Munyan runs to 1,600 gold medal at Reed invite
John Munyan ran to first-place in the boys 1,600 meters and the Douglas High boys finished fourth as a team Saturday at the Reed Sparks Rotary Invitational track and field meet.
Munyan, the defending state large schools 1,600 state champion, turned a season-best time of 4:33.44 to win the gold medal by a margin of three seconds ahead of Wooster’s Luke Rodriguez. The senior also placed fifth in the 800 (2:05.11), plus he ran legs for the Tigers’ fifth-place distance medley and 4×400 relay teams
Those performances helped Douglas finish fourth in the boys team standings with 55 points. Reed captured the team title with 178 points.
Douglas received a solid fourth-place performance from the 4×200 relay quartet of Josh Gansberg, Cade Pankey, Josh Gurule and Dawson Coman (1:34.51).
Coman ran anchor for the Tigers’ fifth-place 4×100 team as he received the baton from his younger brother, freshman Race Coman. Sean Wolfkiel and Gurule also ran for the team, which clocked in at 45.81. Dawson Coman also placed fifth in the 200 (23.55) and took second in the special 40-yard dash (5.0).
Pankey placed fourth in the triple jump (40-4-1/2) and seventh in the long jump (20-2).
Tahoma Smokey placed eighth in the shot put with a personal record heave of 42-6-3/4, while teammate Taran Grove placed 10th with a personal best 42-3-3/4.
Freshman Cody Jackson finished 13th in the 3,200 with a personal best effort of 11:22.64.
Everett Bertolone-Smith placed seventh in the pole vault (11-0) and Colton English cleared a personal best 10-0 to finish ninth.
Jackson, Pankey, Kruse and Munyan placed fifth in the distance medley relay (11:36.75). Douglas placed sixth in the 4×400 as Christian Grey, Zachary Kruse, Munyan and Gansberg ran 3:39.26.
Maya Smith placed third in the 800 (2:28.54) and Madison Smalley placed sixth in the 400 (1:02.73) for the Tigers, who finished 12th in the girls team standings with 26.5 points.
Senior Corie Nalder placed fourth in the pole vault (8-0), while junior teammate Madilynne Cox took seventh with a personal best 7-6.
Kindra Ruckman placed seventh in the shot put with a personal record toss of 31-10-1/2 and placed sixth in the discus (103-1).
Douglas took sixth in the 4×200 relay as Sophia Bottino, Faye Fournier, Macey Weston and Smalley ran 1:53.29. Douglas placed eighth in the distance medley relay as Addison Gregory, Smith, Leslee Alaniz and Ruffo combined to run 14:23.34.
Megan Ruffo ran a season-best 12:38.98 to finish ninth in the 3,200.
Damon Jennings and Keagan Anderson tied for fifth-place in the frosh-soph high jump at 5-2. The mark was a personal best for Jennings. Anderson placed sixth in the long jump with a personal best 17-6-1/2.
Nathan VanWagener placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 17.96 to help the Tigers finish 13th as a team with 11 points.
Among the athletes showcased during the two-day meet were Dayton senior Jonathan Ply, who won the boys high jump at 6-10, as well as Reed’s Makayla Linebarger and Alysia Allen, who went 1-2 in the girls pole vault with respective marks of 12-0 and 11-6. One week before, The Reed vaulters were competing for the third time in eight days — Linebarger went 13-6 at the Fallon Elks Invitational on March 25 and Allen went 12-3 on Friday afternoon to place sixth at the Texas Relays.