Cross country team has record turnout
Aug. 28 Douglas Class Races, Lampe Park
Sept. 4 UNR Twilight Classic, Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, Sparks
Sept. 12 Nevada Union Invitational, Grass Valley, Calif.
Sept. 18 Sierra League meet, Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno
Sept. 26 Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif.
Oct. 2 Reed Invitational, Shadow Mountain Sports Complex, Sparks
Oct. 10 Clovis Invitational, Woodward Park, Fresno, Calif.
Oct. 16 Sparks Invitational, Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno
Oct. 20 Spanish Springs JV Championships, Lazy 5 Park, Sparks
Oct. 23 Sierra League Championships, Rancho San Rafael Park
Oct. 31 Northern Division I Region Championships, Rancho San Rafael Park
Nov. 7 NIAA State Championships, Rancho San Rafael Park
Numbers-wise, the Douglas High cross country team has never been in better shape.
With a turnout of 73 runners, coach Jay Frey is upbeat about prospects for both the boys and girls teams coming into their season opening Douglas Class Races on Friday at Lampe Park.
The Douglas girls are two-time region meet champions and the boys team has qualified for the state meet each of the last two years.
“The energy we’ve had so far, it’s just been awesome,” said Frey, who is entering his seventh season with the program. “We have 31 returners; and some of those new kids, especially on the girls side, are going to make some waves.”
The program has also welcomed a turnout of 21 freshmen, he added.
A considerable amount of talent graduated, including two-time state champion Lindsey Adams (now running for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo), Rebecca Corbett and Moriah Munyan. On the boys side, Austin Croxall graduated after running as the team’s No. 1 runner last season.
The Tigers do have talent returning, including junior John Munyan, who placed eighth at the 2014 region meet and ran a personal best time of 17:04 for 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. He also clocked a personal record time of 4:34.37 for 1,600 meters on the track in May.
Junior Lars Ponsness and senior Kaleb Morris placed 21st and 22nd respectively and junior Danner Hillman 24th at the 2014 region meet. Senior Nolan Greth is another member of the Tigers’ top seven who returns.
Three seniors return to lead the girls team. Madison Cote is a third-year varsity veteran who placed 12th at the region meet and 14th at state in 2014, in addition to running a season best time of 19:29 at the Stanford Invitational. Lizzy Byrne returns for her third season after running a personal best time of 20:31 in 2014 at the Clovis Invitational and placed ninth at the region meet as a sophomore in 2013. Senior Bailey Gansberg finished 32nd at the region meet last year.
The schedule once again features trips to the Stanford, and Nevada Union invitationals in California.
On Friday, the All Class Races meet features a format in which freshman, sophomore, junior and senior runners all compete individually on a 2.4-mile course.