Two Teuton harriers make state

By Steve Sell
October 25, 2015

MEADE — Inman’s Caleb Renner and Tobias Belknap qualified for the state cross country meet during Saturday’s Class 2A Regional.

Renner will be making his second straight state appearance after taking fifth in 17:36.29, while Belknap was ninth in 18:17.1.

The Teutons, though, did not qualify as a team. None of the three Teuton girls advanced, either, though Marilla Urwiller was 12th and very close.

“Caleb Renner qualifying for the second consecutive year was satisfying,” Inman coach Jay Parsons said. “However, what made it better was Tobias Belknap also qualifying. Tobias just missed out last year and when that happened he said he was going to qualify this year.  Once again, all the qualifiers were in the Top 10 and with Tobias finishing ninth, he had to run better than he has all year to secure a qualifying spot.”

Parsons would have liked his other runners to be joining them.

“In the girls' race, 10 seconds was the difference of Maria Urwiller qualifying for the state meet,” he said. “Finishing in the Top 10 would have guaranteed her qualifying, but all qualifiers were in the Top 10 and 10 seconds separated her from being in. Those were what made the day disappointing.

“How well all the runners, both boys and girls, competed also made the day satisfying,” he added. “Jaxon Eddy, Zack Speice, Nathan Bashore, Max Harman and Connor Sivils performed at a level that I can be satisfied with. Courtney Belknap and Kaylee Baumann also ran very well.  In fact, they both ran their fastest times of the year and what coach wouldn't be satisfied with that.”