BRADFORD — The DuBois track and field teams made the long trip north on Route 219 to Bradford Tuesday and came home with a split on the day.
The Lady Beavers swept all three relay events, which combined with another strong day in the field events and their overall depth, proved to be enough to pull out a hard-fought, 88-62, victory against the Lady Owls.
The victory extended the Lady Beavers’ eight-season unbeaten streak to 67 consecutive dual meet wins. The DuBois girls’ last dual meet loss was a 76-74 setback at the hands of Altoona on April 15, 2008.
On the boys side, Bradford won 15 of 18 events to easily outdistance the Beavers, 113-37.
DuBois and Bradford split the girls meet down the middle in terms of victories, with each side capturing nine events on the day. Bradford notched seven of those wins on the track, but the Lady Beavers’ three wins in the relays proved to be instrumental by collecting all 15 points awarded in those events.
Conversely, DuBois finished with a 5-2 edge in victories in the field events and landed two girls in the Top 3 in four of those seven events.
“It wasn’t easy, but we pulled out a very hard fought victory against a talented, well-coached Bradford squad,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan. “Our usual top scorers came through again, but to be honest it was the depth of our team (2nd and 3rd places) that won the meet for us today.
“This is the meet that we have circled on the calendar every year. It’s a big deal to get this Bradford win under our belts as we head into the final three weeks of our season. We are going to celebrate this win tonight, but everyone is well aware of what lies ahead of us May 18 at Districts.
“The scoring guidelines at districts are a lot different than a dual meet, and that definitely benefits Bradford more than us. The work ethic of our young ladies is incredible, and that doesn’t concern me.
“One of our biggest challenges is getting through the rest of the season healthy and injury free. We have dodged a couple of bullets with injuries but the flu bug is still hanging around that could ruin someone’s season.”
Dayna DeSalve was the lone Lady Beaver to capture three wins on the day, while Kate Sutter, Reese Sayers and Jessica Smith each posted two wins.
DeSalve recorded two individual wins in the long (17-5 1/2) and triple (34-7 3/4) jumps and teamed up with sister Chelsea DeSalve, Brooke Leithner and Reese Sayers to take the 4x100 relay in 52.7. DeSalve added a third-place in the 100 dash.
Smith played a part in the Lady Beavers’ other two relay victories and also was second in the 800.
She teamed up with Trulee Stainbrook, Brianna Nelson and Lizzy French to win the 4x800 relay in 10:49, while Alaina Heberling, Sutter and Sayers joined her in the 4x400 to post a time of 4:19.
Sutter captured the Lady Beavers’ lone individual win on the track in the 400 (1:03.4), while DuBois had three different athletes win the three throwing events.
Brandi Johnson won the javelin (108-7), while Valla Palmiere took home the shot put (30-5) and Courtney Clinger the discus (96-6).
Sayers added second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 dashes to her two relay wins, while Leithner was second in both the long and triple jumps and third in the 200.
Lady Beavers Payton McAninch and Cassie Folmar finished second and third in both the 1,600 and 3,200.
Maddison King (100 hurldes), Marissa King (pole vault), Jerica Fischer (high jump) and Gabrielle Buckley (shot put) each added second-place finishes, while Clinger (shot put), Ashley McCluskey (javelin), Heberling (400), French (800), Eliana Welch (100 hurdles) and McKensy Peles (300 hurdles) were third in their respective events.
“The field team certainly did their part, winning all three throws. Also having a big meet throwing were Ashley McCluskey, and Gabby Buckley,” said Sullivan. “Dayna and Brooke continued to dominate the long and triple jumps, taking first and second in both. Maddy King and McKensy Peles each held on to second place finishes in the hurdles to score big points.
“And, although they didn’t win the distance races, Payton (McAninich) and Cassie (Folmar) ran well to secure second and third places finishes to score big points to keep the score close. Kate (Sutter) and Alaina (Heberling) also had strong performances in the 400 dash and mile relay.
”We needed to win all three relays, and we did thanks to some clutch performances by all relay members.”
In the boys meet, DuBois got individual wins from Carson Hanna, Rick Lines and Jeremy Fischer.
Hanna won the high jump, clearing 5-8, while Lines heaved the javelin 132 feet to take top honors. Fischer took home the 3,200 in 11:04. Fischer also added a runner-up finish in the 1,600.
Beaver Dante Dawson collected a trio of individual runner-up finishes on the track in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes. Wes Russell added a second place in the discus.
DuBois got third-place finishes from Jared McCoy (400), Seth Braid (800), Keaton Chapman (300 hurdles), Bradyn Schwabenbauer (long jump, high jump), Zach Jaggi (triple jump) and Austin Shaffer-Doan (discus, shot put).
“Bradford has a very good team, and this was a tough meet for us,” said Beavers coach Brian Clinger. “Carson Hanna and Rick Lines have been very consistent this year, and both got nice wins for us today along with Jeremy Fischer.
“Wes Russell and Austin Shaffer-Doan are really starting to come on in the discus.”
Both DuBois teams travel to the Mars Invite on Friday before returning home next Tuesday for Senior Night against Brookville and Bellefonte.