Munyan, Smith pace Tigers at Nevada Union
John Munyan took second-place and Douglas High finished third as a team in the large schools varsity boys race Saturday at the 54th annual Nevada Union Invitational cross country meet in Grass Valley, Calif.
More than 900 runners representing 20 schools from California and Nevada competed on a hilly three-mile over trails through the woods to the finish on the track at Nevada Union High School’s Hooper Stadium.
Munyan ran 16:16 to place second, 12 seconds behind McQueen’s Henry Weisberg in a duel between Nevada state champions. Weisberg is the defending state and Northern region cross country champion, plus he won last year’s Nevada Union race. Munyan is the defending state 1,600-meter champion on the track and his time on Saturday was a 54-second personal record.
Bryan Harris finished 18th (17:21), Sean Dunkelman 29th (18:01), Andrew Voss 30th (18:03) and Danner Hillman 39th (18:34) to round out the Tigers’ team scoring. Dunkelman’s time was an improvement of one minute, 47 seconds from his previous best on the course.
“Our boys are running really close right now … we had 54 seconds separate our Nos. 7 through 15,” Douglas coach Jay Frey noted.
McQueen outdistanced Del Campo (Fair Oaks, Calif.) by a 69-84 score to win the team championship. Douglas edged Reed, 118-126, to take third-place.
In the large schools girls race, sophomore Maya Smith placed fourth to pace Douglas to fifth-place in the team standings.
Smith ran 19:49, just 53 seconds behind Erin Moyer of Damonte Ranch in first-place. The Douglas sophomore improved her time on the course by nearly three minutes.
“Maya made a big mental shift this week in practice that definitely played out well in the race,” Frey said.
Megan Ruffo also placed 16th (21:08), while Leah Ramsey-Kruse took 27th (21:59), Baylee Wood 32nd (22:28) and freshman Addison Gregory 38th (22:44) to complete the Tigers’ team scoring. Hannah Corgan also ran 23:02 and Maegan Collins 23:15 for Douglas.
Northern Nevada teams took four of the top five spots in the large schools girls team race. Damonte Ranch won the team title with 50 points, ahead of Reno with 61, McQueen 85, host-Nevada Union 96 and Douglas 117.
Douglas landed five runners in the top 15 to win the JV boys team title by a 42-49 score over McQueen.
Sophomore Shane Trivitt, in his first cross country season, placed fourth in a time of 18:59. Sophomore Brandon Koyama placed seventh (19:09) and freshman Steven Shaw placed ninth (19:11).
Douglas trailed McQueen by nine points with three runners across the finish, however, the Tigers rallied back as their next six runners finished ahead of McQueen’s No. 4. Ethan Daniel finished 12th (19:21) and Carson Osborn 14th (19:27). A total of 28 seconds separated the five scoring runners for Douglas and 54 seconds separated its top eight.
Cade Pankey also finished 18th (19:31), Cameron Northcutt 22nd (19:52) and Ethan Lee 23rd (19:53).
Likewise, Douglas won the girls JV division team title by a 49-73 score over Whitney (Rocklin, Calif.).
Leslee Alaniz was the individual winner with a 22:28 clocking. Emily Hillman placed 12th (24:03), Savannah Chapton 14th (24:05), Zoe Brown 16th (24:06), Kevyn Reid 17th (24:26), Karlyn Ponsness 20th (25:09) and Aspen Edge 21st (25:11).