By Staff

            WICHITA – They came within a hair of winning another state title only to fall short by half a point as the Smoky Valley Lady Viking track/field team finished tied for second at the 2023 Class 3A state meet over the weekend.

Finishing tied with Phillipsburg at 41 points, LaCygne/Prairie View won the state title with 41.50 points, oh so close. Norton (40) and Eureka (37) rounded out the top five of the team standings.

            Scoring 36 of the Lady Vikings 41 points was Breanne Peters who won both the 100 meters, with a personal best 12.19, and the 200 meters (25.44) while finishing second in both the pole vault (11’0”) and triple jump (25’11”).

            The final five points for the Lady Vikings came from Hope Duncan who finished fourth in the triple jump.

            The Viking boys finished 18th with 18 points, well behind the top three in Class 3A of Wichita Collegiate (60), Southeast of Saline (51), and Wichita Trinity (48).

            Supplying the majority of the Viking boys points was the 4×400 and 4×800 meter relay teams who finished third and second, respectively. Running legs, though not in the same order, of both relays were Tytus Reed, Ki Blanchat, Karson Pihl and Wyatt Johnson.

SMOKY VALLEY VIKING TRACK/FIELD at Class 3A State Meet in Wichitay

SMOKY VALLEY LADY VIKING RESULTS > t-2nd with Phillipsburg in team standings with 41 points.


Breanne Peters > 100 Meters – 1st with run of 12.19 (personal record), 10 team points;   200 Meters – 1st with run of 25.44, 10 team points;  Pole Vault – 2nd with jump of 11’0”, 8 team points;  Triple Jump – 2nd with jump of 25’11”, 8 team points.

Hope Duncan > Triple Jump – 4th with jump of 35’7”, 5 team points.

Noelle Peters > Pole Vault – 10th with jump of 9’6”.

4×400 Meter Relay (Keira Mullen, Madison Oakes, Noelle Peters, Clara McElroy) – 9th with run of 4:17.74.

SMOKY VALLY VIKING BOYS RESULTS > 18th in the team standings with 18 points.


Wyatt Johnson > 400 Meters – 7th with run of 52.52, 2 team points.

4×400 Meter Relay (Karson Pihl, Tytus Reed, Ki Blanchat, Wyatt Johnson) – 3rd with run of 3:24.88, 6 team points.

4×800 Meter Relay (Tytus Reed, Ki Blanchat, Karson Pihl, Wyatt Johnson) – 2nd with run of 8:00.58, 8 team points.

Trystan Stambaugh > Javelin – 7th with throw of 165’1” (personal record), 2 team points.

Justin Holt > Shot Put – 13th with throw of 47’2”.

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