INMAN — The Inman High School boys cross country team is returning four starters from a team that took second in the Heart of America; the girls will be starting from scratch once again.
Cross Country, which is in its third full year at Inman High, caught on quickly with the athletes, and produced a solid boys team last year.
The boys took second in the HOA, but took fifth in a tough regional. The boys did not place as a team at state, but senior Tobias Belknap did place 58th in 2A, with a time of 18:57.84. Belknap will replace Caleb Rennner, who graduated last season after taking 12th.
“Four of the seven runners on the boy’s team from last year will be returning,” head coach Jay Parsons said. “I saw tremendous growth out of all of them last year.”
The Teutons have three other runners with varsity experience from 2015. Juniors Connor Sivils and Max Harman, and sophomore Nathan Bashore look to improve off their first and second years of cross country, and Parsons believes 2016 could be the best yet for a rising program.
“Placing second at the league meet was quite a tremendous accomplishment for this group,” Parsons said. “With a number of freshmen coming out this year, it could become very competitive amongst the boys. The 2015 team set the standard for cross country at Inman High School, and with a majority of the team returning, it will be both interesting and exciting to see what 2016 holds.”
The girls most likely will not be competing for any team awards, and have no returning starters from last season. Tia Cole and Aisjha Mills are two freshmen Parsons noted.
“The freshmen coming in will need to learn what it is about and how to go about competing.”
The Teutons have their first meet on Sept. 1 in Tescott.
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