It was a windy day in Augusta, Kansas as 6A schools from across the state came to compete in the cross country state championships at a course built for the Wichita State cross country team. The story of the day was the success of the freshmen on the team, specifically Anjali Hocker Singh (1) who was the girls 6A individual champion with a time of 18:39, the first individual champion in Olathe North’s history. Shea Johnson (9), another freshman, finished 9th overall with a time of 19:29 and earned first team all-state honors. The young runners were the backbone of a girls team that was able to finish 3rd overall in a highly competitive 6A girls division; just 4 points behind Team Champions Olathe West. Junior Kaylee Tobaben (13) earned second team all-state honors with a time of 19:43.
Hocker Singh ran a great race, running with the lead group for most of the 5K before making a decisive move with a half mile to go. The young runner looked comfortable throughout the entire race, and her kick was enough to hold off talented Blue Valley Northwest senior runner, Riley Beach.
On the boys side, Senior Bramwel Kosgei (37) and Junior Josh Caldwell (44) were both individual qualifiers for state and finished with times of 17:35 and 17:41 respectively in a tough boys race.
Many of the student athletes who competed that day will now turn their attention to offseason conditioning and track and field in the spring, but the success of the young runners on that windy Saturday out near Wichita, Kansas shows that the future is bright for Olathe North cross country.
Full Individual Results
Anjali Hocker Singh – 1st 19:39.2
Shea Johnson – 9th 19:29.1
Kaylee Tobaben – 13th 19:43.3
Kira Almsberger – 27th 20:12.3
Lexie Dockstader – 28th 20:15.4
Irina Honc – 34th 20:33.7
Halle Heeren – 41st 20:49.8
Bramwel Kosgei – 37th 17:35.0
Josh Caldwell – 44th 17:41.7