Munyan, boys team win at league meet
It’s still only September, yet John Munyan and his Douglas High cross country teammates have every right to be encouraged by their Sierra League meet performance Friday in Reno.
Munyan ran to first-place and set the pace as the Tigers bested rival Galena in a matchup between teams expected to contend for three berths to the state meet in November.
Douglas packed its five scoring runners into the top 10 to edge Galena by a 34-43 score at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
“It was just a good team race; I feel the boys are starting to come together and make progress,” Douglas coach Jay Frey said. “This was the first time we’ve beaten Galena, so that was big. Galena always has a great team, it’s always nice to beat them.”
Munyan ran the double-loop 5,000-meter course in 17:01 to finish 33 seconds ahead of Galena junior McKennion Melton. Munyan’s time was 65 seconds faster than his previous personal record for the Bartley Ranch course.
Twenty-eight seconds separated the Tigers’ 2-5 runners, as Bryan Harris placed sixth (18:27), Andrew Voss eighth (18:39), Danner Hillman ninth (18:44) and Sean Dunkelman 10th (18:55).
Meanwhile, Maya Smith and Megan Ruffo led the Douglas girls team to a runner-up finish. Damonte Ranch won by a 30-61 score over the Tigers, while Galena was a close third with 66 points. Smith and Ruffo placed fourth and fifth with respective times of 21:04 and 21:28. Damonte Ranch senior Erin Moyer won the race in 19:34.
Leslee Alaniz finished 20th (22:55), Baylee Wood 22nd (23:03), Maegan Collins 23rd (23:04), Leah Ramsey-Kruse 24th (23:07) and Addison Gregory 25th (23:11).
Douglas won the JV boys race ahead of Damonte Ranch, 49-56. Lars Ponsness placed second (19:21), Cameron Northcutt 10th (20:32), Carson Osborn 11th (20:33) and Cade Pankey 12th (20:49).
Douglas also won the JV girls race by a 50-51 score over Carson. Freshmen Karlyn Ponsness placed seventh (24:35) and Zoe Brown eighth (24:43) to lead the Tigers.