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Chapter 6: Cross Country & Track and Field

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El Paso high school teams, both public and private, and individual athletes have always done well in the annual Texas UIL Cross Country meet. The sport doesn’t require great physical size. Instead, speed and endurance are an athlete’s best assets. I searched the Texas UIL website, uiltexas.org, to see how El Paso and El Paso area teams have competed in the tournament. I found 29 championship performances by either individuals or teams from El Paso area public high schools. I will cover private and parochial schools later in this chapter.

 I found 11 instances where El Paso area girls’ teams or individual girls have won state championships. The following list shows my findings:

Note: The distance for the girls’ cross country course has changed 3 times in its history. The distance was 1 mile in 1975-1976; 1.5 miles in 1976-1977; and 2 miles from 1977-1978 season to the present.

1977-1978 Patsy Norman of El Paso High School won the Individual Class A State Championship with a time of 11:47

1978-1979 Patsy Norman of El Paso High School won the Individual Class A State Championship with a time of 11:34 (repeat gold medalist)

1978-1979 El Paso High won the Class A State Team Championship led by Patsy Norman

1979-1980 El Paso High won the Class A Team State Championship.

1986-1987 Bowie High School won the Class 5A Team State Championship.

1995-1996 Yvette Barrios of Clint High School won the Individual Class 3A State Championship with a time of 11:54

1995-1996 Clint High School led by Yvette Barrios won the Class 3A Team State Championship

1996-1997 Yvette Barrios of Clint High School won the Individual Class 3A State Championship with a time of 11:52 (repeat gold medalist)

1996-1997 Clint High School led by Yvette Barrios won the Class 3A Team State Championship

2000-2001 Monique Ortega of Montwood High won the Class 5A Individual State Championship with a time of 11:12

2003-2004 Del Valle High School won the Class 4A Team State Championship.

I found 21 instances where El Paso area boys or teams have won state championships. The following list shows my findings:

Note: The distance of the boy’s course was originally 2 miles. It was changed to 3 miles in the 1980-1981 season.

1972-1973 Tony Zuniga of El Paso High School won the Class A Individual State Championship with a time of 9:36

1973-1974 Ruben Dominguez of Austin High School won the Class A Individual State Championship with a time of 9:42

1973-1974 Bel Air High School won the Class A Team State Championship

1974-1975 Juan Treviso of Bel Air High School won the Class A Individual State Championship with a time of 9:39

1976-1977 Austin High School won the Class A Team State Championship

1977-1978 Kenneth Schmidt of Austin High School won the Class A Individual State Championship with a time of 9:38

1979-1980 Bowie High School won the Class A Team State Championship

1981-1982 Bobby Aguirre of Riverside High School won the Class 5A Individual State Championship with a time of 15:10

1983-1984 Bobby Aguirre of Riverside High School won the Class 5A Individual State Championship with a time of 15:22 (repeat gold medalist)

1983-1984 El Paso High School won the Class 5A Team State Championship

1986-1987 Monico Rivas of Fabens High School won the Class 3A Individual State championship in a time of 16:58

1989-1990 Alan Culpepper of Coronado High School won the Class 5A Individual State Championship with a time of 15:54

1990-1991 Alan Culpepper of Coronado High School won the Class 5A Individual State Championship with a time of 15:38

1994-1995 Juan Buendia of El Paso High School won the Class 4A Individual State Championship with a time of 15:59.5

1994-1995 Fabens High School won the Class 3A Team State Championship

1997-1998 El Paso High School won the Class 4A Team State Championship

1997-1998 Clint High School won the Class 3A Team State Championship

1999-2000 Fabens High School won the Class 4A Team State Championship

 

2018 Track and Field

Michael Abeyta, Edwin Gomez, Ian Smith, Brandon Seagraves win gold medals at UIL and TAPPS State Championships

No El Paso area team has ever won a Track and Field state championship. That is still true at the end of the 2018 season. There were no state team championships but there were several individuals who won gold medals at the UIL and TAPPS state meets. There were also several other individuals that bought home silver or bronze medals and others that competed very well at their state meet.

Michael Abeyta of Hanks High School finished in first place in 5A 800 meter run in a time of 1:53.38. Abeyta also brought home a silver medal in the 5A 3200 meter run with a time of 9:15.50 and another silver medal in the 5A 1600 meter run with a time of 4:16.53.

Edwin Gomez of San Elizario had an outstanding meet at the 4A classification. Gomez won two gold medals in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:23.14 and the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:38.79.

A pair of Cathedral runners brought home a total of three gold medals for the Irish at the TAPPS Class 6A State Meet. Brandon Seagraves won gold in 1600 meter run with a time of 4:26.05 and the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:29.0. Ian Smith won the TAPPS 800 meter run with a time of 1:57.85.

There were several other individuals who won silver and bronze medals. Grant Levesque of Coronado finished 3rd in the 6A Pole Vault with a jump of 16 feet and 6 inches. Coronado’s Jaeger-Darakjy finished third in the 6A Girls 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.73. Aaron Gilliam of Irvin High School finished 3rdbehind Michael Abeyta in the 5A 3200 meter run with a time of 9:24.24.Milos Rios of Eastlake took 2ndplace in the 5A High Jump with a jump of 6 feet and 8 inches. Burges High School’s Itzel Alcantar finished in 4th place in the 5A Girls 800 meter run in 2:14.80 and 5th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:02.99. Eva Jess of Franklin finished in 5th place in the 6A Girls 3200 meter run with a time of 10:50.32. Garrett Stokes of Burges finished in 6th place in the 5A Shot Put with a throw of 51 feet 9 and a quarter inches. Infant Jones of Parkland finished in 5th place in the 5A 300 meter Hurdles with a time of 38.62 seconds. Daniel Amaya of Tornillo finished in 5th place in the 3A 3200 meter run and in 4thplace in the 3A 1600 meter run with times of 9:47.45 and 4:28 respectively.

The Hanks High School boys team finished the 5A state meet in 7th place The San Elizario boys team finished in 9th place at the 4a state meet. Cathedral finished in 7th place at the TAPPS 6A meet.

El Paso area athletes won 6 individual gold medals in Track and Field

2018 Cross Country

San Elizario High School is becoming a Texas 4A power in athletics especially in Soccer, Cross Country Track, and Track and Field. The Eagles have won team titles or individual titles in the sports in recent years and have done so again in the 2017-18 school year. San Elizario won the 4A UIL Cross Country title in 2017 and just recently won their second 4A UIL Soccer title. I will write about the Soccer title in my Spring 2018 recap but it is now time to write about the Eagle’s Cross Country title.

 

One state championship is hard enough to win but 2017 marks the 4th straight state championship for San Elizario. Few athletic teams can match that record (only the Hanks Girls Wrestling team and Cathedral’s amazing Swimming team in the El Paso area) and Coach Morales and his team are to be recognized for their accomplishments. You have made the El Paso area proud.  Members of the team and their finish in the state cross country meet are listed below:

Edwin Gomez 1st Place (Individual Gold Medal)

Rene Arambula 4th place     

David Ceballos 9th place

Seth Rodriguez 13th place

Martin Pargas 26th place

Antonio Diaz 28th place

Adrian Contreras 62nd place

 

Cathedral has been a dominant force in TAPPS Cross Country and 2017 was also another good year. Brandon Seagrave won and individual gold medal and led his team mates to a second place finish in Division 6A. Cathedral scored 76 points and finished runner up to San Antonio Antonian and their 67 points.  Other Irish team members were Pedro Espinoza 12th place, Ian Smith 14th place, and Daniel Maes 17th place

 

Loretto Academy finished in 6th place in the Girl’s 6A state meet and were led by Britney Martinez 28thplace and Luciana Borrego’s 32nd place.

Lydia Patterson boys and girls both had respectable showing in TAPPS 5A. The boys finished in 9th place while the girls placed 14th.

 

San Elizario was not the only El Paso area public high school to have a good showing in the various cross country state meets.

6A Boys

The Eastwood boys finished 3rd in the state. Team members were Gabe Armijo 5th place, Anthony Molina 11th place, Elias Perez 20th place, Juan Olmos 33rd place, Kayn Quinones 54th place, Eddie Gallegos 57th place, and Pedro Guerra 90th place.

6A Girls

Eva Jess of Franklin finished in 5th place while Coronado’s Jenelle Darakjy finished in 22nd place.

5A Boys                                                  

Michael Abeyta finished in second place to earn a silver medal. Aaron Gilliam of Irvin finished in 9thplace.

5A Girls

Burges finished in 14th place and Austin placed 16th.

 

4A Girls

America Morales of San Elizario finished 57th and Yajay Quiroz placed 59th.

3A Boys

The Tornillo boys team finished 2nd place at the state meet. Team members were Daniel Amerja 9thplace; Eduardo Carrillo 10th place; Juan Rivera 12th place; Ofir Ortega 16th place; Heriberto Amaya 51stplace;  Tommy Montelongo  80th place and Bryan Garcia 88th place.

 

Championship Count: 1 state championship and 3 individual state titles

2017 Track and Field Update


The El Paso area has never produced a UIL high school team that has won a track and field state championship. There have been a couple close calls---Burges and Austin have finished third in the state. Why can't we win a team title? I believe the reason is that our high schools don't do well in the relay races and you can't win a title without excelling in those events since they count double in the scoring. The El Paso area has produced many individuals that have done well at the state tournament (Keandre Bates, a former Burges star, just won 2 NCAA titles competing for the University of Florida) but that team title still eludes the city. That is still the case after the 2017 season.

6A Track and Field

The top teams in the city after the District 1-6A Track and Field Tournament were:

Boys' Track and Field                                                               Girls' Track and Field
Americas 130 points                                                                 Eastwood 133 points
Franklin 118 points                                                                   Socorro 112 points
El Dorado 116 points                                                                Coronado 90 points
Eastwood 97 points                                                                   Montwood 73 points


The Area and Regional meets were not to kind to the El Paso area athletes. Very few advanced to compete in the state tournament. The top area teams at the Area tournament were:

Boys                                                                                             Girls      
Americas 3rd place                                                                   Socorro 5th place
Franklin 4th place                                                                      Coronado 6th place
Eastwood 5th place                                                                   Americas 7th place

Top teams at the Regionals were:

Boys                                                                                              Girls
Americas 12th place                                                                  Coronado 17th place
El Dorado 13th place                                                                  Americas 27th place
Eastwood 20th place                                                                  Socorro 33rd place

Top performances at the Regional meet were turned in by:

Boys
Gabriel Navarro of Franklin finished 3rd in the 400 meter run
Ethan Delgado of El Dorado finished 3rd in the 800 meter run
Brian Lujan of Americas was 2nd in the 1600 meter run
Daniel Bernal of Eastwood was 3rd in the 1600 meter run
Daniel Bernal of Eastwood was 3rd in the 3200 meter run
Brian Lujan of Americas was 4th in the 3200 meter run
Holden Rivera of Montwood was 3rd in the 110 meter hurdles
El Dorado was 3rd in the 4x400 meter relay (T. Lopez, D. Johnson, E. Delgado, and S. Moreno)
Kolton Lindemann of Americas was 3rd in the discus throw

Girls
Jennelle Jaegar Darakjy of Coronado finished 2nd in the 800 meter run
Sammy Cordier of Americas finished 4th in the shot put
Very few athletes from the El Paso area made the trip to the state tournament. Eastwood was the top boys' team with a 33rd place finish followed by Americas in 38th place and Coronado was the top girls' team with a 37th place finish.

Top performances at the State Meet were:
Boys
Brian Lujan of Americas finished in 4th place in the 1600 meter run
David Bernal of Eastwood finished 3rd in the 3200 meter run (bronze medal)
Kolton Lindermann of Americas finished in 7th place in the discus throw

Girls
Jennelle Jaegar Darakjy of Coronado finished in 4th place in the 800 meter run

5A Track and Field
The top teams in District 1-5A were:

Boys                                                                                Girls
Chapin                                                                           Chapin
Austin                                                                            Burges
Irvin                                                                               Jefferson
Burges                                                                          Andress

The top teams in District 2-5a were:

Boys                                                                                   Girls
Parkland                                                                            Clint Horizon
Canutillo                                                                            Eastlake
Eastlake                                                                            Del Valle
Hanks                                                                                Canutillo

The story for the area's 5A teams at the Regionals was the same as the 6A squads. Very few athletes qualified for the state tournament.  The best El Paso area team performances at the Regionals were turned in by Hanks 15th place, Eastlake 16th place, Chapin 19th place, and Irviin 24th place on the boys' side while the top girls' team finishes were recorded by Burges 6th place, Jefferson 19th place tie, Eastlake 19th place tie, and Chapin 22nd place.

Top performances turned in at the Regional Track Meet were:

Boys
Khori Roberts of Canutillo was 3rd in the 400 meter run
Michael Abeyta of Hanks was 3rd in both the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run
Kenny Jones of Parkland was 3rd in the 300 meter hurdles
Milo Rios of Eastlake was 1st in the high jump
Darius King of Chapin was 3rd in the triple jump

Girls
Itzel Alcantar of Burges was 3rd in the 800 meter run
Shailah Thornton of Chapin was 1st in the 100 meter hurdles
Brenda Pinkney of Jefferson was 3rd in the 300 meter hurdles
Eastlake's 4x400 meter relay team was 3rd (G. David, A. White, F.Tiles, and A. Betancourt)
Erika Snyder of Jefferson was 3rd in the high jump
Arielle Mack of Burges was 1st in both the long jump and triple jump

5A Track and Field State Meet
Very few El Paso area 5A athletes competed at the state track meet. Top El Paso teams at the meet were Hanks 18th place and Chapin 37th place on the boys' side and Burges 9th place and Chapin 24th place on the girls' side.

There were a few outstanding performances by El Paso athletes.

Boys
Milo Rios of Eastlake was 7th in the high jump
Michael Abeyta of Hanks was 1st in the 1600 meter run (State Champion and Gold Medal)
Darius King of Chapin was 4th in the triple jump
Michael Abeyta has a bright future as he competed as a 9th grader this year.

Girls
Arielle Mack of Burges was 3rd in triple jump (Bronze Medal)
Arielle Mack of Burges was 2nd in the long jump (Silver Medal)
Shailah Thornton of Chapin was 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles (Bronze Medal)

4A Track and Field
San Elizario's Cross Country team has been the best in Conference 4A for several years and their Track and Field team has also been a force to reckon with. The area's best 4A teams competed in the Area and Regional stages of the UIL 4A Track and Field tournament and here are the best team performances:


Boys                                                                                        Girls
San Elizario 4th Place                                                               Clint Mountain View 4th Place
Clint 6th Place                                                                          Clint 5th Place
Clint Mountain View 7th Place                                                   Fabens 8th Place
Fabens 9th Place                                                                      San Elizario 9th Pace

Regional
The San Elizario boys finished in 13th place while the Mountain View and Clint girls finished in a tie for 22nd place. Top individual performances were turned in by San Elizario's Erik Arambula who finished in second place in the 3200 meter run and by San Elizario's David Ceballos who finished in 3rd place in the same race. On the girls' side, Clint's Gabrielle Gandara finished third in the long jump.

State
Erik Arambula of San Elizario finished 3rd in the 3200 meter run and took the bronze medal.

TAPPS and Private Schools
Cathedral High School won a Cross Country title in the fall part of the school year and the Irish also had a very good season during the Track and Field season. Cathedral finished in 8th place at the TAPPS 6A Division I Championships and had several outstanding individual performances.
Ian Smith finished in 1st place in the 800 meter run (State Champion and gold medal)
Brandon Seagraves finished in first place in both the 1600 meter run and 3200 meter run (State Champion in both events and gold medals in both events)

Loretto Academy finished the TAPPS 6A Division I competition in 20th place. Top performers for the Lady Angels were:
Marcela Perches 9th in the 800 meter run and 8th in the 3200 meter run.
Luciana Borego Flores took 9th place in the 3200 meter run.
Valeria De La Cruz finished in 9th place in the long jump.
Jesus Chapel's girls finished in 9th place in the TAPPS 1A competition.
Grace Gomez took 2nd place in the shot put (Silver medal) and 8th place in the discus throw.

 

2016 Cross Country Update

El Paso area high schools continued to do well in the state cross country championships at both the UIL and TAPPS levels. San Elizario High School won its third straight UIL title and Cathedral High School captured the TAAP's championship. I invite you to read about those state championships in my Fall 2016 Update section.

Cathedral and San Elizario were not the only schools to shine in the state cross country championships. Several other schools and individuals did very well at the state meet.

Tornillo High School worked hard all season to final make the medal stand in Class 3A after finishing 4th in 2015. The teams' hard work was rewarded with a second place finish and a silver medal. Adrian Morales paced Tornillo with an individual 7th place finish and earned All-State honors. Juan Rivera finished 13th; Cesar Gonzalez placed 15th; and Daniel Amaya finished in 18th place.

Eastwood High School brought home a 6th place finish in 6A with Daniel Bernal winning a bronze medal for the Troopers. Austin High School finished in 5th place in the 5A race with Jesus Monreal taking 17th place for the Panthers. Clint High School brought home a 14th place finish with their runner, Walter Slosar finishing in 14th place. Michael Abeyta of Hanks High School earned All-State honors with his 6th place finish in 5A. Other boys that did well at the State meet were Franklin's Adam Cortez, El Dorado's Sebastian Moreno, Irvin's Aaron Gilliam, and Burges High School's Sam Zambrano.

The girls were also well represented. Mountain View's Michelle Estrada earned All-State honors for her 4th place finish in Class 4A. San Elizario's Ashley Parga finished 28th; Canutillo's Anisa Burciaga earned All-State honors with her 9th place finish in the 5A race. It was the second time that Burciaga earned All-State honors. Faben's Jocelyn Castro finished in 108th place. Hanks High School's Andrea Abeyta finished in 35th place in the 5A race.

Socorro High School's Natalie Gomez finished 41st in the 6A race while her team-mate, Jessica Dominguez, came in at 105th place.

El Paso area high school teams have always done well at the annual cross country meet. Expect more of the same in 2017.

2016 Track and Field Update

No El Paso area public high school has ever won a UIL Track and Field State Championship. Unfortunately, that still remains true after the 2016 seasons. Usually El Paso area athletes will win several medals in individual events and there were a couple of bronze medals won and one silver medal. Maybe I got spoiled last year when there were several gold medals won but I expected a better showing from the El Paso area athletes at the state meet. I would have to say that 2016 was a very disappointing year for El Paso area track and field. The following are the top results for every classification:

6A Boys:  Eastwood High School was the top area team at the state meet with a 30th placing in the 6A rankings. Americas was next with their 54th place finish. Daniel Bernal of Eastwood won a bronze medal  with his 3rd place finish in the 3200 meter run. Brian Lujan of Americas finished in 6th place in the 1600 meter run.

6A Girls: No El Paso area teams in the team rankings and no medals or top ten finishes that I could find.

5A Boys': Burges High School finished in 19th place in the state rankings. Eastlake and Canutillo were the only other area schools that I found in the final state rankings. Eastlake placed 40th and Canutillo took 54th place. Hamlin Dartez of Burges High School brought home a silver medal for his second place finish in the 200 meter dash. Burges also place 6th in the 4x400 meter relay. Other 5A boys with top 10 finishes were Joshua Hernandez-8th place in the shot put, Milo Rios of Eastlake finished 4th in the high jump, and Khori Roberts of Canutillo finished 6th in the 400 meter run.

5A Girls': Burges High School finished with a 17th place in the state rankings while Chapin ended the state meet in 42nd place. Arielle Mack of Burges brought home a bronze medal with her 3rd place finish in the girls' long jump. She barely missed bring home another bronze medal when she finished 4th in the triple jump. Jadsia Warren of Chapin had a 5th place finish in the 200 meter run and a 6th place finish in the 400 meter run. Other top 10 finishes were Anisa Burciaga of Canutillo-8th place 1600 meter run, Priscilla Tubbs of Jefferson-9th place 300 meter hurdles, Andrea Abeyta of Hanks-8th place 800 meter run, Sandra Thornton-9th place 100 meter hurdles, and the Chapin 4x100 relay team finished in 9th place.

4A Boys': No medals or state rankings that I could find.

4A Girls': Clint Moutain View finished 33rd in the state rankings. Michelle Estrada finished in 6th place in the 1600 meter run.

2016 TAPPS Track and Field Updates:

The El Paso area TAPPS schools didn't fare any better than their public school counterparts in their state championship competitions. There were no team titles but several individuals won medals including at least one gold medal. The following is a breakdown on the results for Cathedral High School and Jesus Chapel:

Cathedral High School finished in 9th place in TAPPS 5A competition. Top finishers for the Irish were Ian Smith with a silver medal in the 800 meter run and Louie Barba with a second place finish in the 3200 meter run. Brandon Seagraves won two bronze medals in the 1600 meter run and 3200 meter run.

Jesus Chapel boys finished in 6th place in the TAPPS 1A competition.  Joseph Belle won three bronze medals for the 110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and for being a member of the 4x200 meter relay team.

Jesus Chapel's girls' team finished in 12th place in the 1A TAPPS competition. Top performer for Jesus Chapel was Gracie Gomez who won a gold medal for the shot put and a bronze medal for the discus throw.

 

2014 Update: San Elizario High School became the first boys UIL cross country team from the El Paso area to win a state championship since 1999. Coach Cesar Morales stated that his team went to the meet not thinking of a state championship but only to do the best they could. His team certain met that goal and far exceeded it. San Elizario scored a team low 79 points to outpace runner up Lufkin Hudson’s 105 points. Clint High School, another El Paso area team, finished 4th with a score of 173 points. Top performers for San Elizario were Michael Johnson (9th place), Ulises Cardoza (10th place), and Erik Arambula (18th place). Other main contributors were Alex Fernandez (46th place), Angel Rangel (48th place), Daniel Alvarez (58th place) and Miguel Garcia (80th place).

2015 UPDATE:  San Elizario defended its Conference 4A UIL Cross Country State Championship in weather full of mud and rain.

The Eagles earned back-to-back state crowns scoring an impressive 53 points -- well ahead of their competition. San Elizario had six runners all place in the top 25. They are all as follows.

Erick Arambula (first place), Ulises Cardoza (17th, 17:15.59), Miguel Garcia (18th, 17:17.83) Leo Gomez (20th, 17:19.37) David Ceballos (23rd, 17:24.98) and Carlos Pargas (24th, 17:31.26). It's seventh runner, Adrian Contreras was 60th in 18:05.18.

Tornillo also placed 4th in their class.

More on Alan Culpepper

 

  Coronado High School’s, Alan Culpepper is without a doubt the best cross country track star (if not the best overall track and field star) that El Paso has ever seen. He not only won the two individual cross country championships that I have already written about but also won three other state championships in track and field events. He won the gold medal in the 1600 meter run in 1989 with a winning time of 4:20.5 and again in 1990 with a time of 4:12.3. Alan Culpepper capped his 1990 season by winning the gold medal in the 3200 meter run with a winning time of 9:15.9.

  Culpepper would attend the University of Colorado after graduating from Coronado High School where he could continue his development which would eventually lead to him being selected to the United States Olympic Team in both 2000 and 2004. He won the 2004 US Olympic Trials and finished 12th in the Athens’ Olympics. In addition to making two Olympic squads, Alan Culpepper has also been a member of four world championship teams, competed in four Boston Marathons, won three US Cross Country Titles, won two 10.000 meter track titles and one title at 5000 meters. He ran a 2:09:44 times at the Chicago Marathon and is tied with Alberto Salazar for the fastest debut marathon time by an American athlete. His personal best time for the mile is 3:55.6, 13.25 for 5K, and 27.23 for the 10K. Alan Culpepper was inducted to the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

Resources: uiltexas.org, Wikipedia, and Dr.Billy Wilbanks’ “Texas Track Champions” (texastrackchamps.com)

Cross Country and the TAPPS Schools

2015 Cross Country Track Update

San Elizario High School only dreamed of winning a state championship in cross country track in 2014. The Eagles were determined to defend their 4A title in 2015 despite losing several competitors from the 2014 team, including Michael Johnson. San Elizario surpassed their own expectations and won the 2015 UIL 4A Cross Country State Championship by scoring 53 points and placing six of its’ seven runners in the top 25. Not only did the Eagles win the state championship but Erik Arambula won the individual gold medal at the meet. Team members for the two time defending state champions were Ulises Cardoza 17th place, Miguel Garcia 18th place, Leo Gomez 20th place, David Ceballos 23rd place, Carlos Pargas 24th place, and Adrian Contreras 60th place. Congratulations to the Eagles.

 

Cathedral High School also had hopes of defending its’ 2014 TAPPS Cross Country State Championship. The Irish ended up finishing in second place only trailing its’ rival San Antonio Antonian. Louie Barba was the top Cathedral runner finishing in second place while Brandon Seagraves finished in 7th place.

2014 Update

The Cathedral High School cross country team spent an agonizing year following the 2013 season. The Irish had come up two points short of winning the TAPPS Division I Cross Country State Championship losing to San Antonio Antonian. Coach Adrian Dodds said that his squad made a year-long commitment to not finishing runner up again. His team certainly lived up to their promise. Cathedral placed four runners in the top 10 places and scored a team low 34 points to win the 2014 TAPPS Division I Cross Country State Championship. Eric Peters and Louie Barba finished first and second respectively to pace the Irish squad. Peters ran the 3.1 mile course 16:22.4 beating teammate Barba by five seconds and San Antonio’s Justin Garcia by 8 seconds. Ryan Smith and Esteban Esquivel-Reyes also finished in the top 10 for Cathedral. Other key contributors were Ricardo Lozoya (13th place), Christopher Janicki (22nd place), and Ronaldo Lopez (31st place). The championship was even sweeter since Cathedral defeat the previous year’s champion, San Antonio Antonian (2nd place 46 points) and Houston Awty (3rd place 84 points). It was Cathedral’s first cross country championship since 2006.

   The private and parochial schools in El Paso have not done as well as the public school in cross country track. I can only find 4 other instances, prior to Cathedral’s 2014 championship, where an individual or a team has won a state championship. The list below shows results for 4th place finishes or better.

2012 El Paso Lydia Patterson boys finished 4th in the 4A 5k run

2006 Cathedral High School boys finished 1st in the 6A 5k run and won the state championship 1:30:14.56

Omar Salomon 6th 17:26.08; Felix Fuentes 11th 18:02.12; Raul Donohoe 12th 18:03.22; Isaac Montoya 18th 18:14.54; Eduardo Heras 22nd 18:31. 11; Rafael Alvarado 42nd 19:24.37; and Travis McDonald 45th 19:28.31  

2006 El Paso Lydia Patterson boys finished 4th in the 5A 5k run 1:34:17.92

2005 El Paso Lydia Patterson’s David Arredondo finished 1st in the 5A 5K run (16:31.55)  

2005 El Paso Lydia Patterson boys finished 2nd in the 5A 5k run (1:30:47.90)

2005 Cathedral High School’s Emilio Puente finishes 1st and wins the state championship in the 6A 5k run (16:55.20) and leads Cathedral to a 4th place finish at the state meet

2004 El Paso Lydia Patterson boys finished 3rd in the 5A 5k run

2002 El Paso Lydia Patterson boys finished 3rd in the 4A 5k run

2000 Cathedral High School boys finished 3rd in the 5A 5k run

2000 El Paso Lydia Patterson boys finished 1st in the 3A 5k run and won the state championship

Team members: J. Leonard Martinez 3rd 18:21; Rodolfo Cossio 7th 18:43; Ever Murillo 13th 19.36; Angel Salcido 19th 21.25; Israel Garcia 21st 21.39; Alejandro Lara 31st 22.11; and Hermann Lopez 46th 23:22

I can find no instances where an El Paso Tapps school or individual has finished better than 5th place prior to the 2000 season.

Resource: tappps.net

Track and Field

  The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has sanctioned state championships in boys’ track and field events since 1909 and girls’ track and field events since 1972. The history for El Paso public high schools doesn’t go quite that far back. Many individuals have done very well in the various track and field events over the years but a team championship has eluded both the boys and girls. Austin High School finished 3rd in the team standings in 1940 as did Burges High School in 2012. The Eastwood High School track team of 1981 had the talent to win the state title. The Troopers had a very strong team and several outstanding athletes. Toby Bell was a nationally ranked pole vaulter who had a 16 foot plus vault in 1981. Jim Jordan had a top 5 United States ranking in the shot put and discus throw. Eastwood also had a very good 1600 meter relay team. Things didn’t go well at the state meet. Toby Bell finished tied for 2nd in the pole vault, Jim Jordan did win a state championship in the shot put but didn’t qualify for the discus throw at the district meet. Eastwood’s 1600 meter relay team failed to score any points at the state meet and couldn’t be used in other events. Terri Gent (has a webpage on Eastwood track) believes that El Paso teams, including the ’81 Trooper, are at a disadvantage at the state meet. Teams that don’t have a good representation in relay events are basically left with little opportunity to win the state championships since relay events score double points. The state has relay events for 4x100m, 4x200m, and the 4x400 m which are all sprint races. There is no 4x1600m relay so Eastwood could not score any points in those events. Eastwood had four very good athletes in the 1600m and 3200m but only two athletes per event are allowed to qualify for state. The state meet also allows sprinters to compete in five events but long distance runners cannot run in all the long distance events and most will not do well in shot put and discus throw. All of these factors prohibited Eastwood from winning the state championship in 1981. Even with the disadvantages, the Troopers finished 8th in the 5A rankings for that year.  I have decided to show how the athletes from each high school have performed instead of doing a year by year chart. The list shows only 1st place finishes which means each of the individuals listed won the Texas UIL Track and Field State Championship. The list does not include cross country championships I have already covered earlier in the chapter.

2015 Track and Field Update

Benavidez and Johnson win gold medals

El Paso area high schools entered the 2015 Track and Field State Tournament little chance to win a team title but that didn’t mean that El Paso area individuals couldn’t shine for their respective schools and the Sun City. That’s exactly what happened. El Paso area tracksters brought home 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 1 bronze medal, 2 4th place finishes and several other top 10 finishes. As if that wasn’t enough, Franklin High School’s Paulo Benavidez set a 6A state record in the pole vault.

Paulo Benavidez won the 2014 state title in the pole vault and he was determined to be a two time state champion in 2015. He certainly accomplished that goal. Benavidez not only won the 2015 6A pole vault event but he set a state record in the process. His winning vault was measured at 17 feet 6.5 inches which shattered his own record from 2014 by almost a foot. Benavidez wasn’t satisfied with his new record and was trying to reach 18 feet when he ran out of attempts. Benavidez graduates from Franklin High School as a two time state champion.

Maybe an even more impressive performance was turned in by San Elizario’s Michael Johnson. Johnson won two bronze medals in 2014 and was determined to win the state championships in those two events in 2015. He did just that. Johnson won the gold medal in the Boys 4A 800 meter run with a winning time of 1:54.49 and the captured his second gold medal in the 4A 1600 meter run in a time of 4:23.54. It’s been quite a year for Michael Johnson and San Elizario High School. Johnson was a member of San Elizario’s 2014 Cross Country championship team and the school just won the 4A Soccer title.  

Arielle Mack of Burges High School had a very good weekend. She won a silver medal in the 5A Girls Triple Jump and also recorded a 4th place finish in the 5A Girls Long jump.

Paulo Benavidez’s Franklin team mate Cody Johnson added more glory for the west-side school. Johnson won the bronze medals in the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 37.15 seconds. Johnson was so happy with the finish that video showed him falling to the track in amazement of his strong finish.

Dartez Hamlin of Burges High School added to his 2014 laurels by finishing 4th in the 5A Boys 200 meter dash. He also finished 7th in the 5A Boys 100 meter dash.

Other strong performances were turned in by Del Valle’s Joshua Hernandez (5th in the 5A shot put), Jadsia Warren (5th in the 5A Girls 400 meter dash), Kiana Covington of Hanks (8th place in the 5A 400 meter dash), Billy Cuellar of Eastlake (7th in the 5A Boys 300 meter hurdles) and Burges’ Javier Gaytan (8th in the 5A Boys 1600 meter run).

Franklin High School finished 9th in the Boys 6A standings thanks to the strong performances by Benavidez and Johnson. Burges High School’s girls team finished the tournament ranked 19th in the state. San Elizario was the area’s top finisher with a very strong 7th place finish in the 4A Boys rankings. Again, quite a year for San Elizario (2 Team State Championships, 2 individual state titles, and a 7th place finish).

 

2014 Track and Field Results

  It was a good year for several individual athletes from El Paso area high schools and three boy’s teams in 4A finished the state tournament ranked in the top twenty. Parkland High School, led by Anthony Dudley, finished in a very respectable 8th place at the state meet. Dudley won an individual state championship in the 4A Discus Throw with a winning toss of 190’06’’and also won a silver medal in the 4A Shot Put with a 55’04’’ effort. Burges High School finished the tournament in 13th place. The Mustangs were paced by Keandre Bates who won an individual state championship in the 4A Triple Jump with a leap of 48’08’’ and finished 6th in the 4A Long Jump with a jump of 23’02’’. Bates was also a member of the Burges 4A 4x400 meter relay team that took 6th place. Other relay members were Dartez Hamlin, Frank Portillo, and Andrew Vasquez. Dartez Hamlin also had a 7th place finish in the 4A 200 meter dash. San Elizario High School finished the tournament in 14th place and were paced by two bronze medal performances by Michael Johnson. Johnson finished 3rd in the 4A 800 Meter Run with a time of 1:53.05 and the 4A 1600 Meter Run with a time of 4:17.49. Chapin High School’s, Kwame Anane finished 4th in the 4A Triple Jump with a leap of 47’00’’.  Jadsia Warren of Chapin High School had the best performance by a girl from a 4A high school. She had a 4th place finish in the 400 Meter Dash.

  El Paso’s 5A high schools also had a pair of gold medal performances. Franklin High School’s, Paulo Benavidez won the 5A Pole Vault with a winning vault of 16’06’’.  El Dorado High School’s, Olamide Olowe won an individual state championship in the 5A Girls 400 Meter Dash with a winning time of 54.67 seconds. Elise Machen of Franklin High School won a bronze medal in the 5A Girls Pole Vault with a 13’00’’ vault. Cameron Laverty of Americas High School finished 5th in the 5A 800 Meter Run while team mate Isaiah Washington finished in 9th place in the 5A 200 Meter dash. The Franklin High School boys finished the state meet with an 18th place finish and El Dorado High School girls were the top El Paso finisher with a 23rd place finish.

  El Paso area high schools still haven’t won a state championship in track and field and appear to have a long way to go before that feat is accomplished. A team must have strong performances by its relay teams in order to win the team title. El Paso has some fine track athletes and maybe some high school will put it all together in the future and bring home a championship. Until then, El Paso will have to settle for strong individual performances from its track athletes.

  

   

Boys Track

Clint High School

1975-1976 Salvador Rayagoza 1 mile run 4:28.4

1976-1977 Salvador Rayagoza 1 mile run 4:29.4 (two time state champion)

1996-1997 Joey Chacon 1600 meter run 4:24.89

1983-1984 Humberto Martinez 3200 meter run 9:57.7

1996-1997 Joey Chacon 3200 meter run 9:36.65 (two time state champion)

El Paso High School

1946 Mike Mercada 440 yard dash 50.2 seconds

1956 Carlos Gonzalez 1 mile run 4:27.8

1973 Anthony Zuniga 1 mile run 4:15.2

1988 Gilbert Contreras 800 meter run 149.8

1995 Juan Buendia 3200 meter run 9:31.5

Andress High School

2004 Shardae Boutte Triple Jump 49’08’’

2006 Wesley Walker 1600 meter run 4:19.82

2006 Wesley Walker 3200 meter run 9:17.63 (2 event champion in 2006)

Austin High School                                                                                                                                    

1940 Charlie White 100 yard dash 9.8 seconds

1940 Jimmy Huff high jump 6’01.5”

1942 Bill Cardon high jump 6’01.5”

1974 Ruben Dominguez 1 mile run 4:17.4

2001 Frank Lozano 1600 meter run 4:13.3

2011 Ramon Garcia 800 meter run 1:52.56

Bowie High School

1947 Javier Montez 1 mile run 4:25.0 (state record 1947-1948)

1948 Javier Montez 1 mile run 4:28.8 (two time state champion) I will write more about Javier Montez at the end of this section

1949 Alberto Estrada 1 mile run 4:40.8

1952 Luis Rivas 1 mile run 4:32.3

1953 Luis Rivas 1 mile run 4:30.7 (two time state champion)

Burges High School

1982 Paul Benavidez pole vault 14’06’’

2012 Danny Tarango 800 meter run 1:53.26 (finished 2nd in the same event in 2011 with a time of 1:52.8)

2012 Xavier Matthews, Aaron Jones, Monderric Turner, and Danny Tarango  4x400 (1600 meter) relay team 3:14.59

2014 Keandre Bates triple jump 48’08’’

Canutillo High School

1977 Omar Munoz 3200 meter run 9:36.9

Chapin High School

2011 Brandon Moss long jump 22’9.25’’

Coronado High School

1989 Alan Culpepper 1600 meter run 4:20.5

1990 Alan Culpepper 3200 meter run 9:15.9

1990 Alan Culpepper 1600 meter run 4:12.3 (two state championships in 1990 and a total of 5 championships including two cross country titles)

Fabens High School

1975-1976 Bruce Frazier 220 yard dash 21.7 seconds

1975-1976 Bruce Frazier 440 yard dash 47.8 seconds

1975-1976 Mario Renteria 1 mile run 4:18.5

Franklin High School

2014 Paulo Benavidez pole vault 16’06’’

2012 Felix Obi triple jump 50’8.75”

Fort Hancock High School

1993-1994 Manny Garcia 800 meter run 1:56.4

1966-1967 Larry Holladay 120 yard high hurdles 14.7 seconds

Eastwood High School

1981 Jim Jordan shot put 63’11.5’’

Irvin High School

1971 Dennis DeLoach high jump 6’08’’

1981 Kurt Powell high jump 6’08’

1988 Dino Napier 200 meter dash 20.6 seconds

1995 Edmund Stansbury discus 189’02’’

1997 Edmund Stansbury discus 190’09’’ (two time state champion)

Parkland High School

2006 Matt Dudley discus 177’08’’

2014 Anthony Dudley discus 190’06’’

San Elizario High School

1976-1977 Raymond Johnson 1 mile run 4:27.9

1977-1978 Raymond Johnson 1 mile run 4:33.4

1993-1994 Rene Pena 3200 meter run 9:41.1

 

Tornilllo High School

1965-1966 Gilberto Chavarria 220 yard dash 22.2 seconds

Ysleta High School

1956 Charles Rosemond 880 yard run 1:55.5

1965 Jerry Brewer discus 185’00’’

1970 David Cummins 880 yard run 1:54.7  

Resources: uiltexas.org and texastrackchamps.com

More on Javier Montez

  El Paso has produced two athletes that went on to compete in the Olympic Games. I have already written about Coronado High School’s Alan Culpepper. Now let me write about Bowie High School’s Javier Montez. Javier Montez attended Bowie in the late 1940’s and won two State Championships in 1947 and 1948 competing in the one mile run. Montez would go on to compete for Texas Western College (UTEP) in the old Border Conference. UTEP has produced many Olympians but Javier Montez was the first. He dominated the one and two mile distances at the collegiate and international level. He was a three event champion at the Border Conference Track Meet posting winning times for the mile, two miles, and 800 meters. Javier Montez set meet records at the Border Conference, the Texas Relays, and California Medley Relay. Montez set a record for the mile at the NAIB meet and also set the record for the 1500 meter run at the Texas Relays. He finished third in the 1952 AAU meet at the distance of 1500 meters. This would earn him a spot on the United States Olympic Team that competed in the Helsinki summer games. Montez finished 6th in his heat and would not qualify for the finals but he still ranked as one of the finest athletes in the world. Montez posted personal best times of 3:51.1 at 1500 meters, 4:13.4 in the mile and 9:24.3 in the two mile. He once finished slightly behind England’s Roger Bannister in a one mile race. Bannister would later record a sub 4 minute mile. Javier Montez would graduate from UTEP and eventually work for the city of El Paso. He was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 1965 and posthumously to the UTEP Hall of Fame in 2007. Javier Montez passed away in 2003.

 Resources: Ray Sanchez’s “The Good, The Bad, and The Funny of El Paso Sports History”; utepathletics.com; Wikipedia

Girls Track

Anthony High School

1975 Liz McClure 880 yard run 2:19.6

1976-1977 Sylvia Tellez high jump 5’3’’

El Paso High School

1980 Patsy Norman 1600 meter run 4:56.5 (state record from 1980-1983 and 7th best time in US in 1980)

1981 Letty Arce 3200 meter run 11:10.9 (state record 1981-1982)

Andress High School

1974 Lucy Nieman discus throw 121’06’’ (state record 1974-1976)

1978 Cindy Luna discus throw 141’02’’ (state record 1978-1979)

1993 Tasha Stroman 400 meter dash 54.6 seconds (4th best time in US 1993)

Burges High School

1973 Beverly McNeely 100 yard dash 11.4 seconds

1995 Alejandra Valles 400 meter run 54.7 seconds (5th best time in US 1995)

Chapin High School

2006 Evonne Britton 100 meter hurdles 13.8 seconds

Coronado High School

1994 Blanca McKell high jump 5’10’’(2nd best in US 1994)

Eastwood High School                                                                                    

1974 Toni Burks 60 yard dash 7.2 seconds (4A state record 1974-1975 and course record)

1975 Toni Burks 60 yard dash 6.9 seconds (4A state record 1975-1976 and second state championship and course record)

1987 Bethany May triple jump 39’00.25’’

2007 Jessica Ubanyionwu triple jump 40’10.5’’

El Dorado High School

2014 Olamide Olowe 400 meter dash 54.67 seconds

 

Franklin High School

2002 MacKenzie Edwards 1600 meter run 5:00.2

Hanks High School

1993 Karen Boone 200 meter dash 23.7 seconds (3rd best time in US 1993)

1993 Karen Boone 100 meter hurdles 14.0 seconds (2 time state champion and gold medalist)

2008 Kendra Chambers 400 meter dash 53.01 seconds

Montwood High School

1999 Lakeena Jones high jump 5’07’’(4A state record 1977-1978)

2001 Monique Ortega 3200 meter run 10:36.0 (7th best in US)

Parkland High School

1977 Gwen McCray high jump 5’07’’ (4A state record 1977-78)

1978 Gwen McCray high jump 5’09’’ (4A state record 1978-1984)

1979 Gwen McCray high jump 5’07’’ (three year state champion)

1991 Lisa Austin triple jump 39’06.25’’

Resources: uiltexas.org; texastrackchamps.net

The TAPPS Schools in Track and Field

   No El Paso public high school has ever won a track and field championship. The story is different for the private and parochial schools in El Paso. Jesus Chapel High School has won 6 state championships in track and field, four by the boys’ team and two by the girls’ team. The TAPP schools have also competed very well on an individual basis. The following is a list of championships that I could find on TAPPS website. I have omitted any cross country championships which I have already written about.

2015 Update

The El Paso Faith Christian Academy girls’ team won the 2015 Division I TCAL Track and Field State Championship with a score of 173 points easily defeating runner-up San Marcos Baptist 132 points. The Lady Lions won 4 individual gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals. Gabrielle Gandara won 2 individual gold medals in the 300 meter hurdles (50.85 seconds) and the 100 meter hurdles (17.14 seconds). She also won a silver medals in the long jump (15’03’’) and high jump (4’06’’).  Kayla Jeffries won two individual gold medals in the triple jump (30’04’’) and the high jump (4’10’’). Jeffries also won a silver medal in the 400 meter run (1:01.88). Faith Christian took silver medals in the 4x400 relay (4:37.09), 1600 meter run (Paula Chacon 6:32.2), 3200 meter run (Madison Macias 14:25.71),and shot put (Natalie Buckhalter 31’04.25). Bronze medalists were Madison Macias in the 1600 meter run, 4x200 relay team, Paula Chacon in the 800 meter run, the 4x100 relay team, and Natalie Buckhalter in the discus throw. Other girls that scored points were Madison Macias (4th place 800 meter run), Perla Aguilera (4th place 3200 meter run), and Miranda Carter (6th place 3200 meter run).

The Faith Christian boys’ team finished in 4th place at the 2015 Division I TCAL Track and Field State Championship. Nick Buckhalter won an individual gold medal in the shot put with a throw of 36’01’’ and Sedric Davis won the gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 19.65 seconds.

The TAPPS schools didn’t fare as well as the private schools in track and field although there were some very good individual or relay efforts. The Jesus Chapel girls finished 6th in the 1A TAPPS rankings while the Charger boys finished 11th in the team rankings. Cathedral finished 8th in the TAPPS 5A team standings. The Jesus Chapel girls 4x200 meter relay team finished 2nd. Team members were Jordan Muller, Ruby Gonzalez, Nayeli Olivares, and Adriana Saucedo. Adriana Saucedo won a bronze medal in the girls 200 meter dash. Gracie Gomez brought home a bronze medal in the shot put.  Cathedral had strong performances from Esteban-Esquivel Reyes in the 800 meter run (2nd place) and 1600 meter run (3rd place). Eric Peters won a silver medal in the 3200 meter run while Louis Barba finished 3rd in the same event.

 

Team State Championships

1993 Jesus Chapel girls win the AA TAPPS Track and Field Championship

1997 Jesus Chapel girls win the 3A TAPPS Track and Field Championship

1998 Jesus Chapel boys win the 3A TAPPS Track and Field Championship

1999 Jesus Chapel boys win the 2A TAPPS Track and Field Championship

2000 Jesus Chapel boys win the 2A TAPPS Track and Field Championship

Eric Fierro 4th in discus throw 108’07.00”; Bret Mehl 3rd in pole vault 11’06.00’’; Willie Cabellero 1st 100 meter high hurdles 15.76; Willie Caballero 1st 300 meter intermediate hurdles 41.03; Danny Medina 2nd 400 meter dash 53.38; Eric Fierro 5th 800 meter run 2:12.97; Jerod Hon 2nd 1600 meter run 4:49.72; 1600 meter relay (4x400) 1st 3:38.13 team members not given; Jerod Hon 1st 3200 meter run 10:07.32; Bobby Contreras 6th 3200 meter run 11:58.80  

2001 Jesus Chapel boys win the 2A TAPPS Track and Field Championship

Josh Hunter 8th 200 meter dash 24.57; Danny Medina 2nd 400 meter dash 53.36; Sam Serrane 4th 1600 meter run 5:14.10; Bret Mehl 4th 110 meter high hurdles 17.75; Aaron Debord 3rd 300 meter intermediate hurdles 42.29; Bret Mehl 5th 300 meter intermediate hurdles 42.29; 4x100 relay 2nd 45.98 (members not listed); 4x400 relay 3rd 3;40.48 (members not listed); Bret Mehl 1st pole vault 11’08.00’’; Aaron Debord 7th long jump 19’05.50’’; Alex Stredic 4th shot put 40’06.25’’ and 2nd discus throw 106’09.00’’; and Loren Harris 7th high jump 5’06.00’’

2011 El Paso Faith Christian Academy boys win the TCAL 3A Division I State Championship in Track and Field

2012 El Paso Faith Christian Academy boys win the TCAL 3A Division I State Championship in Track and Field

2013 El Paso Faith Christian Academy boys win the TCAL 3A Division I State Championship in Track and Field

2015 El Paso Faith Christian Academy girls win the TCAL 3A Division I State Championship in Track and Field

2007 Jesus Chapel girls finished 2nd in 2A TAPPS Track and Field Championship

2002 Cathedral High School finishes 2nd in the 5A TAPPS Track and Field Championship

Individual State Championships

Note: All the El Paso Faith Christian Academy individual titles are TCAL Class 3A

2015 Nick Buckhalter of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL boys shot put with a throw of 36’01’’

2015 Sedric Davis of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL boys 110 meter hurdles in a time of 19.65 seconds

2015 Gabrielle Gandara of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL girls 300 meter hurdles with a time of 50.85 seconds

2015 Gabrielle Gandara of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL girls 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.14 seconds

2015 Kayla Jeffries of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL girls triple jump with a jump of 30’04’’

2015 Kayla Jeffries of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL girls high jump with a jump of 4’10’’

2014 Paul Balderrama of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 3indi200 meter run

2014 Jacob Coombes of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 400 meter run

2014 Joseph Cromeens of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 800 meter run

2014 Joseph Cromeens of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys long jump

2014 El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 4x400 meter relay (team members Jacob Coombes, Joseph Cromeens, Robert Escobar, and Jesus Ruiz)

2014 Candace Baity of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls 100 meter hurdles

2014 Candace Baity of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls 300 meter hurdles

2014 Gabriella Gandara of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls long jump

2014 El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls 4x100 meter relay (Team members Candace Baity, America Ceniceros, Hannah Navarro, and Nijare Johnson)

2012 Kiana Covington of Jesus Chapel finished 1st in the 2A girls 400 meter run in 59.83 seconds

2012 Aaron Russell of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL boys triple jump with a jump of 41’08’’

2012 Aaron Russell of El Paso Faith Christian finished 1st in the TCAL boys 200 meter run with a time of 23.26 seconds

2012 El Paso Faith Christian Academy finishes 1st in the TCAL boys 4x100 meter relay with a winning time of 46.24 seconds

2012 El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 4x400 meter relay with a winning time of 3:44.11

2012 Breanna Medina of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls high jump

2012 Breanna Medina of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls shot put

2012 Candace Bailey of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls long jump

2012 Hannah Navarro of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls pole vault

2012 Amber Macias of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL girls discus throw

2013 Paul Balderrama of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 1600 meter run with a time of 4:53.71

2013 Paul Balderrama of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 3200 meter run with a time of 10:31.43

2013 Eddie Ramos of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 200 meter run with a time of 24.35 seconds

2013 Joseph Cromeens of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 800 meter run with a time of 2:10.21

2013 El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the TCAL boys 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:46.65. Team members were Imran Raja, Eddie Ramos, Jesus Ruiz, and Saul Ramos

2011 Aaron Russell of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st TCAL boys long jump

2011 Aaron Russell of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st TCAL boys triple jump

2011 Aaron Russell of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finished 1st in the 200 meter run

2011 El Paso Faith Christian Academy finishes 1st in the boys 4x100 relay

2011 El Paso Faith Christian Academy finishes 1st the boys 4x400 relay

2011 Olamide Olowe of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finishes 1st in the girls long jump

2011 Olamide Olowe of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finishes 1st in the girls 100 meter run

2011 Nathalie Quijas of El Paso Faith Christian Academy finishes 1st in the girls 200 meter run

2011 El Paso Faith Christian Academy girls win the 4X100 meter relay

2009 Kristen Johnson of Jesus Chapel finished 1st in the 2A girls high jump 5’03’’

2007 Jesus Chapel girls win 2A 4x100 meter relay. Team members were Jennifer Zuniga, Lindsay Hall, Danielle Hampton, and Courtney Alcantar (53.35 seconds)

2007 Danielle Hampton of Jesus Chapel wins the Girls 2A 300 meter hurdles in 48.75 seconds

2007 Gabriel Moreno of Cathedral High School wins 6A Boys 300 meter hurdles in 38.95 seconds (TAPPS record)

2007 Javier Olmos of Cathedral High School wins the 6A Boys discus throw at 147’.07’’

2006 Marcos Lopez of Cathedral High School wins the 6A 800 meter run in a time of 2:02.25

2006 Ronald Arajs of Cathedral High School wins the 6A 100 meter dash in a time of 10.84 seconds

2006 Kyle Green of Jesus Chapel wins the 2A 400 meter run in a time of 51.53 seconds

2006 Ronald Arajs of Cathedral High School wins 6A long Jump at 22’10’’

2004 Adam Parra of Cathedral High School wins 5A 1600 meter run with a time of 4:31.26

2004 Roger Brown of Cathedral High School wins 5A 300 meter hurdles in a time of 39.81 seconds

2004 Jose Falliner of Cathedral High School wins 5A discus throw at 144’01’’

2003 Jaime Nabors of Cathedral High School wins the 5A 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.26 seconds

2003 Thomas Lopez of Cathedral High School wins the 5A 200 meter dash in 22.91 seconds

2002 Jose Gutierrez of Cathedral High School wins the 5A 400 meter dash in 51.40 seconds

2002 Brittany Hall of Jesus Chapel wins the girls 2A 300 meter hurdles in 53.74 seconds

2002 Jaime Nabors of Cathedral High School wins the 5A 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.87 seconds

2002 Adair Fragosa of El Paso Faith Christian Academy wins the 3A 400 meter dash with a time of 51.35 seconds

2001 Bret Mehl of Jesus Chapel wins the 2A pole vault with a jump of 11’08.00’’

2001 Lee Jordan of Cathedral High School wins the 5A 100 meter dash with a time of 11.22 seconds

2000 Tyra Williams of El Paso Faith Christian wins the Girls 3A 100 meter dash in 12.76 seconds

2000 Tyra Williams of El Paso Faith Christian wins the Girls 3A 200 meter dash in 27.21 seconds

2000 Willie Caballero of Jesus Chapel wins the 2A 100 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.76 seconds

2000 Willie Caballero of Jesus Chapel wins the 2A 300 meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 41.03 seconds

2000 Jesus Chapel wins the 2A 4x400 (1600 meter) relay with a time of 3:38.13

2000 Jerod Hon of Jesus Chapel wins 2A the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:07.32

2000 Sam Dominguez of El Paso Faith Christian wins 3A long jump 21’02.5”

Resource: tapps.net

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