By William for


HESSTON – It was a gold medal day for the Smoky Valley cross country team as they scored a division champion in Ryan Heline while earning 12 total medals on Thursday at the Hesston Cross Country Invitational.

As a team, the Vikings moved down and competed in the Division 1A-3A and scored a third-place finish for the Lady Viking harriers while the Viking boys took fourth. Besides Heline, who took first in his division by running a 17:23, Lady Vikings Gracie Lambert and Ellise Peterson each took second in their divisions.

Other Lady Vikings that earned medals were Kajsa Peterson, Olivia Bengston and Lydia Peterson, while Viking boys that came home with medals were Garrett Huffman, Lukas Apel, Stephen Peterson, Trayton Miller, Adin Replogle, and Trevor Jones.

“We have the privilege of competing in Hesston amongst 52 other teams that competed as well,” commented Viking Head Coach Holly Toll. “The girls earned a 3rd place plaque and the boys were 4th. This year, we moved down to compete in the 1-3A division and we had some outstanding individual performances in their respective races according to grade level. I would like to see both of our teams close the time gap between our number one and number five runners. I look forward to starting to run as a varsity/junior varsity team all in the same race next week.”
Up next for the Smoky Valley harriers will be on Thursday, September 19, when they travel north to run at Clay Center.


Lady Viking Girls (team finished 3rd):

Gracie Lambert ran a 21:45 and finished 2nd, Medaled

Ellise Peterson ran a 22:24 and finished 2nd, Medaled

Kajsa Peterson ran a 23:51 and finished 8th, Medaled

Olivia Bengston ran a 25:42 and finished 19th, Medaled

Zoe Grace ran a 26:53 and finished 26th

Lydia Peterson ran a 26:56 and finished 20th, Medaled

Breanna Priddy ran a 27:00 and finished 21st

Nevada Acheson ran a 28:18 and finished 28th

Ashlyn Bryant ran a 26:19 and finished 43rd

Viking Boys (team finished 4th):

Ryan Heline ran a 17:23 and finished 1st, Medaled

Garrett Huffman ran a 19:02 and finished 7th, Medaled

Lukas Apel ran a 19:07 and finished 8th, Medaled

Stephen Peterson ran a 19:00 and finished 14th, Medaled

Trayton Miller ran a 19:51 and finished 17th, Medaled

Justice Gardner ran a 20:29 and finished 23rd

Adin Replogle ran a 20:43 and finished 20th, Medaled

Trevor Jones ran a 20:59 and finished 18th, Medaled

Devon VanFosson ran a 21:50 and finished 34th

Logan Bodenhamer ran a 22:15 and finished 39th

Cayce Lindstrom ran a 22:16 and finished 40th

Caden Kibler ran a 22:19 and finished 41st

Jamison Sattler ran a 23:21 and finished 56th


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