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

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LAWRENCE – It was a strong showing for the Smoky Valley cross country team as they ran at the competitive Rim Rock Farm Classic in Lawrence on Saturday.

To begin with the Viking harriers had two medalists, including Ryan Heline not only medaling but finishing in the top four individually with a run of 17:02. Within the boy’s division there were 311 individual runners and 43 teams, of which the Viking boys placed seventh.

For the Lady Vikings, Gracie Lambert finished her run in 21:30 which placed her 24th out of 240 runners. Lambert also helped the Lady Vikings place 13th out of 32 teams in the girl’s division.

“We had a great day in Lawrence running at the Rim Rock Classic,” explained Viking Head Coach Holly Toll in her post meet reflections. “We finally got to run in some cooler weather, which helped with our times. The course is a challenging one, but it’s nice to get the kids out here and run it before state. We look forward to finishing out the regular season and get the post season started to earn another trip to this same course.”

Next on the calendar for the Smoky Valley harriers will be on Thursday when they travel south to run at Halstead.


VIKING BOYS (Finished 7th out of 43 teams):

Ryan Heline ran a 17:02 and finished 4th, Medaled

Garrett Huffman ran an 18:32 and finished 52nd

Stephen Peterson ran an 18:44 and finished 65th

Lukas Apel ran a 19:03 and finished 91st

Trayton Miller ran a 19:13 and finished 103rd

Justice Gardner ran a 19:22 and finished 118th

Adin Replogle ran a 19:54 and finished 156th

LADY VIKINGS (Finished 13th out of 32 teams):

Gracie Lambert ran a 21:30 and finished 24th, Medaled

Ellise Peterson ran a 22:13 and finished 46th

Kajsa Peterson ran a 22:59 and finished 65th

Olivia Bengtson ran a 24:08 and finished 111th

Zoe Grace ran a 15:55 and finished 171st

Lydia Peterson ran a 26:28 and finished 185th

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