The St. Thomas Aquinas girls 4×800 relay started off the day in style. Athena Welsh led off and set the tone for what would be a historic performance. Hannah Soehnlen (the youngest of the Soehnlen sisters to run on this relay) ran second and continued to stretch the lead. She handed off to older sister Kacee Soehnlen who pretty much made sure that the only thing in doubt was whether or not they would break the state record again (they had set the D3 state record at last week’s regional meet). Kacee handed off to her twin sister Kalee, and at that point it was clear that they were going to set a record. The only question was by how much. Kalee brought home the victory with a sub 2:10 split. The girls from St. Thomas Aquinas broke their own division 3 state record in a time of 9:05.84. They have now won the 4×800 relay for three consecutive years.
The St. Thomas Aquinas boys continue the momentum for the Knights, and took home the boy’s 4×800 meter relay in a time of 7:56.77. Cortland Maplewood led for a good part of the race, but the Aquinas boys were able to come from behind and win it with a strong anchor leg from Jacob Caniford. Congratulations to the quartet of Edward Walsh, John Laubacher, Jacob Paul and Jacob Caniford.