Aquinas junior Payton Davis added another medal to his collection, winning his home invite on Oct. 3 defeating Elliott Reitz of Milford by 43 seconds. Davis completed the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 3 seconds.
The win was Davis' fifth this season with other wins coming at East Butler, Seward, Scotus and Fremont Bergan.
Despite the performance, and another gold medal, the Monarch junior wasn't content with how he raced.
"I'm kind of at the point where wins don't really matter anymore," he said. "I need to take my time down. I was trying to break 17, but couldn't do it today. I'm getting closer. Last week I ran a 17:07, but I was hoping to shave off more than five seconds. I guess with competition I could probably do it. It's just a little disappointing."
His performance led the Monarchs to a second-place finish a team, coming short of Milford in the team standings.
Junior Peter Sisco placed third with a 17:48, junior Willer Eller finished in 13th with a 18:41, junior Jake Witter ran a 18:59 for 18th, sophomore Xavier Fiala ran well enough for 21st with a 19:01 and junior Terrance Wachal completed the course in 19:32 for 32nd.
In the girls race, freshman Jocelyn Stara finished in eighth place to win a medal with a time of 22:07.
"I felt really good," she said. "I had my best time of the season today. The weather really helped. (Winning a medal) feels honestly amazing. As a freshman and placing, it feels really really good, like it's all worth it, every thing we work for."
Sophomore Ella Moravec finished in 25th with a 24:19 and freshman Meghan Burwell placed 42nd with a 26:48.
Many runners saw improvement in times as cooler temperatures were present for the first time this season.
"It's a lot easier (running in cooler weather)," Stara said. "You have less working against you in the race. "
The Monarchs competed at the conference meet on Tuesday in Lincoln and will compete in the district meet with a shot at going to state on Oct. 17 at the Twin Creek Golf Course in Pender.
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Despite her rookie status, Stara is aiming high at the end of the season.
"I'm really hoping to make it to state by getting in the top 15 at districts," she said. "My main goal is I really want to run a sub-22. I haven't done that yet, but I'm really close."
Davis is also aiming high for the Monarch boys with just conference, districts and the state tournament left.
"Ultimately, for our team (the goal) is a state championship, but we're just taking it one day at a time," he said.
David City High was also at the meet.
The girls placed ninth as a team and were led by freshman Courtyln Keeling placing 31st with a time of 24:58.
freshman Ava Neujahr finished in 50th with a 29:29, freshman Ava Schlotfeld took 51st with a 32:25 and Ashley Villalba placed 52nd with a 33:26.
The David City boys finished 11th as a team and were led by senior Dalton Krause who placed 37th with a 20:04.
Freshman Angel Carias placed 56th with a 21:26, junior Clayton Harris finished in 59th with a 21:45, freshman Braxton Small run a 22:08 for 60th and senior Javson Valentine took 61st with a 22:24.
David City will compete in the Southern Nebraska Conference meet on Thursday in Superior and the district tournament on Oct. 17 also at the Twin Creek Golf Course in Pender.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net