DuBOIS — The Bradford track and field teams made the long trek down Route 219 Tuesday and swept host DuBois, with the Owls coming away with a lopsided win (120-30) and the Lady Owls a down-to-the-wire 77-73 victory.
The win bv the Bradford girls holds far more significance in the area track and field world, as it derailed what had become known to some as “The Streak” — a run of 75 straight dual meet victories for the Lady Beavers that dated back 2008.
The DuBois girls last felt the agony of defeat in April of 2008 as they dropped a tight 76-74 contest to Altoona. And, the Lady Beavers didn’t go down without a fight Tuesday, as they used key performances in the 800 and 3,200 runs to grab a one-point lead (73-72) heading in to the meet-ending 4x400 relay.
DuBois swept the 800 –getting a win from Trulee Stainbrook (2:38.2) and second- and third-place finishes from Julie Marchioni and Lauren Usaitis, respectively. Senior Cassie Folmar also led a 1-2 Lady Beaver finish in the 3,200 as she bested teammate Emalee Horner, 12:53.4-12:55.5.
Those performance helped give DuBois a chance to extend “The Streak” by closing the meet with a win in the 4x400 — something they did back on April 11 at Hollidaysburg to come away with a 76-74 victory for win No. 73 in a row.
And, the DuBois team of Genevieve Janocha, Kryra Hoover, Jessica Smith and Reese Sayers did all they could to run down the program’s 76th straight dual-meet victory.
The squad ran its fastest time of the year by five seconds. However, it still wasn’t enough as the Bradford team of Ashton McGriff, Mikah Watkins, Logan Sunafrank and Brooke McGriff finished in 4:13.5 to beat DuBois by just over four seconds to win the race and meet.
“We fought hard and the girls gave it everything they had, but it just wasn’t enough today,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan. “A couple athletes didn’t do as well as they usually do, and we lost a couple bang-bang finishes. But overall, it was a great team effort.
“Bradford was actually blowing us out before we swept the 800 and took first and second in the 3200 meter runs to take the lead 73-72 with one event remaining. In the 4x400 relay, we ran our best time of the year by over five seconds but just ran out of gas chasing their very good relay.
“I tip my hat to Larry (Bradford Head Coach Larry Stillman) and his well-coached and talented team from Bradford. We had beat them nine straight years, and if you would have told me back in ‘08 that we’d win nine in a row I would have just laughed. Back in the day, we just wanted to beat them once.
“The overall streak of 75 consecutive dual meet wins, spanning nine years, also ended and looking back we have an endless amount of unforgettable memories from so many awesome former student-athletes. We overcame so many obstacles throughout the years to keep that win streak alive.
“Coach (Justin) Marshall has been there with me from the start, and we often joke about how much time and effort we put into this sport but would never want it any other way. As we were walking away from the track tonight he said, ‘Sully, the sun will come up tomorrow, and we’ll start a new streak next week.’”
The Lady Owls won 11 of 18 events, including two of the three relay events, but DuBois showed its depth by picking up a lot of second- and third-place finishes to offset those Bradford victories.
Stainbrook was one of three Lady Beavers to capture two wins on the day. On top of her key win in the 800, Stainbrook also was part of a meet-opening victory in the 4x800 relay as she teamed up with Usaitis, Marchioni and Hoover to win 11:43.
Hoover added a victory in the 400 dash (1:04.8), while erin Crawford also was a double-winner, taking home top honors in the long jump (15-10) and high jump (4-10). DuBois’ final victory came from Ashley McCluskey in the Javelin (105-5).
The Lady Beavers collected second-place finishes in 10 of the 15 individual events. Joining Marchioni and Horner as runners-up in their respective events were Maddison King (100 hurdles), Sayers (100), Folmar (1,600), Smith (400), Crystal Clinger (shot put, discus), Gabi Wayne (javelin) and Jerica Fischer (high jump).
DuBois also for third places from McKensy Peles (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Marchioni (1,600), Janocha (400), Sayers (200), Gabby Snyder (shot put) and Marissa King (pole vault).
On the boys’ side, it was all Bradford as the Owls won 16 of 18 events.
DuBois’ lone wins came from Bradyn Schwabenbauer in the triple jump (39-5 3/4) and Jordan Meinert in the high jump, where he cleared and beat teammate Carson Hanna on scratches.
Beyond that, points were hard to come by for the Beavers on the day.
DuBois picked up four second-place finishes from Hanna, Kenny Garvey (100), Jeremy Fischer (3,200) and Rick Lines (javelin). Meinert added a pair of third-place finishes in the long and triple jumps, while other Beavers to bring home a point with third places were Garvey (200), Kyle Frantz (100), Keaton Chapman (300 hurdles), Seth Braid (800), Kaleb Stevens (3,200) ands Matt Holben (pole vault).
“Bradford has a very nice team this year,” said Beavers coach Brian Clinger. “We got two first-place finishes from Schwabenbauer and Meinert, and Kenny Garvey continues to improve and drop some time in the 100 and 200.”
Both DuBois teams return to action Friday at the Mars Invite.