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  • Inman High School will be offering something new to students with the start of the 2014 sports season in the form of cross country.
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  • Parsons leads inaugural Inman cross country team
    Inman High School will be offering something new to students with the start of the 2014 sports season in the form of cross country.
    The program won’t be very big to start, as head coach Jay Parsons will have 11 students out as of the preseason meeting. Those four boys and seven girls, however, will have the opportunity to set the tone for Teuton cross country going into the future.
    “I think this year's runners have the opportunity to set the benchmark for the cross country program at Inman High School,” Parsons said. “Every other sports program compares present teams to past teams, but, in this case, there are no past teams to compare to. Therefore, these runners can be the ones to set the benchmark for future runners.”
    Parsons has experience with the sport, as he ran cross country at Natoma High School, which won the state championship in 1974. Natoma ranked in the top 10 the other three years he participated.
    This first year, Parsons just wants his athletes to understand the sport and become better runs through it.
    “In track, a runner has a sense of where they are and how they are doing,” Parsons said. “However, in cross country a runner doesn't always have that sense which again is why I have the goal [of understanding the sport].”
    While it is just the first year for Teuton cross country, Parsons feels it has a future, as long as it is presented in a way the students understand.
    “If the students can see how it can benefit them in other ways, I think it will continue to be around and grow,” Parsons said. “I also think if the younger runners stay out it will help the program become known.”
    The Teutons will open their season Sept. 4 at Tescott. All meets for the opening season will be on the road.
    Experience guides Inman volleyball
    INMAN — Inman volleyball won’t have to worry about relaunching in 2014, as they bring back six members of last year’s 16-17 squad.
    That includes five seniors who contributed, including twin seniors Krystan and Krystal Miller at setter and hitter, respectively. The 5-foot-5 duo are both coming into their final year of high school after closing out their junior years on a high note, with Krystal Miller earning a gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships in May. Krystan Miller finished fifth in that race.
    The duo also had a first place finish in the 4x100 relay.
    On top of that, Krystan Miller was named to the All-Heart of America First Team in softball as an infielder.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other seniors volleyball head coach Russ Goering will have on his starting lines will be 5-9 middle hitter Abby Ropp, 5-4 libero Vanessa Ediger and 5-7 hitter Sarah Balzer.
    Junior Naomi Williams , a 6-0 middle hitter, will join the returning starters.
    Newcomers of note will be juniors Jewell Croley and Lily Bledsoe, as well as 5-7 freshman hitter Jayln Froese.
    The Teutons will open their season Sept. 2, as they host Canton-Galva and Centre for a triangular.
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