Munyan strikes silver at state meet
November 6, 2016
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.
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"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).