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Donovan out front at ridge run

J.P. Donovan, of Incline Village, reaches the finish line at the 43rd Ponderosa Ridge Run Saturday near the top of Kingsbury Grade. Donovan finished the 9.5-mile race in a time of 1:07:36.
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Ponderosa Ridge Run

1, J.P. Donovan, 30, Incline Village, 1:07:36

2, Patrick Parsel, 31, South Lake Tahoe, 1:12:03

3, Todd Rose, 44, San Francisco, 1:15:36

4, Ivan Lieben, 47, San Francisco, 1:23:40

5, Andy Starostka, 49, Reno, 1:24:55

6, Robin Desota, 50, Zephyr Cove, 1:34:03

7, Christian Markt, 35, South Lake Tahoe, 1:40:02

8, Anthony Cupaiuolo, 41, South Lake Tahoe, 1:42:55

9, Fred Farris, 40, Los Angeles, 1:44:49

10, Peter Harrison, 53, Zephyr Cove, 1:45:00

11, Meghan Wolf, 42, Reno, 1:54:11

12, Nick Ashmore, 48, South Lake Tahoe, 1:54:37

13, Sean Lehmann, 45, Carson City, 1:58:22

14, Tiffany Anderson, 39, Reno, 2:03:53

15, Scott Robertson, 57, Reno, 2:18:11

16, Erick Studenicka, 51, Carson City, 2:18:13

17, Tony Cupaiuolo, 73, South Lake Tahoe, 2:49:35

J.P. Donovan was in a familiar position on a sunny and warm Saturday during the 43rd annual Ponderosa Ridge Run — alone and out front.

Donovan, 30, of Incline Village, outdistanced a field of 18 runners to win the challenging 9.5-mile trail race from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury for the fourth time in five years. He finished in a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 36 seconds on a course that starts at an elevation of 7,300 feet and climbs nearly 2,000 feet in the first 4½ miles to its summit near Genoa Peak.

Donovan, honored as USA Triathlon Off-Road (amateur male) Athlete of the Year in 2014, previously won the Ridge run in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Patrick Parsel, 31, of South Lake Tahoe finished second overall in a time of 1:12:03. Parsel formerly ran at U.C. Davis (his best 5,000 time was 14:32.30 and 30:38.32 for 10,000), sixth-place at the 2016 Tamalpa Headlands 50K (USATF Trail 50k National Championships).

Todd Rose, 44, of San Francisco finished third overall and as the first masters runner (40-and-over). Rose, 44, placed eighth in the master’s 10K (33:23) in December at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships and ran 14:37 for 5,000 meters when he was at Edinboro State College (Pa).

Ivan Lieben, 47, of San Francisco ran 1:23:40 and Andy Starostka, 49, of Reno ran 1:24:55 to round out the top five.

Meghan Wolf, 42, of Reno was the first woman to finish and 11th overall in 1:54:11. Tiffany Anderson, 39, of Reno was the second woman across the finish in 2:03:53.

The oldest finisher was Tony Cupaiuolo, 73, of South Lake Tahoe in 2:49:35.

Rick Gentry set the course record of 1 hour, 1 minute and 23 seconds in 1986.