Aquinas came into the Fred Arnold Invitational at Schuyler on April 18 as the second smallest school at the event, but again showed its talent and skill, finishing in the top spot of an eight-team field.
Multiple Monarchs won gold medals including Ella Hilger running 27.79 seconds in the finals of the 200-meter dash for a gold medal and Andy Lyons also winning the 200 with his time of 23.65.
"Another real good team win for the Lady Monarchs against a few more bigger schools that we had not seen yet this year in Wahoo and Blair," said girls head coach Tony Smith in comments sent to the Banner-Press. "The wind caused some problems as far as marks and times go, but the effort and focus of our girls was very consistent, and it showed in how the girls placed in just about all the events once again.
"We continue to be led by the consistency of Kloe Ruth in the throws, Gabrielle Oborny and Bridget Sisco in the vault, Natalie Semin in the jumps, Larissa Sellers in the sprints and hurdles, Ella Hilger in the sprints, Jadyn Siroky and Vanessa Bohuslavsky in the middle distance, and Allie Frasher in the distance, as well as all three of our relays."
The boys team had to make a late effort to get back into first in the boys standings.
"Great competitive team spirit the last four to five events to catch and pass up Blair," said boys head coach Ron Mimick. "Distance, sprinters, hurdlers and middle distance, all track-type athletes helped in the surge. We were down 87-65 after the 100 meter dash then we outscored Blair 73-48 to win the meet by three (points)."
Hilger added another gold winning the girls 400.
Payton Davis beat out his teammate Braden Smith by less than half a second to win the 800.
Vanessa Bohuslavsky won the 1600 with a time of 5:51.98.
Kyle Napier finished first in the high jump after clearing six feet.
Gabrieel Oborny and Matthew Duke both won their respective pole vault competitions.
Kloe Ruth placed first in the shot put with a throw of 35-4.75.
Aquinas also won four of the six relays. The girls 400 relay made up of Dulcie Archuleta, Hilger, Meysenburg and Larissa Sellers and the boys 400 team made up of Napier, Andy Lyons, Travis Roh and John Prochaska were both event champions.
The girls 3200 relay also finished first with a team of Allie Frasher, Emma Sellers, Bohuslavsky and Jadyn Siroky.
The Aquinas boys also won the 3200 relay with a team of Travis Roh, Nolan Hartman, Braden Smith and Keegan Lavicky.
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Aquinas also had multiple other athletes score points in what turned out to be a 73-point victory over Blair in the combined team standings.
Larissa Sellers placed second in the 100 dash and third in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 200, Lyons also took silver in the 400 and Napier took fourth in the 100.
Jadyn Siroky and Bohuslavsky placed fifth and sixth in the 800 to score for the Monarchs.
Allie Frasher won bronze in the 1600, Payton Davis took silver in the 1600 and Braden Smith placed fourth in the boys race.
Frasher and Davis also finished second in their respective races during the 3200s.
Jake Witter won bronze in the 110 hurdles and John Prochaska and Zach Pandorf placed second and third.
The boys 1600 relay placed second and the girls took home the bronze.
Aubrey Novacek placed third in the high jump and fifth in the high jump.
Bidget Sisco finished fourth in the pole vault for the girls and Ben Shonka took fifth for the boys.
Natalie Semin and Aubrey Novacek scored in the long jump for the girls and Eli Reiter took sixth in the long jump.
In the triple jump, Natalie Semin and Macey Thege both scored for Aquinas taking second and fifth, respectively.
Eli Reiter won bronze in the triple jump for the boys.
In the girls discus, Ruth and Isabel Coufal placed third and fourth.
Coufal also won bronze in the shot put.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org