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McKinley Tigers dash to states

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In late October, McKinley High School was a part of the
56 schools who participated in the annual cross country state
championship in Kauai. The race was 3.025 miles long with a
total of 200 participants from various schools in Hawaii.

As the starting pistol was fired, the race began and the contes-
tants started to flood out like a tsunami.

“It may not seem important to be ahead early in the race but
you don’t want to be caught in the group behind,” cross country
coach Kengo Yoshimoto said.

The race is long, but runners looking to place high will sepa-
rate from the pack early.

“As soon as I heard the starting pistol, I sprinted to get in
front,” sophomore Narayan Schneider said.
Cross country races are long and test the stamina and pace of
the racers.
“Cross country is a sport of endurance. Even if you are faster
than everyone there, if you don’t have the stamina to maintain
pace, you will lose,” Yoshimoto said.
As states is different from Oahu Interscholastic Association,
many private schools take part. The first to cross the finish line
was Colby Otero from Kalaheo High School, while Iolani took
the Division I boys title and Hawaii Baptist Academy garnered
the Division II crown.
Although MHS was not able to make the top 10, Schneider
placed 16th.
“The race was fun and although I wasn’t able to get top ten, I
plan to be able to next year,” Schneider said.

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McKinley Tigers dash to states