By William

WICHITA – Coming into Friday and the Class 3A State Track/Field Meet, all the placings pointed at an opportunity for the Smoky Valley girls to have a shot at a state title, but nobody expected them to run away from the entire field and not only WIN THE STATE TITLE, but to do it in dominating fashion.

The Lady Vikings rolled up 85 team points, 42 points ahead of second-place Eureka, and over 50 points ahead of the teams that rounded out the top five.

Much of the success came from senior Belle Peters who closed out her Smoky Valley career by earning three individual gold medals by winning three of the four events she entered and placing third in the other.

Peters scored wins in the 100-meter hurdles, the 200 meters and the pole vault, an event where her sister Breanne finished third. Belle’s third-place finish came in the 100 meters.  

Gracie Lambert also scored an individual gold medal when she outran the competition in the 800 meters.

The Smoky Valley girls also won both the 4×400 meter relay with the quartet of Abby Rose, Keira Mullen, Kajsa Peterson and Lambert, as well as the 4×800 meter relay with McKinley Johnson, Mullen, Rose, and Lambert.

Abby Rose came close to another Lady Viking gold when she finished second in the 400 meters.

For the Viking boys, they finished with 12 points and tied for 22nd with Council Grove. Ryan Heline and Kort Sjogren had the best individual finishes with both gaining fifth place in the 3,200 meters and javelin, respectively. Also finishing fifth and earning team points was the Vikings 4×800 meter relay team of Stephen Peterson, Justice Gardner, Tytus Reed, and Heline.

Southeast of Saline won the Class 3A boys title with 84 points while Girard, Perry/Lecompton, Silver Lake and Scott Community rounded out the top five.


SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS (Top 8 Finishes Score Points) =


100 Meters = 3rd Belle Peters 12.48; 6th Breanne Peters 12.84.

100 Meter Hurdles = 1st BELLE PETERS 14.78.

200 Meters = 1st BELLE PETERS 25.94.

400 Meters = 2nd Abby Rose 59.66.

800 Meters = 1st GRACIE LAMBERT 2:18.75; 10th McKinley Johnson 2:34.84.

Long Jump = 9th Breanne Peters 15’ 7”.

Pole Vault = 1st BELLE PETERS 11’ 6”; 3rd Breanne Peters 10’ 6”.

4×100 Meter Relay = 7th Lady Vikings 51.39 (Noelle Peters, Breanne Peters, Gracie Lambert, Abby Rose).

4×400 Meter Relay = 1st LADY VIKIINGS 4:03.72 (Abby Rose, Keira Mullen, Kajsa Peterson, Gracie Lambert).

4×800 Meter Relay = 1st LADY VIKINGS 9:48.99 (McKinley Johnson, Keira Mullen, Abby Rose, Gracie Lambert).

FINAL STANDINGS CLASS 3A GIRLS – Top 10 = 1st SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKINGS 85; 2nd Eureka 43; T-3rd Anthony/Harper/Chaparral 33; T-3rd Colby 33; T-5th Anderson County 32; T-5th Phillipsburg 32; 7th Riley County 28; 8th Southeast of Saline 26; T-9th Girard 21; T-9th Scott Community 21.

SMOKY VALLEY VIKING BOYS RESULTS (Top 8 Finishes Score Points) =

TEAM = T-22nd with Council Grove with 12 points.

3,200 Meters = 5th Ryan Heline 10:02.23.

Javelin = 5th Kort Sjogren 166’ 5”.

4×400 Meter Relay = 9th Vikings 3:36.41 (Ki Blanchat, Stephen Peterson, Wyatt Johnson, Tytus Reed).

4×800 Meter Relay = 5th Vikings 8:27.59 (Stephen Peterson, Justice Gardner, Tytus Reed, Ryan Heline).

FINAL STANDINGS CLASS 3A BOYS – TOP TEN = 1st Southeast of Saline 84; 2nd Girard 55; 3rd Perry-Lecompton 50; 4th Silver Lake 34; 5th Scott Community 31; 6th Holcomb 28; T-7th Osage City 24; T-7th Hays/Thomas More Prep/Marian 24; 9th Seneca/Nemaha Central 23; 10th Beloit 22.