Douglas boys advance to state meet
John Munyan set the pace for Douglas High and his teammates took it from there to achieve their goal Friday at the Northern Region Cross Country Championships in Sparks.
Munyan ran to second-place individually in the 4A boys race while the Tigers’ next four scoring runners finished within 21 seconds of each other to capture third-place as a team and earn a trip to state meet.
“That was, without question, the best team race we’ve had all season,” said Douglas coach Jay Frey, whose boys team earned its fifth straight state berth. “That pack was a force. They just stepped up and ran a great race.”
Munyan clocked a time of 16:55 over a muddy 5,000-meter layout at Shadow Mountain Sports Complex. McQueen’s Henry Weisberg won his second straight region title with a 16:40 effort, while Munyan edged Spanish Springs sophomore Daniel Horner (16:59) for second-place.
The times were noteworthy considering the conditions due to steady rain on Thursday and Friday.
“It was muddy for all the races,” Frey said. “It was slippery, no question about it.”
Spanish Springs outdistanced McQueen for the team title, 50-73, while Douglas advanced as the final state qualifier with 82 points. Galena was 10 points behind in fourth.
The difference for the Tigers was a wave of four runners to complete the team scoring. Patrick Voss placed 17th (18:17), Andrew Voss 20th (18:20), Sean Dunkelman 21st (18:20) and Danner Hillman 26th (18:38). Brian Harris, who has consistently been the team’s No. 2 individual all season, finished 33rd (19:11) and scored a displacement point as he finished one spot ahead of Galena’s No. 5 runner. Lars Ponsness also finished 44th (19:39) for the Tigers.
A pivotal point for Douglas was Patrick Voss, as the sophomore ran in only his second race this season after recovering from a stress fracture.
On the girls side, Megan Ruffo ran 21:19 to place 15th and help Douglas finish seventh as a team with 158 points.
Leslee Alaniz was 23rd (21:52), Maya Smith 32nd (22:16), Addison Gregory 47th (23:02) and Hannah Corgan 48th (23:04) to round out the team scoring. Leah Ramsey-Kruse ran 23:15 and Baylee Wood 23:27. Reed senior Samantha King-Shaw won the race in 19:52.
The NIAA State Championships will be held this coming Saturday at Craig Ranch Park in North Las Vegas.
Sophomore Jared Marchegger won the 2A-1A boys race while teammate Richard McNeely placed third for Sierra Lutheran. Marchegger ran 17:54 and McNeely 18:29 to lead the Falcons to second-place as a team by a 33-50 score behind North Tahoe.
Clare Davison placed sixth (22:33) in the 2A-1A girls race and Sierra Lutheran finished second as a team by a 17-43 score behind North Tahoe.
Both teams qualified to run at the state meet in North Las Vegas.