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

            TESCOTT – The few Inman cross country runners opened their 2022 season on Thursday at the Tescott Invitational and scored several top-ten finishes despite having few runners available.

            “As a coach I look forward to the first meet of the season,” noted Teuton head cross country coach Jay Parsons. “It is a chance to see where everyone is in terms of conditioning and preparation. It also gives the new runners a chance to experience what it takes to run in a competitive race.”

            In the senior high competition, the Teutons had three runners in the boys division where freshman Tyler Martisko earned a seventh-place finish with a run of 19:01.85 while both junior Riley Stallings and freshman Riley Roots finished twenty-first and twenty-third, respectively among the 34 runners.

            While no Lady Teutons ran in the varsity race, Addison Wedel placed third among the girls in the junior varsity race as just a freshman.

            Talking about his senior high runners, Parsons added, “In the boys’ varsity race, Tyler (Martisko) started his high school cross-country career with a medal by placing seventh. Riley Stallings, who is starting his third season, finished outside of the medals as did another first-time varsity runner, Riley Roots. Running in the junior varsity girl’s race, Addison (Wedel) began her high school career with a medal as well.”

            One of the highlights for the Teutons was their peak at the future in the junior high boys 1,600-meter run where Cayden Gaeddert, just a seventh grader, finished second while eighth-grader Kaleb Moen came in at eighth place. There were 31 total runners in the junior high boys race.

            In the junior high girls 1,600-meter race, eighth-grader Lily Heflin finished eighth among 19 runners.

            Parsons concluded his post-invitational reflections by saying, “I wasn’t looking for any particular time and/or place since this is the first meet of the season. Therefore, my goal for them was to finish the race and compete the best they can, and everyone did just that. Overall, I was pleased with the start of the racing season. I saw some things that if I can communicate to the runners and get them to understand we will become better runners, more consistent and more competitive.”

            Next up for the Teuton harriers will be on Thursday, September 8 when they run at the Hesston Invitational.

(The Staff covering McPherson County Activities can be reached by email at crossdovewriter@gmail.com)