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Aquinas Monarchs

Payton Davis finished as the top Class C runner and the Aquinas Boys took the Class C/D team title at one of the most prestigious cross country meets on the regular season calendar.

The Seward Invite, which trails only the Kearney Invite for teams in attendance but which also features more runners on the course at one time than even the state meet, had 17 boys teams on hand Sept. 5 and nearly 400 runners.

Davis was 10th overall, but had the top finish of any Class C or D runner. All the runners ahead of him were from Lincoln or Omaha schools, with the exception of the runner-up from Norris.

Davis paced his teammates in a time of 17:37.82, a little more than three seconds ahead of the next runner for the final top-10 spot.

Peter Sisco came in 37th, Will Eller was 59th and Xavier Fiala 82nd, making up the Monarch scoring contingent.

Lincoln North Star won the overall team title with three in the top 10, besting Omaha Skutt by seven points.

Liem Chot of North Star was the boys individual champ by just over a half second.

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Aquinas girls results included Jocelyn Stara in 58th, Ella Moravec in 117th and Meghan Burwell in 200th.

Stara was the third highest Class C or Class D runner after two girls from Lincoln Christian.

"This was a hot, tough meet. The boys top 10 had (last year's) Class A champion and at least two if not three Class B medalists. That's tough competition for Payton, but overall, I like going to Seward because our runners get to see Class A and B teams that are very serious cross country schools," coach John Svec said.

"We don't expect to win the thing, but you get exposure to more competitors, and it's a challenge.

"It's a little bit of a confirmation of ourselves. We've got some high goals for this group."

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.

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