2019 - 2020 KANSAS
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DANIEL
HARKIN
DISTANCE RUNNER
MANHATTAN HS
MANHATTAN , KANSAS
JUNIOR
HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-1
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 15:25.30
KSHSAA 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
1ST - 15:11.50
MISSOURI SOUTHERN STAMPEDE
4TH
RIM ROCK CLASSIC VARSITY GOLD RACE
“In addition to being an incredibly gifted and hard-working athlete, Daniel is one of the most considerate and polite student-athletes on our team. He enjoys competition at the highest levels, and is gracious regardless of a race’s outcome. He appreciates the successes of his teammates and opponents as much as his own. He is a supportive presence and can be counted on to keep smiling in the face of adversity and give his best effort.”
Susan Melgares
Head Coach Head coach at Manhattan High

Athletic Excellence


The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior distance talent won the KSHSAA 6A state title this past season with the fastest all-class time of the day, breaking the tape in 15:25.30—32.8 seconds ahead of his next-closest competitor—and leading the Indians to a fourth-place finish as a team. With his personal-best clocking of 15:11.50 in winning the Missouri Southern Stampede, he broke his school record by more than 30 seconds, running the state’s fastest 5K of 2019 by a prep male. A two-time All-State honoree, he also took fourth in the Varsity Gold Race at the Rim Rock Classic last fall.

Academic Achievement


Harkin has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Exemplary Character


An elite USTA age-group talent, Harkin has donated his time providing free tennis lessons and instruction to young players in his community. Also a piano student, he is a member of the MHS choir and has volunteered locally on behalf of road races.