DuBOIS — The DuBois cross country teams hosted Brockway, DuBois Central Catholic and Ridgway in the home opener Tuesday at the Wasson Elementary School Course, and both the Beavers and Lady Beavers came away with a sweep on the day.
The DuBois boys topped Brockway (17-38) and DuBois Central Catholic (16-43), while the Lady Beavers bested the Lady Rovers (18-37) and Lady Cardinals (15-50) by similar schools. Both squads received forfeit wins over Ridgway, which didn’t have enough boys or girls to compete as a team.
Brockway and DuBois Central Catholic split the meet, with the Lady Rovers upending the Lady Cardinals, 19-32, and the Cardinals getting the best of the Rovers, 21-29.
The junior high meet, which DuBois also swept, brought some excitement as Lady Beaver Julia Wirths set a new junior high girls course record with her meet-winning time of 12:43. She placed fifth overall in the junior high race.
DuBois’ A.C. Deemer won the boys race with a time of 11:42.
As for the varsity competition, DuBois Peter Foradora (17:30.3) and Lauren Usaitis (21:18) won the boys and girls races, respectively.
Foradora, a senior, was one of six Beavers to finish in the Top 10. Foradora led from start to finish, as he and Ridgway’s Nicolas Heredero quickly separated themselves from everyone else.
Foradora eventually crossed the line 16 seconds ahead of Heredero, a foreign exchange student from Spain. The duo — who both ran under 18:00 — were the only runners to even break 19:00 on the day.
Just past that mark, DuBois had a pair of runners come in close together, as junior Kaleb Stevens (19:15.7) finished third and freshman Ryan Gildersleeve (19:20.8) fourth.
Brockway’s Tanner Pearce crossed the line in fifhth place with a time of 19:36. He was joined in the Top 10 by teammate Noah Bash, who placed 10th in 20:17.7
DuBois’ Gaven Wolfgang (19:48.5) collected a sixth-place finish on the day, with teammates Keith Fatula (19:540 and Trenton Donahue (20:09.5) coming in eighth and ninth, respectively.
Central Catholic had one Top 10 finisher in Jon Ritsick, who crossed the line in 19:51.5 to place seventh. Cardinal Lenny Swisher (20:31.5) was 14th overall, while Brockway’s Anthony Glasl (20:25.3) came in right behind him in 15th-place finish.
On the girls side, the trio of Usaitis, teammate Julie Marchioni and Brockway’s Sylvia Pisarchick ran within striking distance of each other for most of the day.
Marchioni led through the first half of the race, but Usaitis pulled away late to best Marchioni (21:40) by 22 seconds. Pisarchick crossed the line in third with a time of 21:55.
DuBois had the next three finishers, as Lady Beavers Emalee Horner (22:34), Bayley Strouse (23:54) and Kyra Hoover (24:10) grabbed spots 4-6, respectively.
Ridgway’s Lauren Steis was right on Hoover’s heels and placed seventh just a second back in 24:11. Brockway’s Mariah Alanskas (24:58) collected an eighth-place finish, while DuBois’ Maddy Cable (25:00) and DuBois Central Catholic’s Emily Williams (25:18) rounded out the girls Top 10.
Lady Beaver Elle McMahon (25:37) came in 11th, while Brockway’s Kayley Benden (25:55) was 12th and DCC’s Beth Williams (26:05) 13th.
“We had some PRs (personal records) today,” said DuBois coach Shawn Deemer. “They may not have come from our top group, but our mid group and bottom group — a lot of them came through and said they felt good and had some PRs.
“For our top kids, we basically told them to mark their number 1 runner (opponents) because we run again on Thursday. We didn’t want to be gassed out today on a hard course before going over to Central Mountain.
“But, Peter said he felt like he had stuff left, as did Lauren and Julie, so that was nice to hear. It was a beautiful day to run, and Brockway and Ridgway’s top kids pushed us today. Our top kids came through for us. They wanted to achieve a sweep and we did.
“It was nice to run in front of the home fans, and the kids said there at the end the fans cheering them on gave them some extra juice. For us, this might be our home course, but it’s a hilly course and that’s good for the kids. We ran at Elk County which is pretty much a flat course and next we run at Central Mountain, which another mainly flat course.”
In the junior high event, the boys race was a tightly contested one between DuBois and Brockway — with the Beavers pulling out a hard-fought 26-29 victory.
Both teams had five runners in the Top 11, with Ridgway’s Eric Gustafson (13:02, 7th place) being the only other competitor to factor into the Top 11 scoring.
While Deemer won the overall winner, it was teammates Jayden Yarus (12:13, 3rd), Matt Mulhollan (12:55, 5th), Luke Sturrock (13:13, 8th) and Trey DeWire (13:16, 11th) who helped lead the Beavers to victory.
Brockway boys who finished in the Top 10 were Jared Marchiori (12:01, 2nd), Landon Schmader (12:35, 4th), Michael Ford (12:57, 6th), Austin Schmader (13:14.9, 9th) and Alex Pearce (13:15, 10th).
In the girls’ junior high race, Wirths was one of five Lady Beavers to place in the Top 6. Teammate Abby Dressler (13:00) was second, while Morgan Rothrock (13:14.1) was third. DuBois’ Brooke Franci (13:48) and Kamryn Fontaine (13:53) finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
Brockway’s Madelyn Schmader (13:51.9) was fifth.
DuBois returns to action Thursday at Central Mountain, while Brockway hosts Elk County Catholic and Kane next Tuesday. DuBois Central Catholic also runs next Tuesday at St. Marys in a meet that also features DuBois and Ridgway.