DuBOIS — It will be a matter of working for each and every point for the DuBois Area High School track and field teams this year.
Both the boys and girls teams will face that dilemma.
On the boys’ side, they’ll be helped by a fairly sizable roster that will rely on 17 freshmen to help get the job done.
“I’m excited with the number of athletes that are back this year and for the new group of freshmen,” DuBois head coach Brian Clinger said. “As a team, we’re working very hard together and with the warm spring, it has allowed us to be (outside) since day one. That’s a definite bonus for everyone.”
The Beavers are coming off a 4-5 dual-meet season but head into the season with a leg up as it returns district high- and long-jump champion, and 2018 James Manners MVP, Jordan Meinert to the fold.
“Jordan will be a pleasure to watch this year as a coach,” Clinger said. “With the experience that he gained at the state championships last year, it will really benefit him toward his goals this season.”
Sophomore Tanner Shank will join Meinert in the jumping events while senior Rian Leemer, juniors Alex O’Harah, Jackson Pletchner, sophomore Brandon Connor and freshman Erich Benjamin will look to contribute in the throwing events. Sophomores Zachary Shilala, Ryan Gildersleeve and freshman Matthew Mulhollan will compete in the pole vault.
DuBois lost Kenny Garvey, the 200-meter district champion, to graduation, but will look to senior Damien Ashenfelter and sophomore Zachary Henery to pick up the slack in the sprinting events, while senior Brenden Saunders and sophomore Dale Kot will lead the way in the hurdles. Seniors Andrew Boyle and Kaleb Stevens, as well as sophomore McKellen “Mack” Jaramillo, will head-up the distance events.
The Beavers are also looking for West Point Scholarship recipient Liam Wilderoter, wrestling district champion and state medal winner Trenton Donahue, Caleb Hook, Luke Krause, Daniel Raiford and Luke Sturrock to contribute points as well.
Clinger will be joined by assistants Greg Posteraro and Brad Sweet.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Beavers, who finished 8-1 in dual meets, will face similar challenges.
“This looks to be a rebuilding season due to low numbers caused by graduation,” DuBois head coach Scott Sullivan said. “Five of our top seven scorers from last year were seniors. We’ll have to fight for every point that we earn this year, but I have a very committed coaching staff and student-athletes who are willing to go to battle.”
The team’s top three returning scorers are senior Trulee Stainbrook and juniors Emalee Horner and Kyra Hoover.
The trio will anchor a distance team that welcomes back senior Bayley Strouse after a year off. Freshman Abby Dressler will also make her varsity debut this season after a successful swimming season.
Senior Gabby Snyder-Petitti, who Sullivan believes is poised to win a district title in the shot put and discus, will lead the throwers while junior Danielle Baumgartner has also shown promise in the discus.
On the track, DuBois will be led by a young group of runners in juniors Ashley Usaitis and Alana Burton, sophomore Antonia Fenice and freshman Jayden Barrick.
Fenice will move to the anchor spot in the relay while Burton will run the lead leg with Usaitis and Barrick running the other two legs of the 400 relay.
All four will also run the open sprints.
Baumgartner and sophomore Julia Bashline will lead the way in the hurdles.
Burton is also the team’s returning long jumper and will be joined by seniors Kelli Hoffer and Jerica Fischer as well as Usaitis in the jumping events.
Hoffer, considered to be the team’s leading returning jumper, will also take part in the triple jump while Fischer is looking to be a three-time district champion in the high jump.
Sullivan will be joined by assistants Justin Marshall (sprints/jumps), Bob Bateman (hurdles/jumps), Brad Sweet (throwing) and Jason Shilala (pole vault).
DuBois is slated to open the season at home against Elk County Catholic Tuesday.
Seniors: Damien Ashenfelter, Andrew Boyle, Blaise Carney, Rian Leamer, Jordan Meinert, Brenden Saunders, Kaleb Stevens, Evan Way, Liam Wilderoter. Juniors: Brandon Bennett, Aiden Castro, Manny Deemer, Trenton Donahue, Michael Eisman, Alex Kovalyak, Luke Krause, Alex O’Harah, Jackson Pletchner, William Smith. Sophomores: Tyler Christner, Brandon Connor, Ruben Estrada, Ryan Gildersleeve, Zachary Henery, Caleb Hook, McKellen Jaramillo, Caleb Keighley, James Kimball, Dale Kot, John Kunes, Daniel Raiford, Tanner Shenk, Zachary Shilala, Dylan Spicher, Kaden Vansteenberg, De’Andre Vogt. Freshmen: Erich Benjamin, Derraick Burkett, AC Deemer, Cadin Delaney, Michael Dowling, Joey Foradora, Chase Hook, Gannon Kearney, John Miller, Matthew Mullhollan, Christian Roemer, Devin Royer, Gage Sonnie, Austin Stankovich, Luke Sturrock, Hayden Sweet, Ryan White.
Seniors: Allyson Andrulonis, Julia Faber, Jerica Fischer, Heather Gilga, Kelli Hoffer, Ashlyn Jimenez, Gabrielle Snyder-Petitti, Trulee Stainbrook, Bayley Strouse. Juniors: Danielle Baumgartner, Jillian Bruni-Crytser, Alana Burton, Madisan Cable, Krista Harper, Kyra Hoover, Emalee Horner, Ashley Usaitis. Sophomores: Morgan Allman, Eve Barnett, Julia Bashline, Antonia Fenice, Shaelinn Muth, Amanda Rossi, Chloe Stoner, Natalie Zartman. Freshmen: Jayden Barrick, Taylor Buchanan, Kallysta Castro, Leah Colville, Allysa Croasmun, Abby Dressler, Zoie Enseki, Madee Finalle, Abby Geist-Salone, Izzy Geist-Salone, Julie Griffin, Lauren Hoover, Stefanie Hoyt, Chloe Neal, Ashley Sandy, Rylee Wadding, Ruby Welpott.