Twelve-year-old runner shares Ponderosa Ridge title |

Twelve-year-old runner shares Ponderosa Ridge title

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

They are making hardy runners even younger.

Ryan Alexander, 12, and his 16-year-old brother, Dylan, shared the 35th annual Ponderosa Ridge Run title Saturday in Stateline.

The Alexanders, who are from Lancaster, Calif., completed the rugged 9.5-mile course from Spooner Summit Maintenance Station to Kingsbury Grade in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 54 seconds.

“The former winners loved it,” said race director Austin Angell. “He (the 12-year-old) kicked their butts. It wasn’t like he lucked out. They ran their best times.”

Derrik Jenkins, a freshman at Brigham Young University, finished third in 1:25:08.

Tiffany Good, an area runner, was the top woman at 1:57:30. The 14-participant field also included 72-year-old Elmer Sanborn, who finished in 2:35:37.