WICHITA—It was a big win for the Smoky Valley High School track and field team individually and as a team. The Vikings took home a second-place plaque from the boys and a third-place plaque from the girls in Class 3A State Championship.
Leading the Viking boys, as usual, was Tim Lambert. The senior is proclaim as the fastest runner in the state after collecting three first-place finishes in the 100, 200, and the 4x100 that also included Andrew Peters, Lane Schrag and Carson Windholz. It would've been a clean sweep for the Kansas State commit, but had to settle for second in the 300 hurdles event after he tripped in the second-to-last hurdle. That was the only thing stopping the senior in his final appearance at state.
"I never really thought about it too much. It just never stricken me until I got everything done," he said.
Windholz finished second the triple jump. Ethan Wampler (shot put) Schrag (400m) and Ryan Heline (3200) also gave the Vikings more points after medaling in their events.
Belle Peters was the highlight for the Lady Vikings after winning state in the pole vault on Friday. On Saturday she was a runner up in the 100 hurdles, and she collected two sixth-place finishes in the 100 and long jump. The Lady Viking's relay teams earned fifth-place finishes. The 4x400 team included Kerington Haxton, Abby Rose, Kajsa Peterson and Gracie Lambert. The 4x800 involved McKinley Johnson, Rylee Ebert, Rose and Gracie Lambert. Rose earned a bronze medal in the 400, and Gracie Lambert took fourth in the 800. Haxton finished sixth in the 300 hurdles.
O'Quinn doubles in track for Moundridge
As a state champion for the last three years in the 2A class for Moundridge High School, Jamya O'Quinn was calm and collective going against runners in Class 1A. In result, she finished off her high school career with two gold medals in the 100 and 200.
"I think I performed pretty well," O'Quinn said. " I wasn't too nervous going into 1A, but at the same time, I'm always nervous before I run. I felt pretty good. I kind of seen everybody out to the side of me, so I just sold myself on staying relaxed and don't let them pass me."
O'Quinn also anchored in the 4x100 team that included Ellika Ptacek, Miah Logue and Emma Green and finished fifth. Green took fourth in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the 300 hurdles. Green believed improved on her running compared to last year.
"I definitely had to work on my start because that was the thing that held me back last year," Green said.
The Lady Wildcats finished sixth overall with 30 points. Caleb Samlund was the highest placer for the boys after a 10th-place finish in the 800.
Elyria girls get state medals
Elyria Christian School wanted to bring home at least one state medal for the first time in school history. The Elyria girls track and field team brought home four at Cessna Stadium.
Hannah Froese started it off after finishing eighth in the high jump, and Olivia Peters took seventh in the 100. The highlight of the weekend for the Lady Eagles was relay teams. Both the 4x400 team of Brekken Anderson, Peters, Claire Adamyk, Connie Schott, and 4x800 team of Kilynn Starburg, Megan Koehn, Ashley Koehn, Olivia Clark placed fourth in their events. The Elyria girls finished in the 20 after their performance.
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Tia Moddelmog led Canton-Galva High School as she placed eighth in both the triple jump and 100 hurdles. For the boys, Kinser Colgin took 10th in the triple jump, and Morgan Becker was 13th in the 3200.
Little River High School track and field team had two of its athletes that finished in the top five. Kaylie Zimmerman earned a bronze in the 300 hurdles for the girls, and Matt Dougherty placed fourth in the 100 for the boys. Bronson Rains came close to medaling after taking ninth in the triple jump.
Nicholas Martisko was the only representative for Inman High School as he was placed 12th in the 3200.
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