Munyan strikes silver at state meet | RecordCourier.com

Munyan strikes silver at state meet

Douglas High senior John Munyan strides toward the finish ahead of McQueen's Henry Weisberg Saturday in the 4A boys race Saturday at the NIAA State Cross Country Championships Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas.
Tom Dunkelman |

John Munyan and the Douglas Tigers ended their season on a high note Saturday at the NIAA State Cross Country Championships in North Las Vegas.

Munyan ran to second-place in a personal record time of 15:36 over the flat 5,000-meter layout at Craig Ranch Regional Park.

Douglas finished fifth in the team standings with 109 points, only three points behind Arbor View in the No. 4 spot and 10 points behind McQueen in the No. 3 spot.

The Tigers logged a solid average time of 16:32 per runner, which was the fourth best mark of any boys team in the three division races (4A, 3A, 1/2A).

Reed senior Anthony Ocegueda pulled away on the third and final lap to win the race in 15:12. Spanish Springs sophomore Daniel Horner was a close third in 15:39 and McQueen’s Henry Weisberg, the defending state champion, placed fourth in 15:41 as Northern runners swept the top seven places in the race.

The pace was fast from the start, as the leaders came by the first 800 meters in 2:10.

“We went out slower and moved up throughout the race,” said Bryan Harris, a fourth-year senior in the program. “Everyone ran a good race, we all got p.r.’s. It was definitely a satisfying way to end our season.”

Harris and Patrick Voss placed 19th and 20th respectively with identical times of 16:30. Harris improved his 5K personal best by 51 seconds and Voss improved by 61 seconds.

Sean Dunkelman placed 36th (16:59) and Danner Hillman 39th (17:05) for Douglas. Andrew Voss was close behind in 17:07 and Lars Ponsness ran 17:52. Munyan, Harris, Hillman and Ponsness are all seniors.

Spanish Springs took the team title by a 49-88 score ahead of Green Valley.

In the girls race, Reno prevailed over two-time state champion Centennial by a 40-54 score. Reed senior Samantha King-Shaw won the individual gold medal in 18:09, followed by Wooster senior Gillian Ipsen (18:27), Alexis Melendrez of Spanish Springs (18:38) and Bishop Manogue’s Hannah Covington (18:40).