LAWRENCE — The scores hadn’t been tabulated, and the race hadn’t even ended yet.
It didn’t matter. For the Manhattan High boys’ cross country team, it was time to celebrate.
With four runners in the top seven and six in the top 20, the Indians won the Class 6A state cross country meet at Rim Rock Farm in a race that was never close.
Manhattan took the title with a 27 team score, while Wichita North took second with a 105.
With the race still not complete, the team swarmed coach Susan Melgares amidst tears and hugs.
Chris Melgares finished the race in a dead sprint to get past Blue Valley Northwest’s Sam Guinn in the final stretch to take second place individually. Behind him were Jack Keeley in fifth, Jackson Schroeder in sixth and Josue Alvarado in seventh. Isaiah Koppes rounded out the team score in 11th place. Michael Melgares medaled, taking 17th,but didn’t contribute to the team score, with Nick Bandy finishing in 31st place.
The girls’ team took sixth, with Alaina Schroeder taking third and Cara Melgares in 16th to bring home a pair of individual medals.