Region 1 Roundup: Americas boys, Eastwood girls make team history; 6 teams, 15 individuals advance to state

State Championship Previews

Sunday: Tornillo boys.

Monday: San Elizario boys.

Tuesday: Burges boys.

Wednesday: Eastwood boys and girls.

Thursday: Americas boys.

Friday: Individual qualifiers. Class 6A – Coronado runners senior Liam Walsh, junior Nick Gonzalez and senior Jennelle Jaeger-Daraksy; Franklin senior Jacobo Wedemeyer and sophomore Eva Jess. Class 5A – Hanks juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera; Eastlake’s freshman Israel David and seniors Carlos Armendariz, Aeriel Garcia and Amaris Chavez; Chapin junior Angel Contreras; Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes and Jefferson freshman Crystal Peterson. Class 4A – Mt. View junior Nicole Estrada.

Make Plans

What: UIL State Cross Country Championship.

When:  Saturday Nov. 3. All times (CST): Girls Class 6A, 8:30 a.m.; Boys Class 6A, 9:10 a.m.; Boys Class 3A, 12:10 p.m.; Girls Class 4A, 1:20 p.m.; Boys Class 4A, 1:50 p.m.; Girls Class 5A, 2;30 p.m.; Boys Class 5A, 3:10 p.m.

Where:  Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

At Stake: State team and individual titles.

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Americas made history by become the first team from the school to advance to the UIL State Cross Country Championship.

The Americas boys and the Eastwood girls cross country teams walked off the 3-mile course at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock Monday fully aware of the significance of their performance at the Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

For the first time in their respective school’s history – they qualified for the UIL State Cross Country Championships Nov. 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

Americas boys finished fourth with 134 points, earning themselves the final spot to the state meet. Southlake Carroll won the Region of Doom with 79 points followed by Lewisville Flower Mound (95) and Kelller (117).

Lewisville Marcus was fifth, four points behind Americas.

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Tyler Rodriguez was the Trailblazers No. 1 finishing 14th in 15:25.10 followed by Jacob Ye (22nd, 15:33.30), Jared Laverty (27th15:42.20), Alek Duran (44th, 15:58.50) and Gage Garcia (45th, 16:00.50).

Also headed to state out of Class 6A are Coronado’s Liam Walsh (5th,15:08.60) and Nick Gonzalez (8th, 15:12.10) and Franklin’s Jacobo Wedemeyer (15th, 15:26.10).

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

Jennelle Jaeger-Daraksy from Coronado finished sixth on the girl’s side in 17:44.43, two spots ahead of Franklin’s Eva Jess (17:46.05). Both qualified to the state championship.

Lewisville Flower Mound won the meet with 77 points followed by Southlake Carroll (89), Keller (91) and  Coppell (107), all four qualified to the state meet.

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

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The Eastwood girls qualified for the state championship for the first time, placing third with 127 points. Freshman Lauren Walls was seventh in 18:38.80.

The Eastwood girls qualified for the state championship for the first time, placing third with 127 points.

Eastwood’s top five were Lauren Walls (seventh, 18:38.80), Meadow Ortiz (19th, 19:29.30), Eileen McLain (29th, 19:49.20), Lauren Villareal (44th, 20:13.70) and Destiny Martinez (45th, 20:16,50).

Also qualifying for state in Class 5A are Jefferson’s Crystal Peterson (5th, 18:33.00), Eastlake’s Aeriel Garcia (8th, 18:43.70) and Amaris Chavez (11th, 18:55.90).

Grapevine won the team title with 94 points followed by Amarillo (109), Eastwood (127) and Fort Worth Boswell (136).

Jefferson was 5th with 143 points – 7 points shy of qualifying for state –  Eastlake was 9th with 177 points, Burges 13th (387 points), Horizon 16th (473 points) and Canutillo was 19th (517).

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Eastlake did not qualify a team to state but for individuals will represent the Falcons – freshman Israel David, seniors Aeriel Garcia, Amaris Chavez and and seniors Carlos Armendariz.

The Eastwood boys introduced themselves to Region 1-5A by easily winning the Region 1-5A meet placing it’s scoring runners in 4-6-7-8 and 15th place for 40 points to earn a trip to the state championship. Burges also advances with a 4th place finish.

Grapevine was second with 119 points and Canyon Randall third with 159 points.

Eastwood top five were Kayn Quinones (fourth, 15:32.30), Juan Olmos (sixth, 15:35.50), Sergio Cuartas (seventh, 15:37.30), Elias Perez (eighth, 15:39.90) and Eddie Gallegos (16th, 15:56.80).

Individually, the Hanks duo of Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished 2-3 in 15:12.70 and 15:20.40 to advance. Others to advance to state are Eastlake’s Israel David finished 13th in 15:48.90 and Carlos Armendariz was 16th in 15:56.80, Chapin’s Angel Contreras (18th, 15:57.50) and Andress’ Chauncey Wilkes (19th, 16:03.30).

As a team Hanks finished sixth with 188 points, Chapin ninth (260), Eastlake 10th (281) and Jefferson 12th (297).

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San Elizario finished third in Class 4A with 87 points. Edwin Gomez defended his individual title in 15:17.90. The four-time state champions will move on to the state meet to defend it’s title.

In two surprising results, San Elizario nor Tornillo were able to defend their regional team titles.

San Elizario finished third in Class 4A with 87 points. Edwin Gomez did 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). All four teams will race for state championship.

Mt. View’s 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.

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Tornillo finished second with 91 points and will advance to the state meet seeking its third consecutive medal.

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

Tornillo finished second with 91 points and will advance to the state meet.

Ofir Ortega was second in 16:04.70 and Eddie Carrillo was fourth in 16:23.50

Class 6A Region Preview: Americas boys up to making school history; Jess and Jaeger-Darakjy seek return to state

Region 1 Previews

Friday: Class 4A and Class 3A.

Saturday: Class 5A.

Sunday: Class 6A.

Make Plans

What: Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

When:  Monday, Oct. 22. Times (CST): 6A Girls, 9 a.m.; 6A Boys, 9:30 a.m.; 3A Boys, noon; 4A Girls, 1 p.m.; 4A Boys, 1:30 p.m.; 5A Girls, 2 p.m.; 5A Boys, 2:30 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. 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

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The Americas boys have competed in the worst of conditions this season. The 2018 version is looking to become the first Americas team to advance to the state championship.

Americas cross country coach Kenny Lucero is in a situation many coaches would love to be in.

The Trailblzers, who will compete in the Region 1-6A Championship on Monday, do not have a number one runner.

Instead, they have four runners capable of taking over a race.

“They are interchangeable parts,” Lucero said. “And that’s going to be a huge advantage at regionals. We see it every meet. Tyler (Rodriquez) was our No. 1, Jared Laverty, only a freshman, was our No.2 guy and Jacob (Ye) was our No. 3 guy so you saw those interchangeable parts work again at district.”

Americas has been steady all season, competing in Albuquerque, Lubbock and Round Rock.

“As we move on to regionals and state, if they all feel good on the same day, we could be very dangerous,” Lucero said of the boy’s chances of advancing to state.

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Socorro junior Jazime Chacon finished fifth at the District 1-6A Championship, earning her a trip to the Regional Meet.

The Americas girls, the Coronado boys and girls and the Franklin boys and girls teams will also compete for a spot to the state meet as well as Jazmin Chacon and Mario Luna from Socorro and Matthew Lindesy from Montwood.

Last year, Franklin sophomore Eva Jess and Coronado seniors Liam Walsh and Jenelle Jaeger-Daraksy qualified out of Class 6A.

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Montwood senior Matthew Lindsey is one of two runners not on a qualifying team to advance to regionals. Socorro’s Mario Luna is the other.

“Liam did great last year at regionals and made it to state; I was so proud of him,” said Nick Gonzalez, the District 1-6A champion from Coronado. “Being able to train with our teammates is great. It’s always been important to be able to train with Liam and Alan. We push each other at every workout and during the race. I am very thankful that I have them with me.”

Jess ran a 17:17.03 regional last year, good for fifth place.

“We are doing so great this year,” she said of her team. “We’ve been ranked No. 1 in the city five weeks in a row and ranked second one week so we’re doing really well. We’re all so happy to win district and to be able to go to regionals, that was our goal this year.”

Class 5A regional preview: Eastwood boys seek return to state; Abeyta has unfinished business

Region 1 Previews

Friday: Class 4A and Class 3A.

Saturday: Class 5A.

Sunday: Class 6A.

Make Plans

What: Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

When:  Monday, Oct. 22. Times (CST): 6A Girls, 9 a.m.; 6A Boys, 9:30 a.m.; 3A Boys, noon; 4A Girls, 1 p.m.; 4A Boys, 1:30 p.m.; 5A Girls, 2 p.m.; 5A Boys, 2:30 p.m.

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

At Stake: Top three teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the UIL Cross Country State Championship, Nov. 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

 

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Eastwood senior Kayn Quinones said the out-of-team meets will help the Troopers in the next two races. Eastwood looks to return to the State Cross Country Meet, this time in Class 5A.

Senior Kayn Quinones and his Eastwood Troopers have experienced quite a few quality national and regional meets in the past two years.

Last fall, the Eastwood boys won the Region 1-6A Championship and finished third at the UIL State Cross Country Meet. They also placed third at the Nike South qualifying meet.

This year, the Troopers have competed at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Irvine, Calif. and the pre-Nike Southwest Desert Twilight Classic in Casa Grande, Ariz. – an event which they won.

“Racing in those meets has made a huge difference for us,” Quinones said. “After Woodbridge, I don’t think anything could intimidate us; that start was just blazing. After that race, we knew we wouldn’t see anything like that the rest of the season and we would be fine continuing through.”

Because of UIL realignment, the Troopers are now competing for the Class 5A state championship.

“We need to continue the same thing we’ve been doing all season,” Quinones said of how the team is preparing for regionals. “We’re not going to change anything, we’re treating it just like another race.”

Quinones led the Troopers to its eighth district championship in row, finishing third behind the Hanks junior duo of Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera.

The Region 1-5A Championship will include six teams and 10 athletes from District 1-5A and 2-5A.

Eastwood’s boys and girls qualified as well as both boys and girls from Burges, Eastlake and Jefferson, Chapin and Hanks boys and the Canutillo and Horizon girls.

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Burges sophomore David Gonzalez is going to need to a big Region 1-5A Championship performance if the Mustangs hope to advance to the state meet for the second row in a row.

The Burges boys are also looking to qualify to state for the second straight year.

Also qualifying as individuals are: Chauncey Wilkes and Lloyd Frilot, Andress; Adrian Morales, Irvin; Dylan Espinoza, Bowie; Mora Montes, Austin; Skyler Goodman, Chapin; Marisol Hernandez, El Paso; Caryn Hart, Andress; Angelina Lujan, Parkland and Jaqueline Spencer, Hanks.

Eastwood freshman Lauren Walls, came away with a surprise District 2-5A championship last Friday.

“We’ve had a really good season so far,” she said. “All the girls have improved with every race. It’s been an amazing experience to see us grow like we have.”

She is confident the Troopers will do well in Lubbock.

“We’re going to do great at regionals because we all have each other,” she said. “Each one of us is going to do her part and run the best we can and help each other. In summer track, I used focus on myself, now I realize there is something bigger and that it’s all about my team.”

The Jefferson girl’s have been building up for this moment all season.

“Hopefully, if everything goes well, we are hoping to make it to state,” said Alfredo Trejo, Jefferson’s coach. “We don’t care what place we finish at regionals, just as long as we get to state, that’s the one that counts.”

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The Eastwood, Jefferson, Eastlake, Canutillo, Horizon and Burges girls will compete for one of the top four spots at the Region 1-5A meet in Lubbock.

Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes won the individual title in District 1-5A.

He finished 28th in 15:59.99 at last year’s regional.

“I’m going to have to make a big jump with my time,” he said. “I know Michael (Abeyta) is running a 15:50 so If I want to be that guy who makes it to state I have to shave off another 40 seconds and be with him.”

Abeyta, the three-time District 2-5A champion, was second at last year’s regional 4 seconds behind Aledo’s Graydon Morris.

“I feel really confident about regionals,” he said “Our team has worked really hard, Rodger has worked hard, I’ve worked really hard, we all deserve to be going.”

Rivera said he feels confident about advancing to state.

“I’ve been working for this all summer, every day, trying to stay close to Michael,” he said. “My plan is to run with Michael and he’s going to take me all the way to state.”

 

Tornillo and San Elizario boys have 5th regional championships in sight; Arambula returns from injury

Region 1 Previews

Friday: Class 4A and Class 3A.

Saturday: Class 5A.

Sunday: Class 6A.

Make Plans

What: Region 1 Cross Country Championship.

When:  Monday, Oct. 22. Times (CST): 6A Girls, 9 a.m.; 6A Boys, 9:30 a.m.; 3A Boys, noon; 4A Girls, 1 p.m.; 4A Boys, 1:30 p.m.; 5A Girls, 2 p.m.; 5A Boys, 2:30 p.m.

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

At Stake: Top three teams and top 10 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the UIL Cross Country State Championship, Nov. 3 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

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Clint senior Felipe Rocha will compete for a second trip to state after his 10 place finish at the District 1-4A meet where he outlasted San Elizario senior Martin Pargas.

The similarities between the San Elizario and Tornillo boys cross country teams are striking.

Each team just celebrated its fifth district championship.

Every year San Eli’s Cesar Morales and Tornillo’s Jesse Garcia  do more with less than any other coaches in the city.

On Monday morning, both will be going for their fifth regional championship in a row – San Elizario in Class 4A and Tornillo in Class 3A at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock.

“They have to want it, they have to want every inch, every step and they have to fight for it,” Garcia said about his Coyotes. “We will come out on top if we believe in one another and push one another and have that fight in them throughout the race.”

At last year’s regional meet, Tornillo finished 1-2-3-15 and 25.

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Tornillo’s Heriberto Amaya was fifth at last week’s District 3-3A Championship. He is looking to help his team to it’s fifth regional championship in a row.

Eddie Carrillo, who just won the District 3-3A championship, was third and Ofir Ortega, who was the work house No. 1 guy for Tornillo, was 15th.

“I ran them heavy last week, this week we are tapering off a little bit so they can get their legs back and be ready for the big fight,” Garcia said. ‘It’s going to be very close and we’re going to need everything they’ve got.”

They will be challenged by district rival Crane which was just three points behind them at district.

“When we get back, we’ll make a few adjustments again and take what we’ve been wanting for a long time which is a state title,” Garcia said.

Winning a state title is old hat for San Elizario.

If they qualify on Monday, which is highly likely, the Eagles will be going after their fifth straight Class 4A state championship.

The return of junior Rene Arambula could not have come at a better time for San Elizario.

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San Elizario junior Rene Arambula eventually caught this Clint runner to take third at the District 1-4A Championship. Arambula made his return four weeks ago after breaking his right ankle.

Arambula, who was second at last year’s regional, was thought to be lost for the season after he broke his right ankle in an ATV accident in the summer.

“It’s a great feeling being back; I missed running a lot,” he said after finishing third at the district meet. “It was tough being out. I was frustrated, having (emotional) breakdowns, trying to keep calm and give my body a rest.”

Arambula was in a cast for two months. He just started walking six weeks ago and ran his first race – at the JV level – four weeks ago.

“When the doctor told me I could run again, I was excited and happy but I knew I wouldn’t be immediately back to normal,” he said. “It took me about two weeks to get back to a steady pace.”

His first varsity race was two weeks at the Horizon Golf Course.

“I was really anxious to get back but it wasn’t about me, I wanted to get back for my team,” he said. “I knew I had failed them and I wanted to get back to them as quickly as possible.”

Morales is happy Arambula is back.

“It has been an incredible recovery for Rene,” he said. “As soon as he got the clearance from the doctor, that same day, he started running. We spoke about being smart about it and not just going out and running 10 miles right away.”

Morales was impressed by how patient Arambula has been.

“He’s a hard working kid,” Morales said. “I knew he was going to come back. I saw a big improvement from his JV race to his Horizon race not only in competition but a big improvement on a daily basis at practice. I had to put him varsity.”

Arambula is no longer going to take running for granted.

“As soon as it happened, I sent a text message to my coach and my teammates telling them that more than likely I was out for the season,” he said. “It would be a long shot if I was going to be back. But now that I’m back, I’m going to work hard and push myself but more importantly, try to push my team.”

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Clint junior Brisa Aguilar out kicked Mt. View freshman Madeline Estrada at the District 1-4A meet last week. Both runners will compete in Monday’s Region 1-4A Championship in Lubbock.

The San Elizario girls also qualified for regionals along with the Fabens boys, the Clint girls and Mt. View’s boys and girls team.

Clint senior Felipe Rocha, finished in the top 10 at district and qualified as an individual.

Mt. View sophomore Joshua Gonzalez was 14th at regionals and advanced to state, as did San Elizario junior Yajary Quiroz and sophomore America Morales.

High School Boys XC Poll: Week 9

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 5K/3 mile boys and 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 2018 Cross Country season began with a Race to Midnight at Socorro’s Student Activities Complex. On Monday in Lubbock, it will end for most runners. For those luckily and talented enough, the season will continue on Nov. 3 in Round Rock at the UIL State Championship.

Top 10

1. Eastwood: The Troopers won its eighth straight district championship scoring 25 points and placing six runners in the top 10. Senior Kayn Quinones led the way for the Troopers finishing third in 16:14.00. followed by junior Elias Perez (fourth, 16:28,23), sophomore Nathan Hernandez (fifth, 16:28.23), junior Juan Olmos (sixth, 16:30.73), senior Eddie Gallegos (seventh, 16:30.24) and sophomore Sergio Leon Cuartes (10th, 16:46.41). Its 1-5 split was 16 seconds. The team will advance to the Region 1-5A Meet in Lubbock on Monday.

2. Americas: The Trailblazers won the District 1-6A with 38 points. It is their first district championship since 2005. Americas had four runners – senior Tyler Rodriguez (third, 16:21.83), freshman Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:35.06), junior Jacob Ye (sixth, 16:36.05) and senior Alek Duran (10th, 16:53.83) – in the top 10. The team will advance to the Region 1-6A Meet in Lubbock on Monday.

3. San Elizario: The Eagles scored a perfect score of 15 to win its fifth District 1-4A championship. Sophomore Edwin Gomez was first in 16:33.79 followed by freshman Irvin Vazquez (17:30.16), junior Rene Arambula (17:40.71) and sophomores Dilan Sanchez (17:46.68) and Jacob Ordonez (17:48.50). San Elizario seeks its fifth Region 1-4A championship Monday in Lubbock.

4. Coronado: The T-Birds jump three spots after finishing second at the District 1-6A Championship. Coronado had three runners finish in the top 10 including district champion, junior Nick Gonzalez (15:58.97) and runner up, senior Liam Walsh (15:59.51). Junior Alan Alba was seventh in 16:40.85. Coronado advances to the Region 1-6A championship in Lubbock on Monday.

5. Franklin: The Cougars advance to the Region 1-6A Championship after its third place finish at the District 1-6A Championship. Senior Jacobo Wedemeyer was fourth in 16:26.47.

6. Burges: The Mustangs narrowly defended its District 1-5A title scoring 56 points, just ahead of Chapin and Jefferson each with 63 points.  Burges senior Sam Zambrano was second overall in 16:42.72. Burges will compete at the Region 1-5A championship in Lubbock on Monday.

7. Eastlake: The Falcons move up a spot after its second place finish at the District 2-5A Championship, narrowly beating Hanks by one point. Eastlake had two runners – freshman Israel David (eighth, 16:33.44) and senior Carlos Armendariz (ninth, 16:41.48) – in the top 10. The team will race at the Region 1-5A Championship in Lubbock on Monday.

8. Hanks: The Knights drop four spots after its third place finish at the District 2-5A Championship. Juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished first and second in times of 15:42.74 and 16:03.89. They will compete in the Region 1-5A Championship in Lubbock on Monday.

9. Tornillo: Tornillo won its fifth District 3-3A championship in row Saturday, finishing three points better than Crane. The Coyotes placed three runners in the top 10 including district champion Eddie Carrillo (17:11) and district runner up Ofir Ortega (17:35) and Heribeto Amaya was fifth (18:21). Tornillo will be on the hunt for its fifth Region 1-3A championship in Lubbock on Monday.

 10. Jefferson/Chapin: The Foxes showed some grit at the District 1-5A meet, earning a second-place tie with Chapin. Jefferson placed three runners – D’Angelo Flores (third, 17:12.23), Uciel Garcia (sixth, 17:32.56) and Jordy Cortez (seventh, 17:32.56) – in the top 10.  Two Huskies – junior Angel Contreras (fourth, 17:18.78) and Joaquin Ortega (ninth, 17:34.36) – finished in the top 10. Both teams will race in the Region 1-5A Championship on Monday.

Dropped out: Socorro.
On the verge: Cathedral.

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It has been a long and grueling fall season that began for most teams with summer training. Championship season continues Monday in Lubbock with the Region 1 races.

Top 25 Times (5K/3 mile)

1, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 14:32.48 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

2, Elias Perez, Eastwood, 14:37.0 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

3, Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 14:52.5 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15)

4, Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 14:55.2 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

5, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 14:59:46 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

6, Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 15:03.3 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

7, Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 15:13.4 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

8, Edwin Gomez, San Elizario, 15:14.85 (NcNeil Invitational, 9/29).

9, Nick Gonzalez, Coronado, 15:18.09 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

10, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 15:19.73 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

11, Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 15:22.9 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

12, Israel David, Eastlake, 15:24:52 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

13, Victor Parra, Eastwood, 15:31.8 (Woodbridge Classic, 9/15).

14, Jacob Ye, Americas, 15:39.67 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

15, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 15:41:9 (Mae Simmons Park, 9/22).

16, Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 15:45.10 (Desert Twilight, 9/29).

17, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 15:47.21 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

18, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 15:47:50 (Desert Twilight, 9/28).

19, Alek Duran, Americas, 15:48:30 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

20, Alan Alba, Coronado, 15:48.83 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

21, Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 15:51.12 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

22, Jared Laverty, Americas, 15:51.29 (McNeil Invitational, 9/29).

23, Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 15:56.30 (Tornillo Invitational, 9/8).

24, D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 15:57.92 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

25, Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 16:03.58 (Northeast Regional Park, 9/15).

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Mae Simmons Park will be the site of the Region 1 Championship, one step away from the UIL State Championship. Earlier in the year, several El Paso schools competed at the Lubbock Invitational,including Tornillo.

Power rankings
(number in parenthesis indicate meets won):

1, Edwin Gomez, San Eli, 99 (6).

2, Michael Abeyta, Hanks, 64 (3).

3, Rodger Rivera, Hanks, 59 (1).

4, Nicholas Gonzalez, Coronado, 54 (2).

5, Liam Walsh, Coronado, 53 (1).

5, Chauncey Wilkes, Andress, 53 (2).

7, Ofir Ortega, Tornillo, 42 (1).

7, Brandon Seagraves, Cathedral, 42 (2).

9, Tyler Rodriguez, Americas, 37 (1).

10, Israel David, Eastlake, 36.

 

Jacob Ye, Americas, 33.

Jacobo Wedemeyer, Franklin, 32

Seth Rodriguez, San Eli, 30.

Eduardo Carrillo, Tornillo, 29 (1).

Mario Luna, Socorro, 26.

Elias Perez, Eastwood, 24.

Alan Alba, Coronado, 24.

Sam Zambrano, Burges, 23.

Alek Duran, Americas, 20.

Angel Contreras, Chapin, 20.

Carlos Armendariz, Eastlake, 19.

Sergio Leon Cuartas, Eastwood, 19.

David Gonzalez, Burges, 18.

Carmelo Corral, Americas, 17.

D’Angelo Flores, Jefferson, 17.

Martin Pargas, San Eli, 15.

Trenton Nelson, Montwood, 15.

Jared Laverty, Americas, 15.

Kayn Quinones, Eastwood, 15.

Aaron Perez, Eastwood, 14.

Irvin Vasquez, San Eli, 12.

Juan Olmos, Eastwood, 12.

Christian Parra, Socorro, 11.

Eddie Gallegos, Eastwood, 11.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 9.

Noah Yeager, Burges, 9.

Josep Ferret, El Paso, 9.

Rene Arambula, San Eli, 8.

Dilan Sanchez, San Eli,7.

Jacob Ordonez, San Eli, 6.

Steve Stresow, Cathedral, 6.

Angel Ortiz, Burges, 6.

Gage Garcia, Americas, 6.

Nathan Hernandez, Eastwood, 6.

Lloyd Frilot, Andress, 6.

Heriberto Amaya, Tornillo, 6.

Gael Hernandez, Fabens, 5.

Matthew Lindsey, Montwood, 5.

Uciel Garcia, Jefferson 5.

Jordy Cortez, Jefferson, 4.

Zach Sanchez, Andress, 4.

Joshua Pineda, Pebble Hills, 4.

Adrian Morales, Irvin, 4.

Dylan Espinosa, Bowie, 4.

Evan Rubio, Ysleta, 3.

Hector Rivera, Bel Air, 3.

Luis Cuevas, Burges, 3.

Andres Marquez, Eastwood, 3.

Joshua Gonzalez, Mt. View, 3.

Sebastian Mendoza, Socorro, 3.

Mario Garcia. Mt. View, 3.

Jose Nilo, Austin, 2.

Joaquin Ortega, Chapin, 2.

Daniel Kennedy, Franklin, 2.

Hector Sanchez, Americas, 1.

Abraham Navarez, Parkland, 1.

Matthew Avila, El Paso, 1.

Jorge Navor, Eastwood, 1.

Felipe Rocha, Clint, 1.

 

UPDATE: Nine District Championships earned; On to Regionals for 13 area teams

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. Also, Mario Luna, Socorro and Matthew Lindesy, Montwood.

Class 5A: Eastwood, Burges, Chapin, Eastlake, Jefferson and Hanks. Also, Chauncey Wilkes and Lloyd Frilot, Andress; Adrian Morales, Irvin and Dylan Espinoza, Bowie.

Class 4A: San Elizario, Fabens, Mt. View. Also, Felipe Rocha,Clint.

Class 3A: Tornillo.

Girls

Class 6A: Franklin, Americas and Coronado. Also, Jazmin Chacon, Socorro.

Class 5A: Eastwood, Jefferson, Eastlake, Canutillo, Horizon and Burges. Also, Mora Montes, Austin; Skyler Goodman, Chapin; Marisol Hernandez, El Paso; Caryn Hart, Andress; Angelina Lujan, Parkland and Jaqueline Spencer, Hanks.

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

What’s next

Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

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Eight district cross country championship were up for grabs on a wet, muddy hilly course at the Chamizal National Memorial Park on Friday.

On this dreary morning, just right for a cross country meet, three runners –  Hanks sophomore Michael Abeyta and the Coronado duo of junior Nick Gonzalez and senior Liam Walsh – finished with sub 16-minute 5K times.

The San Eizario boys finished with a perfect score of 15 to capture their fifth consecutive district championship; the Americas boys and the Franklin girls won district titles for the first time since 2005 and the Eastwood boys won its eighth straight district championship.

Here is a rundown on the district races.

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Jefferson freshman Crystal Peterson won the District 1-5A race in 19:44.80. It was Peterson’s second varsity race, ever.

District 1-5A roundup

The highlight of the meet – and biggest surprise – was Jefferson’s Peterson, who won the District 1-5A championship in only her second varsity race.

“It was kind of unexpected for me,” Peterson said. “I never ran cross country before and I didn’t get started until late August so I had to build myself up to reach this point.”

Jefferson’s girls placed five runners – Peterson (first, 19:44.80), freshman Monique Correa (second, 20:44.56), Melody Tsutsumi (fourth, 20:54.08), Ivette Rojas (seventh, 21:17.93) and Saxon Alvarez (10th, 21:36.13) – in the top 10 to easily win the team title with 20 points followed by Canutillo and Burges. All three qualified for the Region 1-5A Championship in Lubbock on Oct. 22.

Runners also advancing to regional who are not on a qualifying team are Austin sophomore Mora Montes (third, 20:50.21), Chapin senior Skyler Goodman (fifth, 20:58.50), El Paso High junior Marisol Hernandez (sixth, 21:09.39) and Andress sophomore Caryn Hart (ninth, 21:33.14).

Peterson, who plays basketball and is a 400-meter runner, said her friends encouraged her to run cross country.

“I never really heard much about cross country but my friends wanted me to come out and try it and now I like it,” she said.

A district championship will do that to a runner.

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Jefferson’s girls won the District 1-5A title with a dominating performance, scoring 20 points. All six runner finished in the top 9, including three runners in the top four.

Jefferson’s longtime coach Alfredo Trejo said the team has been working towards this the entire season.

“This is what we’ve been working on all season, to peak at the right time,” he said. “The girls ran well today, they deserved to win it.”

He wasn’t even surprised that Peterson won.

“We thought she could run well so we brought her and ran her on JV,” he said. “She’s been getting better with every race.  And then two weeks ago we ran her here on the varsity and she ran really well.”

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The boys District 1-5A race was the best of the day. Burges defended its tea m title with 56 points while Jefferson and Chapin tied at 63. Jefferson earned the team silver based on the sixth runner placing three spots ahead of the Chapin runner.

On the boy’s side, Burges narrowly defended its title scoring 56 points, just ahead of Chapin and Jefferson each with 63 points. All three teams advance to the regional meet

Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes won the individual title in 16:38.41, ahead of Burges senior Sam Zambrano (16:42.72) and Jefferson’s D’Angelo Flores (17:12.23).

Andress senior Lloyd Frilot (fifth, 17:30,) Irvin senior Adrian Morales (eighth, 17:32.98) and Bowie junior Dylan Espinoza (10th, 17:36.92) also earn regional spots.

“I never thought that I could be that guy but here I am,” Wilkes said of being a district champion. “It’s something special, it’s just an awesome feeling. Four years ago I would never have thought I would be where I am now.”

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Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes won the District 1-5A championship in 16:38.41. It was his second meet championship in his career.

Wilkes said he didn’t feel he was consistent enough or good enough to be a district champion, but here he is.

“Last year I made that jump and was able to be in that front pack,” he said. “Now I really cemented myself into that. I went to a runner’s camp and I was able to see some top talent and I saw their lifestyle and the work they put in. You can’t just put in slow miles and that changed my mentality, that really inspired me to make my jump.”

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The Eastwood girls won its eighth district championship in a row placing runners in four runners in the top 10 with its fifth runner placing 11th.

District 2-5A roundup

Another freshman, Eastwood’s Lauren Walls, came away with a surprise championship, winning the District 2-5A race in 19:23.73.

“I wanted to get out fast for my team and build them up from the start,” Walls said. “My only motivation was to help my team win. It surprised me that I won the race because the Eastlake girl Aeriel (Garcia) is such a good runner. She is tough and strong so I was surprised that I was able to push pass her.”

Walls helped Eastwood to its 11th district title in 13 years. The Troopers placed four runners in the top 10 – Walls and juniors Meadow Ortiz (fifth, 20:34.94), Destiny Martinez (sixth, 20:34.94), Eileen McLain (10th, 21:16.56).

Eastlake was second behind two seniors – Garcia (second, 19:47.43) and Amari Chavez (third, 20:15.59) – and Horizon was third with two runners – senior Kenia Enriquez (fourth, 20:31.26) and junior Destiny Beltran (seventh, 21:02.05) – finishing in the top 10.

Two runners not on the three qualifying teams – Parkland sophomore Angelina Lujan (eighth, 21:14.84) and Hanks senior Jaqueline Spencer (10th, 21:20.97) – qualified for regionals.

Eastwood’s boys won its eighth straight district championship scoring 25 points and placing six runners in the top 10.

Senior Kayn Quinones led the way for the Troopers finishing third behind the Hanks junior duo of Michael Abeyta (15:42.74) and Rodger Rivera (16:03.89).

Quinones was third in 16:14.00 followed by teammates junior Elias Perez  (fourth, 16:28,23), sophomore Nathan Hernandez (fifth, 16:28.23), junior Juan Olmos (sixth, 16:30.73), senior Eddie Gallegos (seventh, 16:30.24) and sophomore Sergio Leon Cuartes (10th, 16:46.41).

Eastlake, behind freshman Israel David (eighth, 16:33.44) and senior Carlos Armendariz (9th, 16:41.48), finished second with 74 points, one point ahead of Hanks. All three teams will be headed to regionals.

“It feels good to win district but our goal is to continue on to regionals and state so this was a good first step,” Quinones said. “The race wasn’t too bad, it was cold at the start and a little muddy and not too slippery but there were a lot of crazy turns and the hills were kind of tricky but overall it was a good race.”

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Hanks juniors Michael Abeyta and Rodger Rivera finished 1-2 in the District 2-5A district race. This was Abeyta’s third district championship.

For Abeyta, it was just another day at the office, winning his third District 2-5A championship.

“All the mud and the rain made it really fun,” he said. “The hills were also fun. I love hills, I train on them almost every day.”

What was different about this district championship was Abeyta brought a friend in Rivera.

“It was kind of unexpected,” Rivera said of his second-place finish. “Running in the mud is not my strong suit but I did OK. It was fun, it was a good race.”

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Coronado’s Liam Walsh (right) and Nick Gonzalez (left), lead the District 1-6A pack for most of the meet. Gonzalez won his first district title in 15:58.97

District 1-6A roundup

For the first time since 2005, the Americas boys were able to hoist the District 1-6A trophy over their heads.

Americas had four runners – senior Tyler Rodriguez (third, 16:21.83), freshman Jared Laverty (fifth, 16:35.06), junior Jacob Ye (sixth, 16:36.05) and senior Alek Duran (10th, 16:53.83) – in the top 10 to score 38 points.

“They’ve been disappointed the past few years,” said Americas coach Ken Lucero. “We always have high expectations and been disappointed so this is very satisfying. We work so hard every year and we finally win it; the kids deserve it.”

Lucero has been blessed with some talented teams and runners over his 10-year tenure at Americas. He said this team ranks right up there with the best of them.

“Overall this is probably our best time,” he said. “We’ve had better individuals on the team who have finished higher. Jayden Rankins won it my first year here and then Cameron (Laverty) was the first one in school history to make it to the state and Brian Lujan was the second one so we’ve had some top level guys but as a team and the gap being close and running as a pack, this is the best one.”

Coronado was second with 55 points and Franklin was third with 77 points to earn a trip to regionals.

Coronado’s 1-2 runners junior Nick Gonzalez and senior Liam Walsh were first and second in times of 15:58.97 and 15:59.51.

Socorro senior Mario Luna (eighth, 16:50.67) and Montwood senior Matthew Lindesy (ninth, 16:53.56) also earned trips to regionals.

“Winning my first district championship feels so great,” Gonzalez said. “Liam is great. We have a great competitive relationship. It’s always back and forth between us. We really pushed each other in this race and in our training.”

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Franklin sophomore Eva Jess successfully defending her District 1-6A title winning in 18:39.37.

Franklin sophomore Eva Jess pushed the young Cougars to its first district championship since 2005, just like the Americas boys.

The Cougars had four runners in the top 10 and finished with 34 points. Americas was second with 61 points and Coronado was third with 66.

Jess finished in 18:39.37 followed by Coronado senior Jennelle Jaeger-Darakjy (19:07.31), Americas junior Daphne Duran (19:57.28), Franklin senior Amalia Dorion (20:24.29) and Socorro junior Jazmin Chacon (20:35.39).

“This is not terrible, I hope it continues for the next two years,” Jess said. “We push each other in practice every single day, we love each other so much. It’s definitely hard work but it definitely pays off.”

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Mt. View junior Nicole Estrada and San Elizario America Morales fought the entire District 1-4A two-mile race. Estrada edged out Morales in by one second.

District 1-4A roundup

Don’t look now but there’s another “Estrada” on the loose.

Mt. View junior Nicole Estrada picked a good time to win her first varsity meet.

Estrada won the 2-mile District 1-4A Championship in 15:58.97, a second ahead of San Elizario sophomore America Morales (15:59.51). Clint sophomore Vivian Zapata was third in 16:21.83, teammate Brisa Aguilar, a junior, was fourth in 16:26.47 and Mt. View freshman Madeline Estrada was fifth in 16:35.06.

“I know there would be a lot of great competition and I needed to push myself,” Estrada said. “Going up the big hills, I felt confident that I would do well in the race.”

If “Estrada from Mt. View sounds familiar it’s because Nicole’s two older sisters, Emily and Michelle, each won District 1-4A cross country championships as well.

Oh, and by the way, that freshman Madeline Estrada who finished fifth is the younger sister.

“It’s hard sometimes,” Nicole Estrada said of living up to the Estrada name. “I know I have to do well because of who my sisters are. I want to do good not only for me but for them too. I know they worked really hard when they were running so I want to make them proud.”

San Elizario won back-to-back team titles. But it was not easy.

San Elizario and Clint finished with an identical 36 points but the Eagles won the title based on its sixth runner junior Giselle Acevedo who finished 14th, three spots ahead of Clint’s sixth runner sophomore Leilani Navarrete.

Mt. View was third with 53 points. San Elizario, Clint and Mt. View will advance to regionals.

“We’ve come a long way,” San Elizario coach Cesar Morales said. “We lost some girls due to graduation and injuries so we came out with a fairly no group. We knew it was going to be tough with Clint and Mt. View. Before the race we talked about how important our fifth, sixth and seventh runner was going to be and it came down to the sixth runner.”

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San Elizario sophomore Edwin Gomez cruised to District 1-4A championship in 16:33.79 to lead the clean sweep for the Eagles who ended the race with a perfect score of 15.

The San Elizario boys scored a perfect score of 15, placing its scoring runners in the top five.

Sophomore Edwin Gomez was first in 16:33.79 followed by freshman Irvin Vazquez (17:30.16), junior Rene Arambula (17:40.71) and sophomores Dilan Sanchez (17:46.68) and Jacob Ordonez (17:48.50).

Fabens was second with 68 points followed by Mt. View with 74. All three teams qualify for regionals as well as Clint senior Felipe Rocha (10th, 18:24.21).

Coach Morales was happy to have Arambula back after missing most of the season recovering from a broken ankle.

“My main instructions to the team was not to win but to still healthy,” Morales said. “The course was muddy and getting worse so all I wanted from them was to stay healthy and qualify for regionals. At the end we ended up getting a perfect score again but that was not the priority.”

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Tornillo won its fifth straight District 3-3A Championship at the hilly course at Paisano Baptist Encampment in Alpine. Tornillo placed three runners in the top 10 including district champion Eddie Carrillo and district runner up Ofir Ortega. Heribeto Amaya was fitfh (18:21) followed by Bryan Garcia (13th, 18:54), Michael Maney (14th. 19:06), Tommy Montelongo (16th, 19:16) and Bryan Guzman (17th, 19:16). The Coyotes ended the day with 35 points followed by Crane with 38 points and Presido with 67.

District 3-3A roundup

Tornillo’s boy made it five District 3-3A championships in row Saturday morning at the Paisano Baptist Encampment in Alpine.

Tornillo placed three runners in the top 10 including district champion Eddie Carrillo and district runner up Ofir Ortega.

Carrillo managed the rocky, hillside course in 17 minutes, 11 seconds, followed by Ortega who crossed the line in 17:35.

Heribeto Amaya was fifth (18:21) followed by Bryan Garcia (13th, 18:54), Michael Maney (14th. 19:06), Tommy Montelongo (16th, 19:16) and Bryan Guzman (17th, 19:16).

The Coyotes ended the day with 35 points followed by Crane with 38 points and Presido with 67. All three teams will advance to the Region 1-3A Championship in Lubbock.

“We had a tough race with Crane,” Tornillo head coach Jesse Garcia said. “Crane has everybody back from last year’s team with all that experience but we managed to pull it off on a tough course against state-caliber competition.”

Last year, Tornillo was second at state, Crane was fifth and Presido was ninth.

“For me, district has always been the hardest race, even harder than regional and state,” Garcia said. “I don’t know why but it just is. We have a tough little district, it’s no joke.”

The district race helped the team prepare for the next two races.

“What the district meet does for the boys is it wakes them up and lets them know that we are going to be challenged,” he said. “I told them before the race that every race is going to be cardiac race from here on in. Every race is going to be close but I expect them to come out on top, even at state where the bigger dogs are at.”

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Tornillo senior Eddie Carrillo won the District 3-3A championship in 17 minutes 11 seconds. Tornillo placed three runners in the top 10 including district runner up Ofir Ortega.

Garcia said he was not surprised with Carrillo’s individual district championship.

“Eddie has been my number two guy all season,” Garcia said. “He has been nursing an injury all season but he did finish 11th at state last year so we knew he had it in him. Ofir wasn’t 100 percent, either. He had to go to the doctor a few times last week to clean out his stomach which took away his strength. If these guys get it right, it should make for a fun race at regionals where they should be pushing each other for one and two.”

Garcia expects a fifth consecutive regional championship on Monday.

“We can’t let the teams or the guys in the past down,” he said. “They built this regional championship tradition. We not only have won regional team championships the past four years but we’ve also had individual champions each year. I have a feeling we’re going to come out strong in the next two races. I’ve made a few training changes that hopefully will create a lot tighter unit and defend that 79853 zip code with everything they’ve got.”

 

 

 

 

 

District 1-5A Preview: Burges boys, El Paso girls hope to repeat; Chapin’s Skyler Goodman looks to defend individual title

District Previews

Monday – District 1-4A, District 3-3A

Tuesday – District 2-5A

Wednesday – District 1-6A

Thursday – District 1-5A

Make Plans

What: District Cross Country Championship.

When: 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Rolling schedule (girls first, then boys) – District 1-6A; District 1-4A; District 2-5A, District 1-5A.

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

At Stake: Top three teams and the top 10 individuals make it to the Region 1 Cross Country Championship, Oct. 22 at Mae Simmons Park, MLK Blvd. and 24th Street in Lubbock.

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Burges is seeking a repeat performance of last year’s district race which ended in a championship.

There are two things that are almost certain – the Burges boys will defend its District 1-5A team title and Chapin senior Skylar Goodman will claim her second straight district crown.

Everything else in this district championship is up for grabs.

Aside from the Burges boys, no school in the district has shown any kind of consistency this season which could lead to two of the most intriguing races of the day.

The Burges boys are seeking a return to state, but first they must take care of business Friday and then finish in the top four at the Region 1-5A championship at Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock on Oct. 22.

Senior Sam Zambrano, sophomore David Gonzalez and junior Noah Yeager are the Mustangs top three and seniors Angel Ortiz, Luis Cuevas are solid 4-5 runners.

Zambrano said in order for the Mustangs to match last years district and regional performance, which eventually got them to the state meet – the team needs to focus.

“Our first year at regionals we were just happy to be there,” Zambrano said. “We just wanted to see what we could do. The next year, last year, we made it to state and that was a big deal for us because we were only the second team from Burges to take our coach to state again. We didn’t really perform well over there so we want to go back and hopefully place in the top three.”

But before any of that can happen, the District 1-5A race looms.

“We’re all about business right now,” Zambrano said. “We need to show what we’re all about. We need to focus on our individual performances and then we can work as a team. Last year at state, we were just happy to be there. That was my second time but our team’s first and that was a big deal for us.”

Burges must keep an eye out for the Chapin Huskies who are capable of putting up a solid battle for the district title and, at the very least, run well enough to earn a trip to regionals.

The pack-running Huskies are led by junior Angel Contreras, senior Thomas Magee, junior Michael Gunnison and sophomore Jaquin Ortega.

The third and final spot to regionals will come down to El Paso, Jefferson and Irvin but do not count out the young Austin Panthers who could surprise everyone with a qualifying run of the season.

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Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes is the favorite to win the district championship.

Individually, Andress senior Chauncey Wilkes hopes to earn the district championship. He will be challenge by the Burges pair of Zambrano and Gonzalez and Jefferson’s D’Angelo Flores.

“It’s my goal,” Wilkes said of winning district. “It would mean a lot to me, especially heading into regionals. The district course has a few hills but it’s not anything like regionals. Getting out there and focusing on having a good first two miles and focusing on staying on a pace where it would relate to regionals would be my goal.”

Wilkes said he hopes it rains on Friday.

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Jefferson did not run a full team at last year’s district meet. However, senior D’Angelo Flores finished sixth and qualified for regional.

“I want a tough course,” he said. “Something that I have to work hard at and where I have to push myself. We can’t always stress about times, even through we all want to see those sub 16s but right now it’s all about placing.”

District 1-5A boys at a glance:

2017 District Champion: Burges.

2017 Individual District Champion: Aaron Gillam, Irvin.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: Burges, Austin, Chapin.

Projected order of finish:

1, Burges: Favorite to defend district title.

2, Chapin: Huskies will give it a run.

3, Jefferson: Always seem to be in the mix.

4, El Paso: Tigers are up for an upset.

5, Irvin: Rockets are dangerous unknowns.

6, Austin: Rebuild is in full effect.

7, Canutillo: Still developing under a new coach.

8, Address: Not deep enough.

9, Bowie: The Bears keep plugging away.

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The El Paso High girls won the district meet last year by 3 points last year.

Skylar Goodman, the defending girls district champion, has been preparing for Friday the entire season.

“We went to Lubbock this year and it gave me a chance to run a hilly course against some great competition,” Goodman said. “That put me into the mindset that in order to push myself I had to train as hard as possible and run against as great of competition as I possibly can.”

At the Lubbock Invitational, Goodman finished second in 18:54 at Mae Simmons Park, the Region 1-5A course.

Goodman, a senior, said 2018 has been a challenging year.

“We lost a lot of our team from last year and only have six varsity girls,” she said. “We have a stronger bond with each other because we have such a small team. At practice, if someone gets tired and wants to give up, we feed off each other and push each other to keep going. We are constantly encouraging each other to push on.”

She has also had to make some training adjustments.

“One of those adjustments was training with the guys team,” she said. “They are closer to the paces that I want to hit or the paces that I am hitting. I also put on extra practice outside of my school practice.”

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Chapin senior Skyler Goodman is the defending district champion. Last year, Chapin’s team finished 3 points behind El Paso High.

Clearly, Goodman is the class of the district. Austin sophomore Morayma Montes could pose a threat as well as a slew of Jefferson and El Paso High runners.

Jefferson and El Paso High have the deepest teams in the district.

When the Silver Foxes run as a unit, which they haven’t done much this season, they look to head and shoulders above the rest of the district. On any given day – Crystal Peterson, Monique Correa, Saxon Alvarez, Karen Garcia or Melody Tsutsumi – could lead this team.

Same goes for the Tigers and its top runners – junior Marisol Hernandez and sophomores Alissa Kennedy, Stevie Tuckman, Vivian Shaheen and Camille Watts.

The final regional spot could very well be Chapin.

“I think we have really good chance of qualifying as a team for regional,” Goodman said. “We’ve put in a lot more mileage the past two weeks so I’m really looking forward to the district meet and see how we do.”

District 1-5A girls at a glance:

2017 District Champion: El Paso.

2017 Individual District Champion: Skyler Goodman, Chapin.

2017 Regional team qualifiers: El Paso, Chapin, Jefferson.

Projected order of finish:

1, Jefferson: Foxes always peak at the right time.

2, El Paso: Young Tigers could surprise people.

3, Chapin: Toss up for the final spot.

4, Burges: Why not the Mustangs to regionals?

5, Canutillo: Has the potential in a few years.

6, Bowie: Bears will run hard.

7, Irvin: Rockets will not quit.

8, Andress: Will not run a full team.

9, Austin: Will not run a full team.