DuBOIS— While the weather may have been sporadic Tuesday afternoon at DuBois Area High School, the Lady Beavers’ track and field team were anything but, as DuBois opened its season with a hard-fought 84-66 win over Elk County Catholic.
The Lady Beavers, who notched their 72 consecutive dual-meet win, showed just why their record stands, winning 10 of the day’s 18 events and seven of the 11 events on the track.
With 11 of their top 14 competitors from last year gone, the win was much needed, and, as head coach Scott Sullivan says, a gauge of sorts to determine where the team currently stands.
“That was a hard-fought win against a very talented and well-coached Elk County Catholic team,” Sullivan said. “It is always good to get that first meet in and see where your strengths and weaknesses are. We definitely have both.”
Senior Reese Sayers led the way for DuBois with three wins. She dominated in the 100 (12.90) and 200 (27.4) dashes while also teaming with junior Maddison King and freshmen Brynlie Galiczynski and Isabella Beers for a victory in the 4x100 relay (54.30).
In the hurdles, the Lady Beavers put up a stellar effort as they scored 17 of 18 points in two events.
Freshman Brooke Quairiere ran both the 100 (16.7) and the 300 (52.4) races in impressive fashion to take home victories in both events. King was on her heels in both races to come away with a pair of second-place finishes, while McKensy Peles finished third in the 300 hurdles to complete a DuBois sweep in that race.
The Lady Beavers opened the meet with a bang as the 4x800 relay squad of Julie Marchioni, Emalee Horner, Trulee Stainbrook, and Kyra Hoover came away with a win in 10:40.7, besting ECC by five seconds.
“The biggest surprise of the meet may have been the first event, as the 3200-meter relay opened the meet with a very impressive victory,” said Sullivan.
Senior Jessica Smith added to DuBois’ winning totals with a victory in the 400 dash (1:05.2), while Horner posted a solid effort in winning the 3,200 run (13:37.5). Horner led a sweep of the two-mile for the Lady Beavers, with teammates Bayley Strouse and Julie Marchioni crossing the line second and third.
Though not as dominant as their track teammates, the Lady Beavers’ field team also had a decent showing on the day.
Senior Ashley McCluskey won the javelin with a toss of 110-7, while teammate Marissa King cleared 7-0 to take top honors in the pole vault.
On the whole, DuBois had as best a first season outing as any team could hope, and Sullivan hopes to take the experience and information gained on the day for the meets and invitationals in the months to come.
“Jess Smith, Ashley McCluskey and Marissa King all had big wins in the 400, javelin and pole vault (respectively), and Emalee (Horner) led a sweep of the 3,200 that seciured the victory,” said Sullivan. “We have a lot of work to do, but overall it was a very successful opening meet, and we feel very fortunate to come away with a ‘W,’”
The ECC girls were led by junior Hannah Lenze on the track and sophomore Maddie Kear in the field, where both Lady Crusaders won two individual events.
Lenze took wins in the 1,600 (5:47.7) and 800 (2:41.8) runs, while Kear placed first in the long (14-9) and triple (31-6 1/4) jumps. Kear added a third victory in the meet-ending 4x400 relay as she teamed up with Taylor Newton, McKayla Wilson and Lauryn Wortman to cross the line first in 4:24.9.
Lady Crusader Cassidy Cunningham picked up a win in the shot put (34-5) and finished second in the discus to teammate Samantha Fedus (106-9).
Newton added a victory in the high jump, clearing 5-0. Lady Beavers Jerica Fischer and Erin Crawford finished second and third to Newton, as both set personal bests by clearing 4-10 and 4-8, respectively.
DuBois will next compete in the Latrobe Invite on Friday, while ECC goes to the Brookville Invitational on Saturday.