DuBOIS — The DuBois girls track team is well known for its gifted runners, but it was the Lady Beaver field athletes who carried the squad Tuesday in a 96-54 win over visiting Central Mountain.
The two teams battled it out to a near dead-heat in the 11 running events, with DuBois coming away with a slight 46-41 advantage in that area. Central Mountain actually had a 6-5 edge in wins on the track, with Lady Beaver Reese Sayers playing a part in three of her team’s five victories.
However, the Lady Beavers dominated the field events, outscoring the Lady Wildcats, 50-13, to power the team to victory.
DuBois swept all 27 points in the three throwing events and took home 16 of 19 points in the long and triple jumps. Four different Lady Beavers accounted for the team’s five wins in the field.
Senior Dayna DeSalve captured two of those field wins, taking home both the long (16 feet, 9 1/2 inches) and triple (33-8). Teammate Brooke Leithner was second in both events.
DeSalve added a third victory in the 4x100 relay and was second in the 100 dash. She teamed up with younger sister Chelsea DeSalve, Leithner and Reese Sayers to win by more than three seconds in 52.2.
DuBois also had a different winner in each of the three throwing events.
Brandi Johnson led a sweep in the javelin by posting the top throw at 97-9. Teammates Ashley McCluskey and Valla Palmiere placed second and third, respectively.
In the discus, Courtney Clinger took home the win with a throw of 92-9 and was followed by Palmiere and Gabrielle Buckley. Palmiere captured the shot put (28-0 1/2), with Clinger and Buckley finishing second and third, respectively.
DuBois also got a second-place finishes from Nicole Schalk (high jump) and Marissa King (pole vault), while Jerica Fischer was third in the high jump.
“Our field totally dominated the meet,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan. “Coach (Brad) Sweet’s girls swept all three throws. Valla (Palmiere) is really starting to come around and showed her versatility by placing in all three throws.
“Brandi (Johnson) continued her strong showing in the javelin, followed by Ashley McCluskey. Courtney Clinger had a big day in the discus, throwing a personal best, and freshman Gabrielle Buckley scored her first ever varsity points by taking third in both the shot and discus.”
When it came to the track Tuesday, Sayers led the way with three wins for the Lady Beavers. On top of her win the 4x100 relay, Sayers also swept the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.7) dashes.
Maddison King led a sweep of the 100 hurdles (16.7), as she was followed across the line by teammates Eliana Welch and Kelly Kumetis.
Kate Sutter collected DuBois’ other victory, capturing the 400 dash in 1:03.3.
DuBois also got individual second-place finishes from Payton McAninch (1,600), McKensy Peles (300 hurdles). Lizzy French (800) and Leithner (200 dash).
Peles was second in the 300 hurdles despite taking a spill over a hurdle while leading the race comfortably.
Welch added a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles, while Cassie Folmar was third in the 3,200.
“Reese had an incredible day, dominating the sprints, and Maddy (King) ran her best ever 100-meter hurdles and also is improving in the 300 hurdles,” said Sullivan. “Kate (Sutter) looked strong again in the open 400 and ran a great split in the 4x400.
“McKensy had some tough luck falling in both of her hurdle races, but she finished both and is looking strong along with Ellie Welch.
“Overall, it was a hard-fought win against a well-coached and talented Central Mountain squad. We had a lot of bright spots, but we still have a ton of hard work in front of us if we expect to meet all the lofty goals we have set for ourselves.”
The Lady Beavers are back in action Friday at the Latrobe Invite, a new event to their schedule. They then return home Tuesday to host Punxsutawney.