DuBOIS — The DuBois track and field teams celebrated Senior Night in style Monday, as both the boys and girls squads swept St. marys in the final dual meet of the season.
The Beavers came away with a 126.5-25.5 triumph, while the Lady Beavers posted a 104-45 victory.
And, it truly was a special Senior Night as a host of DuBois seniors collected wins on the day.
On the boys side, DuBois was led by the senior quartet of Rick Lines, Matt Holben, Jeremy Fischer and Kyle Frantz.
Lines and Holben both posted personal-best marks in winning their specialty events. Lines ripped off a throw of 163-7 on his first attempt to take home the javelin, while Holben cleared 13-3 in winning the pole vault.
Fischer was a triple-winner in his final home meet. He crossed the line first in both the 1,600 (5:17.5) and 3,200 (11:30.8) and teamed up with Andrew Boyle, Seth Braid and Jacob Butterfuss won win the 4x800 relay in 9:43.3.
Frantz was a double-winner, sprinting to victory in the 200 dash (23.8) and the 4x100 relay, where he joined forces with Damien Ashenfelter, Ethan Fields and Kenny Garvey to post a time of 46.7. Frantz also finished second to Garvey (11.5) in the 100 dash.
“It was nice to see several of our seniors have big days on Senior Night,” said Beavers coach Brian Clinger. “Rick and Matt both had personal bests today. Matt continues to improve with each meet, and Rick had a huge throw in the javelin and put together three consistent throws today.
“Jeremy Fischer had a nice day in the distance events for us, as did Kyle Frantz in the sprints.”
DuBois also had a handful of underclassmen put together strong performances.
Garvey, Keaton Champan and Jordan Meinert joined Fischer in being a triple winners on the day. On top of his wins in the 100 and 4x100 relay, Garvey also was part of the Beavers’ winning 4x400 relay squad (3:50.7) that featured Chapman, Boyle and Butterfuss.
Chapman added individual wins in the 110 (18.1) and 300 (44.9) hurdles, while Meinert swept the long (19-2 1/2), triple (36-8) and high (5-6) jumps. Braid also picked up a victory in the 800 run (2:14.0).
DuBois swept the top three places in 10 of 15 individual places.
“Overall, it was a nice team effort,” said Clinger. “We have some kids who are at the right stage in the season as we head into the Redbank Invite (Thursday) and the District 9 Championships next Wednesday.
“I’m excited to see what some of our kids can do here late in the season.”
St. Marys was led by senior Tom Bojalad, who won both the shot put (56-1 1/20 and discus (156-5). Nathan McAnany added a victory in the 400 dash, as he edged Beaver Layton Yarus by a tenth of a second, 56.4-56.5.
On the girls side, the Lady Beavers got wins from seniors in five different events.
Erin Crawford led that senior group with a pair of victories, as she captured both the long (15-2 1/2) and triple (30-9 1/4) while adding a second-place finish in the high jump.
“Erin celebrated senior night in style, winning both the long and triple jump and took second in the high jump to end her career on a high note at our complex,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan.
Fellow senior Ashley McCluskey took home another “W” in the javelin with a heave of 120-5 to lead a sweep in that event, while senior Jessica Smith won the 400 dash in 1:05.2.
The final win by a senior came in the 4x100 relay, as McKensy Peles teamed up with Izzy Beers, Maddison King and Reese Sayers to cross the line in 52.7. Peles added a second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles, while Smith was second in the 800 to St. Marys’ Megan Quesenberry (2:42.2).
King and Sayers spearheaded what was otherwise another strong day by the Lady Beaver underclassmen.
King was the Lady Beavers’ lone triple winner on the day. On top of her relay win, she crossed the line first in both the 100 (16.7) and 300 (51.9) hurdles, just edging Peles in the 300 event.
Sayers was edged in there 100 dash by the Lady Dutch’s Arianna Kleppinger, 12.6-12.8, but came back in the 200 to tin a 26.4 to beat Kleppinger by a second.
“Maddy won both hurdle races, running her best time of the year in both,” said Sullivan. “Reese had a great time in the 100 dash, taking second place, but came back in the 200 meter dash and ran and even more impressive time of 26.4.”
In the field, junior Crystal Clinger took home top honors in both the shot put (33-5 1/2) and discus (102-8 1/2), while sister Courtney Clinger was second in the discus and third in the shot.
“Crystal had a huge meet winning both the shot and discus, breaking 100 feet for the first time this year (in disc),” said Sullivan. “Her twin sister Courtney had a big meet as well with an impressive throw of 96 feet in the disc and nearly 28 feet in the shot put.
“Our javelin thrower’s continue to dominate as they swept all three places. It was good to see Nicole (Schalk) back throwing so well as she nearly threw 90 feet to take third place.”
Sophomores Jerica Fischer and Heather Gilga also captured wins on the day. Fischer cleared 5-0 to win the high jump, while Gilga went over 8-0 to post her first win the pole vault this season.
“Jerica kept her consistent season going, clearing 5 foot in the high jump,”; said Sullivan. “It was also nice to see Heather get her first win of her young career in the pole vault.”
The Lady Beavers finished the season with a 7-1 record.
The Lady Dutch tallied six wins on the day. On top of the wins by Kleppinger and Quesenberry in the 100 and 400, respectively, St. marys also go individual victories from Amanda Foster (1,600, 5:26.5) and Michelle Bauer (3,200, 11:42.8).
St. Marys also won the meet-opening 4x800 relay as Quesenberry, Kear Pesce, Bauer and Foster posted a time of 10:17.0.
The Lady Dutch also closed the meet by winning the 4x400 relay, with Kleppinger, Summer Herring, Quesenberry and Foster crossing the line in 4:23.7. Foster ran down Sayers in the front stretch to anchor her team to victory.
Both DuBois squads travel to the Redbank Invitational on Thursday to close out the regular season, while St. Marys is at the Elk County Meet on Thursday.