By William for

(Photos used by permission by Heline Photography)


CLAY CENTER – It was a successful day of running for the Smoky Valley cross country team on Thursday as they ran in the Clay Center Invitational and came home with a team and individual championship as well as 15 medals.

The Vikings Ryan Heline brought home an individual championship by finishing first in the varsity boys division while the Lady Vikings won the girls division as a team which included four runners placing in the top ten – Gracie Lambert, Ellise Peterson, Breanna Priddy and Kajsa Peterson.

Overall for the day, the Viking boys had four runners medal while the Lady Vikings had seven girls medal.

“I’m proud of how the girls competed today,” noted Viking Head Coach Holly Toll. “Our gap between our first and fifth place runners is getting smaller. We need to continue to lessen it each week. Gracie (Lambert) and Ellise (Peterson) ran a strong race up front, with Breanna (Priddy), Kajsa (Peterson) and Olivia (Bengtson) supporting them for a first-place finish as a team. Ryan (Heline) ran a great race against Jarrett Pfizenmaier from Clay Center in the boy’s race. The boys finished third as a team.”

Next up for the Viking cross country runners will be on Tuesday, September 24 when they run at Southeast of Saline in Gypsum.


LADY VIKINGS VARSITY (Team finished 1st):

Gracie Lambert ran a 22.01 and finished 4th, Medaled

Ellise Peterson ran a 22.07 and finished 5th, Medaled

Breanna Priddy ran a 23:18 and finished 9th, Medaled

Kajsa Peterson ran a 23:46 and finished 10th, Medaled

Olivia Bengtson ran a 25:32 and finished 17th, Medaled

Lydia Peterson ran a 26:48 and finished 24th, Medaled

Zoe Grace ran a 27:15 and finished 26th, Medaled

Lady Viking Junior Varsity:

Ashlyn Bryant ran a 28:35 and finished 3rd

Nevada Acheson ran a 32:00 and finished 7th

VIKING BOYS VARSITY (Team finished 3rd):

Ryan Heline ran a 17:01 and finished 1st, Medaled

Garrett Huffman ran an 18:58 and finished 16th, Medaled

Stephen Peterson ran an 18:59 and finished 17th, Medaled

Lukas Apel ran a 19:13 and finished 20th, Medaled

Trayton Miller ran a 19:38 and finished 28th

Adin Replogle ran a 20:27 and finished 34th

Justice Gardner ran a 20:30 and finished 35th

Viking Boys Junior Varsity:

Logan Bodenhamer ran a 21:23 and finished 7th, Medaled

Cayce Lindstrom ran a 21:35 and finished 9th, Medaled

Trevor Jones ran a 22:05 and finished 14th

Caden Kibler ran a 22:34 and finished 17th

Devon VanFosson ran a 22:38 and finished 19th

Jamison Sattler ran a 22:56 and finished 23rd

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