WAMEGO — Smoky Valley’s Calvin Shannon finished seventh Saturday in the Class 4A State Cross Country Meet as he led the Vikings to a fourth-place team finish, one shy of earning a plaque.
Shannon ran 16:48 as he stamped himself as a top contender for the coming two years as he’s only a sophomore.
The Vikings scored 151 points. Baldwin swept both the boys and girls team title as its boys scored 47 points, while DeSoto (79) and Hugoton (100) earned the other boys plaques.
Other finishers for the Vikings were Logan Windholz (29th in 17:30), Zach Lott (53rd in 18:15), Austin Lustfield (66th in 18:35), Josh Peterson (72nd in 18:41), Carter Couchman (76th in 18:50) and Isaac Peterson (77th in 18:53).
In the girls’ race the Vikings Katie Adam was 29th in 21:09.
“The state meet was the icing on the cake for our season,” Smoky Valley coach Holly Lindquist said. “We have had a tremendous season on both the boys and girls sides.”
The Viking boys seemingly got better every meet.
“The boys team surpassed my expectations,” Lindquist said. “Our goal going into the state meet was to place in the Top 6 as a team, which I felt was stretching it a little after placing third at regionals. Every single boy on that team ran to their potential and beyond. They have been very motivated to do well as a team, as well as individuals. They stepped it up and competed with some strong programs and teams. I think it is exciting to know that every single one of them will be back next season. Calvin was a deserving state medalist. He ran against some of the best in the state in this race."
She also was pleased for Adam.
“Katie ran a tremendous final high school race,” Lindquist said. “Her placing wasn't as high as what she wanted, but her time was competitive on a tough course.”