High School Girls XC Poll: Week 5

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

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

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

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The Bel Air girls crack the El Paso Running Top 10 for the first time this season. They Highlanders placed fourth at Skyline Park.

1. Eastwood:The Troopers rested last week. They will race at the 38thWoodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. Eastwood will compete in the Girls Varsity Rated Race at 9 p.m. Saturday.

2. Franklin:The Cougars won its third championship of the season, taking the Chapin Invitational at Skyline Park with 34 points, 14 points in front of Americas. Franklin runners finished 1-2-8-11 and 12. Eva Jess took individual honors finishing the partly desert course in 19:15.11. Amalia Dorion was third in 20:58.52.  Franklin will run the Hanks/Ysleta Invitational at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

3. Americas:The Trailblazers placed second at Skyline Park with 48 points. Daphne Duran again led the way finishing fourth in 21:00.14. Priscilla Villalobos was fifth 21:05.44 and Lauren Anderson was sixth in 21:12.85.  The Trailblazers will not race this week.

4. Eastlake: Eastlake did not race. They are expected to race at the Northeast Regional Park.

5. Coronado: The T-Birds ran at the Southlake Carroll Meet where senior Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy placed 11thout of 163 runners in 19:37.  Coronado will compete at Northeast Regional Park on Saturday.

6. Montwood: The Rams did not race on Saturday. They will compete at the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park.

7. Socorro:The Bulldogs move up three spots after its third place finish at Skyline Park with 66 points.  Jazmin Chacon paced Socorro finishing seventh in 21:18.41. The team will travel to Arvada, Colorado to race in the Arvada West Invitational.

8. Horizon:The Scorpions did not race on Saturday. The team is scheduled to run at Veterans Park on Saturday.

9. Clint:The Lions did not run a full team last week. They will run at Veterans Park.

10. Bel Air:The Highlanders make its Top 10 debut after its fourth place finish at Skyline Park. Bel Air’s top five finished 16-18-19-27-28 for 108 points. Bel Air take a week off before returning to action Sept. 22 at the Franklin Invitational at the Haskins Recreation Center.

Dropped out: Hanks.

On the brink: None.

Americas junior Daphne Duran has been the lead runner for most of the season for the Trailblazers. She has the city’s fourth fastest time, clocking a 19:07.87 at the Race to Midnight Invitational at Socorro’s Student Activities Center.

Top 25 Times

1, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 18:18.45 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

2, Eva Jess, Franklin, 18:44.37 (Del Valle, 9/21).

3, Mariana Guzman, Americas, 19:06.79 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

4, Daphne Duran, Americas, 19:07.87 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

5, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 19:08.71 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

6, Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 19:20.34 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

7, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 19:29.21 (Canutilllo Invite, 8/25).

8, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 19:37.00 (Southlake, 9/8).

9, Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 19:42.68 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

10, Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 19:54.27 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

11, Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 19:56.74 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

12, Lauren Anderson, Americas 20:07.55 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

13, Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 20:09.16 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

14, Morayma Montes, Austin, 20:15.24 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

15, Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 20:21.12 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

16, Diane Mena, Montwood, 20:26.84 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

17, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 20:28.66 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

18, Ruby Medina, Eastlake, 20:33.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

19, Stephanie Gastelum, Eastlake, 20:22.11 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

20, Caitlin Martinez, Eastlake, 20:40.10 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

21, Giselle Rubio, Eastlake, 20:40.30 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

22, Victoria Duran, Americas, 20:56.82 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

23, Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 20:59.37 (Del Valle, 9/1).

24, Britney Martinez, Loretto, 21:00.34 (Canutillo Invite, 8/25).

25, Rosemary Torres, Bel Air, 21:01.89 (Race to Midnight, SAC, 8/17).

There are two major cross country meets in El Paso on Saturday – the Hanks/Ysleta Invitational at Northeast Regional Park and the Loretto/Cathedral Invitational at Veterans Park. Both start at 8 a.m.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Eva Jess, Franklin, 40 (4).

2, Amalia Dorion, Franklin, 31.

3, Angeline Lujan, Parkland, 29 (2).

4, Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy, Coronado, 27.

4, Aeriel Garcia, Eastlake, 27 (1).

6, Daphne Duran, Americas, 26.

7, Skyler Goodman, Chapin, 20.

8, Marisol Hernandez, El Paso, 16.

9, Morayma Montes, Austin, 15.

9. Lauren Walls, Eastwood, 15.

9, Natalie Jimenez, Burges, 15.

9, Priscilla Villalobos, Americas, 15.


Lauren Anderson, Americas, 14.

Nicole Estrada, Mt. View, 14.

America Morales, San Elizario, 14.

Eileen McLain, Eastwood, 12.

Jazmin Chacon, Socorro, 10 (1)

Kenia Enriquez, Horizon, 10.

Amaris Chavez, Eastlake, 10.

Janeth Chacon, Socorro, 10.

Deserie Herrera, Eastlake, 10.

Vivian Zapata, Clint, 10.

Mariana Guzman, Americas, 9.

Britney Martinez, Loretto, 9.

Meadow Ortiz, Eastwood, 9.

Marcela Perches, Loretto, 6.

Jocelyn Castro, Fabens, 6.

Emilia Fontes, Socorro, 5.

Brisa Aguilar, Clint, 5.

Karyme Garcia, Montwood, 5.

Sophia Flores, Coronado, 5.

Katelyn Robles, Del Valle, 5.

Ivette Rojas, Jefferson, 5.

Evonna Walker, Burges, 5.

Rosalinda Reza, Mt. View, 4.

Destiny Beltran, Horizon, 4.

Adalia Olmos, Eastwood, 4.

Ana Rojas, Socorro, 4.

Demi Garcia, Socorro, 3.

Jacqueline Castillo, Clint, 3.

Valerie Gonzalez, Pebble Hills, 2.

Natalia Perez, San Elizario, 2.

Amaryllis Rubalcaba, Eastwood, 2.

Diane Mena, Montwood, 1.

Karen Garcia, Jefferson, 1.

Lynette Rocha, Clint, 1.

Amaya Foran, Andress, 1.

Destiney Martinez, Eastwood, 1.

Natalia Espinosa, Montwood, 1.

Paulina Friare, Hanks, 1.

Desiree Carrillo, Eastwood, 1.

2018 Girls XC Preseason Top 10: Eastwood looks to keep top spot


1. Eastwood: The Troopers return four runners from last year’s 6th place Region 1-6A team including its top runner junior Destiny Martinez who was 34th at regionals. Also returning are juniors Meadow Ortiz, Eileen McLain and Andrea Miramontes. Because of UIL reclassification, the defending District 1-6A champ will compete in District 2-5A.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers are the favorite in District 1-6A. The team is led by a strong junior class including Daphne Duran, Priscilla Villalobos, Victoria Duran and Mariana Guzman. Duran is the top returnee. She finished 25th at regionals last year. The team had a top ten finish at the Regional placing 7th.

3. Coronado: The T-Birds are primed to compete for a District 1-6A title with the return of Jenelle Darakjy for her senior year. Darakjy was 6th at the Region 1-6A race and 22nd at the state meet. A pair of juniors – Sophia Flores and Sydney Puentes – and senior Lilian Breceda are expected to give Americas a run for the district title.

Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy
Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy is hoping for a third straight trip to the Class 6A UIL State Cross Country Championship in November.

4. Eastlake: The Falcons have an opportunity to do something special with the addition of Horizon transfer senior Aeriel Garcia and the return of last year’s District 2-5A champion senior Amaris Chavez. Last year, Garcia finished second in District 2-5A and 10th at regionals to advance to the state meet for the second straight year. Eastlake was second at district and 12th at regionals.

5. Montwood: The young Rams are ready to contend for a top three District 1-6A spot and a trip to regionals. The upstart Rams will be led by sophomores Karyme Garcia (sixth at district) and Jocelyn Ponce. Juniors Diana Mena and Sarah Diaz should be much improved, as well. Garcia placed 25th at the Region 1-6A Meet.

6. Horizon: The Scorpions are the defending District 2-5A champion, a team that finished 9th at regionals. Junior Destiny Beltran will lead the relatively young team. Beltran was fourth in district last year and 35th at regionals. Sophomores Andrea Villagomez and Kenia Enriquez will be counted on to score as will junior Jessica Floriano and senior Jasmine Baltazer.

7. Chapin: The Huskies have great senior leadership in District 1-5A champion senior Skyler Goodman. Chapin was 13th at regionals. Goodman placed fourth at regionals and 31stat the state meet. Sophomore Angela Astorga and seniors Ysabelle Grubb and Siona Astorga are seeking solid seasons and a return to the regional meet.

8. Franklin: It all starts with all-everything Eva Jess. The sophomore star runner is the reigning District 1-6A champion, fifth place finisher at the region and state meets. Seniors Kimberly Melton, Natalie Linford and Amalia Dorion will need to up their game if the Cougars have a shot at a regional berth.

Eva Jess
Franklin’s Eva Jess looks to improve on last year’s successful freshman campaign.

9. El Paso High: The Tigers are the defending District 1-5A champion and with the core of that team returning, it looks likely they will contend for it again this year. Juniors Lucia Chavira and Marisol Hernandez will lead the charge to a return to regionals where the team finished 18th. Three sophomores – Vivian Shaheen, Alissa Kennedy and Camille Watts – round out the top 5.

10. San Elizario: The Eagles return five of its top runners from last season’s 7th place Region 1-4A team including its top runner junior Yajary Quiroz who finished 13that last year’s regional and 59th at the state meet. She joins classmate Natalia Perez and sophomores America Morales, Emily Guerrero and Desiree Lopez. Morales was placed 57th at state and 14th at regionals last year as a freshman.

On the brink: Socorro, Pebble Hills, Canutillo.