PUNXSUTAWNEY— The DuBois track and field teams continued their dominating ways Tuesday afternoon, as both the boys and girls teams defeated Punxsutawney.
The girls’ squad won 12 of the days 18 events en route to a 93-57 victory, while the boys team won seven events to pull out an 82-68 win over the Chucks.
Junior Reese Sayers led the charge for the Lady Beavers’ victory, winning all four of her events on the track to aid DuBois in its winning effort.
She won both the 100 (13.4) and 200 (27.5) dashes and anchored the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads to first-place honors on the day.
Teaming up with Brynlie Galiczynski, Maddison King, and Izzy Beers in the 4x100, Sayers anchored the team to victory to take the event in 54.2. Sayers and the team of Genevieve Janocha, McKensy Peles and Jessica Smith secured another win on the day for the Lady Beavers in the 4x400 by crossing the line first in 4:23.
Sayers wasn’t the only runner who put up solid numbers for the Lady Beavers. Smith also joined in on the action, winning all three of her events s well.
In addition to the 4x400’s victorious efforts, Smith placed first in the 400 and the 800 meter races, crossing the finish line in 104.1 and 2:39, respectively.
In the long distance runs, Emalee Horner more than did her part for the team by taking both the 1,600 (6:21) and 3,200 (13:47) races.
“It was a hard fought win against a solid Punxsy squad,” Lady Beavers head coach Scott Sullivan said. “We were definitely flat today coming off the long Easter break. We have exactly one month left before the district championships, and we have a lot of work to do to reach our goals of winning another team championship.”
While DuBois’ track accomplishments played a key role on the day’s win, their efforts in the field also helped to fuel their rise to victory, as the Lady Beavers won four of seven events.
Marissa King took first in the pole vault with an 8-0 clearing, while Jerica Fischer edged out her Punxsutawney competitor by an inch to place first in the high jump (4-9).
Erin Crawford picked up the win in the long jump with a leap of 14- 1/2, while also collecting runner-up honors in the triple jump. Ashley McCluskey rounded out the day with a convincing performance in javelin, with her heave of 115-8 more than enough to snag first place, while Gabi Wayne took second with a throw of 102-9.
“Our jav throwers remain strong, all throwing personal bests,” Sullivan said about his javelin team. “Ashley is flirting with a state ranking, throwing 115, and newcomer Gabi Wayne broke the century mark for the first time at 102. Nicole Shalk is slowly getting back to form breaking 90 feet.”
While the boys team was unable to claim as many events as their female counterparts, they were no less successful in their pursuit of victory either.
Brenden Saunders was able to place first in the 110 hurdles (18.1) to kick things off for the Beavers, while Kenny Garvey was able to edge out Punxsy’s Antonio Stello in the 100 dash (11.4) to take the win.
Garvey was also instrumental in the Beavers’ win in the 4x100 relay, where he anchored the team of Damien Ashenfelter, Kyle Frantz and Ethan Fields to victory in 47.3.
“Kenny is doing a great job for us in his first season on the track and field team,” said Beavers head coach Brian Clinger.
Keaton Chapman added to DuBois’ total with a win in the 300 hurdles, outpacing Saunders by little more than a second (45.7) to do so.
Meanwhile, Bradyn Schwaubenbauer led the charge for the Beavers in the field, taking first in the high jump (5-8) and the triple jump (40- 1.5) and placing second in the long jump. Matt Holben also added to the team’s overall total in the pole vault (12-0).
Rick Lines also took home the javelin, besting teammate Dave Henninger, 137-2 to 129-5.
“Today was a total team effort and I’m pleased with our victory today,” head coach Clinger said. “Punxsy has a well balanced team, so this was a good win for us.”