Aquinas track continues to have an impressive season, this time taking home the girls title at the Knights of Columbus meet among a field that included several Class B squads.
The Monarch girls finished with 163 points, beating out Pierce by 34 points at the Knights of Columbus Meet on April 9 at Pawnee Park.
"It was a real nice day on which our girls put together several personal bests that resulted in a great team win," said head coach Tony Smith in comments sent to the Banner-Press.
"Although the Knights of Columbus meet was a little smaller with only six varsity teams, it is one that has several very good track programs like Seward, Pierce, Columbus Scotus, Lakeview, and Schuyler. It was good to perform so well against some very strong athletes."
Aquinas started the day winning two golds in field events and continued to set the tone from there. The first came when Gabrielle Oborny cleared 10 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. Kole Ruth grabbed another top spot after launching a shot put 35-5.
The Monarchs kept the momentum in the track portion winning the first race of the day - the 3200 relay. Allie Frasher, Emma Sellers, Vanessa Bohuslavsky and Jadyn Siroky ran the four-by-eight in 10:25.42.
Larissa Sellers then competed in the 100 dash and 100 hurdles in back-to-back races. Sellers took third in the hurdles before running a 12.18 in the dash to take first place.
Aquinas continued to take golds thanks to Ella Hilger running the 400 in a time of 59.52 and Vanessa Bohuslavsky winning the 1600 5:44.85.
Relays continued to be a strength for Aquinas. The Monarchs won the 400 relay when Dulcie Archulta, Sierra Meysenburg, Hilger and Larissa Sellers.
The Monarchs capped the day with a 1600 relay championship. Hilger, Larissa Sellers, Emma Sellers and Siroky scored yet another Monarch victory.
The boys also had success at the Knights of Columbus meet finishing third as a team.
Kyle Napier took home first in the high jump after clearing 6-0.
The Monarch boys won the 3200 relay when Dan Stara, Keegan Lavicky, Braden Smith and Payton Davis finished the race in 8:37.43.
Lyons took home first in the 400 with a time of 53.42.
The other boys first-place finish came when Payton Davis won the 1600 with a 4:51.02.
The boys team finished third with 10 points.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net