DuBOIS — The DuBois cross country teams opened the season Tuesday with a quadrangular home meet involving Elk County Catholic, DuBois Central Catholic at Punxsutawney at the Wasson Elementary School course.
The Lady Beavers had the Top 5 finishers in the girls race en route to posting a sweep on the day. They beat Punxsy by a perfect 15-40 score, while neither ECC or DCC had the necessary five girls to officially score as a team.
The three wins pushed the Lady Beavers’ consecutive win streak against District 9 opponents to 36.
On the boys’ side, the Beavers were upended by both ECC (20-41) and Punxsy (24-31) but scored a win ove a two-man Cardinals’ squad. The Crusaders also beat the Chucks, 19-39.
While DuBois fell short as a team, Beaver junior Peter Foradora was the shining star of the day as he won the meet in 17:17, which broke his own school record for the Wasson Course by 10 seconds.
“Pete (Foradora) looked very strong today,” said DuBois coach Justin Marshall. “He has taken a very focused approach to this season. He works as hard as anyone I have ever coached, and his goals are tough.
“Today, he achieved one of those, re-breaking his own course record. Now, it’s on to the next goal, and I have no doubt that he will keep achieving.”
As for the Lady Beavers, their season-opening sweep was led by senior Cassie Folmar, who crossed the line first in 21:08. Folmar finished 20th overall including the boys.
Sophomore Bayley Strouse finished second in the girls race with a 22:19 and was followed across the line by teammates Lauren Usaitis (22:23), Lindsey Hewitt (22:54.5) and Julie Marchioni (22:55). Lady Beaver freshman Emalee Horner finished ninth (23:32).
“I was very impressed with the way the girls performed today,” said Marshall. “It was very hot, and a lot of times kids let that get the best of them mentally. Our girls took it in stride today, and their times were impressive considering the conditions, and the fact that it is still early September.
“Cassie (Folmar) nearly broke 21:00, which is great for the first meet of the year. And, with Bayley (Strouse), Lauren (Usaitis), Lindsey (Hewitt) and Julie (Marchioni) all running sub-23, I really like the way things are looking.
“Emalee (Horner) had a very solid freshman debut. The girls are motivated and will do very well all season, as long as we can stay healthy.”
Elk County’s Abby Bonfardin was the top finisher not wearing a DuBois uniform, crossing the line in sixth place (22:55.8). Teammate Lauryn Wortman was eighth (23:20.6).
DuBois Central Catholic’s Meghan Graeca was 10th in the girls race with a time of 23:40.
On the boys’ side, Foradora was the individual star, but it was ECC that dominated the meet as a team as it placed six runners in the Top 10.
Crusaders Logan Hoffman (17:370 and Zach Wortman (17:41) finished close together to take second and third, respetively, behind Foradora. Teammate matthew Dippold placed fourth (18:08) despite taking a tumble just before he exited the woods for the final time on the Wasson Course.
Punxsy’s Owen (18:23) was fifth, with teammate Ethan Brentham (18:34) placing sixth. Crusaders Ben Hoffman (18:39) and Isaac Wortman (18:40) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, while Punxsy’s Jake Dinger (18:49) and ECC’s Vincent Thompson (18:50) rounded out the Top 10.
DuBois’ Jeremy Fischer placed 11th (19:44), while teammates (Caleb Stevens, 13th –19:53), Curtis Thomason (15th –20:10) and Alex Bush (17th –20:47) also factoring into the Beavers’ scoring on the day.
“Curtis (Thomason) looked strong in his first ever meet,” said Marshall. “Jeremy (Fischer) always works hard and did well today, and Kaleb (Stevens) also ran a nice time.
“The boys team as a whole performed admirably today. I know that the score isn’t what we had hoped for, but ECC and Punxsy are two very good programs. We will gauge our success on the boys side based on how we grow and come together as a team from start to finish.
“My personal goal is to get these guys to realize that they can end the drought and win a district team title in October. We have the talent to get the job done. We just have to stay focused and work hard every day with that goal in mind. It won’t be easy, but I believe in these guys. Hard work and dedication pay off in the end.”