CLAY CENTER — For all of Calvin Shannon’s greatness for the Smoky Valley cross country team, the rest of the Vikings aren’t bad, either.
Behind Shannon’s first-place finish and three other runners in the Top 18, the Vikings took first place Thursday in the Clay Center Invitational.
“I could not be more proud of how both the boys and girls teams performed today,” Viking coach Holly Lindquist said. “It was a hot-and-windy day, but they came out like champions and worked together as a team. Each and every one of them did their part whether they were one of the top five or the sixth and seventh runners pushing back their competition. The junior varsity runners ran well, too. We beat some teams today that have a very solid cross country program."
The undefeated Shannon, one of Class 4A’s premier runners, toured the course in 17:45. Other medalists were Logan Windholz (3rd in 18:26), Austin Lustfield (6th in 19:13) and Isaac Peterson (18th in 19:48). Zach Lott just missed medaling by taking 21st in 20:10, one spot ahead of Josh Peterson (22nd in 20:11). Jackson Menke rounded out the runners by taking 26th in 20:22.
The Viking girls were third, led by Katie Adam’s No. 5 standing with a 22:56.
Other places and times were Maggie Lambert (14th in 24:16), Hailey Priddy (22nd in 25:14), Gracie Lott (33rd in 25:47), Sophia Peterson (34th in 26:00), Cailey Cornett (44th in 27:11) and Kaleigh Salzman (54th in 31:58).
In JV action, the Viking boys were led by Carter Couchman, who was fourth in 21:51. Other runners were Matthew Ruppert (10th in 22:35), Julian Maldonado (15th in 23:10), Chance Penner (18th in 23:27), Chace Penner (31st in 24:28), Laurence Dahlsten (33rd in 24:39), Geoffrey Tubbs (45th in 26:15) and Joseph Hunsecker (54th in 30:49).
For the girls, Elena Schneider led the way by placing 18th in 31:42. Others were Christine Richter (19th in 31:42), Taylor Koontz (23rd in 35:21) and Alyssa Patrick (25th in 40:41).