J.P. Donovan of Incline Village proved he is still one of the area’s top mountain runners Saturday morning when he successfully defended his title at the 40th annual Ponderosa Ridge Run.
Donovan, who is entering his second season as cross country coach at Incline High School, clocked a time of 1 hour, 8 minutes and 38 seconds over the 9.5-mile trail course from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury.
The race attracted a field of 26 runners, including six previous champions. Donovan, a two-time winner at the Squaw Valley Mountain Run, ran nearly a minute faster than his winning time in 2013. The race course features a climb of nearly 2,000 feet from the start at Spooner Summit to a point near Genoa Peak.
Brett Long of Carson City finished second in 1:15:53. Long logged back-to-back victories at the Ridge Run in 2011 and ’12.
Kari Long of Carson City ran 1:42:54 to emerge as the first woman and 10th overall finisher.
Brothers Dylan and Ryan Alexander of Los Angeles, who previously won the Ridge Run in 2009, finished together tied for third-place in 1:21:23. Dylan Alexander recently won the California state community college 5,000-meter title when he ran a school record time of 14:41.45. Ryan Alexander is a recent graduate of Birmingham High School, where he qualified for the 3,200 meters at the L.A. City finals.
Evan Vomund, a four-time state cross country meet qualifier for Incline High, finished fifth overall in 1:26:43. Robin DeSoto of South Lake Tahoe, the Ridge Run champion in 2005-06, finished sixth overall in 1:28:02.
John Munyan, who ran cross country and track as a freshman at Douglas High School this past year, finished eighth overall and as the third high school runner in 1:37:04. Hanna and Moriah Munyan were the second and third women to finish, both timed in 1:52:46.
The youngest finisher in the race was Carson City’s Parker Lehmann, 11, who finished 11th overall in 1:49:07, one step ahead of his father, Sean Lehmann.
The oldest finisher was Frank Perry, 74, of Indian Hills in 3:07:11.