Ruffo sets pace for Tigers
Megan Ruffo ran a personal best time and placed fourth overall on Friday to lead the Douglas High cross country team at the Reed Invitational in Sparks.
Ruffo, a sophomore, was clocked in 20:44 for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles), only 25 seconds behind Samantha King-Shaw of Reed in first-place over a challenging Shadow Mountain Sports Complex course. Ruffo’s time was more than a minute faster than her previous best set last year at the Northern Division I Region Championships in Reno.
After running the high-powered Stanford Invitational one week before, a number of Douglas runners took a break to prepare for the Clovis Invitational coming up this Saturday in Fresno. The Clovis meet will showcase many of California’s top cross country programs on a Woodward Park course where the state championships will be held in late November.
Ruffo and Leslee Alaniz ran 22:21 to emerge as the top runners for the Tigers at Reed. Bailey Gansberg, who was crowned homecoming queen at the football game later that night, also ran 22:42, Cristina Munoz 22:46 and Hannah Corgan 23:38 to round out the team scoring for Douglas. The Tigers finished sixth as a team with 163 points.
In the varsity boys race, Lars Ponsness and freshman Patrick Voss ran 18:31 to place 29th and 30th respectively. Andrew Voss was close behind in 18:42, Danner Hillman in 18:47 and Eric Jacobs in 18:52 to complete the team scoring.
Reed’s Anthony Ocegueda won the race in 16:37, a step ahead of McQueen’s Henry Weisberg in 16:38. McQueen captured the team title with 48 points and the Tigers finished sixth as a team with 163 points.
Douglas finished second in the JV boys race by a 35-68 margin behind McQueen. Sean Dunkelman ran a personal best 19:10 to place second, Wes Alexander was eighth (19:38) and Zach Ingrey placed 12th (19:49), Kaehler Angelo 28th (20:47), Luke Gansberg 30th (20:50), Jake Houghton 31st (20:53), Ethan Daniels 32nd (20:56) and Brandon Theilman 20:58.
Freshman Savannah Chapton ran 24:58 and Lindsay Hudnall 25:11 to place 12th and 13th respectively in the JV girls race,. Sabrina Lehrke also ran 25:50 to place 19th and Desiree Lehrke ran 26:01 to place 21st. Douglas finished third as a team with 83 points.