INMAN — The Inman High School cross country program enters its sixth year of existence and for the first time the girls outnumber the boys.
The girls will be led by senior Aisjha Miles, who has spent the last three years running individually. Head coach Jay Parsons is optimistic the Teutons will have enough runners to form a complete team on the girls side.
“Several of the girls who will be out for the first time this season were out for track last spring,” Parsons said. “They will know know what cross country is about but will need to adjust to the longer distance and the mindset it will take to run it.”
Miles has qualified for state once in her career and will be looking to do so again.
“Aisjha had the best running season of her career last year,” Parsons said. “Putting that together with one trip she has already made to the state meet, I think Aisjha will have a very good chance to make her second trip to the state meet.”
The boys are led by senior Nicholas Martisko, who is looking to put the cherry on top of a decorated career. Martisko is a three-time state qualifier and is coming off a 38th-place finish at state last season.
Parsons says last season was an inconsistent year for Martisko, who placed fifth at state in 2A as a sophomore.
“Nicholas making it to the state meet for the third consecutive year is witness of his determination to make it there,” Parsons said. “I am sure he will bring that same determination into his senior season.”
The boys also return juniors Peter Buller and Brenton Thiessen.
The Teutons open their season on Sept. 5 at Tescott.
September 5 Tescott
September 12 Hesston
September 19 Bennington
September 26 Marion
October 3 Berean
October 10 Sterling
October 17 HOA
October 26 Regional - TBD
November 2 State - Wamego