BROCKWAY — The DuBois, DuBois Central Catholic and Elk County Catholic cross country teams all competed at Brockway on Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Beavers defeated all three teams, 15-50, to finish the season at 18-0 and extend its district winning streak to 48 meets. The 18 wins for the season is a new school record for either cross country team.
“For our girls team to finish the season 18-0, it’s really a testament to their work ethic from the beginning of July until now,” said DuBois coach Justin Marshall. “They have set some lofty goals for themselves, and I have high expectations of my own for them. We have had a great season so far, but there are still some goals ahead of us, and we need to focus on doing everything we need to do to achieve those, as well. We’re not quite done yet.”
The boys beat DCC (15-50) and Brockway (18-45), but fell to Elk County Catholic (19-42).
In the boys race, Elk County Catholic had six of the top-seven runners. Zach Wortman won the race with a time of 16:51, while Ben Hoffman was third at 17:46. Isaac Wortman (fourth, 17:47), Logan Hoffman (fifth, 18:11), Matt Dippold (sixth, 18:19) and Vincent Thompson (seventh, 18:21) all finished with times of 18:21 or better.
Also running for ECC were Sam Wolfe (11th, 19:59), Ben Uberti (14th, 20:33), Jarret Ingram (15th, 20:35), Lucas Schreiber (28th, 25:13) and Justin Johnson (35th, 29:37).
For DuBois, Peter Foradora came in second place for the Beavers with a time of 17:02, which was a school record for the fastest time on Brockway’s course, which was previously held by Micah Cantaral. Foradora’s school record for wins extended to 26.
“With good health and hard work, I think he may set that mark so high next year that no one will ever break it,” said Marshall. “He’s a special athlete, that’s for sure.”
Jeremy Fischer (eighth, 18:25) and Kaleb Stevens (10th, 18:56) were the only other Beavers to crack the Top 10.
Curtis Thomason (12th, 20:03), John Russell (13th, 20:12), Gaven Wolfgang (16th, 20:36), Keith Fatula (17th, 20:37), Layton Yarus (18th, 20:39), Trenton Donahue (19th, 20:40), Brady Johnson (22nd, 21:02), Nolan Fairman (23rd, 22:17), Tryston Benko (26th, 22:51) and Paul Brittain (29th, 25:23) also ran for DuBois.
Tanner Pearce led Brockway with a ninth place finish with a time of 18:30.
Ben Schatz (24th, 22:17), Corey Snell (25th, 22:34), Ethan Buttery (30th, 25:36), Weston Hrin (31st, 26:06), Mike Drall (32nd, 26:38), Brendan Allison (33rd, 27:22), Levio Seolese (34th, 27:55) and David Nagele (36th, 33:15) also participated for the Rovers.
Johnathan Ritsick (20th, 20:41), John Swalligan (21st, 20:47) and Grant Norman (27th, 24:54) ran for DuBois Central Catholic.
The DuBois girls had six runners in the Top 10. Cassie Folmar won the race and also set the school record on the Brockway course, which was previously held by Catherine Sheffo.
Folmar finished her career with 20 dual meet wins, which surpassed Sheffo’s school record with 18.
“Cassie closed out an amazing dual meet career today,” said Marshall. “What makes it even more amazing is that she did it in only two seasons, and she actually missed several meets last season. I can’t imagine what that record might be if she had been running the whole time.”
Lauren Usaitis (third), Lindsey Hewitt (fourth), Julie Marchioni (fifth), Emalee Horner (sixth) and Lizzy French (seventh) were also in the Top 10.
Times were not available for the girls race due to a scoring issue.
Kyra Hoover (11th), Bayley Strouse (12th), Trulee Stainbrook (13th), Ashley Usaitis (15th), Madisan Cable (18th), Mercedes Raab (19th), Allyson Andrulonis (21st), Shannon McFadden (22nd), Tori Gregory (24th) and Madison Pernesky (25th) also ran for the Lady Beavers.
“This was a great way to finish out the regular season,” said Marshall. “It was a short trip, a beautiful day, and we ran well. Brockway has a tough course, and I was pleasantly surprised with a lot of our times. Cassie and Pete were gunning for a couple of school records. To beat times run by Shef and Micah, that takes hard work.”
For Brockway, Sylvia Pisarchick came in second place. Kayley Benden (14th) and Mariah Alanskas (17th) also participated for the Lady Rovers.
Abby Bonfardine led the way for Elk County Catholic in eighth place. Lauryn Wortman was ninth.
Marcy Smith (20th), Ann Pham (26th) and Len Nguyen (27th) also ran for the Lady Crusaders.
Meghan Graeca (10th), Emily Williams (16th) and Sadie Peck (23rd) all ran for DuBois Central Catholic.
The DuBois boys will run with District 10 in a subregional on Oct. 29 in Hermitage for their district meet, while the Lady Beavers will run at Forest Hills with Districts 6 and 10 in a subregional on the same day due to a lack of Class AAA girls teams in District 10 this year.
Because of that, Marshall can only coach one of his teams at districts.
“I’m pretty disappointed in the way things played out for districts to say the least,” said Marshall. “I understand that it’s a numbers issue at the state level, and they are looking at hundreds of teams, not just DuBois. But looking at it from our perspective, I’m now stuck sending one of my teams to the biggest meet of the season, and I won’t even be there to coach them. The kids deserve better than that, but there’s nothing we can do about it at this point. It wasn’t a team decision or a district decision. It’s above all of us.
“Normally, it doesn’t matter. When both teams run the same meet, nobody realizes that it’s one coach for two separate programs. But now, the issue has come to light, and it’s a problem. When the next enrollment cycle comes around, hopefully we will be back in District 9 where we belong.”
Brockway, DuBois Central Catholic and Elk County Catholic are back in action at the District 9 Tournament at Ridgway, which is also on Oct. 29.