Aquinas boys fourth at first meet

March 26, 2019

Aquinas boys track and field showed it will be a force this season finishing fourth at the first meet of the season despite missing its entire junior class which was back home setting up for prom later that night.

The Monarchs competed at the Fairbury Invitational on Saturday.

Aquinas was one point away from surpassing York for third place. The only other schools that beat Aquinas were Crete and Seward.

Payton Davis scored 10 points for Aquinas when he won the 1600 meters with a 4:49.81. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the 3200 with a time of 10:36.10.

Nolan Hartman and Peter Sisco all finished in the top 10 in the 3200.

Hartman placed ninth with a 11:50 while Sisco was 10th with a 12:06.20.

The Monarchs showed dominance in the pole vault when Matthew Duke and Ben Shonka finished first and second. Duke cleared 12 feet, 8 inches and Shonka vaulted 12-2.

In the high jump, Kyle Napier finished second with a jump of 6 feet even.

Hartman cleared 5-8 on his second attempt for seventh, and Tylen Jakub placed seventh after also jumping 5-8 on his third attempt.

Andy Lyons led Aquinas in the sprints. He placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 24.33 seconds and fifth with a 11.80 in the 100.

Dan Stara ran 2:14.63 in the 800 to place fourth.

Jake Witter placed sixth in the 110 hurdles with a 17.56 while teammate John Prochaska ran a 44.62 in the 300 hurdles for sixth.

Witter also placed eighth in the 300 hurdles on a time of 46.01.

In the 400 relay, Aquinas placed third with a 46.60. The team was comprised of Lyons, Napier, Prochaska and Michael Andel.

Eli Reiter placed fourth in the triple jump with a 40-0.

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