Halpern wins state cross country race

Kekaihulali Halpern finishes a regular-season race in October at Kea‘au High. (JOE POELLOT/Special to the Tribune-Herald)

WAIPAHU, Oahu — Hilo High junior Kekaihulali Halpern placed first in the girls’ 5k during the Hawaii High School Athletic Association cross country state championship on Saturday at Central O‘ahu Regional Park.