Douglas boys, girls runners qualify for state
The Douglas High boys and girls cross country teams made history when both qualified for the NIAA 4A State Championships.
Both teams qualified for state when they finished third at the Northern 4A Championships on Friday at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Park. The state championships will be held on Saturday at Veterans Park in Boulder City.
It’s the first time in 12 years both teams have qualified for state. The Douglas boys finished third with 97 points behind Spanish Springs (82) and Carson (80).
The Douglas girls finished third with 84 points behind Damonte Ranch (70) and Reed (57). The top three teams advanced to state.
All five of the Douglas boys who scored finished in the top 25 led by Matthew Kruse, who took 10th, covering the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 9 seconds. Also for Douglas, Celime Garcia was 18th in 18:24, Patrick Voss was 19th in 18:26, Michael Magee was 24th in 18:31 and Remington Hill-Holeman was 25th in 18:32.
Maya Smith led the Douglas girls by taking ninth in 21:27. Also for the Tiger girls Zoe Brown was 13th in 21:44, Addison Gregory was 17th in 22:28, Imogene Tierney was 22nd in 22:46 and Auderey Keasling was 28th in 23:20.
SIERRA LUTHERAN SET FOR STATE
Jared Marchegger held a commanding lead throughout the race in the Northern 1A/2A Championships as he won his third straight regional title in 17:10. Teagan Hansen made it a 1-2 finish for the Falcons, taking second in 17:34.
Also for Sierra Lutheran, Andreas Gilson was 13th in 19:26, Aaron Waite was 29th in 21:07, William Webster was 36th in 22:28 and Jacob Tack was 37th in 22:40.
Sierra Lutheran qualified as a team, finishing third with 41 points behind Silver Stage (28) and North Tahoe (24).
“It was hard to tell which teams would qualify for state. I was amazed with our third and fourth runners, Andreas and Aaron. They put it all out on the course helping the team qualify for state,” Sierra Lutheran coach Steve Kubel said.
Emily McNeely and Taylor Davison both qualified for the state meet for Sierra Lutheran’s girls. McNeely finished second in 21:38 and Davison took sixth in 24:18.