KANE — Although the DuBois and St. Marys boys track and field teams finished tied for third and fifth, respectively, there was still plenty of highlights to go around for the two schools on Wednesday afternoon at the District 9 Class AAA Track and Field Championships, which was held at Kane High School.
One of the highlights was perhaps the biggest of the day, as a new meet record was broken.
St. Marys’ Tom Bojalad just beat the old discus record as he made a toss of 171 feet, 2 inches. The old record of 171 feet was set back in 2000 by Bradford’s Aaron Ross.
But Bojalad wasn’t done there either.
The junior also won the shot put on the day to lead the Dutchmen with two wins. Bojalad threw 52 feet, 7 1/2 inches in the shot, which was more than eight feet better than the second place winner.
Bojalad, along with teammate Parker Smith, took the lone wins from the area out of the boys meet on Wednesday.
Smith picked up a win in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.35 seconds, which was more than a full second better than Clearfield’s Bront Strickland, who finished in second.
Smith’s teammate, Matt Marconi, also placed in the 400 dash as he came in third place right on the heels of Strickland.
Bojalad and Smith were the only two to move on to the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg University next week by winning their respective events, but DuBois will also have a boy making the trip.
In the 100-meter dash, Dante Dawson finished in second place with a time of 11.68 seconds, just .02 seconds behind Bradford’s Mitch Vleminckx, which made for a photo finish.
Although Vleminckx earned his spot in the event at the state meet, he scratched out of the event, which means Dawson will take his spot at Shippensburg. Vleminckx also won the 200-meter dash and ran the anchor in the 4 x 400-meter relay that took first place.
“We’ll take it,” said DuBois coach Brian Clinger. “They deferred it, and we’re going. I’m pleased with that.”
The Owl won the James Manners Award on the day, which is awarded to the most valuable participant of the meet.
Dawson’s second place finish wasn’t all for the Beavers as they also had multiple placewinners on the day, including five more events where they took second place.
Dawson fell just short of Vleminckx once again in the 200 dash as the Bradford runner crossed the finish line in 23.23 seconds, which was .61 seconds faster than Dawson.
Dawson also ran a leg in the 4x100 meter relay race that came in second with a time of 45.01 seconds, just .04 seconds faster than the Bradford team. Damien Ashenfelter, Jared McCoy and Domenic DiLullo teamed with Dawson in the relay.
The Beavers also got a couple more second places in a pair of jumping events, and one more from the javelin.
Jordan Meinert cleared 5 feet, 9 inches in the high jump to get the runner-up, while Bradyn Schwabenbauer leaped a distance of 40 feet, 7 1/2 inches in the triple jump.
“Dawson, Schwabenbauer and Meinert — all three of those guys have been big for us this year,” said Clinger. “Meinert will be back. He’s only a freshman. High jump is a battle. I was proud and pleased with his performance today.”
Rick Lines was the second place finisher in the javelin with a distance of 146 feet, 7 inches.
“Rick Lines had a nice throw,” said Clinger. “That was probably one of his best throws of the season.”
As for third place finishes, the Beavers earned three more, including two on the track.
Seth Braid crossed the line in the 800 meter run in 2:07.12, while Kaleb Stevens was third in the 3200 run with a time of 10:55.79.
Matt Holben was the last of the Beaver third place finishers as he cleared 11 feet, 3 inches along with Bradford’s Jack Kellam.
“The whole team came together,” Clinger said. “I think we made a lot of improvements, and I’m looking forward to having my young team back next year.”
The Dutchmen also had a couple relays place. Marconi and Smith were part of the 4x400 meter relay along with Nathan McAnany and Richie Williamson to take second place. Their time was 3:39.15, which was a little more than a second off pace of the Bradford team.
Marconi, Smith and Williamson were also part of the 4 x 100 meter relay with Austin Goodrow leading the team off to take third place with a time of 45.61 seconds.
Other winners in the meet were Punxsutawney’s Matthew Wehrle (800 run), Ethan Riley (long jump), Jared Manners (triple jump) and Ryan Jones (javelin), Bradford’s Max Paterniti (1600 run), Alex Colosimo (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jacob Soto (pole vault) and the Owl 4x800 meter relay, and Clearfield’s Kyle Biancuzzo (3200 run) and David McKenzie (high jump).
Bradford won the team standings with 130 points, while Punxsutawney followed with 85 points in second place. DuBois and Clearfield tied for third with 59 points apiece, while St. Marys was fifth with 42 points.
The PIAA Track and Field Championships are set for May 27 and 28 at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg.