ST. MARYS — The DuBois track and field teams opened the 2016 campaign Tuesday by sweeping host Elk County County Catholic on a sunny but chilly day in St. Marys.
Both DuBois squads won 13 of 18 events. The Lady Beavers came away with a 99-51 victory, while the Beavers won by a more comfortable 107-43 margin.
Sophomore Reese Sayers helped engineer the Lady Beavers’ victory with four wins on the day, while seniors Dayna DeSalve and Kate Sutter, sophomore Lizzy French and freshman Brianna Nelson each posted two wins.
Senior Dante Dawson collected a quartet of victories on the boys side, while teammates Michael Blizzard, Bradyn Schwabenbauer, Seth Braid and Jacob Butterfuss each notched two wins.
Sayers enjoyed a huge day on the track for the DuBois girls.
She won both the 100 (13.0) and 200 (27.6) while anchoring the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads to victory.
Sayers teamed up with Chelsea DeSalve, Dayna DeSalve and Brooke Leithner to take the 4x100 in 52.9. In the 4x400, freshman Alaina Heberling, Nelson and Sutter joined forces with Sayers to cross the line first in 4:30.8.
“Reese Sayers had a huge day in the sprints, winning all four of her races,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan. “The biggest surprise of the day for the sprinters probably was their 52.9 time in the 400 relay. That is a very good early-season time.”
Dayna DeSalve picked up a win in the long jump, breaking off a leap of 17-4 1/4 on her second attempt of the day. She also collected runner-up finishes in the triple jump and 100 dash. Lady Crusader Hannah Wittman (33-9 3/4) bested DeSalve by 1 3/4 inches in the triple jump.
Sutter captured an individual win in the 400 (1:05.3), while French took top honors in the 800 (2:46.29) and also ran the opening leg on the Lady Beavers’ victorious 4x800 relay squad. Nelson and fellow freshmen Trulee Stainbrook and Andrea Bankovich ran alongside French to post a time of 11:10.4.
DuBois also got wins on the track from senior Payton McAninch (1,600, 5:57.0) and junior McKensy Peles (300 hurdles, 51.4). McAninch added a second-place finish finish in the 3,200, while teammate Cassie Folmar was second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200.
In the field, Lady Beaver senior Brandi Johnson came away with a dominant win in the javelin, as her toss of 124-1 bested second place Kristen Kirst of ECC by nearly 30 feet.
“The performance of the day was Johnson in the jav,” said Sullivan. “She threw a 99, 118 and then ended her day with an impressive 124-1. To put that in perspective, the eighth-place medal last year at (Class AAA) states was 123-9.”
The Lady Beavers’ final two victory came from sophomore Marissa King in the pole vault (6-6) and freshman Jerica Fischer in the high jump (4-6). King and ECC’s Emily Miller both tied initially at 6-6, but King won a jump-off to take first place.
“It’s always good to get that first meet in and see just how good you are,” said Sullivan. “We have a lot to work on but overall, it was a very positive meet. I was very impressed with our freshmen competing in their first varsity meet.”
As for the Lady Crusaders, Wittman was joined as a winner by teammates Reilly Herzing (100 hurdles, 17.8), Mackenzie Gahr (shot put, 32-4), Cassidy Cunningham (discus, 93-10) and Hannah Lenze (3,200, 12:42.07).
Wittman added a second in the long jump, while Cunningham (shot put), Gahr (discus), Lauryn Wortman (400) and Bethany Feldbauer (high jump) also notched runner-up finishes.
When it came to the boys, Dawson was the star of the day. The senior won the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.5) dashes and also anchored the 4x100 relay to victory with a time of 47.8. Freshman Damien Ashenfelter, sophomore Ethon Fields and Jared McCoy joined forces with Dawson in that race.
Dawson also collected a win in the field as his leap of 18-9 1/2 bested Schwabenbauer by more than a foot in the long. While Schwabenbauer fell to Dawson in the long, he did win the triple (38-1 1/4) and high (5-8) jumps.
Blizzard, a junior, captured both the 110 (19.0) and 300 (47.1) hurdle races, while the Beavers also collected three more wins in the field events.
Junior newcomer Rick Lines won the javelin with a throw of 132-6, while senior Wes Russell took the discus (95-2). Junior Randy Holben added top honors in the pole vault at 10-6.
DuBois also won the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. The two-mile quartet of Braid, Butterfuss, Jeremy Fischer and Alexander Bush won with a time of 9:05.9, while the 4x400 squad of Keaton Chapman, Braid, Butterfuss and Domenic DiLullo recorded a time of 4:00.1.
The Beavers also got second-place finishes from Cole Finley (110 hurdles, pole vault), Dylan Yohe (shot put), Ashenfelter (100), Andrew Boyle (400), Champman (300 hurdles), Braid (800), Carson Hanna (high jump) and DiLullo (200)
“This was a nice start to our season with the win,” said Beavers coach Brian Clinger. “Given the cold conditions, I felt our athletes did a very nice job today.
“Dante Dawson had a stellar day, and Bradyn Schwabenbauer had an amazing day in the jumps being early in the season. Rick Lines is in his first year in his first track meet and had a really nice throw in winning the javelin.”
The ECC boys were led by sophomore Matthew Dippold, who won both the 1,600 (5:03.0) and 800 (2;16.03), where he beat Braid by .46 seconds.
Crusader Logan Hoffman captured the 3,200 (10:58.38), while Jacob Raffeinner took home the 400 (58.4). Freshman Ben Sherry won the shot put (32-9).
Sherry added a second in the discus, while teammates Erick Mader (triple jump), Alex Emmert (javelin), Jacob Carnovale (3,200) and Zac Wortman (1,600) also collected runner-up finishes.
DuBois and ECC are slated to compete at the Brookville Invite on Saturday.