Here is a district by district look at each championship cross country race, based off results from the Burges/Jefferson Invitational. Beginning with District 2-4A.
1. Ivan Rodriguez, Del Valle, 16:47.
2. Daniel Flores, Horizon, 17:02.
3. Daniel Diaz, Del Valle, 17:16.
1. Del Valle: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 12*, 20* — 21 points.
X-Factor: Wesley Solis, seventh man. The Conquistadores have a strong team and if they can improve off last years regional results then they need strong support all the way through. Solis can do that here and translate it to the regional meet.
2. Horizon: 2, 5, 14, 16, 19, 21*, 23* — 56 points.
X-Factor: Art Iglesias, third runner. The Scorpions are trying to chase the Conquistadores and if they are going to succeed, then Iglesias needs to close the gap between himself and Chris Soto in fifth place.
3. Canuitllo: 9, 12, 13, 20, 27, 29*, 33* — 81 points.
X-Factor: Jude Sandoval, fifth runner. Canutillo outlasts Ysleta by just 11 points but they are doing it with Sandoval finishing behind Ysleta's fourth runner. If the Eagles are going to hold off the Indians, Sandoval needs to make sure he clocks in before Ysleta's fourth.
4. Ysleta: 8, 11, 17, 25, 31, 32* —92 points.
X-Factor: Nicolas Gonzalez, fourth runner. Gonzalez has a eight man gap between himself and Luis Delgado. That could spell trouble if Riverside breaks in on it or if Canutillo uses it to extend its lead. Gonzalez can dispell and perhaps get ahead of Canutillo if he closes the gap.
5. Riverside: 15, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30* — 115 points.
X-Factor: Jose Lujan, second runner. From Lujan on, the Rangers have a good two man gap going, however the space from No. 1 Eddie Avila and Lujan is seven. If Lujan can close the gap and bring his teammates with him the Rangers will be playing for a top three spot.
*Parkland: No team.
X-Factor: Austin Flores, second runner. The Matadors don't have a team and even with a team they will not crack the top teams. However, Flores will place 11th and if he can drop his time by seven seconds then he can punch his ticket to the regional meet.
1. Angie Palomino, Del Valle, 13:10.
2. Sonia Vasquez, Horizon, 13:30.
3. Michelle Rutledge, Horizon, 13:31.
1. Del Valle: 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13*, 14* — 27 points.
X-Factor: Shantel Oropeza, fifth runner. Technically Oropeza places 12th overall, but with non-team runners she moves up to 10th on the point scale. If she can get 10th she will get a great individual accomplishment, but more importantly not even give Horizon a window to break up the Conquistadores.
2. Horizon: 2, 3, 11, 15, 18, 19*, 20* — 49 points.
X-Factor: Brittany Gappa, third runner. If the Scorpions are going to make a run at the Conqistadores, then Gappa has to lead the charge. She has the ability to track down Horizon's third, fourth and fifth in a small race and she needs attack,
3. Ysleta: 8, 9, 16, 25, 26, 30* — 84 points.
X-Factor: Christian Lara, fourth runner. If Canutillo gets one of its sisters up front again then the Indians will find themselves out of the regional picture. Lara needs to get herself and Melissa Casas up higher to ensure a trip to the regional meet.
4. Canutillo: 12, 17, 21, 22, 23, 27* — 95 points.
X-Factor: Stephanie Sapien. I don't know where Sapien has been lately. It could be an injury or something else. But if there was ever a time to return in glory it is district. Sapien, along with her sister Cassie could not only do well together but both break high in the top 10. That would almost ensure Canutillo's ticket to regionals.
UPDATE: Stephanie Sapien is not cleared to run this week. So now it will be on her sister Cassie to lead the Eagles, which Stephanie said she is fully capable of doing.
5. Riverside: 6, 24, 28, 29, 31, 32*, 33* — 118 points.
X-Factor: Stephanie Escobar, second runner. It looks as if Riverside's No. 1 Sylvia Soto is head to regionals, so Escobar needs to improve on her 26th place finish (she gets 24 points due to non-team runners). She could perhaps bring some teammates with her and who knows how low the Rangers points will drop.
*San Elizario: No team.
X-Factor: Melissa Garcia, third runner. San Eli's top two runners are in the top 10 at 6 and 7. So Garcia has some ground to make up. It isn't impossible and who knows if she can keep up with her teammates, the Eagles can maybe send three to regionals without the team going (a feat last accomplished by the 2008 Coronado boys team).
Parkland: No team.
X-Factor: Yessenia Diaz and Stephanie Ortiz. Only two runners for the Matadors at the Chamizal. Even with three more runners, it will be tough for them to crack the top three. So the only option left is for Diaz and Ortiz to go in a blaze of glory and try to beat as many people as they can.