2020 - 2021 KANSAS
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DANIEL
HARKIN
DISTANCE RUNNER
MANHATTAN HS
MANHATTAN , KANSAS
SENIOR
HEIGHT: 6-FOOT-1
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
1ST - 16:17.20
KSHSAA 6A STATE TITLE
“Daniel is a fierce competitor. From the time he arrived on the scene, he made it known that he would be a force to be reckoned with. Despite his clear aptitude for cross country, he has always had a kind and unassuming demeanor. Daniel put up fast times all year, but he was always particularly dangerous in championship races, where he consistently found his way to the top of the podium. He's had an outstanding high school career.”
Matt Swedlund
Head Coach head coach at Washburn Rural High

Athletic Excellence


The state’s returning Gatorade Runner of the Year, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior distance talent won the KSHSAA 6A state title this past season, breaking the tape in 16:17.20—18.8 seconds ahead of his next-closest competitor—and leading the Indians to a second-place finish as a team. The winner of three consecutive Centennial League titles, Harkin captured his second straight crown in the state’s largest class and did so racing into the teeth of a stiff southerly wind.

Academic Achievement


Harkin has maintained a 4.15 weighted GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on scholarship at Kansas Wesleyan University 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.