MARTISKO WINS LEAGUE TITLE FOR TEUTONS!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
HUTCHINSON – It was an outstanding day for the Inman cross country team as they may be small in numbers, but they still shined in the spotlight of the Heart of America League cross country championships on Thursday in Hutchinson as the Teuton’s Nicholas Martisko won the boys division league title.
Martisko ran the 5K race in an impressive time of 17:29.8 to out-pace the runner-up by nearly seven seconds. Not only did Martisko win the league title, he closed out his Teuton career by winning the league title for the second time and earning all-league honors for his fourth consecutive time!
Only two other Teuton boys ran in the meet while only two Lady Teutons competed, but one of them, Hannah Martisko, managed to place twelfth in the girl’s division.
“I am starting to think that cooler weather is ideal for us,” noted Teuton Head Coach Jay Parsons. “However, last week at Sterling it was both cold and windy while at league it was thirty plus degrees warmer and windy. The interesting thing is that individually, we ran better in the colder weather than we did today at the league meet. Sometimes it is difficult to repeat a previous performance even though the courses are similar in terms of difficulty and today was one of those days. Times weren’t as good as we hoped for, but I know the effort was there and I am very pleased with everybody’s efforts. The goal no is to carry our best times (efforts) right into the regional meet.”
Coach Parsons continued his post meet reflections by discussing his top runner when he said, “In the boys’ varsity race, Nicholas Martisko earned his fourth consecutive all-league honor and his second career league title. Nicholas said it was a hard and difficult race as he ran a majority of the race side by side with Asher Brown of Remington and the runner-up, until the last half mile. At that point, Nicholas decided it was time to get some separation and that he did. Nicholas’ first league title was two years ago as a sophomore and ironically on the same course he ran today.”
“In the girls’ varsity race, Hannah Martisko earned Heart of America League honorable mention honors by finished twelfth,” continued Coach Parsons. “Times this week are a bit off compared to previous weeks. However, I believe if the weather was a little more consistent the runners would see more consistent times too. Regardless of that, I think we are running very well, and the goal is to stay healthy and strong so they can finish the season doing well.”
Coach Parsons concluded his reflections by looking ahead to the regional meet, saying, “On Saturday, October 26, we travel back to the same course for the regional cross-country meet. We will see some familiar teams like Brookville/Ell-Saline, Canton/Galva, Hillsboro, Hutchinson Trinity Catholic, Marion, Moundridge, Sedgwick, Sterling and Whitewater/Remington. But there will be other teams we have not competed against. However, all of that doesn’t matter because we along with all of them have to show up and run our best race to extend the season into the following weekend at the state meet.”
The Teuton harriers will be back on the course on Saturday, October 26, when they run at the state regionals at Prairie Ridge Cross Country Park in Hutchinson.
TEUTON CROSS COUNTRY at HEART OF AMERICA LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS:
TEUTON BOYS (5K-run):
Nicholas Martisko ran a 17:29.8 and finished 1st, Medaled
Peter Buller ran a 20:38.9 and finished 24th
Brenton Thiessen ran a 23:19.6 and finished 47th
LADY TEUTONS (5K-run):
Hannah Martisko ran a 24:01.7 and finished 12th
Dawn Gunter ran a 28:55.0 and finished 41st
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