Teamwork paid off on Friday for the Douglas High boys cross country team with a championship at the Reed Invitational.
Douglas edged North Tahoe, 75-79, to win the varsity boys team title, while Reno and Reed finished third and fourth with 102 and 104 points respectively. It marked the first invitational victory for the Douglas varsity boys this season and served as a good boost in the final tune-up before the Sierra League Championships on Oct. 25.
The Tigers wound up with a spread of 34 seconds separating their five scoring runners over the 5-kilometer layout at Shadow Mountain Park and Reed High School.
“Overall, I thought the boys ran their best team race,” coach Jay Frey said. “They worked really well together; I was excited for them.”
Austin Croxall paced the Tigers with his 11th-place effort of 18:02.
Cole Peck placed 13th (18:17), Lane Smith 14th (18:18) and freshman John Munyan 15th (18:20) in his first race with the Douglas varsity squad. Kaleb Morris finished 22nd (18:36) to complete the team scoring. Jeff Williams also ran 18:51 and Brandon Pankey 18:58 for Douglas.
Douglas finished second in the girls team race behind Truckee, a Division I-A state title contender.
Lindsey Adams turned a 19:11 clocking to place second in the race behind Truckee junior Skyler Flora, who won in 19:05. Interestingly enough, the two runners were not all that far behind the course record of 18:43 set by Reno’s Mel Lawrence in 2004. Flora, last year’s I-A state runner-up, recently ran a blazing 18:33 to win at the Josh Ruff Memorial Trojan Invitational in Folsom, Calif.
“She’s (Flora) a great runner, and Lindsey ran a great race, too,” Frey said.
Moriah Munyan rallied late in the race to place fifth (20:56), Rebecca Corbett placed 13th (21:30), Maria Munoz 16th (21:58) and Lizzy Byrne 19th (22:13) to round out the team scoring. Freshman Cristina Munoz was the sixth runner in 22:38.
Frey added that other runners contributed in the absence of Madison Cote, who normally runs No. 3 for the Tigers but was out with a strained calf muscle.
Douglas also captured the junior varsity boys title by a 22-75 margin ahead of Carson.
Sophomore Weston Stulac won the race in 18:37, while teammate Conner Lyman placed third (19:03). Nolan Greth placed sixth (19:20), Lars Ponsness seventh (19:24), Danner Hillman eighth (19:29), Parker Dixon ninth (19:32), JD Votel 10th (19:34) and Josh Cassity 13th (19:51).
In the JV girls race, Douglas placed second. Emilie Prudhomme finished 11th in 25:14, Miren Altolaguirre 18th (25:53), Lindsey Hudnall 19th (25:53), Taylor Fruth 26th (26:34) and KD Dehnert 22nd (26:35).