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HNS has strong showing in cross country opener

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HARTINGTON — Carson Noecker started the 2020 cross country season off the way he ended the 2019 season.

The defending Class C boys’ state cross country title sprinted out in front of the rest of the group, and was in the lead after less than 300 yards. He stayed there the rest of the race to easily out-distance the field Thursday at the Hartington Community Complex.

Noecker finished the 5,000-meter course in 16:31.77, well ahead of runner-up Hunter Oestreich of Battle Creek. Homer’s Grant Lander (19:24.99) was third.

In the girls’ race, Battle Creek’s Afftynn Stusse won, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 23:46.00, followed by Plainview’s Abby White (24:25.56) and Hartington’s Sara Burbach (24:49.64).