With the biggest day of the high school cross country season just days away, I will preview the four district races based of the results of the Chamizal race two weeks ago. Here is a look at District 4-3A:
The main story in the girls race is the dominance of Clint. While Tornillo and Fabens will put up competitive teams, the Lions are favorites to make some noise at state. All season long they have been the best team in El Paso, defeating several 4A and 5A teams.
1. Cashlee Rayas, Clint
2. Sarah Rayas, Clint
3. Melissa Reyes, Clint
1. Clint: 1-2-3-4-5-6* — 15 points
X-Factor: The above line is not a misprint, if you took away the 5A and 4A teams during the Chamizal race, the Lions would get a perfect score. You want to know the scary thing, they were missing important runners. So on a team like this no individual can be the X-Factor, its the whole team.
2. Tornillo: 8-9-10-11-14 — 52 points
X-Factor: No. 5 runner Edith Puentes - If not for Clint, Tornillo would be a strong contender. However, that doesn't mean the Coyotes can't make a surge for Austin in two week. To get there, Puentes needs to catch up to her teammates. District will give her a chance to hone in on the rest of the pack and maybe we can see to El Paso area teams at state.
* Fabens (did not have whole team): 7-12-13-15 — 47 points (through five runners)
X-Factor: No. 1 Gabby Gonzalez. Fabens should be able to get a fifth runner to complete their team and make it to regionals, but Gonzalez has enough talent to pursue a Top 3 finish. In this case the No. 1's success can motivate the rest of the squad.
*Fort Stockton and Pecos were not at the Chamizal, but word has it they do not field a full team. However, both do have some standout runners who will be looking to break up a perfect score attempt by Clint.
The story here is a competitive rivalry race between Tornillo and Clint. Lately Clint has had the edge in meets, but Tornillo looks like its ready to make push for state.
1. Noe Rodriguez, Tornillo
2. Isaac Mancha, Clint
3. Robert Morales, Fabens
1. Tornillo: 1-4-6-7-15-16*-17*— 33 points
X-Factor: No. 6 Carlos Rivers. While Clint placed ahead of Tornillo at the Chamizal, a smaller race gives the edge to the Coyotes. Rivera filled in as No. 5 but even at 100 percent, he could still make the difference if their regular No. 5 trips up.
2. Clint: 2-5-8-9-10-13*-14* — 34 points
X-Factor: No. 3 Erick Torres. If the race comes down to just a few points then the two Tornillo runners projected in front of Torres will be the difference. If Clint has a chance to pull of an upset, Torres needs to break them up.
3. Fabens: 3-11-12-18-19-20*-21* — 63 points
X-Factor: No. 2 Jose Meza. No. 1 runner Morales needs to shot for an individual championship, so it is up to Meza to try to rally and pull the rest of his team up. Perhaps if he can rock into the Top 10 his teammates will follow and Fabens can make big push.
* Once again not enough is known about Fort Stockton and Pecos to give a preview, however both are expected in attendance.
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