BROOKVILLE — The DuBois track and field teams finished the District 9 Class AAA Track and Field Championships with four champions — three on the girls side and one on the boys — Wednesday afternoon at Brookville Area High School.
Jerica Fischer (high jump), Crystal Clinger (discus), Ashley McCluskey (javelin) and Rick Lines (javelin) were the four DuBois athletes to win titles to earn a trip to the PIAA Championships.
In the team standings, the Lady Beavers’ effort kept it close, but their 83 points were not enough to catch Bradford’s 99.5 points for the team championship. St. Marys (74 points) followed DuBois in third place, while Clearfield (24.5 points) was fourth.
“We kept it close with our depth, but just couldn’t match their star power,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan. “Bradford had some incredible individual performances.”
On the boys side, Bradford ran away out in front in the team standings with 128 points. Punxsutawney and Clearfield tied for second place with 60 points, while DuBois came in fourth place with 28 points.
Fischer had the top seed in the high jump by an inch over Clearfield’s Nicolette Brossard and bested Brossard and Bradford’s Katie O’Neill with a jump of 4-9 to win the event.
“Jerica had to work overtime to punch her ticket to states as she was still tied with a Clearfield and Bradford jumper after all tiebreakers,” said Sullivan. “She ended up victorious after being the last competitor to clear a height.”
Clinger was also the top seed in the discus by just a few inches over Bradford’s Sophia Oliver, but DuBois ended up getting the top three places in the event.
Clinger won the event with a throw of 105-1, while Gabby Snyder finished second and Courtney Clinger came in third. Oliver finished fourth in the discus.
“Our discus throwers swept the event in impressive fashion, all three with personal bests,” said Sullivan. “Those three have worked so hard all season. Crystal deserves her trip to states and nearly qualified in the shot put as well.”
In the javelin, McCluskey blew away the rest of the field with a throw of 136-4, which was more than 30 feet better than anyone. McCluskey’s teammate, Gabi Wayne, came in second in the event at 105-7. Nicole Schalk also placed in the event for DuBois.
“Ashley once again dominated the jav, throwing a PA top 10 throw of 136 feet,” said Sullivan. “Gabi was near her best ever and Nicole saved her best for last, placing fourth with a solid throw in the upper 90s.”
The boys picked up their lone champion of the day with a win in the javelin by Lines. The Beaver senior was the top seed over Bradford’s Ryan Whittemore by just under five feet.
Lines ended up beating the field by nearly 10 feet as he won the event with a throw of 157-2. Clearfield’s Matthew Collins was second at 147-9.
Lauren Usaitis picked up a second place in the 800 run for DuBois. She also picked up a fifth place in the 400 dash, and ran a leg in the 4 x 400 meter relay team that got third place with Kyra Hoover, Jessica Smith, and Reese Sayers.
“Lauren had a great finish in the 800 to grab a second place finish, easily running her best time of the year,” said Sullivan. “She got a late start to the season after a successful and long swimming season. We are anxiously awaiting getting her for a full season next year.”
Sullivan also noted that Hoover finished her season by running her best time in the 400 dash at 1:03.94, which was good for third place.
“She has a ton of potential with three years of eligibility remaining,” said Sullivan.
The Lady Beavers also picked up two second place finishes in two relays. Izzy Beers, Maddison King, McKensy Peles and Sayers ran in the 4 x 100 relay, while Genevieve Janocha, Julie Marchioni, Trulee Stainbrook and Smith comprised the 4 x 800 relay team.
Maddison King (100 hurdles), Marissa King (pole vault) and Crystal Clinger (shot put) all collected second-place finishes.
Erin Crawford earned a third place finish in the long jump.
Sayers (200 dash), Smith (400 dash), Stainbrook (800 run), Cassie Folmar (1600 run), Brooke Quairiere (100 hurdles) and Heather Gilga (pole vault) all finished in fourth place in their respective events.
Beers (100 dash), Smith (800 run), Emalee Horner (1600 run), Folmar (3200 run), Maddison King (300 hurdles) and Fischer (long jump) rounded out all the Lady Beaver placewinners with fifth place finishes.
Sayers, the third seed in the 100 dash, false started in her heat race in that event and was disqualified.
Jordan Meinert had a big day on the boys side as he placed in three events. Meinert picked up a second place in the high jump (5-10), a third place in the long jump (20-7), and a fourth in the triple jump (38-11 1/2). All were personal bests for Meinert.
Matt Holben also captured a second-place finish in the pole vault for the Beavers.
DuBois had two relays come in third place. Seth Braid, Andrew Boyle, Jacob Butterfuss and Keaton Chapman ran in the 4x400 relay, while Braid, Boyle and Butterfuss teamed with Kaleb Stevens in the 4 x 800 relay that also came in third.
Seth Braid (800 run) and Carson Hanna (high jump) earned fourth place in their respective events, and Kenny Garvey placed fifth in the 100-meter dash.
“Rick winning and getting an athlete to states was the big thing today,” said Beavers coach Brian Clinger. “He had six nice throws today, and now, he gets to compete on the biggest stage.
“He’s really come on in the second half of the season and dedicated his time and worked hard. He has done well on the big stage (at invites), and we’ll see how he does at states.
“Jordan Meinert had a nice day for us, setting personal bests in all three of his jumping events. He’ll be back for for us next year, and this was a great day for him to build on going into next year and doing it for a whole season.
“Matt Holben also had a good day getting second in the pole vault. He’s had a very good year in that event for us.
“This was a nice way to end the season, but Bradford definitely had the better team today.”
The PIAA Track and Field Championships will be held next weekend at Shippensburg University.