A young Douglas High boys cross country team ran to fourth-place on Friday at the Sparks Invitational.
With the varsity runners taking a break to prepare for the Sierra League Championships on Thursday, the Sparks invite provided an opportunity for the JV runners compete at the varsity level. And the boys tied Churchill County for fourth-place, with the prevailing on the sixth runner tie-breaker.
Sophomore Nolan Greth led the Tigers with his 15th-place run of 18:39 over the 5-kilometer course at Rancho San Rafael Park, while senior Josh Cassity ran 18:57 to place 23rd.
“Nolan and Josh both ran great races when we really need them to step up for the team,” coach Jay Frey said. “These are both kids that have been working really hard all season.”
Freshman Lars Ponsness 19:02 to place 24th, senior JD Votel 19:28 to finish 34th and junior Conner Lyman 19:31 to finish 35th — a spread of 52 seconds between the scoring five. Freshman Danner Hillman provided the difference for Douglas as he ran 19:46 to finish 42nd and Parker Dixon (19:54) also finished ahead of Churchill County’s No. 6.
In the girls race, Kate Hill ran 23:33 to finish 32nd for Douglas. “Kate had a solid race,” Frey said of the junior. “She’s been fighting through a couple injuries, but stepped up and ran hard for a great time.”
KD Dehnert ran 24:36 to finish 45th, Emilie Prudhomme 25:13, Miren Altolaguirre 25:27 and Lindsey Hudnall 25:56. Tianna Fruth also ran 26:34, Geneses Diaz 26:43 and Taylor Furth 27:09.
Douglas finished ninth as a team with 205 points.