WAMEGO — Inman’s Nicholas Martisko turned in a tremendous fifth-place performance on Saturday to bring home a medal for the Teutons in the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet at Wamego Country Club.
Martisko, who also medaled last year when he was 18th, ran a 17:23.
“Knowing he had been there before, I am sure he wanted to run as well or better than he did the previous year and he did just that,” Inman coach Jay Parsons said. “The course at Wamego is very tough and Nicholas not only finished fifth, he also set a personal record, which speaks highly of his fortitude and drive this season. I know he already has plans for next year’s state meet. It is exciting to see a runner such as him put in the time and effort to accomplish what he has this season.”
Nathan Bashore was 54th for the Teutons in 19:16.5, while Aisjha Miles competed for the Inman girls and was 64th in 24:15.3.
“I told them that this first trip might be a matter of adjusting to the atmosphere that exists at such an event,” Parsons said. “Therefore I don’t think time and place are as important as competing and finishing the race. I hope now both of them have experienced the race and setting and it will become something they want another chance to do.”
The season is now over for the Teutons, who are still in the infant stages of their program as this was the fourth year.
“Cross country is a young program at Inman High School, which means a lot of people may not expect much or aren’t aware of its existence,” Parsons said. “Yes, we have been blessed with some very good runners, but if those runners hadn’t been there, I can honestly say I have had a terrific time. It is a tough sport and to see young ladies and men show up every day and put in the effort makes me look forward to working with them every day.”
Bennington won the girls race, led by medalist Halle Johnson (19:14.1). Yates Center won the boys race, outlasting Bennington. Hadley Splechter of Yates Center was the individual champion.