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Aquinas Catholic track and field was gracious hosts, to a point, in its home invite on April 4. Both the boys and girls teams took their respective team trophies and never really gave the opposition much of a chance in wins that came by 103 points for the boys and 183 for the girls.

The Monarchs blew away the competition on April 4 winning 24 of 36 events. 

"Our last meet (at the Shamrock Relays), we were the small among big schools," said girls head coach Tony Smith in comments sent to the Banner-Press. "Our meet, we were the big school among small schools, and the results showed it. It was nice to have this meet at home where we could compete all of our girls in multiple events where they could have success."

Gold medalist for Aquinas boys include Ben Shonka in the pole vault, Eli Reiter in the triple jump, Jake Witter in the 110 hurdles, Travis Roh in the 400, John Prochaska in the 300 hurdles, Braden Smith in the 800 and Andy Lyons in the 200.

The Monarchs also won the 400, 1600 and 3200 relays.  

Payton Davis won two gold medals with victories in the 1600 and the 3200. 

Monarchs girls on top the podium included Bridget Sisco in the pole vault, Aubrey Novacek and Alli Hartman in the high jump, Kloe Ruth in the shot put, Vanessa Bohuslavsky in the 1600 and Jadyn Siroky in the 800. 

"Sophomore Alli Hartman and Freshman Aubrey Novacek continue to jump well in the high jump where they tied for first," Smith said. "It was the third meet in a row where they cleared four feet, eight inches easily, so I think they are the verge of popping and getting to 5-0."

Larissa Sellers won three events, placing first in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 100-meter dash. 

"On the track, Larissa Sellers continues to perform well in the hurdles and the 100 where she won all three races including anchoring our winning four-by-one relay," Smith said. 

Ella Hilger placed first in two events winning in the 400 and 200. 

The Aquinas girls also won the 400, 1600 and 3200 relays. 

Silver medalist for the Monarchs were Tylen Jakub in the high jump, Eli Reiter in the long jump, Brian Cech from the junior varsity team in the 400, Gabrielle Oborny in the pole vault, Natalie Semin in the triple jump, Alli Hartman in the high jump, Isabel Coufal in the shot put, Emma Sellers in the 400, Trista Birkel in the 300 hurdles and Vanessa Bohuslavsky in the 800. 

"Our Pole vaulters, Bridget Sisco and Gabrielle Oborny, seem to be hitting their stride after a slow weather start to their season placing first and second, and we expect big things out of these two now the rest of the year," Smith said. "These two hold our school record together at 10-2, and I expect that they will be surpassing that soon."

Third place finishes for Aquinas consisted of Matthew Duke in the pole vault, Kloe Ruth in the discus, Madisen Jelinek from the JV team in the long jump and Natalie Eller in the 800.

The track team will compete next at Schuyler on April 18. 

"It was truly a great day for us where so many of our girls had “personal bests” which is the focus in every meet we go into," Smith said.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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