DuBOIS — Winning is the ultimate goal in any sport, and while the DuBois boys track did its share of that Tuesday, the Beavers also showed the importance of depth in a hard-fought 82-68 victory over Central Mountain.
The Beavers won 11 of 18 events, including all three relays which played a big role in the overall victory. DuBois also collected some very valuable second- and third-place finishes in the 14-points victory that easily could have went the other way.
DuBois (2-0) swept three events on the day, while the Wildcats swept two. Central Mountain captured nine individual second-place finishes to DuBois’ six, while the Beavers ended with a 9-6 edge in third places.
Dante Dawson led the way for DuBois with four wins, while Seth Braid was a triple winner. Brenden Saunders and Jacob Butterfuss were both double winners on the day.
“This was a great team win for us,” said Beavers head coach Brian Clinger. “Dante Dawson led us once again with four wins, and Seth Braid had a strong day with three victories. Saunders also got two big wins for us in both hurdle races.
“Winning all three relays was big for us, as we got all 15 points there. But, the kids also did a nice job battling for those second- and third-place finishes. We knew it was going to be a close meet, and everyone one of those points mattered in the end.”
Dawson was his typical dominant self Tuesday, cruising to victory in the 100 (11.5) and 200 (23.7) dashes. He anchored the 4x100 relay squad that also featured Damien Ashenfelter, Ethon Fields and Domenic DiLullo to victory with a time of 46.8.
Dawson also notched a win the field, besting teammate Bradyn Schwabenbauer by four inches in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 8 3/4 inches.
As for Braid, he posted an individual win in the 800 (2:16.9) and also was part of the Beavers’ winning 4x800 and 4x400 relays.
Braid teamed up with Butterfuss, Jeremy Fischer and Alexander Bush to win the 4x800 by nearly 20 seconds with a time of 9:24.90. In the 4x400, Braid ran the anchor leg behind Andrew Boyle, Butterfuss and Keaton Chapman as the Beavers won by seconds with a time of 3:51.
Saunders, competing in his first meet of the year, led a DuBois sweep in both the 110 and 300 hurdle events.
Saunders won the 110s in 18.7 and was followed across the line by teammates Michael Blizzard and Chapman. In the 300s, Saunders crossed the line first in 48.2, followed by Chapman and Blizzard.
Schwabenbauer put together a solid day in the jumping events for the Beavers, On top of his second-place finish in the long jump, Schwabenbauer also won the triple jump (39-6 3/4) and was second in the high jump.
Teammate Carson Hanna claimed top honors in the high jump (5-8) for his varsity track win, and Jordan Meinert took third to complete a DuBois sweep in that event as well.
“Schwabenbauer had another strong day in the jumps for us, and it was nice to see Carson Hanna get his first varsity win,” said Clinger.
DuBois also got second-place finishes from Fields (200 dash) and Rick Lines (javelin), while DiLullo (100 dash), Andrew Boyle (400), Bush (800), Fischer (3,200), Austin Shaffer-Doan (discus) and Randy Holben (pole vault) each took third in their respective events.
The Beavers return to action Tuesday at home against Punxsutawney before traveling to the Lock Haven Invite next Friday.