DuBOIS — While the DuBois Area High School boys track and field team doesn’t have quite the same outlook as it did a year ago when it started the season with four returning district champions and a District 9 title, it still has its fair share of talent.
The Beavers, which finished 5-3 in dual meets and second in the D-9 event, have a handful of athletes that they’re hoping can improve throughout the season and finish well in May.
But, the focus for head coach Brian Clinger, in his 13th season as the head varsity coach, will be a little different.
“Coming off that 5-3 season last year, (the team) is focusing on the team concept,” Clinger said. “And that’s realizing that every point counts to win track meets.”
DuBois will look mostly to its juniors and seniors to provide it with some of the big points in those meets.
Senior Dante Dawson, who won a district title in his sophomore year, will lead the team’s sprinters this season. Dawson was second at the District 9 meet in the 100 dash and seventh in the 200 last year.
Juniors Bradyn Schwabenbauer and Zach Jaggi will be looked on to provide a spark in the jumping events this time around.
Schwabenbauer finished high in both the high and triple jumps last season with a second in the high jump and a third in the triple jump. He was also seventh in the long jump.
Meanwhile, Jaggi also had a Top 10 finish as he placed ninth in the triple.
While distance events were a concern heading into last year, that may not be the case again.
Sophomore Seth Braid, who finished third at the D-9 meet in the 800, and junior Jeremy Fischer, who placed seventh in the 3,200 run and 10th in the 1,600 will both return to the team as well as sophomore Jacob Butterfuss.
In the throwing events, senior Jeremy Athelstone had the highest finish for the Beavers in the district meet last season as he scored a second-place finish in the javelin.
However, DuBois will also look to seniors Dylan Yohe and Wes Russell as well as junior Rick Lines and sophomore Austin Shaffer-Doan.
DuBois will also look for contributions from some others to try to bolster its point total in the dual events.
Among those are seniors Jared McCoy and Dominic Gregorio, junior Randy Holben and sophomore Domenic DiLullo.
“I’m excited about the number of athletes that are back this year and for the new group of freshmen,” Clinger said. “As a team we’re working very hard together and with the warm spring it has allowed us to be on the track since the first day. That’s a definite bonus for everyone.”
Clinger will be assisted by Greg Posteraro, in his 11th season, and Brad Sweet, in his third.
DuBois is scheduled to open the season at Elk County Catholic Tuesday.
Seniors: Jeremy Athelstone, Daniel Brown, Dante Dawson, Dominic Foradora, Dominic Gregorio, Rylan Huey, Jared McCoy, Danny Mehok, Wes Russell, Zack Shifter, Dylan Yohe. Juniors: Michael Blizzard, Alexander Bush, Austin Butler, Nolan Fairman, Jeremy Fischer, Carson Hanna, Randy Holben, Zach Jaggi, Shawn Knobloch, Rick Lines, Jarrett Muth, Cole Norris, Greg Raiford, Bradyn Schwabenbauer, Justin Stewart, Nicholas Summers. Sophomores: Kevin Buck, Seth Braid, Jacob Butterfuss, Keaton Chapman, Domenic DiLullo, Ethon Fields, Patrick Kirkwood, Dalton Kruzelak, Tristin London, Nick Meholick, Austin Shaffer-Doan, Layton Yarus. Freshmen: Damien Ashenfelter, Andrew Boyle, Tyler Buerk, Cole Finley, Koby Grimm, Elijah Guerndt, Jake LaMorte, Jordan Meinert, John Pendleton, Ezra Royer, Christian Sharp, Kaleb Stevens, Evan Way, Liam Wilderator.