The Aquinas boys track team had another good showing at the Fred Arnold Invite in Schuyler on April 19. The Monarchs were without a significant piece, in senior Eli Frasher, who ran at the Nebraska track and field festival in Omaha on the same day. Even with the setback, Aquinas still finished in the top two.
The Monarchs earned two medals right out of the gate in the shot put. Kyle Ruth took first place with a throw of 47-05, and Nathan Urmacher finished second with a throw of 44-07.
Zach Chromy finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 122-05.
In the triple jump, Aquinas took third, fourth, and fifth place. Eli Reiter was third with a jump of 40-03, and in fourth place was Trevor Siroky with a jump of 40-02.50. Fifth place was Tyler Vavrina with a jump of 39-08.25
Matt Nadrchal picked up a fifth-place medal in the long jump, with a jump 18-08.25.
The pole vault featured Mathew Duke who went 12-06 for the Monarchs, good enough for second place. Ben Shonka finished in fifth place with a vault of 11-06.
Freshman Kyler Napier went 6-01 in the High Jump to finish in second place. Right behind him in third was Tyler Vavrina with a jump of 6-00.
In the 100-meter dash, Miles Eggleston tied for the first position with Trenton Cantar in the preliminaries. In the finals, he took second place to Kantar with a time of 11.52.
Aquinas secured the top two spots in the 200-meter dash. Andy Lyons won with a time of 23.10, and Miles Eggleston was second with a time of 23.45.
Travis Roh finished fourth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 54.22.
Payton Davis won in the 800-meter run, by holding off Sam Lueders of Blair. The freshman ran a 2:05.53, which was a tenth of a second faster than Lueders.
Davis and Lueders fought for position again in the 1600-meter run. This time Davis lost by fifty-tenths of a second, in a time of 4:43.77.
In the 3200-meter run, Davis finished in second place with a time of 10:17.72. Sixth was Nolan Hartman in a time of 10:48.97.
Gavin Rech in the 110-meter hurdles was Aquinas’s only medalist in fourth with a time of 17:09.
There was a battle in the 310-meter hurdles between Rech of Aquinas and Ryan of Blair. Both competitors were neck and neck throughout the race and heading into the finish line. In the end, Rech won by two-tenths of a second, in a time of 43.83.
In the 4x800 meter relay, the team of Smith, Lavicky, Reiter, and Rerucha finished in second place behind Logan View, in a time of 8:43.12.
The 4x400 meter relay team of Rech, Siroky, Lions, and Roh also finished second, in a time of 3:40.60.
The Monarch’s only relay victory of the day came in the 4x100 meter relay. The team of Eggleston, Lions, Roh, and Maguire won with a time of 44.98.
Overall Aquinas finished second in the final standings with 158 points, behind Blaire with 174 points.
The Monarchs compete next at the Lakeview invite April 24 in Columbus.