WAMEGO — Inman High School’s Nicholas Martisko will eventually go down as one of the greats in the cross country program’s young existence.
Martisko, only a sophomore, now has two state medals, including a fifth-place medal earned Saturday at the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet. Martisko ran a personal-best time of 17:23.0 at an extremely difficult course in Wamego.
“The course at Wamego is very tough — a lot of long ups and downs — and Nicholas not only finished fifth, he also set a personal record, which speaks highly of his fortitude and drive for this season,” Inman head coach Jay Parsons said. “I know he already has plans for next year’s state meet. It’s exciting to see a runner such as him put in the time and effort to accomplish what he has done this season.”
Martisko medaled last year when he took 18th. With two more years left, the sky is limit for the sophomore.
“[Martisko] never told me he was going to make it to Wamego again this year, but I knew early in the season that was one of his many goals this year,” Parsons said. “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.”
On the boy’s side, Martisko was joined by Nathan Bashore, who was making his state debut. The junior finished in 54th place with a time of 19:16.5.
The Teutons were also represented on the girl’s side thanks to sophomore Aisjha Miles. Miles, also making her state debut, finished in 64th place with a time of 24:15.3.
Both Teutons are expected to return next year with state experience.
“I told [Bashore and Miles] that this 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 that both of them have experienced the setting, it will become something they want another chance to do.”
While the three Teutons at state will receive much of the headlines, Parsons wanted to thank his entire team for getting Inman to where it is now.
“Congratulations to Nicholas, Nathan, and Aisjha, but also thanks to all the other runners who were a part of the team this season: Connor Sivils, Nathan Enns, Sean Smallcanyon, Jacob Harris, Peter Buller, Tia Cole, and Anran Mars. You are a terrific bunch and I look forward to working with many, hopefully all, of you next season,” Parsons said.
Bennington ran way with the state championship on the girl’s side, while Yates Center edged Bennington on the boy’s side.
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