DuBOIS — The DuBois Area boys track and field team kicked off its season in style Tuesday afternoon, as the Beavers notched victories in 10 of 18 events to top the visiting Elk County Catholic Crusaders, 84-66.
DuBois, which entered the 2017 season down a few key contributors from last year, showed no signs of weakness or loss, and handily won the battle in the field events while putting up a solid effort on the track.
Junior newcomer Kenny Garvey led the Beavers’ charge to victory with three wins on the track, while senior Bradyn Schwabennbauer took two of the three jumping events.
Garvey worked his magic in the sprinting events for the Beavers, winning both the 100 (11.30) and 200 (23.6) dashes while also anchoring the 4x100 relay squad to a first place. Garvey teamed up with sophomore Damien Ashenfelter, senior Kyle Frantz and junior Ethan Fields to snag the win in a time of 46.20.
In addition to Garvey, sophomore Andrew Boyle also posted a big win on the track for the Beavers, taking the 400 dash in 57.6 while also earning second place honors in the 800 run.
Schwabenbauer proved his worth and merit for DuBois with a big day in the jumping events to lead an all-around strong day for DuBois’ field athletes. Schwabenbauer broke off a leap of 42-0 1/4 to win the triple jump by two feet over ECC’s Jared Braun. He also captured the long jump (18-9) by a foot over teammate Jordan Meinert.
Beaver Carson Hanna won the third jumping event — the high jump — as the senior cleared 5-10 to lead a DuBois sweep in the event. Schwabenbauer and Meinert finished second and third, respectively.
In the field, Lines put up a strong win in javelin for the Beavers with a toss of 136-10, besting second-place Alex Emmert of ECC by more than 10 feet. Teammate Austin Shaffer-Doan won the shot put (37-5), while Beaver senior Randy Holben rounded out the day for DuBois with a victory in the pole vault (12-0).
“It was nice to get a meet in and come out with a victory in our season opener,” said Beavers head coach Brian Clinger. “Elk County Catholic has a nice team.
“Kenny Garvey had a big day for us with three first-place finishes in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay. For his first year out for track, he did an outstanding job.
“And, Bradyn Schwabenbauer had a nice day in all three jumping events. He had a huge jump in the triple with a jump of 42-0 1/4 and also got first place in the long jump and second in the highg jump.”
Although the Crusaders suffered the loss in their opening dual-meet of the season, ECC gave DuBois a battle down to the wire — particularly on the track where it won seven of 11 events.
Freshman John Wittman was a highlight on the day for the Crusaders, taking victories in both the 110 (17.9) and (44.7) hurdle races, while also teaming up with Matthew Dippold, Bryce Gabler and Ben Hoffman to take first place in the 4x400 relay.
Dippold also was a triple-winner on the day, as he added individual wins in the 800 (2:13.2) and 1,600 (4:54.20) runs. Elk County also got a win on the track from junior Logan Hoffman in the 3,200 (11:19.3), who beat teammate Carnovale by seven seconds.
Ben Sherry was the sole Crusader to take an event in the field, snagging a win in the discus throw with a toss of 118-5. to best Emmert (103-4 1/2).
DuBois returns to action Friday at the Latrobe Invite, while Elk Count Catholic competes along with area squads DuBois Central Catholic, Johnsonburg and St. Marys at the Brookville Invitational on Saturday.