In taking a step up in its competition on Saturday at the 40th annual Stanford Invitational, the Douglas High cross country girls showed they are one of the best teams in Nevada and highly competitive with other teams from around the West.
Douglas captured fourth-place in the Division 2 girls race and ranked No. 38 overall in a meet that showcased nearly 3,000 high school runners from the West Coast and from as far away as Colorado and Texas.
Meanwhile, the Douglas boys ran well in their Division 2 race, finishing 19th in a field of 35 teams and 243 runners.
“It was a good learning experience to go up against some fast runners,” coach Jay Frey said. “They were tired; they all ran pretty hard Tuesday at the All Class Races and our workout on Wednesday was not easy by any means, and the kids responded well.”
Lindsey Adams ran to sixth-place in a time of 19 minutes, 3 seconds for 5,000 meters on the Stanford Golf Course. Her time was the 43rd fastest of all girls in the meet’s five divisions.
Moriah Munyan ran 19:43 (13th), Madison Cote 20:28 (40th), Elizabeth Byrne 20:50 (68th) and Maria Munoz 21:09 (90th) to round out the team scoring. Rebecca Corbett also ran 21:11 and Gabby Munoz 22:32 for the Tigers.
Whitney (Rocklin, Calif.), 16th in Division 2 at last year’s California state meet, won the team title with 127 points, followed by Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) with 176, Valhalla (El Cajon, Calif.) with 184 and Douglas with 210. Of interest, the Tigers finished three points ahead of Austin-Vandergrift, a team listed No. 10 by TXrunning.com in its Texas Class 4A rankings in early September.
Douglas was also the best among all Nevada teams in the meet, ranking ahead of Centennial (Las Vegas), Carson and Galena by comparative times.
Senior Cole Peck set the pace for Douglas boys with his 17:22 effort for 58th, while Austin Croxall ran 17:29 for 70th in his first race of the season for Douglas. Brandon Pankey ran 17:38 (84th), Lane Smith 17:45 for (94th) and sophomore Kaleb Morris 18:23 (156th) to complete the team scoring (462 points). Jeff Williams also ran 18:27 and Parker Dixon 18:43 for the Tigers.
Looking at the overall results, Douglas finished third among Nevada teams behind Galena and Reno, while McQueen and Carson were close behind.
Note: In Stanford’s collegiate women’s race on Saturday, 2012 Douglas graduate Sadie Gastelum finished 69th in the non-Division I race with a time of 23:18 for 6,000 meters. Gastelum, a redshirt freshman, improved her time on the Stanford course by 56 seconds from last year.