Only two Monarch girls won gold medals, but thanks to two other relay wins and 21 medals overall, the Aquinas Catholic girls won the 2019 Centennial Conference track and field championship on Saturday at Pawnee Park Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
It was the second straight Centennial title for the Monarch girls, the first back-to-back conference championships and the fourth in school history following wins in 1974 and 1983.
Allie Frasher was crowned the 3200-meters champion, Jadyn Siroky was a champ as well in the 800 and the 3200 relay group of Frasher, Siroky, Emma Sellers and Vanessa Bohuslavsky and the 400 relay team of Dulcie Archuleta, Sierra Meysenburg, Ella Hilger and Larissa Sellers won gold medals as well.
"We definitely won the meet based on total medal haul," said head coach Tony Smith in comments sent to The Banner-Press. "We finished in the top three in 15 of the 17 events. That shows the depth and quality of our total team especially in such a strong Conference.
"We are extremely happy winning the four golds and scoring 137 points. Our seniors have been such great leaders all year long, and it really showed at Conference with the cold and windy conditions. They kept repeating that times and marks aren't what's important on a day like this, but it is our focus and effort, and the whole team bought in."
The Aquinas girls scored a total of 137 points, besting second place Hastings St. Cecilia by 44.5 points for the conference title.
The Aquinas boys had a 77-point total and were third following Wahoo Neumann in first with 94 points and Kearney Catholic with 87.
Payton Davis had the biggest day of any Monarch, winning three conference medals and a championship in the 3200. The 3200 relay team of Keegan Lavicky, Braden Smith, Dan Stara and Brian Cech also finished on top of the podium.
The Monarch boys won 15 total medals.
"Third in our top-end conference is good," said boys head coach Ron Mimick. "Payton placed first in 3200 and third in both 800 and 1600. We needed to finish better in a couple of races. Overall 77 was more than pre-meet projections"
Davis won the two mile by just over two seconds at 10:32.89. He was joined in the top six by teammate Nolan Hartman. Davis' final time ranks No. 7 in Class C this year according to statistics kept by Athletic.net.
Davis' third-place showing in the 800 came in a time of 2:06.33, a top-15 time in Class C. His mark of 5:01.42 earned him a bronze medal in the 1600 as well.
Eli Reiter was also a multiple medal winner for the Aquinas boys. He was third in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 11 inches and was fifth in the long jump at 19-8.75.
Kloe Ruth, Larissa Sellers, Ella Hilger, Frasher and Bohuslavsky each won two medals on the girls squad.
Ruth tossed the shot put exactly 37 feet and was third, and launched the discus 116-10 for third as well.
Sellers completed the 110 hurdles in 16.27 seconds for third place and finished the 100 in 13.15 also for third place.
Hilger scored a pair of runner-up finishes in the 200 with a time of 26.76 and in the 400 with a finish of 1:00.94.
In addition to Frasher's championship in the 3200, she was also sixth in the 1600 at 5:52.62.
Bohuslavsky was the runner-up in the mile at 5:42.38, just over one-tenth of a second behind the champion, and was fifth in the 800 at 2:32.95.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net