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.

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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

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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.

District titles earned as many teams and individuals defend titles

Who advanced?

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

Boys

Class 6A: Americas, Coronado and Franklin.

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

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

Class 3A: Tornillo.

Girls

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

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

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

Class 3A: Tornillo.

What’s next

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a rundown on the district races.

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

District 1-6A

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

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

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

Morales finished in 15:49.52.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 1-5A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 2-5A

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

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

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

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

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

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

Horizon surprised the district in taking third with 100 points.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

District 1-4A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clint was third with 43 points.

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

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

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District Girl’s Preview: Teams, individuals seek regional berths

Make Plans

 What: District Cross Country Championship.

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

Where: Chamizal National Memorial Park, 800 S. San Marcial.

 At Stake: Top three teams and top 10 individuals make it to the Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 28 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

Girls Pack Chamizal
Teams and individual runners will race for district championships on Saturday at Chamizal National Memorial.

Four team and individual titles will be on the line at Saturday’s district cross country championship at Chamizal National Memorial Park.

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

District 1-6A girls at a glance:

 2018 District Champion: Franklin.

2018 Individual District Champion: Eva Jess, Franklin.

2018 Regional qualifiers: Franklin, Americas, Coronado.

 The Franklin Cougars have been dominant in their undefeated season.

With junior Eva Jess, who owns the city’s best time, leading the young Franklin team, there is no reason why things will be any different on Saturday.

Four Franklin runners – freshman Alyssa Laspada, sophomore Jordan Torres and sophomore Jenna Saunders – have city-best Top 25 times.

Americas has been steady all season, particularly senior Mariana Guzman who has had a strong comeback season after a series of injures hampered her junior year. Her classmate Daphne Duran has also been a top point getter for the Trailblazers.

 The Trailblazers have the depth to advance to the regional round.

For the battle of third and final spot will come down to Socorro, Montwood and Coronado.

Each school has a solid 1-2 punch, Socorro with twin sisters seniors Jazmin and Janeth Chacon; Montwood junior Karyme Garcia and sophomore Alexa Rangel and freshman Kyra Walker and senior Sophia Flores from Coronado.

The determining factor will be which team’s 3-4-5 runners will emerge on race day.

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Socorro seniors Jazmin and Janeth Chacon hope to lead the Bulldogs to a regional berth.

District 1-5A girls at a glance:

2018 District Champion: Jefferson.

2018 Individual District Champion: Crystal Peterson, Jefferson.

2018 Regional team qualifiers: Jefferson, Canutillo, Burges.

Jefferson has been building up for championship season, pacing themselves the past two months in preparation of defending their title.

Sophomore Crystal Peterson was limited in her racing this season which probably bodes well for her as she attempts to duplicate 2018’s success at district, regional and state.

The Foxes have a wealth of talent including junior Melody Tsumi, sophomore Monique Correa and seniors Ivette Rojas and Karen Garcia giving them enough on Saturday.

Burges has had a roller coaster season. Sophomore Annette Guzman and senior Evonna Walker and junior Emilee Antimo should have solid races for the Mustangs which should be good enough to qualify to regionals.

The final spot to Lubbock will most likely come down to El Paso High and Canutillo.

The Tigers will be led by a trio of runners – junior Alissa Kennedy and a pair of freshmen, Jezarae Valenzuela and Shayla Cohen Jones.

Canutillo freshman Natalie Rivera has shown some promise this season, winning the Gadsden Invitational. Senior Yulissa Ortega and sophomore Ivy Lara need to have big-time races in order for the Eagles to qualify to regionals.

Also, individually, watch for Austin freshman Elizabeth Hernandez and sophomore Mora Montes to make a run at qualifying.

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Austin freshman Elizabeth Hernandez and Bel Air sophomore Abigail Murillo will be ones to look for in the District 1-5A race.

District 2-5A girls at a glance:

2018 District Champion: Eastwood.

2018 Individual District Champion: Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood.

2018 Regional team qualifiers: Eastwood, Eastlake, Horizon.

 The Eastwood Troopers are seeking back-to-back District 2-5A championships.

With the likes of El Paso Top 10 runners sophomores Lauren Walls-Portillo and Adaila Olmos, junior Desiree Carrillo, senior Meadow Ortiz and freshman Sophie Watts, a return trip to state is a possibility.

After Eastwood, the next two spots to regionals is a toss up between Eastlake, Hanks and Bel Air.

Each of these three teams has shown promise this season, spending some weeks in the El Paso Running Top 10.

Eastlake junior Megan Kirtley and sophomore Ruby Medina and freshman Kiana Matsuda have paced the Falcons this season.

Hanks has started to come on strong since racing at the Desert Twilight Invitational in Case Grande, Ariz. Sophomore Mia Rivera has emerged as one of the top runners for the Knights to go along with sophomore Madison Spencer and junior Madeline Rocha.

Bel Air sophomore Abigail Murillo has been the workhorse for the Highlanders. Juniors Rosemary Torres and Sara Armendariz will need to come up big if the Highlanders have any shot at regionals.

Individually, keep tabs on Horizon junior Destiny Beltran and Parkland junior Angelina Lujan-Marrufo who are seeking top 10 finishes and a trip to regionals.

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Horizon junior Destiny Beltran is looking for a breakout performance in the District 2-5A Championship with a top 10 finish and a berth to regionals.

District 1-4A girls at a glance:

2018 District Champion: San Elizario.

2018 Individual District Champion: Nicole Estrada, Mt. View.

2018 Regional team qualifiers: San Elizario, Clint, Mt. View.

 This one is easy.

Fabens is not fielding a team so San Elizario, Clint and Mt. View will all advance to regionals.

San Elizario will be going after its fourth straight district title. The team is led by juniors Karina Gallegos, Emily Guerrero and America Morales, along with sophomore Esmeralda Arroyos.

Clint and San Elizario actually finished tied with 36 points last year but because San Elizario’s sixth runner placed three places higher than the Clint runner, the Eagles were declared the district champion.

Clint is paced by senior Brisa Aguilar and freshman Janice Olivas and junior Vivian Zapata.

Mt. View junior Kayhla Talavera is the odds on favorite to win her first district title but teammate and defending champion senior Nicole Estrada will be right there with her.

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Mt. View senior Nicole Estrada is the defending District 1-4A champion. She hopes to defend her title on Saturday

High School Girl’s XC Poll: Week 8

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:

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

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

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

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The El Paso cross country season is heading into its final stretch with most of the teams resting their runners this week in preparation for districts next Saturday, Oct. 19 a the Chamizal National Memorial.

Top 10

1, Franklin:  The Cougars finished with three runners in the top 10 to win the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial on Saturday with 50 points.  Junior Eva Jess remains unchallenged this fall, winning in 18:35.71, freshman Alyssa Laspada was seventh in 20:27.77 and sophomore Jordan Torres was tenth in 20:49.50. This was Franklin’s seventh meet championship. The varsity – except for Jess who is scheduled to race the West El Paso Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center – will rest in preparation of the District 1-6A Championship Oct. 19.

2, Eastwood: The Troopers did not race on Saturday. They too will rest this week.

3, Americas: The Trailblazers placed ninth out of 18 teams in the Elite Division of Nike South Invitational in The Woodlands. Senior Mariana Guzman continues her strong season finishing third out of 120 runners in 18:51.3. Senior Daphne Duran was 21st in 19:39.5. The Trailblazers will race the 2-mile Dale Reinhardt Invitational at Eastlake High School on Saturday.

4, Jefferson: The Foxes jump up three spots after finally running at full strength to take second place at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial. Jefferson, which scored 74 points, had three runners in the top 13 including sophomore Crystal Peterson, last year’s District 1-5A champion, who finished third in 19:58.49, junior Melody Tsumi (fourth, 20:04.7) and sophomore Monique Correa (13th, eighth (20:55.90).

 5, Socorro: The Bulldogs remain at No. 5. Senior Janeth Chacon ran at the Flower Mound Invitational and finished the 19:39.61 – 23rd out of 92 runners. The team will run the 2-mile Dale Reinhardt Invitational at Eastlake High School.

6, Montwood. The Rams placed third at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational at Chamizal National Memorial with 135 points. Montwood had two top five runners – junior Karyme Garcia (second, 19:34.58) and sophomore Alexa Rangel (fifth, 20:14.94).

7 (tie), Eastlake: The Falcons move up one after placing fourth at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational. Eastlake and Coronado tied with 137 points but Eastlake’s fifth runner, sophomore Giselle Rubio finished ahead of the Coronado winner to give Eastlake fourth.

 7 (tie), Coronado: The T-Birds drop three spots after its fifth-place finish at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational. Coronado had two top 10 runners – Sophia Flores (sixth, 20:23.68) and Kyra Walker (eighth, 20:38.57). Coronado will race at the West El Paso Invitational at Haskins Recreation Center on Saturday.

9, Burges: The Mustangs scored 152 points and finished sixth at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational to move up one spot. Its top runner was sophomore Annette Guzman who was ninth in 20:49.22. They will rest on Saturday.

10, Hanks: The Knights placed sixth at the Burges/ Jefferson Invitational. Its top runner was freshman Mia Rivera who was 25th in 21:41.69.

Dropped out: Bel Air.

On the brink:  Tornillo.

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Jefferson sophomore Crystal Peterson, last year’s District 1-5A champion, finished third at the Burges/Jefferson Invitational in 19:58.49. last week.

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 Eastlake girls are ranked tied for seventh in the city heading into the championship season. District is set for Oct. 19 at the Chamizal National Memorial.

Power rankings
(number parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 70 (7).

2, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 61 (1).

3, Kylene Elias, Tornillo, 48 (3).

4, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 46 (1).

5, Kyra Walker, Coronado, 45 (1).

6, Melody Tsumi, Jefferson, 44.

7, Sophia Flores, Coronado, 37.

8, Alyssa Laspada, Franklin, 36.

9, Jenna Saunders, Franklin, 33.

10, Jordan Torres, Franklin, 29.

Angelina Lujan-Marrufo, Parkland, 27.

Kayhla Talavera, Mt. View, 21.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 21.

Abagail Murillo, Bel Air, 21.

Natalie Rivera, Canutillo, 19, (1).

Lauren Walls-Portillo, Eastwood, 18.

Mia Rivera, Hanks, 17.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 16 (1).

Daphne Duran, Americas, 16.

Marcela Perches, Coronado, 15.

Annette Guzman, Burges, 14.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 13.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 13.

Crystal Peterson, Jefferson, 12.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Oliva Garcia, Tornillo, 11.

Emilee Antimo, Burges, 9.

Jezarae Valenzuela, El Paso, 8.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 6.

Stephanie Soto, Fabens, 6.

Morayama Montes, Austin, 6.

Alexa Rangel, Montwood, 6.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 5.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 5.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 5.

Wendy Garcia, Tornillo, 4.

Grettel Aguilar, Irvin, 4.

Sofia Camacho, Franklin, 3.

Lauren Anderson, Americas, 3.

Alissa Kennedy, El Paso, 3.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Austin, 3.

Monique Correa, Jefferson, 3.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 2.

Andrea Villagomez, Horizon, 2.

Maryann Padilla, Tornillo, 2.

Destiny Martinez, Eastwood, 2.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 1.

Yulissa Ortega, Canutillo, 1.

Abigail Barraza, Americas, 1.

Julie Canales, Montwood, 1.

Megan Kirtley, Eastlake, 1.

Franklin sweeps at Chamizal; Jess, Abeyta win individual titles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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