WAMEGO — Inman’s Caleb Renner brought home a medal from Saturday’s Class 2A State Cross Country Meet.
Renner, making his second straight appearance at state, was 15th in 18:02.77, as he closed out his prep career.
“Considering how Caleb's season started, I think he can be pleased with how it ended,” Inman coach Jay Parsons said. “I know I am. Early in the year I was curious as to why Caleb's times weren't where I thought he would be. He was working not only in practice, but also on his own, but it appeared something wasn't quite right. Once I found out what it was, I knew Caleb would eventually return to the kind of runner I know he could be and that he wanted to be. There were a lot of good runners today at the state meet. Wouldn't have expected anything else. I think Caleb ran very well, shaving 16 seconds off of last year’s time. I think he had a very good career, even if it was for only two years, running cross country at Inman High School.”
Tobias Belknap, a junior, also competed for the Teutons, taking 58th in 18:57.84.
“The course at Wamego is tough and I think Tobias ran very well for his first time on it,” Parsons said. “In less than one minute difference in time, there were 43 runners between Tobias and Caleb. With another 30 runners in that same time span behind Tobias, if he didn't keep pushing he may have easily found himself deeper at the finish. I am glad Tobias got the opportunity and I hope it has ignited in him the desire to go back again.”