DuBOIS — The DuBois track and field teams opened their season on a high note Tuesday, sweeping a home tri-meet against Elk County Catholic and Johnsonburg.
The DuBois boys pulled out a tight 76-74 victory against ECC and knocked off the Rams, 90-60. As for the Lady Beavers, they collected a pair of comfortable wins against the Lady Crusaders (108-42) and Ramettes (93-57).
The Beavers used its depth to pullout the down-to-the-wire, two-point win against the Crusaders, despite the fact ECC dominated the meet victory-wise by having 11 overall winners in 18 events. DuBois had five overall winners, while the Rams had two.
DuBois was led by senior jumper Jordan Meinert, who was the overall winner in the long (20-1), triple (39-9) and high (6-0) jumps depsite competing with a sore ankle.
The Beavers also got overall wins from freshman Ryan White in the 1,600 (5:18.74) and sophomore Zach Shilala in the pole vault (10-0).
DuBois’ Brendan Saunders and Zach Henery added a victories in the 110 hurdles (18.01) and 100 dash (12.04), respectively, against ECC — leading sweeps in both events.
Dale Kot and Tyler Christner were second and third, respectively, in the hurdles, while Damien Ashlenfelter and Derraick Burkett were second and third in the 100.
DuBois also swept the 1,600 and long jump against the Crusaders. Kaleb Stevens and Joey Foradora finished behind Miller in the mile, while Aiden Castro and Shilala were second and third in the long jump.
Others Beavers to capture second-place finishes against ECC were Castro (400), Kot (300 hurdles), Andrew Boyle (800), Henery (200) and Matthew Mulhollan (pole vault).
As for the Crusaders, they were led by Jacob Carnovale and John Wittman, both of whom were part of four overall wins on the day.
Carnovale who collected a pair of overall individual wins in the 400 (57.50) and 800 (2:10.4), while Wittman won the 300 hurdles (41.98). Wittman also was part of three winning relays and Carnovale two.
The pair teamed up with Joe Wolfe and Ben Hoffman to take the 4x800 with a time of 8:44.2. Carnovale and Wittman later teamed up with Regis Wortman and Jacob Koss to end the meet with a win in the 4x400 relay (3:47.25).
In between, Wittman joined forces with Stephen Bobby, Luke Sorg and Jacob Koss to cross the line first in the 4x100 relay.
Hoffman (3,200 –10:05.05) and Koss (200 –23.95) added individual wins in those events, while teammates Ben Sherry (discus –119-6) and Raivis Bobby (javelin –142-0) also collected overall wins in their respective events.
Against Johnsonburg, the DuBois boys won 11 of 18 events. Outside of its overall winners. DuBois also got first places from Boye (800), Henery (200), Mack Jaramillo (3,200) and Blaise Carney (shot put).
DuBois also won the 4x800 and 4x400 relays, while the Rams took the 4x100 event. No names were available for those squads.
The Rams had a pair of overall winners in Ethan Kemmer (110 hurdles –16.68) and Cole Secco. Kemmer (100 –11.92). Kemmer added a victory in the 300 hurdles against the Beavers, while teammates Seth Redmond (discus), Gabe Watts (javelin) and Cole Salberg (400) also earning first vs. the Beavers.
Secco edged out teammate Aaron Pura in the 100 dash by .05 seconds, while Salberg added runner-up finishes in the long and triple jumps behind Meinert.
“For out first meet, I’m very pleased with two victories against ECC and Johnsonburg,” said Beavers coach Brian Clinger. “Jordan Meinert had a big day for us with three firsts. He was poised today and picked up where he left off last season.
“Andrew Boyle had a nice day for us as well, while freshman Ryan White picked up a good win in 1,600. Zach Shilala also scored some key points with a win in the pole vault and third in the triple jump.”
While DuBois dominated the girls tri-meet score-wise with its depth, the top-end of the meet was pretty even when it came to overall victories.
Johnsonburg led the way with seven, while DuBois had six and ECC five.
Lady Beavers Abby Dressler and Kyra Hoover were the lone overall triple winners on the day.
Dressler won the 1,600 (6:02.41) and Hoover the 400 (1:07.68), while both were members of the Lady Beavers victorious 4x800 and 4x400 relay squads.
The dup paired up with Stefanie Hoyt and Emalee Horner in the 4x800 to post a time of 11:33.1, while Izzy Geist-Salone replaced Horner on the 4x400 squad that crossed the line first in 4:48.36.
Lady Beavers Gabby Snyder-Petitti (discus, 78-7) and Heather Gilga (pole vault, 7-6) also notched overall victories on the day.
Johnsonburg had a pair of individual overall winners in Skylar Sherry and Chloe Trumbull.
Sherry, the two-time state silver medalist in the javelin, won that event with a throw of 119-6. She also took home the shot put with a heave of 31-4. Trumbull raced to victory in the both 100 and 300 hurdles.
Teammate Cassidy King won the triple jump (31-11 1/2) and the 4x100 relay, where she ran the second leg on a squad that posted a time of 52.97. Gina Gerg, Maddie Cowan and Amanda Williams joined King on that team.
Williams added a victory in the 800 (2:34.83). That win was the only thing that kept Dressler from having a perfect day as the Lady Beaver came in second to Williams.
As for the Lady Crusaders, it got a pair wins from Taylor Newton and Olivia Sorg.
Newton bested DuBois’ Jerica Fischer in a battle of the two reigning District 9 high jumps champions. Newton, who tied for fourth in the high jump at states last year, cleared 5-0, while Fischer cleared 4-10. Newton also won the long jump (15-6) by an inch over Fischer.
Sorg sprinted to victory in both the 100 (13.3) and 200 (28.35) dashes, while Chelsea Hunt added an overall first in the 3,200 (13:30.47).
Newton and Sorg also were part of the Lady Crusaders 4x100 relay squad, along with Shannon Clancy and Tami Geci, that placed second to Johnsonburg but beat DuBois.
When looking closer at the results against each opponent, DuBois also got individual wins from Danielle Baumgartner (100 hurdles & javelin), Kallysta Castro (300 hurdles), Kelli Hofer (triple jump) and Snyder-Petitti (shot put) against ECC.
In the meet vs. Johnsonburg, Lady Beaver Antonia Fenice won both the 100 and 200 dashes, while Fischer won the long jump and Horner the 3,200.
“It was a cold, windy day but we had several girls step up to the challenge in their first varsity competition,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan. “We have a lot of work in front of us, but my staff and I are very pleased with today’s effort and are looking forward to building on today’s success next meet.”
DuBois is back in action Thursday at Central Mountain. Johnsonburg hosts Port Allegany Thursday, while ECC hosts Brookville on Tuesday.