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Cross Country: Douglas strong at Grass Valley Invite

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas High School cross country teams turned in a solid showing at the Grass Valley Invitational at Nevada Union High School last weekend.

The Tiger boys’ squad took second out of 11 teams overall while the girls’ team was fourth out of nine. In the junior varsity race, Douglas was third out of nine in the boys’ race and second out of 10 in the girls’ race.

“The team is progressing well and with the healing of a few injuries we’ll be doing even better,” Douglas coach Jay Frey said.

Junior Brandon Pankey was Douglas’ top finisher in the boys’ race, taking 18th with a time of 17:50.61. Cole Peck was 20th, Lane Smith was 23rd and Jeff Williams was 24th while Brian Tubridy finished 32nd and Parker Dixon was 45th.

“Our top four boys are running the most consistently for us and are looking strong,” Frey said. “Brian Tubridy turned in a good run for the day also.

“Our three returning sophomores (Conner Lyman, Austin Croxall and Braden Hudnall) are running really well and making great progress, each dropping 2:30-plus off their times from last year on the same course. Conner cut his time down by over 3:40 and despite running in the JV race, he ran the sixth fastest time of the day for our boys. He’s really starting to find his rhythm and move up on the team.”

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On the girls’ side, Aspen Abbott finished the course in 20:46.63, which was good enough for eighth. Rebecca Corbett was 19th, April Hoogendijk was 22nd, Maria Munoz was 25th, freshman Allison Meyer was 36th and Gabby Munoz was 41st.

“Aspen turned in a great race for the girls,” Frey said. “She dropped a minute from last year’s time and finished eighth overall. She’s gotten a lot stronger and she’s really focused on her progress as a runner.

“A lot of our varsity girls are running with us for their first year, so they are learning from, and making crazy progressm with each race. It’s been a lot of fun to watch as a lot of them discover their limits are a lot higher than what they first perceived.

“Becca Corbett and April Hoogendijk ran great races and are quickly moving up the ranks. Olivia Abbott ran her first high school cross country race and did a pretty good jon, she’s still learning a lot but she is catching on quickly. Kate Hill has been nursing an injury but managed to crank out a great time as well. Kate and Olivia both ran in the JV race, but turned in the No. 5 and 6 fastest times for our varsity girls.”

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