McPherson County will be well represented in Wamego at state cross country this Saturday, especially by Inman High School.
The Teutons qualified three runners for state, led by a second-place performance from sophomore Nicholas Martisko. Junior Nathan Bashore will accompany Martisko on the boy’s side for Inman.
“I am very happy for these two runners,” Inman head coach Jay Parsons said. “Both runners turned in quite an effort knowing the toughness of this course (hills), along with the 20 mile an hour north wind.”
Sophomore Aisjha Miles was on the cusp of making state as a freshman last season, and used that motivation to qualify this year, taking seventh.
“I knew in the first mile Aisjha was determined to qualify this year,” Parsons said. “With the toughness of the course and the stiff north wind, the question would be if she could hang on and finish in the top ten. She ran her season’s best time and hung on to qualify.”
Martisko and Bashore are scheduled to begin at 10:35 a.m. while Miles is scheduled for 12:20 p.m.
Natalie Hedlund is headed to state for McPherson High, finishing eighth with a time of 22:11.52. Hedlund is the only Bullpup from either the boy’s or girl’s team to make state; she is scheduled to run at 10 a.m. Saturday in Wamego.
The Canton-Galva cross country team sent three runners to the Meade Regionals, but the Eagles did not advance anyone to state. Leah Silsby finished 20th on the girl’s side, while Chase Klinkerman (34th) and Dawson Minson (62nd) competed for the boys.
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