Douglas cross country teams run out front
A deep and experienced Douglas High cross country team began the season Friday with several highlights and personal best times at its own Class Races at Lampe Park.
Maya Smith won the sophomore girls race and John Munyan placed third in the senior boys to help Douglas capture team championship honors in both divisions during a meet that attracted nearly 600 runners representing programs from around Northern Nevada.
Smith, a top-five finisher in the 400 and 800 meters at the region track and field finals in May, ran 16:11 over the 2.55-mile course to outdistance her nearest competition in the sophomore race by nearly one minute. Smith’s time ranked as the 10th fastest overall among all girls and marked a vast improvement from her 17:26 that won last year’s freshman race at Lampe Park.
Douglas bested Reed by a 36-46 score for the sophomore girls team championship. Leah Ramsey-Kruse and Maegan Collins placed 10th and 11th with identical times of 18:04. Collins improved her time on the course by 86 seconds and Ramsey-Kruse improved by 45 seconds. Savannah Chapton also placed 18th in 19:34, a personal best by more than two minutes, Kevyn Reid placed 27th in 20:17 and Kayla Provost placed 29th in 20:59.
Two Douglas runners cracked the top 10 to help the Tigers edge Galena by a 64-70 margin for the senior boys team title. McQueen was a close third with 75 points.
Munyan placed third with a 13:19 clocking that was a personal best for the Lampe Park course by 17 seconds. Munyan was the state 1,600-meter champion during the spring track season and third-place finisher at last year’s state cross country meet. His time on Friday was the third fastest among all boys.
Bryan Harris also placed 10th for Douglas in 14:02, the 14th fastest time overall and one minute faster than the personal best he ran last year. Danner Hillman also placed 15th (14:30), Lars Ponsness 34th (15:45), Brandon Theilman 38th (15:54) and C.J. Hill-Holeman 39th (15:55).
Reed’s Anthony Ocegueda won the race in a time of 12:46 that is believed to be the fastest for the Lampe Park course. McQueen’s Henry Weisberg, the defending state cross country champion, finished second in 13:00.
Megan Ruffo placed ninth in the junior girls race in 16:55, a personal best time by two minutes. Baylee Wood placed 17th in 18:06, an improvement of 81 seconds from last year. Ruffo was a fourth-place medalist at last year’s region cross country championships and sixth at state,
Andrew Voss placed ninth in the junior boys race in 14:21 and Sean Dunkelman took 18th (15:14), improvements of 62 and 73 seconds respectively. Cameron Northcutt placed 23rd in 15:35, an improvement of 29 seconds, and Jake Houghton placed 25th in 15:37, an improvement of 38 seconds. Angelo Kaehler also ran improvement of 58 seconds.
Shane Trivitt placed 12th in the sophomore boys race with a 15:32 effort and was the sixth fastest Douglas runner overall in his first cross country race. Ethan Daniels placed 16th (15:44) and Brandon Koyama 17th (15:46).
Emilie Prudhomme was the top finisher for Douglas in the senior girls race with a run of 20:32 for 36th-place.
Reed’s Samantha Shaw-King won the senior race in a time of 15:23 that was the overall fastest for the girls. Shaw-King is the reigning state 3,200 champion on the track.
In the freshman girls race, Addison Gregory ran 18:24 to place 12th in the frosh girls race for Douglas. Gregory was the sixth fastest girls overall for the Tigers and also a finisher at the grueling 3.6-mile uphill Squaw Mountain Run held earlier this month at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.
The Tigers will run at the University of Nevada-hosted Nature’s Bakery Nevada Twilight Classic this Friday at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks.