Gardnerville’s Patrick Voss wins 42nd Ponderosa Ridge Run
Ponderosa Ridge Run results
Saturday, July 2
1. Patrick Voss, Gardnerville, Nevada, 1:22:44
2. John Munyan, Gardnerville, 1:22:48
3. Robin Desota, Stateline, 1:44:01
4. Chad Gerken, Zephyr Cove, 1:47:30
5. Joe Potts, Reno, Nevada, 1:49:14
6. Fred Farris, Zephyr Cove, 1:49:50
*7. Andrea King, Zephyr Cove, 1:50:00
8. James Nair, Gardnerville, 1:55:52
9. Jarrad Prida, Reno, 1:58:44
10. Craig Denney, Reno, 2:09:00
*top female finisher
At 14 years old, Patrick Voss of Gardnerville, Nevada, checked in as one of the youngest winners all-time at the Ponderosa Ridge Run held on the South Shore. The race’s 42nd running took place Saturday, July 2.
Voss, a rising sophomore at Douglas High in Minden, Nevada, completed the 9.5-mile trail run from Spooner Summit to Kingsbury Grade in a time of 1 hour, 22 minutes, 44 seconds on a sunny and hot morning. He finished four seconds ahead of Douglas teammate John Munyan, runner-up in 1:22:48.
Voss and Munyan’s times were impressive on the challenging mountain trail course that started at 7,300 feet and climbed nearly 2,000 feet in the opening 4.5 miles.
The course’s junior record was set in 2009 when brothers Ryan (age 12) and Dylan Alexander (14) of Birmingham, California, ran 1:16:54 and tied for first place. Dylan Alexander eventually won the NAIA national 5,000 meter championship on the track for Southern Oregon University in 2015 and Ryan ran as a freshman at Southern Oregon in 2015-16.
Voss enjoyed a successful freshman year for the Tigers, finishing 26th at the NIAA Div. I Northern Region cross country championships and 11th in the 3,200 (10:33.12) at the regional track and field finals. Munyan was the Div. I state champion in the 1,600 in May (4:26.69), and placed third at the state cross country championships.
Robin DeSota, 49, of Stateline ran 1:44:01 to finish third overall and first in the master’s age group. Andrea King, 58, of Zephyr Cove ran 1:50:00 to finish as the first woman and seventh overall. Valerie Fridland ran 2:28:03 and Kristine Prida 2:28:04 to finish second and third among the women.
The oldest finishers were Carol Nageotte, 68, in 3:09:53 and Elmer Sanborn, 79, in 3:34:47.