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Shawnee Mission North distance runners Belesti Akalu (left) pours water on his brother Alex Akalu (right) after the Greg Wilson Classic, Saturday, Sept. 5. It was the first high school cross country meet for Belesti and Alex, who went on to place first and seventh, respectively at the Kansas Class 6A state meet. Belesti was named the Gatorade Kansas Boys Runner of the Year, Jan. 22.

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Shawnee Mission North Akalu brothers reflect on successful first year of distance running

Shawnee Mission North senior Belesti Akalu was named the Gatorade Kansas Boys Cross Country Runner last week, and it would not have been possible without some encouragement from his brother Alex.

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