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6A State XC: Manhattan’s Harkin wins second straight boys title; Olathe North freshman wins girls

The Lawrence-Free State boys and Olathe West girls took home team titles at 6A State Cross...
The Lawrence-Free State boys and Olathe West girls took home team titles at 6A State Cross Country Saturday in Augusta(Clinton R. Harden)
Published: Oct. 31, 2020 at 4:17 PM CDT
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AUGUSTA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Daniel Harkin had already seized a huge lead over the rest of the field by the two-kilometer mark of the 6A boys' state championship and cruised the rest of the way for the win.

The Manhattan senior took home the championship for the second consecutive year with a time of 16 minutes, 17.18 seconds, more than 18 seconds faster than second-place finisher Quenton Walion of Gardner-Edgerton, who finished with a time of 16:35.96.

Logan Read of Olathe North finished third in 16:38, Lawrence Free State’s Ethan Sharp finished fourth in 16:39.49, and Shane Mullin of Shawnee Mission Northwest rounded out the top five in a time of 16:40.18.

Free State took home the team title with 49 points, Manhattan finished second with 57, and Gardner-Edgerton finished third with 101. Wichita East, Derby, and Dodge City finished eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.

The Lawrence-Free State boys and Olathe West girls took home team titles at 6A State Cross...
The Lawrence-Free State boys and Olathe West girls took home team titles at 6A State Cross Country Saturday in Augusta(Clinton R. Harden)

Olathe North’s Anjali Hocker Singh takes girls' title

Anjali Hocker Singh stayed with the pack that included around seven other runners for most of the race until she eventually broke away for the comfortable win in her first state cross country meet.

The freshman from Olathe North beat Blue Valley Northwest’s Riley Beach by more than three seconds with a time of 18 minutes, 39.16 seconds. Beach, a senior, finished with a time of 18:42.25.

Paige Mullen of Shawnee Mission Northwest finished third in 18:59.33, Jenna Keeley of Manhattan finished fourth in 19:12.05, and Olathe West’s Aubree Blackman rounded out the top five in 19:14.70.

Blackman led her team to the team title with 59 points, just one ahead of second-place BV Northwest. Olathe North finished third with 63 points. Dodge City, Derby, Wichita East, and Hutchinson finished ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth, respectively.

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