MEADE — It was a red-letter day for the Inman cross country team on Saturday as three Teutons qualified for the Class 2A State Meet next Saturday in Wamego after placing high in the regional meet.
The Teutons’ Nicholas Martisko has stamped himself as a state contender as he was second in 18:10.86. He trailed Meade’s Ethan Thompson, who ran a tremendous 17:05.78 and may be the man to beat next week.
The Teutons’ Nathan Bashore was ninth in 18:53.06 to qualify. Also for Inman, Aisjha Miles qualified as she was seventh in 22:57.2.
“Barring any unforeseen situation, we were very confident in knowing Nicholas would qualify for his second consecutive trip to the state meet,” Inman coach Jay Parsons said. “Nathan was a runner that was on the bubble. Things would have to be pretty close to ideal for him to qualify. I think I can say with certainty Nathan was going to do everything in is ability to make it happen and happen it did.”
Miles’ advancement also pleased Parsons.
“Aisjha got her revenge of missing to qualify by running well enough to finish in the Top 10,” he said. Like Nathan, Aisjha was a runner on the bubble. I knew in the first mile Aisjha was determined to qualify this year. With the toughness of the course (hills) and the stiff north wind, the question would be if she could hang on and finish in the Top 10. She ran her season’s best time and hung on to qualify.”
Also for the Teutons, Peter Buller was 51st (22:02.18), Jacob Harris was 59th (23:09.88), Sean Smallcanyon was 66th (24:25.49), Connor Sivils was 67th (24:52.36) and Nathan Enns was 68th (25:53.28).
The Teutons were ninth as a team. Stanton County (72), Pratt Skyline (83) and Meade (116) qualified.
Tia Cole (37th in 26:52.25) and Anran Ma (52nd in 32:14.05) also competed for the Teuton girls.