DuBOIS — The DuBois cross country teams celebrated Senior Day in style Tuesday, as both the Beavers and Lady Beavers swept visiting St. Marys and DuBois Central Catholic.
On top of those sweeps, Beaver junior Peter Foradora shattered the overall Wasson Elementary Course record, while Lady Beaver senior Cassie Folmar fell just short of setting a new school course record in her final home meet.
Foradora jumped out to the early lead and never looked back as he beat his nearest competitor — teammate Calen Stevens – by more than two minutes. Foradora crossed the line in 16:39, well ahead of the previous course record of 16:54 set by Bradford’s Aziz Yousif in 2012.
Foradora’s record-setting day helped fuel a perfect sweep on the day for the Beavers, as they beat St. Marys and DCC by identical 15-50 scores.
“What can I even say about Pete today?,” said DuBois coach Justin Marshall. “Before the season, he told me that he wanted to break his school record. He did that the first meet of the season.
“Then he said he wanted to break the course record. He was in the zone today. He absolutely shattered the previous mark. I remember coaching against Aziz. He was a great runner.
“For Pete to break that record by 15 seconds is almost unheard of. He decided before the season that he was going to reach all of his goals, with no regrets. He works hard everyday, and when I see a performance like this, it just validates everything that we are working toward.”
As for Folmar, she but in a career-best run in her final home meet to finish second in the girls race, and sixth overall, with a personal-best home course time of 19:56.
Folmar fell just two shy of tying the school-record course time of 19:54 set by Kayla Brennen in 2013. Folmar was backed by a strong performance by her Lady Beaver teammates, who pulled out a tough 24-35 win over a tough St. Marys squad. The lady Beavers also beat DCC, 15-50, as they pushed their Distridt 9 unbeaten streak to 40.
“Cassie nearly broke the school record,” said Marshall. “It’s something she has really been working toward all year. I really felt bad that she came so close, especially because I know she could have gotten it on a cooler day.
“It’s unfortunate that we only have two home meets, and that they are so early in the season. Eighty degrees is nice for laying on the beach, but it’s far from ideal for running a 5k.”
When it came to the boys race, DuBois dominated event, collecting eight of the Top 10 spots.
Foradora led a parade of six straight Beavers to cross the line resulting in the two perfect final scores.
Stevens, a sophomore, finished second in 18:58 and was followed by senior Jeremy Fischer (19:05), juniors Curtis Thomason (19:39), John Russell (20:05) and Gaven Wolfgang (20:12).
St. Marys’ Cain Pfoutz (20:21) was seventh, while teammate Mark Vallone (20:57) was 10th. In between the two Dutchmen, DuBois senior Alex Bush (20:32) was eighth and Beaver junior Layton Yarus (20:51) ninth.
“The boys are continuing to improve,” said Marshall. “We have the talent. We just need to keep fine tuning some things, make sure we stick to our race strategies and leave it all out on the course.
“They say that hard work works. The boys team has the opportunity to prove that this year, and we are making great strides toward that goal. Kaleb Stevens, Curtis Thomason, Gaven Wolfgang, Alex Bush, Keith Fatula, Brady Johnson, Nolan Fairman and Trenton Donahue all set personal bests for our home course today.”
On the girls side, St. Marys’ Michelle Bauer cruised to victory in 19:16. She beat Folmar by 40 seconds and finished fourth overall — with only Foradora, Stevens and Fischer beaing her to the line. Bauer’s time was only 17 seconds off the overall girls course record of 18:59 set by Elk County Catholic’s Kennedy Weisner in 2012.
The Lady Dutch also got a third-place finish from Amanda Foster (20:34), but four Lady Beavers crossed the line next to help seal the win over the 11-point win over the Lady Dutch. While DCC didn’t have enough runners to score as a team, Lady Cardinal Meghan Graeca was fifth in the girls race with a time of 22:01.
Lady Beaver senior Lindsey Hewitt (22:00) was fourth on the day, while fellow senior Lauren Usaitis (22:09) was sixth. Lady Beaver junior Julie Marchioni (22:45) placed sixth, with sophomore teammate Bayley Strouse (22:54) eighth.
St. Marys’ Tessa Grotzinger (23:19) collected a ninth-place finish, while Lady Beaver freshman Emalee Horner (23:39) rounded out the Top 10.
“The girls just keep getting better,” said Marshall. “Maybe the most impressive thing about this team is the depth. Just when I think I have an idea of who will finish in what place, someone else steps up and surprises me. It’s a great problem to have.
“I was very proud of all runners today. There were several kids who ran their personal best for our home course, which is a testament to how hard they have been working lately. Those personal bests included Cassie Folmar, Kyra Hoover, Trulee Stainbrook, Elle McMahon, Ashley Usaitis, Maddy Cable and Ally Andrulonis.”
Joining Folmar, Hewitt, Fischer and Bush in competing in their final home meet were Michael Blizzard, Nolan Fairman, Izic Moate and Harley Hopkins.
DuBois travels to the Blue Devil Invite at Buhl Park in Hermitage on Saturday.