HAYS — Smoky Valley’s boys cross country team is headed to state.
The Vikings, scoring 100 points, finished third on Saturday in the Class 4A regional to grab the final team qualifying spot. Hugoton (51) and Wamego (91) qualified ahead of the Vikings.
State is scheduled for Saturday in Wamego.
The Vikings rode the 1-2 punch of Calvin Shannon (2nd in 16:01) and Logan Windholz (6th in 16:35) to the strong finish. They had plenty of room to spare as Ulysses was a distant fourth with 139 points.
Other Viking runners were Zach Lott (22nd in 17:145), Austin Lustfield (35th in 17:38), Josh Peterson (37th in 17:41), Isaac Peterson (40th in 17:46) and Carter Couchman (53rd in 18:08).
The Viking boys will be joined by teammate Katie Adam, who qualified on the girls’ side after taking fifth in 19:49.
The Vikings were ninth as a team.
Other runners were Maggie Lambert (46th in 21:46), Gracie Lott (47th in 21:46), Sophia Peterson (53rd in 22:17), Hailey Priddy (70th in 22:58), Cailey Cornett (74th in 23:37) and Kaleigh Salzman (82nd in 24-15).
Smoky Valley coach Holly Lindquist obviously was ecstatic with the day.
“I am so pleased with our efforts today,” Lindquist said. “We came in and competed the way we needed to compete on a perfect weather day. Every single one of our runners ran a seasonal best, with Calvin and Katie breaking the school records. We knew that it was going to be tough and that there were several teams that had about the same ability as us. We were only nine points behind second place, so I feel that we are sitting fairly well next weekend. Katie ran a strong, phenomenal race to earn a state trip with her fifth-place finish."