Douglas girls run to Sierra League meet win
Lindsey Adams and Moriah Munyan ran 1-2 and the Douglas High girls cross country team won its third straight meet of the season last Thursday during a Sierra League meet held at Galena Creek Recreation Area.
Douglas finished fourth as a team in the varsity boys race as the Tigers basically ran through the meet to prepare for the prestigious Stanford Invitational this Saturday.
“We treated it as a workout more than anything,” coach Jay Frey said. “This gave us a chance to concentrate on the hills and just get a good workout.”
The Douglas girls edged Carson, 39-48, while Galena was third with 59 points.
Adams ran 19:14 over the 5,000-meter course to win the girls race, five seconds ahead of Munyan. The Tigers packed in their final three scoring runners just three seconds apart: Maria Munoz placed 11th (21:19), Madison Cote 12th (21:22) and Lizzy Byrne 13th (21:22).
“The team depth and competitive level, especially in the girls’ race, was remarkable,” Galena coach Tim Minor said. “Douglas, Carson and Galena all have excellent runners, and excellent depth.”
Meanwhile, three-time defending regional champion Galena had six runners crack the top 10 to win with 24 points. Carson was second with 53 points, trailed by Damonte Ranch with 71 points and Douglas with 96.
Kaleb Morris placed 13th in 18:19 to lead the Tigers. Nolan Greth also ran 19:11, Brandon Pankey 19:12, Austin Croxall 19:13, Lane Smith 19:22, Josh Cassity 19:23, Conner Lyman 19:26, Cole Peck 19:32 and Parker Dixon 19:55.
Douglas emerged as a winner in the JV boys race with 25 points behind a sweep of the top four places by Weston Stulac (18:10), Lars Ponsness (19:07), Danner Hillman (19:09) and Mac McCready (19:19). J.D. Votel placed 15th (20:45) to round out the team scoring for the JV Tigers, while teammates Cody Taylor (20:47), Wes Alexander (21:33), Braden Hudnall (21:38) and Alex Harootunian (21:39) were close behind.
By comparison, the Tigers’ varsity five ran a combined time of 1:35:17 and the JV team ran 1:36:30. It’s pretty close between the two.
“We’re deep,” Frey said. “The JV guys were out there trying to prove something, which is fine by me.”
Meanwhile, Douglas placed third in the JV girls race. Galena won with 31 points, while Carson edged Douglas 49-56 for second-place.
Miren Altolaguirre placed fifth (25:07), K.D. Dehnert eighth (25:16), Taylor Fruth 12th (25:58), Emilie Prudhomme 15th (26:29) and Geneses Diaz 16th (26:59).