hunting from San Antonio Cole. Peyton Muntz from Whitesboro won the  gold in 11:28.06.

“It’s a good feeling but I think I could have done better,” Elias said. “Next year I’ll try to get the gold.”

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Tornillo freshman Kylene Elias earned a bronze Class 3A. She is this first female from Tornillo to win a state medal.  

Does Elias now has the running bug?

“I fell in love with it,” she said. “I like the adrenaline that runs through my body when I run and I like how a lot of people from Tornillo support me.”

Garcia said he is proud of Elias’ first season of cross country.

Kylene ran hard again and got a PR,” he said. “She got boxed-in in the first 400 meters of the race and that affected her a little bit. She is used to leading the race but she was never able to get a lead. At the end of the race, she was about to throw up. She fell into fifth place because of that but she managed to come back and almost caught second place.”

Elias said she didn’t know what happened at the end of the race.

“I was giving it my all but I guess my stomach didn’t like the breakfast from the morning,” she said. “I saw the girl in third place slowing down, I guess she thought I couldn’t catch up to her, but I was running as fast I could and I got her.”

The Americas boys  improved from last year’s 15th place finish to placing sixth while the Franklin girls finished 15th in their first state appearance.

Americas placed two runners – senior Hector Sanchez (17th, 15:15.36) and sophomore Jared Laverty (25th, 15:21.72) – in the top 25. Other runners for the Trailblazers include senior Jacob Ye (51st, 15:42.69), senior Seth Andrade (80th, 15:56.97), sophomore  Aaron Saenz (83rd, 15:57.78), junior Gage Garcia (98th, 16:09.52) and sophomore Carmelo Corral, (108th, 16:20.46).

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Franklin junior Eva Jess was second in Class 6A in 17:12.18.

Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez was the first El Pasoan in Class 6A to cross the finish line in 15:11.31 good for 14th place. Franklin senior  Fernie Morales was 18th in 15:16.52.

For the 6A girl’s, after Eva Jess’s second place finish, Americas senior Mariana Guzman was 20th in 18:21.05; Montwood junior Karyme Garcia was 99th in 19:28.96 and Coronado freshman Kyra Walker was 118th.

Franklin’s runners were freshman Alyssa Laspada (123rd, 20:08.78), freshman Sofia Camacho (128th, 20:14.16), sophomore Jordan Torres (131st, 20:24.77), freshman Michele Paillard (133rd, 20:25.40), freshman Amanda Sotelo (140th, 20:51.78 and sophomore Jenna Saunders (144th, 21:13.61).

Fifteen El Paso runners seek individual state medals

State Championship Previews

Saturday: Tornillo boys.

Sunday: San Elizario boys.

Monday: Hanks boys.

Tuesday: Eastwood boys.

Wednesday: Franklin girls.

Thursday: Americas boys.

Friday: Individual qualifiers.

Make Plans

What: UIL State Cross Country Championship.

When:  Saturday Nov. 9. All times (CST): Girls Class 3A, 10:50 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 11:20 a.m.; Girls Class 4A, noon;  Boys Class 4A, 12:30 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 1:10 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 6A, 2:30 p.m.; Boys Class 6A, 3:10 p.m.

Where:  Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

At Stake: State team and individual titles.

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Chapin senior Angel Contreras (Bib No. 1609), will try to improve on his 23rd place state finish. His time last year was 15:48.70.

The Region 1 cross country championship can be excruciating, especially if you are not part of a state-qualify team and you have to wait until the final results are revealed to find out if you advanced or not.

You see, only the top four teams and the top 10 runners not on a qualifying team advance so you can cut the tension with a knife as runners from all across the region wait anxiously for the results.

As always, El Paso will have a full delegation with 15 individual runners headed to state. 

From Class 6A –  Americas senior Mariana Guzman; Montwood junior Karyme Garcia, Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez and freshman Kyra Walker and Franklin senior Fernie Morales, Franklin.

From Class 5A – Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson and junior Melody Tsuitsumi; Lauren Walls-Portillo, sophomore, Eastwood; Eastlake sophomore Israel David and Angel Contreras, senior, Chapin.

From Class 4A- Mt. View junior  Kayhla Talavera, senior Nicole Estrada and junior Joshua Gonzalez and Karina Gallegos, junior, San Elizario.

Class 3A – Freshman, Kylene Elias, Tornillo.

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Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson is making her second trip to the UIL State Cross Country Championship. She was 43rd last year in 19:21.03.

Last year, Eastwood sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo ran her first state championship as part of the Troopers team in Class 5A.

“I’m going to pretend my team is with me right there because they are my motivation,” she said. “I know how much they wanted to make it but they will be with me in my heart and spirit.”

She finished 45th in 19:25.55 last year.

“It was a great opportunity for me,” she said of the 2018 meet. “Just being there was an amazing feeling. I ran pretty good but this year and I feel much stronger so I’m shooting for a higher finish.”

Knowing the course is going to be an advantage for her.

“It’s flat so that’s good,” she said. “I’m thankful that I made it. I want to go into the race with confidence and work just as hard as I did last year. I didn’t have a race strategy last year, I was just so excited to be there, but this year I actually do. I’m going to try to stay with the front pack and hopefully not die out.”

Coronado’s Gonzalez, who ran varsity all four years, will also be running his second state meet. Last year he was 21st in 15:29.16.

“Running at state has always been a dream, ever since freshman year,” he said. “Getting to regionals each year, but not making it until junior year, and now being able to make it again, is really great.”

He is looking for an All State, top 10 finish.

“I think I can do very well,” he said. “I’ve been able to continue to grow each year and each year I’ve improved. My cross country experience at Coronado has been amazing. I’ve been able to see myself progress and it really feels good seeing the work pay off.”

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Mt. View junior Joshua Gonzalez will try to make the most of his first state meet at the Class 4A race. He was 14th at the region 1 race finishing in 16:09.50.

Eastlake sophomore Isreal David was 43rd at last year’s Class 5A state race in 16:09.56.

He was able to experience the state experience which should serve him well his second time around.

“There’s a lot of competition there with a lot of fast runners who are going to push me pretty hard,” he said. “I’m in better shape this year because I’ve been improving a lot, working on my training and fixing what I need to fix. I going for a top 10 finish, I think I’m physically and mentally prepared for that.”

New to the state championship are Tornillo freshman Kylene Elias, Americas senior Mariana Guzman and Franklin senior Fernie Morales.

“I couldn’t believe I qualified,” said Guzman. “It felt like a dream come true. I’ve very thankful and really happy I get to represent not only my school but all of the hard work my coaches have put into coaching me.”

Guzman was 13th in the Class 6A race at regionals, racing to a 18:14.40, the second best finish from El Paso.

“It was intimidated going into the race,” she said. “I felt I was a little bit conservative towards the middle of the race thinking I might die out. I could have done a lot better so I’m looking to improve on Saturday.”

Guzman’s successful senior campaign comes after suffering through a season of injuries her junior year.

“I love running,” she said. “I love having my teammates there all the time. It was positive environment that I wanted to come back to, they are the ones that kept me going.”

Tornillo’s Elias, all  4-feet, 11-inches and 80 pounds of her, won the 2-mile, Class 3A Region 1 championship in 11:57.60 to become the first Tornillo girls to win regionals and advance to state.

“Regionals was a very cool experience  because  Hannah Spears (from Holliday) was there and she is a very good runner,” she said. “She gave me a lot of competition.”

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Tornillo freshman Kylene Elias will race for a state championship in Class 3A. She hopes to become the first girl from Tornillo to win a medal at state.

Elias’s first love was basketball but after this season, that’s changed.

“It’s not really my favorite sport anymore,” she said, laughing. “I lot of people have supported me this season. Plus, I don’t think I was really good in basketball.”

Despite her success, she remains humble.

“I don’t think that I’m that good,” she said. “Still, to this day, I don’t think I’m that good. I know I can still get better.”

She is looking forward to making more Tornillo history.

“I’m very excited because no one has ever gone to state from Tornillo from the girl’s side so this is a really good opportunity for me to make school history,” she said. “I want to get on the podium, that would be a nice way to finish my freshman year.”

Also new to the sport – and to the state meet – is Franklin senior Fernie Morales,

“For the past three years I played football,” he said. “My junior year I did really well in the 800 (in track),  so I  decided running was better suited for me going into college than football. Also, that season, a lot of my teammates where getting ACL and MCL tears, I didn’t want to risk anything that might effect my running so I decided to get out of football.”

And that decisions has paid off.

“My coaches  told me in order to get ready for track season in the 800, they thought I should try cross country and see how I did,” he said.

He earned a top 20 Class 6A Region 1 finish and a trip to state

“I’m  nervous and excited-  and honestly a bit surprised,” he said of the state meet. “On Saturday, I’ll be happy running my race to the best of my ability and PR  or better than I did at regionals.”

Franklin’s fairy tale season gets better

State Championship Previews

Saturday: Tornillo boys.

Sunday: San Elizario boys.

Monday: Hanks boys.

Tuesday: Eastwood boys.

Wednesday: Franklin girls.

Thursday: Americas boys.

Friday: Individual qualifiers. Class 6A – Americas senior Mariana Guzman; Montwood junior Karyme Garcia, Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez and freshman Kyra Walker and Franklin senior Fernie Morales, Franklin. Class 5A – Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson and junior Melody Tsuitsumi; Lauren Walls, sophomore, Eastwood; Eastlake sophomore Israel David and Angel Contreras, senior, Chapin. Class 4A- Mt. View junior  Kayhla Talavera, senior Nicole Estrada and junior Joshua Gonzalez and Karina Gallegos, junior, San Elizario. Class 3A – Freshman, Kylene Elias, Tornillo.

Make Plans

What: UIL State Cross Country Championship.

When:  Saturday Nov. 9. All times (CST): Girls Class 3A, 10:50 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 11:20 a.m.; Girls Class 4A, noon;  Boys Class 4A, 12:30 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 1:10 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 6A, 2:30 p.m.; Boys Class 6A, 3:10 p.m.

Where:  Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

At Stake: State team and individual titles.

 

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Sophomores Jenna Saunders (left) and Jordan Torres have been solid for the Cougars all season. Saunders was 37th at regionals and Torres was 43rd in 19:35.10.

Coming into the season, Franklin cross country coach Anthony Laspada thought 2020 would be the year his girl’s team would advance to the UIL Cross Country Championship.

With four freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, his timeline made sense.

But the Franklin girls – freshmen Alyssa Laspada, Sophia Camacho, Amanda Sotelo and Michele Paillard, sophomores Jenna Saunders and Jordan Torres and All State runner and Region 1-6A champion, Eva Jess – had different ideas.

For the first time, a girl’s team from Franklin advanced to the state championship.

The boys accomplished that feat in 2001.

“We knew how tough it was going to be, but in our hearts, we were never going to back down,” Laspada said. “We had nothing to lose so we were going to go out swinging.”

By the slimmest of margins, the team finished fourth tied with Lewisville Marcus with 154 points but Sotelo, the Cougars sixth runner, placed four spots better than the Marcus runner to give the Cougars the bid to state.

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Freshman Amanda Sotelo, the Cougars sixth runner, placed four spots better than the Marcus runner to give the Cougars the bid to state.

“I told the girls that everybody has to get on that starting line and everybody has to run, it’s just a matter of who has the biggest heart,” Laspada said. “Even if they didn’t qualify I was proud of their performance and the way they worked together. I knew, watching them in that race, that they were giving it their all, it was in God’s hands. We were blessed.”

Jess, the lone junior, won the Region 1 title in 16:56.80. Last year, she finished the state meet in 14th place in 17:40.36. Her freshman year, she was fifth in 17:34.75.

“It’s so great having my teammates with me this time,” she said. “We were all so excited, the girls were all in tears when we found out. This is going to be a great experience for all of them, a memory that will be with them the rest of their lives.”

Mooch, Jess’s smiling stuffed monkey, will also make the trip.

Laspada continues to be impressed with the his girls team-first, every-runner-counts mentality.

“Besides Eva, who has just come out and dominated, every week there is a different runner who shows up,” he said. “At one time or another, all these girls have carried each other, and that’s what it’s all about. That’s what a good team is all about, if somebody is down then somebody else will pick them up.”

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Franklin freshman Alyssa Laspada is spent after chasing down Marissa Gross form South Grand Prairie. Laspada was the Cougars No. 2 at Regionals.

The work ethic – and the winning – is contagious.

“It’s amazing what it’s done for our chemistry and camaraderie,” he said. “They spend so much time together not only running but just hanging out and being friends. I really believe that attributes to why they are so successful.”

That team togetherness translates into results.

“They never take a day off, either,” Laspada said. “A lot of kids can become complacent, our girls are the complete opposite. They work harder and harder each and every day and that’s trickling down to our lower levels.”

As proof, Franklin’s top five scorers ran sub 20s at regionals including Jess,  Laspada (34th, 19:13.00), Saunders (37th, 19:1820), Camacho (39th, 19:27.30) and Jordan Torres (43rd, 19:35.10).

“It’s amazing, I still can’t believe it,” said Alyssa Laspada, the coach’s daughter. “We’ve been working so hard for this moment ever since the summer.”

Last year, these freshmen were running at middle school meets. On Saturday, they will race against the best in Texas.

“We are not intimidated, we are very much up for the challenge,” she said. “I’ve been dreaming about going to state since I was very young. We’re going to do the best we can. Coming into the season we were hoping to make state, now we think we have a chance at the top 10, that would be great for us.”

Laspada said he hopes the energy from qualifying translates to a special Saturday afternoon.

“It’s tough every year,” he said about qualifying to state. “Next year is never guaranteed. We have to live in the moment and do our best when we get there. Just like at regionals, we’re going to go out swinging, we have nothing to lose. It’s been an amazing ride, a nice little fairy tale, for our whole team. We are truly blessed.”

High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 11

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.

This week’s schedule:

UIL State Cross Country Championship, Saturday Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.. All times (CST): Girls Class 3A, 10:50 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 11:20 a.m.; Girls Class 4A, noon; Boys Class 4A, 12:30 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 1:10 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 6A, 2:30 p.m.; Boys Class 6A, 3:10 p.m

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

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The season is over most runners. But there is a lot more running to do for a select few who have advanced to the state meet.

Top 10

1, Franklin:  The Cougars ran a solid Region 1-6A race and advanced to the UIL State Cross Country Championship with a fourth-place finish. Junior Eva Jess won the event in 16:56.80, a season best. Franklin and Lewisville Marcus actually finished tied with 154 points but freshman Amanda Sotelo, the Cougars sixth runner, finished four spots ahead of the Marcus sixth girl to push the girls over the top.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers missed out on a consecutive Class 5A state appearance, finishing fifth at the Region 1-5A meet with 133 points. Sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo was ninth (18:26.60) and will advance to her second straight state meet.

3, Jefferson: The Foxes placed sixth in the Class 5A Regional with 141 points. Jefferson had two runners – sophomore Crystal Peterson (seventh, 18:17.70) and Melody Tsutsumi (23rd, 19:07.60) advance to the state meet.

4, Americas: The Trailblazers move up one spot after placing 9th at the Region 1-6A race. Americas was paced by senior Mariana Guzman who was 13th in 18:14.40. She will advance to the state meet.

5, Coronado: The T-Birds finished ninth at the Region 1-6A meet. Freshman Kyra   Walker was 19th in 18:33.80 and will race at the UIL State Championship.

6, Burges: The Mustangs placed eighth at the Regionals 1-5A race. Sophomore Annette Guzman was the low scorer for Burges finishing in 24th in 19:23.00.

7, Eastlake: The Falcons finished 12th in the Region 1-5A championship. Junior Megan Kirtley was Eastlake’s top runner with a 19:42.40.

8, Montwood. The Rams did not advance to regionals as a team but junior Karyme Garcia set a season-best mark of 18:16.20, good for 15th place and a trip to state.

9, Canutillo: The Eagles finished 16th at the Region 1-5A meet. Freshman Natalie Rivera was the top runner for Canutillo finishing in 19:54.80.

10, Tornillo. The Coyotes finished in 7th place at the Region 1-3A Championship.  Freshman Kylene Elias won the 2-mile event in 11:57.60. Sophomore Wendy Garcia also finished in the top 20 in 12:53.60.

Dropped out: None.

On the brink: None.

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Burges sophomore Annette Guzman turned in a season 19:23.00 at Monday’s Region 1-5A championship at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

 1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 16:56.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

2, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:14.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 18:16.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

4, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18:17.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

5, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 18:17.70 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

6, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 18:33.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 18:41.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

8, Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 18:45.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

9, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 18:54.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

10, Sophie Watts, Eastwood, 18:55.06 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

11, Adaila Olmos, Eastwood, 18:59.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

12, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19:05.00 (Denton Guyer, 9/14).

13, Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 19:07.10 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

14, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:07.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

15, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 19:08.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

16, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19:08.80 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

17, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:13.00 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

18, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:18.20 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

19, Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 19:19.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

20, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:22.69 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

21, Annette Guzman, Burges, 19:23.00 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

22, Monique Correa Jefferson, 19:24.40 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

23, Sophia Camacho, Franklin, 19:27.30 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

24, Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 19:29.39 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

25, Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 19:37.50 (Mae Simmons Park, 10/28).

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These three girls – Socorro’s Janeth Chacon, Franklin’s Jordan Torres and Montwood’s Alexa Rangel – have been solid for their respective teams all season.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 110 (10).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 88 (6).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 70 (1).

4, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 63 (1).

5, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 60 (1).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 53.

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 50.

8, Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 48 (1).

9, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 39 (1).

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 36.

10, Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 36 (1).

 

Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 35.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 34 (2).

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 33.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 33.

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 30.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 26.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 26.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 24.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 21.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 20, (1).

Annette Guzman, Burges, 19.

Daphne Duran, Americas, 18.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 17.

Karina Gallegos, San Elizario, 16.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 16.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 15.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 14.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 14.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 13.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 13.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 13.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 13.

Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 12.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 10.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 8.

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 8.

America Morales, San Elizario, 7.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Sofia Fodor, Coronado, 6.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 6.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 6.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Luisa Ramirez, Coronado, 5.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 5.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 5.

Grettel Aguilar, Irvin, 4.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 4.

Maya Ramirez, Americas, 4.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 4.

Janice Olivas, Clint, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 3.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 3.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 3.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 3.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 3.

Kassandra Jimenez, Young Women, 3.

Pam Ramirez, Burges, 3.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 3.

Emily Guerrero, San Elizario, 3.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso, 2.

Joselyn Heaven Perez, Parkland, 2.

Madeline Estrada, Mt. View, 2.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Julie Canales, Montwood, 1.

Sydney Puentes, Coronado, 1.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 1.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 1.

El Paso runners tame Region of Doom

State Championship Previews

Saturday: Tornillo boys.

Sunday: San Elizario boys.

Monday: Hanks boys.

Tuesday: Eastwood boys.

Wednesday: Franklin girls.

Thursday: Americas boys.

Friday: Individual qualifiers. Class 6A – Americas senior Mariana Guzman; Montwood junior Karyme Garcia, Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez and freshman Kyra Walker and Franklin senior Fernie Morales, Franklin. Class 5A – Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson and junior Melody Tsutsumi; Lauren Walls, sophomore, Eastwood; Eastlake sophomore Israel David and Angel Contreras, senior, Chapin. Class 4A- Mt. View junior Kayhla Talavera, senior Nicole Estrada and junior Joshua Gonzalez and Karina Gallegos, junior, San Elizario. Class 3A – Freshman, Kylene Elias, Tornillo.

Make Plans

What: UIL State Cross Country Championship.

When:  Saturday Nov. 9. All times (CST): Girls Class 3A, 10:50 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 11:20 a.m.; Girls Class 4A, noon; Boys Class 4A, 12:30 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 1:10 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 6A, 2:30 p.m.; Boys Class 6A, 3:10 p.m.

Where:  Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

At Stake: State team and individual titles.

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Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez finished in fourth place, right in front of Americas senior Jacob Ye at the Region 1-6A championship.

On a cold, windy Monday morning, El Paso distance runners rose to the challenge of  what the Region 1 Cross Country Championship represents and owned the Region of Doom at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

Six teams – the boys squads from Americas, Eastwood, Hanks, San Elizario, Tornillo and the Franklin girls – and 15 individuals advanced to the UIL State Cross Country Championship next Saturday, Nov. 9 in Round Rock.

The Eastwood and San Elizario boys won Region 1 titles – Eastwood’s second consecutive crown – in Class 5A and Class 4A while Americas, Hanks and Tornillo each earned runner-up spots in Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 3A.

Franklin, out of Class 6A, are the only girl’s representative.

The top four teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the UIL Cross Country State Championship.

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For the second year in a row, Americas has advanced to state. The team finished a program best, Region 1-6A runner up. Senior Mariana Guzman (lower right) also qualified to state.

Class 6A

For the second year in a row, Americas has advanced to state.

The Trailblazers placed three runners in the top 20 – Jacob Ye (fifth, 14:58.40), Hector Sanchez (ninth, 15:05.60) and Jared Laverty (16th, 15:22.50) – to earn 80 points, 20 points behind Regional Champ Southlake Carroll.

Other scoring runners were Aaron Saenz (22nd, 15:32.60) and Seth Andrade (28th, 15:37.80. The Trailblazers average time was 15:19.40.

Also advancing to state out of Region 1 are Lewisville Flower Mound (97 points) and Coppell (121).

Franklin was sixth with 245 points and Coronado was ninth with 283 points.

Individually, Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez accomplished his goal of a top five regional finish, completing the 3-mile course in 14:58.20, good for fourth place, El Paso’s top finish in Class 6A. This will be Gonzalez’s second trip to state.

Franklin senior Fernie Morales will race in his first state meet, finishing 20th in 15:23.40.

Morales will not be alone in his training in the next two weeks.

For the first time in Franklin history, the girl’s team has advanced to the state’s top race.

The Cougars – whose team is comprised of one junior, two sophomores and four freshman – placed fourth with 154 points to earn the bid.

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For the first time in Franklin history, the girl’s team has advanced to the state’s top race.

Eva Jess, the lone junior, won the Region 1 title in 16:56.80.

The top five scorers ran sub 20s including Alyssa Laspada (34th, 19:13.00), Jenna Saunders (37th, 19:1820), Sophia Camacho (39th, 19:27.30) and Jordan Torres (43rd, 19:35.10).

Franklin was actually tied with Lewisville Marcus but its sixth runner Amanda Sotelo placed four spots better than the Marcus runner to give the Cougars the bid to state.

Southlake Carroll, Copell and Lewisville Flower Mound also advanced to state.

Other 6A girls to make state are Americas senior Mariana Guzman (14th, 18:14.40), Karyme Garcia, junior, Montwood (15th, 18:16.20) and Coronado freshman Kyra Walker (22nd, 18:33.80).

Americas was ninth with 246 points and Coronado was 10th with 280 points.

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The Eastwood boys defended its Region 1 title and now look for its second straight Class 5A State championship.

Class 5A

 The Eastwood boys defended its Region 1 title and now look for its second straight Class 5A State championship.

The Troopers placed four runners in the top 10 – senior Elias Perez (fourth, 14:57.80), senior Juan Olmos (seventh, 15:11.50), junior Nathan Hernandez (eighth, 15:12.60) and junior Sergio Leon-Cuartas (tenth, 15:30.60) – to win with 57 points.

Junior Victor Parra was 28th in 15:55.90 to round out the top 5.

Eastwood’s average was 15:21.70.

Hanks was second with 84 points, Grapevine was third with 91 and Aledo was fourth with 167 points.

In the individual race, seniors Graydon Morris from Aledo and Hanks senior Michael Abeyta put on another show. Morris won the individual title in 14:32.30 while Abeyta was second in 14:35.10. Hanks senior Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 14:51.30.

Other scoring runners for the Knights were Alejandro Tarin (22nd, 15:33.70), Omar Munoz (27th, 15:55.70) and Gael Alvarado (30th, 15:57.40)

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Hanks finished second in the the Region 1-5A race and will be advance to state.

Also advancing are Grapevine and Aledo.

Eastlake sophomore Israel David was fifth in 14:59.10 and Chapin senior Angel Contreras was 14th in 15:32.00 to advance to state for the second straight year.

Burges was seventh with 236 points, Chapin was 12th with 302 points, Horizon was 15th with 388 points and El Paso High was 17th with 433 points.

On the girl’s side Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson and Eastwood sophomore Lauren Walls-Portillo are making return trips to state. Peterson was seventh in 18:17.70 and Walls-Portillo was tenth in 18:26.60. Racing in her first state meet will be junior Melody Tsutsumi who was 23rd regionals (19:07.60).

Eastwood just missed out on a second straight state appearance finishing fifth with 133 points. Advancing to state out of Region 1 will be Grapevine, Canyon Randall, Colleyville Heritage and Amarillo.

Jefferson was sixth with 141 points, Burges eighth with 250, Eastlake 12th with 346, Canutillo 16th with 386 points and Del Valle 18th with 441 points.

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The San Elizario Eagles retained the top spot at Regionals, winning with 64 points and will advance to the state meet for the sixth year in a row.

Class 4A

The San Elizario Eagles retained the top spot at Regionals, winning with 64 points and will advance to the state meet for the sixth year in a row.

After winning four Regionals in row, the Eagles finished third last year.

San Elizario had three runners in the 10 – Edwin Gomez (second, 14:53.50), Rene Arambula (ninth, 15:55.00) and Dilan Sanchez (tenth, 15:55.60) and five in the top 25 – Irvin Vazquez (19th, 16:19.40) and Alan Ceballos (24th, 16:26.70).

Decatur was second with 68 points, Andrews was third with 92 and Canyon was fourth with 121 points.

Fabens finished 10th with 336 points and Clint was 23rd with 593 points.

Also advancing to state is Mt. View junior Joshua Gonzalez (14th, 16:09.50).

For the girls, a pair of Mt. View runners – junior Kayhla Talavera and senior Nicole Estrada – and San Elizario junior Karina Gallegos advanced to state.

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Mt. View junior Kayhla Talavera, senior Nicole Estrada and junior Joshua Gonzalez are Class 4A state qualifiers.

Talavera was fourth in the 2-mile race, finishing in 12:05.50, Estrada was 10th in 12:18.50 and Gallegos was 28th in 12:49.20. Estrada raced in last year’s state meet.

Canyon won the event with 47 points followed by Argyle with 89, Hereford was third with 97 and Decatur was fourth with 109 points.

San Elizario was the top county school finishing 11th with 314 points followed by Mt. View with 321 for 12th place and Clint was 17th with 469 points.

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Tornillo had a pair of Region 1-3A champions – freshman Kylene Elias and senior Ofir Ortega.

Class 3A

The big news coming out of Tornillo is freshman Kylene Elias who won the Region 1 championship, racing the two-mile course in 11:57.60.

She is believed to be the first female runner to win the Region out of Tornillo.

To make matters more interesting, she raced the majority of the race with only one shoe.

Holliday won the title with 102 points followed by Wall (148), Presidio (184) and Abernathy (215) – all state qualifiers.

Tornillo was seventh with 250 points. Sophomores Wendy Garcia (19th, 12:53.60) and Olivia Garcia (22nd, 12:58.20) had top 25 performances.

About 30 minutes after the girls race, senior Ofir Ortega went out and won the boy’s race in 16:06.00, propelling the Coyotes to a second place regional finish with 85 points.

Presidio won the event, one point ahead of Tornillo.

Tonillo’s next four – Bryan Guzman (18th, 17:15.40), Bryan Garcia (19th, 17:16.00), Michael Maney (23rd, 17:18.30) and Angel Torres (24th, 17:19.70) – all had top 25 runs.

Crane was third with 134 points and Boyd was fourth with 137.

This is the tenth time in 11 years the Coyotes have qualified for the state championship.

 

El Paso’s best take on Region of Doom

Make Plans

What: Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

When: Monday, Oct. 28. Times (MST):  3A Girls, 10 a.m.; 3A Boys, 10:30 a.m.; 4A Girls, 11 a.m.; 4A Boys, 11:30 a.m.; 5A Girls, Noon.; 5A Boys, 12:30 p.m.; 6A Girls, 1 p.m.; 6A Boys, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

At Stake: Top four teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the UIL Cross Country State Championship, Nov. 9 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

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Hanks Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera, along with Eastwood, will do their best to return to the Class 5A Cross County State Championship.

The best of the best in Region 1 will converge on the South Plains of Texas on Monday for the annual qualifying round for the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock is where hundreds of high school runners from El Paso to Dallas will compete for the ultimate trip to Round Rock and a chance to race for a state title.

Region 1 – known around the state as the Region of Doom because of the amount of talented teams and individual harriers, is where many of those dreams are realized – or, in many cases – doomed.

Last fall, six teams enjoyed the experience of advancing to state – Americas’ boys in Class 6A, Burges’ boys and Eastwood’s boys and girls in Class 5A, San Elizario boys in Class 4A, and Tornillo’s boys in Class 3A.

Here is what’s in store for this year’s regional girl’s races:

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The Franklin girls need a monster performance in order to qualify for a Class 6A state berth. The team is more than capable of performing well on Monday.

Class 6A

 Franklin, Coronado and Americas advanced, as did Socorro twins Jazmin and Janeth Chacon and Montwood’s Alexa Rangel and Karyme Garcia.

Last year, Franklin was ninth with 269 points, Americas 11th with 308 and Coronado was 12th with 331.

Franklin junior Eva Jess finished 8th last year in a time 17:46.05 and qualified to the state championship.

“If I have a really good meet, I could win it so that’s what I’m shooting for,” Jess said. “Of course I want to make it back to state and do good there, that’s the end goal, but regionals is the first step toward state.”

The team race will come down to traditional state powers Southlake Carroll, Coppell, Flower Mound and Keller.

However, the young and talented Franklin Cougars are prowling, watch for them to challenge Keller for the final spot to state out of Region 1.

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For the Eastwood girls to be able to return to the UIL Class 5A Cross Country Championship, they will need help in the back end of the pack.

Class 5A

Eastwood, Jefferson, Eastlake, Canutillo, Del Valle and Burges will compete for state individual and team berths while Austin’s Mora Montes, Horizon’s Destiny Beltran and Andrea Villagomez and Angelina Lujan-Marrufo and Joselyn Heaven Perez from Parkland will compete as individuals.

Grapevine won the region last year followed by Amarillo and Eastwood was third. Watch for these three, along with Colleyville Heritage fight it out for positions.

“I expect really good competition,” said Lauren Walls-Portillo, a sophomore at Eastwood and defending District 1-5A champion. “It’s going to come down to who is stronger and who gives it their all. I’m expecting really strong runners including my teammates.”

It was the first time since 1988 a girl’s team from Eastwood competed at the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

Walls-Portillo is looking forward to another opportunity for the Troopers to advance to the state meet.

“We have a very high chance of making it to state because our team is much stronger this year,” she said. “We’ve seen what we can do after last year and we can do it again.”

Jefferson was fifth with 143 points – seven points shy of qualifying for state – Eastlake was ninth with 177 points, Burges was 13th (387 points) and Canutillo was 19th (517).

Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson, the two-time District 1-5A champ, was fifth at last year’s regional in 18:33.00) and advanced to state.

“Mentally, I need to be stronger and I need to have a positive mindset that I’m going to do great and I’m going to go back to state,” she said.

This time, she hopes to bring her team with her.

“This season, we’ve all been really close,” she said. “We’ve opened up more with each other and have bonded closer than ever. That really helps us on the course, because we don’t allow anyone to fall behind and if they do, we each know there’ll be someone there to pick them up.”

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

Class 4A

 Mt. View, San Elizario and Clint will represent the county schools in Class 4A.

Last year, Mt. View senior Nicole Estrada finished the girls Class 4A regional 2-mile race in 12:41.90 and qualified for the UIL State Meet. San Elizario’s girls finished in 13th place.

Kayhla Talavera, a junior at Mt.View, won the District 1-4A championship, her first varsity win.

“I’m excited about going to regionals,” she said. “It’s going to be my first time so hopefully it turns out great. I have to run around 11:45 to get to state. I’ve run a 10:49 two-mile so it’s something I can do, it’s within my grasp.”

Class 3A

The Tornillo Coyotes are off to regionals for the first time in team history.

Tornillo placed three runners – Kylene Elias (first, 12:16.78), Olivia Garcia (second, 12:45.50) and Wendy Garcia (fifth,12:56.87) – in the top 5 at the District 1-3A championship where the team finished second.

Look for the freshman sensation Kylene Elias to advance to the state championship.

Boys

Here is what’s in store for this year’s regional boy’s races:

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Coronado’s Nick Gonzales will look for a top 5 performance at regionals while the Americas boys are looking to to return to the state championship.

Class 6A

 Americas, Coronado and Franklin will represent El Paso again this year.

The Trailblazers finished fourth last year with 134 points, earning themselves the final spot to the state meet, the team’s first trip to state.

The team has three of the five scoring runners from that squad returning including Jacob Ye (22nd, 15:33.30), Jared Laverty (27th15:42.20) and Gage Garcia (45th, 16:00.50). Also back is Seth Andrade and Melo Corral. The newest addition is senior Hector Sanchez who was third at district in 16:08.19.

Coronado finished in eighth place with 255 points and Franklin was 10th with 278 points.

Coronado senior Nick Gonzalez was eighth at last year’s meet with a 15:12.10 which earned him a trip to state.

“I want to be in the top five at regionals,” Gonzalez said. “That’s what I’m shooting for. I know I have to get better rest this week and prepare better than I have been but it’s something that I know I can do.”

The boys team battle will be epic – which it is every year in this region.

Flower Mound has been the best team in Texas all year and should win the region, unless Southlake Carroll comes out and does something special, which they are very capable of.

The final two spots will come down to Coppell, Lewisville Marcus and Americas.

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For the second year in a row, Dylan Espinoza will represent Bowie at the Region 1-5A Cross Country Meet.

Class 5A

Eastwood, Burges, Chapin, Horizon, El Paso and Hanks are off to regionals as are:  Jarrett Ketchmark, Andress; Dylan Espinoza, Bowie; Israel David, Eastlake; Miquel Avila, Del Valle and Evan Rubio, Ysleta.

The Troopers are the defending Region 1-5A at Class 5A state champions.

Eastwood easily won the meet placing it’s scoring runners in 4-6-7-8 and 15th place for 40 points. Burges also advanced with a fourth-place finish.

Eastwood returns three of the top five scoring runners including Juan Olmos (sixth, 15:35.50), Sergio Cuartas (seventh, 15:37.30) and Elias Perez (eighth, 15:39.90).

Grapevine, Aledo and Hanks – powered by seniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera and sophomore Gael Alvarado – will also be in contention.

“I want to win, of course and definitely run a good time,” said Abeyta the four-time District 2-5A champ.  “I’m shooting for a 14:38. I’m focusing on my team right now because they work so hard and I love them like brothers. The goal for me is to win state but as a team, I hope our team can qualify.”

Individually, Abeyta and Rivera finished 2-3 in 15:12.70 and 15:20.40 to advance. Eastlake sophomore Israel David finished 13th in 15:48.90 and Chapin senior Angel Contreras (18th, 15:57.50) also hope to return to state.

“Hopefully we can make it to state as a team,” said Contreras who won the District 1-5A crown. “I’m going to fight strong to make it as an individual but try even harder to help get my team there.”

As a team, Hanks finished sixth with 188 points and Chapin was ninth (260).

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Chapin, Burges and El Paso High are the District 1-5A representatives to the Region 1-5A Meet in Lubbock.

Class 4A

San Elizario, Fabens, Clint and Joshua Gonzalez from Mt. View will travel to Lubbock on Monday.

San Elizario finished third with 87 points last year but junior Edwin Gomez defended his individual title in 15:17.90.

Andrews won the team title with 63 points, Canyon was second with 78 points, San Elizario third and Decatur fourth (117). These same four should do battle again.

“The team is ready to make another run at a state title,” Gomez said.

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San Elizario

Class 3A

Tornillo, the four-time defending Region 3A champ, missed out on their fifth, finishing two points behind Boyd last year.

Tornillo finished second with 91 points.

Only five points separated the top three teams.

Senior Ofir Ortega was second overall in 16:04.70.

 

 

High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 10

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.

This week’s schedule:

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

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

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Saturday morning at the Chamizal National Memorial Park was filled with fast times and competitive running at districts.

Top 10

1, Franklin:  The Cougars defended its District 1-6A title, placing all five of its scoring runners in the top 15 for 48 points. Eva Jess broke the Chamizal National Memorial course record in 17:45.44 to win individual honors. Jordan Torres was 10th in 20:20.65. Franklin advances to the 1-6A Regionals in Lubbock on Monday.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers also defended its District 2-5A championship with 28 points, placing four runners in the top 10 including back-to-back district champion Lauren Walls-Portillo (19:51.24). Meadow Ortiz was second in 20:37.63, Desiree Carrillo was fifth in 20:47.12 and Trinity Martinez was seventh 20:55.64. They will compete at the Region 1-5A meet in Lubbock on Monday.

3, Jefferson: The Foxes jump up another spot winning back-to-back District 1-5A championships with 29 points. When at full strength, this team is dangerous. Crystal Peterson, last year’s District 1-5A champion, also repeated, winning in 19:44.97. Other top 5 finishers were Melody Tsutsumi (second, 20:01.32) and Monique Correa (fourth, 20:31.48). Jefferson advances to the Region 1-5A meet in Lubbock.         

4, Coronado: The T-Birds jump up three spots after its second-place finish at the District 1-6A Championship. Coronado scored 61 points with two runners – Kyra   Walker (fifth, 19:54.51) and Sophia Flores (sixth, 19:56.70) in the top 10. Coronado advances to the 1-6A Regionals in Lubbock on Monday.

5, Americas: The Trailblazers dropped two spots after its third-place finish at the District 1-6A Championship. Mariana Guzman was the district runner-up (19:18.82) and Daphne Duran was ninth in 20:14.91. They will race at the Region 1-6A meet in Lubbock.

6, Eastlake: The Falcons move up one after placing second at the District 2-5A championship with 74 points. Megan Kirtley was Eastlake’s top runner, clocking a            20:46.63. Eastlake will race at the Region 1-5A meet in Lubbock on Monday.

7, Montwood. The Rams move down one spot after just missing out on a trip to the Region 1-6A meet. However, two runners – Alexa Rangel (fourth, 19:45.52) and Karyme Garcia (eighth, 20:11.81) – will advance to regionals as individuals.

8, Burges: The Mustangs scored 45 points and finished second at the District 1-5A Championship and will head to Lubbock for regionals. The Mustangs showed some great pack running finishing 6-7-8 and 9. Annette Guzman finished in 20:53.87, Emilee Antimo in 21:03.30, Pam Ramirez in 21:04.37 and Evonna Walker in 21:09.75. They will race at the Region 1-5A championship.

9, Canutillo: The Eagles return to the Top 10 after its third-place finish at the District 2-5A race.  Chondra Espino was fifth in 20:52.89 and Natalie Rivera was tenth in 21:15.61. The team will travel to Lubbock to compete in the Region 1-5A race.

10, Tornillo. For the first time ever, the Coyotes are in the Top 10 after qualifying for the Region 1-3A championship in Lubbock. Tornillo placed three runners – Kylene   Elias (first, 12:16.78), Olivia Garcia (second, 12:45.50) and Wendy Garcia (fifth,  2:56.87) – in the top 5 at the District 1-3A championship where the team finished second.

Dropped out: Hanks.

On the brink: El Paso High, Del Valle.

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Chondra Espino finished fifth at the District 2-5A championship to help lead Canutillo to third place a trip to regionals.

Top times (3 mile or 5K)

 1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 17:51.64 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

2, Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18:17.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

3, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 18:27.33 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

4, Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 18:45.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

5, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 18:54.08 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

6, Sophie Watts, Eastwood, 18:55.06 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

7, Adaila Olmos, Eastwood, 18:59.09 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

8, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 19:05.00 (Denton Guyer, 9/14).

9, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 19:10.54 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

10, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 19:14.39 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

11, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19:20.73 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

12, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 19:22.00 (Denton Guyer, 9/14).

13, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 19:22.69 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

14, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 19:26.24 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

15, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 19:28.70 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

 16, Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 19:29.39 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

17, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:29.60 (Mae Simmons Park, 8/28).

18, Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 19:37.63 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

19, Morayma, Montes, Austin, 19:41.17 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

20, Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 19:43.00. (Denton Guyer, 9/14)

21, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 19:44.53 (Veterans Park, 9/14).

22, Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 19:45.05 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/21).

23, Marcela Perches, Coronado 19:45.71 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

24, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 19:48.77 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

25, Pam Ramirez, Burges, 19:50.33 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/21).

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The District 1-6A will be represented in Lubbock by Franklin, Americas and Coronado.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 90 (9).

2, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 68 (5).

3, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 64 (1).

4, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 60 (1).

5, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 55 (1).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 53.

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 50.

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 36.

9, Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 35.

10, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 34 (2).

Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 33.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 31 (1).

Jordan Torres, Franklin, 30.

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 28 (1).

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 26.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 26.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 24.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 22 (1).

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 22.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 21.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 20, (1).

Annette Guzman, Burges, 19.

Daphne Duran, Americas, 18.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 17.

Karina Gallegos, San Elizario, 16.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 15.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 15.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 14.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 14.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 13.

Chondra Espino, Canutillo, 13.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 13.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 13.

Anisa Sanchez, Del Valle, 12.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 10.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 8.

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 8.

America Morales, San Elizario,  7.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Sofia Fodor, Coronado, 6.

Mariah Martinez, Loretto, 6.

Brisa  Aguilar, Clint, 6.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Luisa Ramirez, Coronado, 5.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 5.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 5.

Grettel Aguilar, Irvin, 4.

Ivy Lara, Canutillo, 4.

Maya Ramirez, Americas, 4.

Trinity Martinez, Eastwood, 4.

Janice Olivas, Clint, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 3.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 3.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 3.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 3.

Vanessa Preciado, Canutillo, 3.

Kassandra Jimenez, Young Women, 3.

Pam Ramirez, Burges, 3.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 3.

Emily  Guerrero, San Elizario, 3.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Shayla Cohen Jones, El Paso, 2.

Joselyn Heaven Perez, Parkland, 2.

Madeline Estrada, Mt. View,  2.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Julie Canales, Montwood, 1.

Sydney Puentes, Coronado, 1.

Vivian Zapata, Clint,  1.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 1.