DuBOIS – Catholic track teams DuBois and Elk County saw their athletes compete live for the first time in nearly two years on Tuesday, and it was host DuBois who walked away with the sweep today- the.
The DuBois boys won 12 of 18 events en route to a 112-33 victory, while the Lady Beavers were even better – capturing 15 of 18 events to beat the Lady Crusaders, 122-28.
Senior Dale Kot helped fuel the Beavers’ victory by securing four wins that day, while his junior teammate AC Deemer was a three-time winner.
Kot captured both obstacle courses, winning the 110 in 17.87 and the 300 hurdles in 45.7. He also raced in the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays from DuBois.
Kot teamed up with Jake Krause, Erich Benjamin and Jaedon Yarus to win the 400 relay with a time of 46.6. In the 4×400, he teamed up with Deemer, Ryan White and Joey Foradora to post a time of 3: 56.79.
Deemer added an individual victory in the 800 (2: 18.4) and also teamed up with White, Foradora and Chase Hook to open the game with a “W” in the 4×800 relay (8: 57.55).
Krause took top honors in the 400 (57.6), while senior Zach Shilala led a sweep in the triple jump (40-6) and also won the pole vault (9-0).
DuBois also got a first from Ben Hickman in the high jump (5-6) and Daniel Raiford in the discus (101-6). Raiford added second in the shot put and javelin.
Also collecting second individual places for DuBois where Yarus (100, 200, 400 dashes), Foradora (800 and 1600), White (3200), Luke Sturrock (long jump), Tanner Shenk (triple jump), James Becker (discus) ) and Edward Burkett (pole vault).
“It was a great day for competition and fun to come back to competition,” said Beavers coach Brian Clinger. “I was happy with all the guys and thought they did an amazing job for a first competition.
“Dale Kot had a great day for us winning both hurdles and running two winning stints as we swept those three (stints). Deemer and White did a good job leading the distance team today, our jumpers covered some great distances for a first meeting and Raiford had a good day in the throws for us.
The Crusaders got two wins from Alex Smith in the throwing events (33-0 1/2 shot, 120-5 javelin) and Luke Sorg in the sprints (100 and 200 dash, 24.68). Joe Wolfe captured the 1600 (4: 49.5), while Alex Miller crossed the line first in the 3200 (11: 28.1).
Elk County got second place from Bobby Urmann (300 hurdles) and Luke Jansen (high jump).
On the girls’ side, freshmen Morgan Roemer and Olivia Dressler were triple winners for the Lady Beavers, while several others took at least two wins at the event.
Roemer won the 1600 (5:49) and 3,200 (12: 03.3) and also anchored the 4×800 relay to an opening victory of the competition. She teamed up with sophomore Julia Wirths, freshman Delaney Yarus, and freshman Morgan King to post a time of 10: 56.99.
Dressler scored an individual victory in the 200 scoreboard (28.9) and part of the 4×100 (54.4) and 4×400 (4: 47.5) relays of the Lady Beavers who won. She raced with second-year Abbie McCoy, second-year Peyton Grimm and first-year Laken Stroka in the 4×100 and twins Geist-Salone (juniors Abby and Isabella) and second-year Kamryn Fontaine in the 4×400.
Fontaine added a win in the 100 hurdles (17.53), while Grimm tied his senior teammate Morgan Allman for honors in the long jump (15-9). Allman added a triple jump victory (32-4),
Sophomore Madelyn Crabtree recorded a pair of first places in the high jump (4-10) and pole vault (6-6), while Abby Geist-Salone won the 300 hurdles (53.1) and Leah McFadden on 400 (1: 08.5).
The Lady Beavers also secured a host of second places from Allman (100 hurdles), Grimm (100 and 200), Wirths (1600 and 3200), Fontaine (300 hurdles), Yarus (800), Lauren Hoover (triple jump) , isabella Geist-Salone (high jump), Mackenzie Prouty (shot put) and Zoie Enseki (pole vault).
“Wow, it was definitely worth the wait,” said Lady Beavers coach Scott Sullivan. “After almost 2 years of waiting, we finally got to see some of the young talents we were hearing about, and they didn’t disappoint.
“Rookie Morgan Roemer dominated the distance races winning all three. She had a 2.5 hour interval in the 3,200-meter relay, a 5:48 mile, and capped her day with an impressive 12:03 two-mile run. Rookie Olivia Dressler paired her with three impressive wins, winning the 200 dash and performing strong legs in the 400 and 1600 meter relays.
“Kam (Fontaine), Peyton (Grimm) and Madelyn (Crabtree) finally managed to prove that their success in college was no accident. They missed a very important freshman season last year, but at first glance everything will be fine.
“Coach (Bill) Edwards is the oldest statesman on our staff, and my boy had a great opening day with his high jumpers sweeping the event. Madelyn and Izzy went an inch all the way to 4-10, and Leah Colville was not far behind. Gabby Horner is also very promising. Coach Edwards is our bodybuilding expert, and his jumper’s success today is no accident.
“My staff and I are happy with today’s results, but we are still a long way from where we need to be to fight for the district championship. We have a handful of student-athletes who are not competing at the moment, but we hope to have them back soon. It was a good start, a start to build on. We tell the kids that the biggest improvement is usually from the first to the second meeting, so we look forward to our trip to Hollidaysburg next week.
When it comes to ECC, the Lady Crusaders have found their greatest success in the throwing events.
Rookie Tori Newton won the javelin (98-2) and was second in discus, while second year Madison Marzullo took top honors in discus (72-2), was second in javelin and third in shot put . Geci added a victory in the shot put (28-9 1/2).
Freshman Sami Straub finished second in the 400.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday. DuBois heads to Hollidaysburg on Tuesday, while the ECC hosts Brookville.
4×800 meter relay: 1. DuBois (Julia Wirths, Delaney Yarus, Morgan King, Morgan Roemer), 10: 56.99; 2. ECC.
100 meters hurdles: 1. Kamryn Fontaine (D), 17.53; 2. Allman (D); 3. A. Geist-Salone (D).
100 meter dash: 1. Gabby Horner (D), 13.53; 2. Grimm (D); 3. Stroka (D).
1600-meter race: 1. Morgan Roemer (D), 5:49; 2. Wirths (D); 3. Ball (ECC).
4×100 meter relay: 1. DuBois (Olivia Dressler, Abbie McCoy, Peyton Grimm, Laken Stroka), 54.4.
400 meter dash: 1. Leah McFadden (D), 1: 08.5; 2. Straub (ECC); 3. Beers (D).
300 meters hurdles: 1. Abby Geist-Salone (D), 53.1; 2. Fountain (D); 3. Allman (D).
800-meter race: 1. Abby Dressler (R), 2: 52.0; 2. Yarus (D); 3. Beers (D).
200 meter dash: 1. Olivia Dressler (D), 28.9; 2. Grimm (D); 3. Battaglia (D).
Course of 3200 meters: 1. Morgan Roemer (D), 12:03.3; 2. Wirths (D); 3. Neubert (ECC).
4×400 meter relay: 1. DuBois (Isabella Geist-Salone, Abby Geist-Salone, Kamryn Fontaine, Olivia Dressler), 4: 47.5.
Pole vault: 1. Madelyn Crabtree (D), 6-6; 2. Enseki (D); 3. Peace (D).
Big jump: 1. Madelyn Crabtree (D), 4-10; 2. I. Geist-Salone (D); 3. Colville (D).
Long jump: 1