By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com

BUHLER – The Inman cross country team only had four individuals running at the Class 1A Regionals in Buhler on Saturday, but two of those four, the brother sister combo of Nicholas and Hannah Martisko, ran well enough to qualify for the Class 2A state championships next weekend in Wamego.

Nicholas Martisko still has one more race as a Teuton and he made sure of that by running neck and neck with Asher Brown of Whitewater/Remington and the dynamic duo from Canton/Galva Morgan Becker and Christian Darrah, to the very end before finishing third with a 5K time of 17:50.50. This will be the fourth consecutive season for Martisko to make a run at state for the Teutons.


Hannah Martisko, just a sophomore, gave the Teutons two state qualifiers by running a 22:31.10 and finishing seventh in the girls’ race.

“Here we go again,” exclaimed Teuton Head Coach Jay Parsons. “I know I keep repeating that statement, but I think it is quite an accomplishment that for every year the cross-country program has been I existence at Inman, there has been at least one runner qualify for the state cross-country meet! This year it will be Nicholas (Martisko), who is making his fourth consecutive trip to the state meet while his sister, Hannah, will be making her first trip to the state meet.”

“In that boys’ race, Nicholas ran a majority of the race with two other runners (Asher Brown and Morgan Becker) to the point of not being sure which one of them would eventually take the race,” noted Coach Parsons as he continued his post regional reflections. “Nicholas ran a very strong race and he knew all he needed to do was finish regardless of his position amongst those three runners.”

Speaking of Hannah Martisko, Coach Parsons added, “In the girls’ race, I knew there was a pretty good chance Hannah would qualify. She turned in a very good time in comparison to the time she ran just a week earlier on the same course (about 20 seconds faster). I think Hannah ran with determination that helped her set a level of running that propelled her into being a state qualifier.

Inman had two other runners cover the course at regionals as junior Peter Buller ran a 19:59.00 to finish 22nd for the Teuton boys and Dawn Gunter closed out her Teuton running career by finishing 44th for the Lady Teutons with a run of 29:06.80.

Coach Parsons concluded his reflections on the weekend by saying, “Peter (Buller) also ran in the race and turned in a very good time (about 40 seconds faster) in comparison to the time he ran just a week earlier on the same course. Dawn (Gunter) ran close to the time she ran last week on the course. I am very happy for both Nicholas and Hannah who get to extend their season for another week. I am also very pleased with Peter (Buller) and Dawn (Gunter) for all the effort and time they put into the season. Aisjha (Miles) and Brenton (Thiessen), neither who ran due to injuries, also deserve a lot of recognition for everything they did competing this season.”

The Martisko’s will represent the Teutons next Saturday, November 2, at Wamego, with the Class 2A girls running at 11:10 a.m. and the Class 2A boys running at 12:55 p.m.

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