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Smith finishes ninth in state championships

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Maya Smith finished ninth for the Douglas girls cross country team at the NIAA 4A State Championships on Saturday at Boulder City’s Veterans Memorial Park.
Brad Coman

Maya Smith finished ninth for the Douglas girls cross country team at the NIAA 4A State Championships on Saturday at Boulder City’s Veterans Memorial Park.

Smith covered the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 15.6 seconds. Both the Douglas girls and boys teams finished seventh in the team standings.

The Douglas boys finished seventh with 153 points and the Douglas girls finished seventh with 145 points. Centennial swept both the boys and girls titles, finishing with 50 points in the boys race and 51 points in the girls race.

For the Douglas boys, Matthew Kruse led the way, finishing 33rd overall among all runners in 17:49. Also for Douglas, Patrick Voss took 37th in 17:57.9, Celime Garcia was 44th in 18:04.8, Michael Magee was 59th in 18:27.3 and Remington Hill-Holeman was 60th in 18:27.5.

For the Douglas girls, Addison Gregory was 43rd in 22;08.5. Zoe Brown was 45th in 22:16.5, Imogene Tierney was 62nd in 22:38.8 and Audrey Keasling was 22:54.0.


Sierra Lutheran’s Jared Marchegger won his third straight state title in the 1A/2A race, finishing with the best overall time of all the races in 16:51 to lead the Falcons to a second place finish. Emily McNeely also won the state title for the Falcons in the girls race.

“I have a sense of accomplishment to have three state championships, but the bigger accomplishment was winning second as a team,” Marchegger said.

Teagan Hansen made it a 1-2 finish for Sierra Lutheran, finishing second in 17:28. Also for the Falcons, Andreas Gilson came in 21st in 19:23; Aaron Waite came in 37th in 21:04; Jacob Tack was 40th in 21:25 and William Webster was 45th in 23:20.

“Jared’s three consecutive state champion performance is admirable. Jared and Teagan were pretty much a given in the race. Our final four runners knew that the race would be tight. Silver Stage beat us by three points at regionals and there were two teams in the south to contend with,” Sierra Lutheran coach Steven Kubel said.

McNeely won the state title in 20:48.

“It was a nice way to close out my high school cross country career,” McNeely said. Taylor Davison came in ninth in 23:51 for the Falcons.

The Sierra Lutheran boys also brought home the 1A/2A Academic Award with a grade point average of 3.88.


The Douglas High girls soccer team lost to Galena 2-0 on Saturday in the Northern 4A Regional Championship Game. Douglas will open play in the State Tournament at 7 p.m. today against Palo Verde at Faith Lutheran High School in the quarterfinals.

With a win the Tigers would advance to face Bishop Gorman in the semifinals at Cimarron-Memorial High School at 6 p.m. Friday.

In its game against Galena, Douglas gave up two goals both on corner kicks, one in each half. Dougals was missing two starters to miss the game and lost another starter to a concussion and two other players to yellow cards during the game.

“I did not put them back in, did not risk a second yellow and have them miss state,” said Douglas coach Rick Smith about the players who received yellow cards. “Galena was the better team.”