Earned It! Shawnee Mission North girls take second at state cross country

The Shawnee Mission North girls cross country team wasn't at full-strength and still finished second at the Class 6A state meet.
The Shawnee Mission North girls cross country team wasn’t at full-strength and still finished second at the Class 6A state meet.

This year’s state meet didn’t see the drama it did last year in the Class 6A girls state meet, but it did produce a better result for Shawnee Mission North coach Aaron Davidson’s squad.

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Class 6A Girls Standings

1. Free State – 59
2. SM North – 87
3. Manhattan – 99
4. SM Northwest – 119
5. Blue Valley Northwest – 123[/pullquote]

The Lady Indians finished second overall, bettering last year’s third-place finish.

In her final race, senior Amber Reed finished fourth in 18:54.70. Junior Cassie Raines was nearly a minute behind Reed in 19:53.30 as she finished 14th.

The plan SM North set out was for the next three finishers to run together as long as possible. Sophomore Abby Onnen and junior Molly Ryan did just that as they finished five tenths apart in 23rd and 24th, respectively.

Freshman Keagan Stiers completed the scoring with a 35th-place finish in 20:38.60.

The Lady Indians, who finished 28 points behind Free State, were without sophomore Katie Kasunic. Looking at trends from this season, Kasunic would probably have finished in front of Raines, which would have most likely given SM North the title.

SM North had a pair of boys running individually. Junior Joseph Coddington finished in 37th in 17:29.10, while sophomore Logan Jiskra finished 44th in 17:35.70.