Two weeks into the new season, the Douglas High girls cross country team has established itself as a force to reckon with in Northern Nevada.
On Saturday, the Tigers remained undefeated and showed they are competitive in the Sacramento area as well with a championship performance at the 51st annual Nevada Union Invitational in Grass Valley, Calif.
Juniors Moriah Munyan and Lindsey Adams placed third and fourth respectively to help Douglas win the large schools varsity girls title against a field of teams representing northern Nevada and California.
“The kids ran very well, but we’ve still got some work to do” Douglas coach Jay Frey said looking ahead to the regional and state meets in November.
Douglas finished with 64 points to outdistance Whitney (Rocklin, Calif.) with 85 and host Nevada Union with 88. The Tigers were also winners the previous week at the University of Nevada Nature’s Bakery Invitational.
Munyan ran 18:50 on Nevada Union’s hill-lined three-mile course while Adams crossed the finish in 19:12.
“Moriah and Lindsey both ran great races,” Frey said. “They really are neck-and-neck. Those two are going to have a good competition all through the season.”
Madison Cote ran 20:54 to place 16th, while Lizzy Byrne and Rebecca Corbett both ran 21:24 to place 20th and 21st respectively. Maria Munoz was close behind in 21:48 and Mizuki Olivarez 22:11 to give Douglas seven finishers in the top 30.
To show further depth, the Tigers’ Cristina Munoz won the junior varsity girls race in 22:04 and Gabby Munoz ran 22:35 to place third.
On the boys side, Douglas finished fourth in the large schools varsity boys race. Sheldon (Elk Grove, Calif.) won the team title with 54 points.
Cole Peck ran 17:59 to place 22nd, just ahead of Lane Smith in 18:02 for 23rd, Kaleb Morris 18:07 for 25th, Austin Croxall 18:08 for 26th and Jeff Williams 18:17 for 29th.
“Between the varsity and JV races, we had 11 guys finish within 38 seconds of each other, so they ran great,” Frey said.
Douglas swept the top five spots in the JV boys race as Weston Stulac ran 18:12, Conner Lyman 18:17, Zak Scherbak 18:18, Josh Cassity 18:23 and Brandon Pankey 18:33.
“Like Marc said, we have two teams,” Frey said, referring to Douglas coach Marc Walling. “And there isn’t a lot of difference between the two of them on any given day.”
The Tigers run again Thursday at a Sierra League meet being hosted by Galena.