The Newnan Times-Herald


EC's Harkabus earns state titlles

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Dec. 26, 2018 - 11:35 PM

East Coweta junior Kyle Harkabus has made a name for himself with with his ability to run past the rest of the field as a talented long-distance runner for the Indians.

Whether it’s in track and field in the spring or cross country running in the fall, Harkabus is not hard to spot.

He usually is the one running out front at the end of each race.

At least that’s the way it has been in 2018 for the East Coweta runner who has turned in state titles in both track and cross country.

The talented runner had a banner cross country season finishing first in all but one of his races, including capturing the Class 7A state title.

Harkabus stayed focused on winning his first cross country title after logging extra running time after each East Coweta practice had ended.

On Carrollton’s championship course, he crossed the finish line in 16:08 eight seconds ahead of Forsyth Central’s Calan Gizelbach. 

I just wanted to get out there quick and just gap everyone,” Harkabus said after the meet. “That was the goal for today.”

Even when he wasn’t winning, this season, he was still turning heads with impressive runs. During his only second-place finish at the Alexander/Asics Invitational, he ran the course in a time of 15:15.

One of his most impressive runs came at the Area 2 7A championships when he smoked the rest of the field by 17 seconds, finishing in a time of 15:37.

He has also put himself on the national cross country stage running in the National Footlocker meet last fall.

His domination at the Coweta Cup also continued this fall as he won the event for the third year in a row.

In the spring, Harkabus beat Milton’s Sam Bowers at the Class 7A meet in Rome, winning the 1600 in a time of 4:13.35.

It was his second straight state title in that event.

One day later,  he put an exclamation point on his track and field season with a victory in the 800.

Harkabus held off Shiloh teammates Spencer Vitense and Elijah Berry, both of whom posted times of 1:54, to win this year’s 800.

Harkabus’ focus now will shift back to the track where he will try and add a third 1600 title to his list of track and field accomplishments.