Douglas boys one point short against Galena
One point was the difference Friday when the Galena High boys cross country team slipped past Douglas at the Sierra League Championships at Lazy 5 Regional Park in Sparks.
So, what else is new?
Galena captured its fourth league boys team title in five years, this time by a 40-41 score in the latest chapter in a highly competitive rivalry. A total of four points have separated the last three Sierra League championship meets — Douglas won on a tie-breaker in 2015 and Galena won by three points in 2014.
From an individual standpoint, John Munyan blasted to first-place as he ran 16:16 over 5,000 meters. Galena’s McKennion Melton was second, 26 seconds behind in his first race since the Stanford Invitational on Oct. 1.
Douglas packed three runners into the 8-9-10 positions as Bryan Harris ran 17:21, Andrew Voss 17:32 and Sean Dunkleman 17:34. Patrick Voss, running in his first race since sustaining an injury over the summer, ran 17:38 to place 13th and Danner Hillman was just a step behind in 17:39 to place 14th. Each of the top six Douglas runners ran times that were 5K personal bests at altitude.
Douglas defeated Galena 34-43 earlier this season during a league meet at Bartley Ranch Park on Sept. 16 in Reno.
One difference this time for Galena was the 4-5 finish of Carson Leavitt (16:59) and Parker Land (17:04). For Land, a senior running in his first cross country season, this marked the first top-10 finish.
On the girls side, Maya Smith ran 20:00 to take fifth-place and Leslee Alaniz ran a personal record time of 21:19 to place 19th for Douglas. Alaniz ran 10 seconds faster than her previous best, which had been set two weeks before at sea level at the Clovis Invitational. Smith’s time was also a personal record for altitude.
Megan Ruffo ran 21:42 to place 21st, Baylee Wood ran a personal record 21:45 to place 22nd and Leah Ramsey-Kruse ran 21:46 to place 23rd to round out the team scoring for Douglas. Addison Gregory also ran 21:57, a personal best by nearly two minutes, and Hannah Corgan ran 22:29.
Douglas finished third as a team with 90 points. Damonte Ranch outdistanced Bishop Manogue for the team title by a 33-59 score.