HOLLIDAYSBURG — The DuBois cross country teams put together an impressive meet Thursday at Hollidaysburg, as both the boys and girls teams swept Central Mountain and host Hollidaysburg.
The Beavers beat Hollidaysburg, 21-34, and Central Mountain by a perfect 15-50 score to move over the .500 mark on the season at 4-3. The Lady Beavers remained undefeated (7-0) with a tight 27-32 victory against the host Lady Tigers and 15-50 win over the Lady Wildcats.
“Today was a great early-season test to see where we are for districts,” said DuBois coach Justin Marshall. “Both teams are AAA schools that are about our size and caliber. I challenged our runners to see what they could do under pressure, and they responded in a big way.”
The boys sweep was spearheaded by the trio of junior Peter Foradora, sophomore Kaleb Stevens and senior Jeremy Fischer, who captured the top three spots overall.
Foradora continued his winning ways this season, crossing the line first with a time of 17:15 to beat Stevens (19:22) by more than two minutes. Fischer finished third, three seconds behind Stevens.
Hollidaysburg had runners finish 4th-6th, but DuBois’ Jon Russell (20:07) and Curtis Thomason (20:10) then crossed the line in seventh and eighth, respectively, to secure the victory.
Central Mountain’s top boy finished 16th.
“Pete Foradora (1st), Kaleb Stevens (2nd) and Jeremy Fischer (3rd) all came in ahead of both teams,” said Marshall. “Jon Russell (7th) and Curtis Thomason (8th) also scored some big points for us to secure a huge win against two tough schools.
“And, Jon and Curtis finished ahead of all Central Mountain’s runners to round out the sweep. The guys know that they need to keep improving, and I think this meet will go a long way toward boosting their confidence.”
On the girls’ side, Lady Beaver senior Cassie Folmar ran a 20:31 to take home top honors by 59 seconds over Hollidaysburg’s top runner. The Lady Tigers also had the third and fourth-place runners.
However, the Lady Beavers then showed its depth as Lindsey Hewitt (22:02), Lauren Usaitis (22:03), Lizzy French (22:22), Bayley Strouse (22:25) and Julie Marchioni (22:46) finished 5th-9th, respectively.
Central Mountain’s top runner placed 10th, while DuBois’ Emalee Horner (22:49) finished 11th.
“Cassie (Folmar) and Pete (Foradora) were overall winners once again,” said Marshall. “I told the team beforehand that it would be the other point scorers that would win the meet for us, and they made it happen.”
“Lindsey Hewitt, Lauren Usaitis, Lizzy French, Bayley Strouse, Julie Marchioni and Emalee Horner all came in before their (Lady Tigers’) 4th and 5th runners. That displacement was the difference in the meet after Hollidaysburg took second, third and fourth behind Cassie.
“I love the mental toughness our girls have. They stepped up in a big way today. And obviously they all came in ahead of Central Mountain to complete the sweep.”
DuBois returns to action Tuesday in its final home meet of the season against St. Marys and DuBois Central Catholic.
“Next Tuesday at home against St. Marys will be another big test,” said Marshall. “The Dutch have some great runners. And, it’s Senior Night, so the stage is set for another big test.
“We just have to keep working hard and taking it one challenge at a time.”