DuBOIS – Even without the uncertainty of returning after last year’s COVID-19 shutdown, the DuBois-area high school girls’ track team is without something they haven’t seen for over a decade – anyone who remembers a district title.
The Lady Beavers had won eight consecutive District 9 tag team championships between 2008 and 2016, racking up an impressive 93-4 double-game record in 11 seasons, before going on for two years before last season.
âWe’ve had the luxury for years to always have a group of top class men who know what it takes to win the tag team championship,â said DuBois head coach Scott Sullivan, who is entering his 33rd season as a head coach. âIt’s a challenge for us to teach and train these student-athletes how to win it all again. I know we’re a little bit spoiled, and some may be happy with the regular 8-1 and 7-2 seasons, but we set the bar very high years ago and it has always been about winning the team championship of the District 9.
Another goal Sullivan wants to see continued is the program’s streak of crowning at least one district champion, which has been done since the program began in 1976 – a 44-year streak.
âIt’s quite a streak, and I know it helps motivate not only our athletes, but the coaches as well,â said Sullivan.
However, like almost every other team, the Lady Beavers will have to overcome a lot of experience to achieve either of these goals.
DuBois only lists 19 on the list with college experience with just four seniors and 15 juniors. The other 31 team members were all in college the last time the team hit the track.
Still, the Lady Beavers packed a lot into these small numbers.
Senior Antonia Fenice has the lion’s share of recent track experience in sprint events, earning a second place as part of the 400 relay team and a third as a member of the relay team 1600 while individually finishing third in the 200 dash and fourth in the 100.
Meanwhile, junior Abby Dressler will lead a talented group of subclasses in the distance events.
Dressler took third place with legs in the 1600 and 3200 events and eighth individual place in the 800.
Freshmen Morgan Roemer, Morgan King, Delaney Yarus and Sidney Beers will also be looking to make a quick impact along with sophomores Julia Wirths and Leah McFadden.
Senior Morgan Allman will bring some experience both on the track and in the show jumping events. Allman finished fourth in the district in the 100 hurdles in 2019 while also taking second place in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.
Juniors Madee Finalle and Abby Geist-Salone will also bring some district fixture experience with them as they look to improve this season. Finalle finished fifth of the 100 hurdles while Geist-Salone finished fifth of the 300 hurdles. Sophomores Kamryn Fontaine and Abbie McCoy are also expected to make contributions.
Juniors Leah Colville, who finished tied for sixth in the high jump, will return there and in the long jump and her fellow junior Izzy Geist-Salone will also add the necessary experience by finishing tied with Colville and several others for the sixth in the high jump in 2019. Sophomore Peyton Grimm is also expected to be in the mix.
Juniors Taylor Buchanan and Kylee Wadding will lead the throwing events while freshmen Mia Jones and Sydney Peace lead the way in the pole vault.
Sullivan, along with assistants Justin Marshall (15th grade), Brad Sweet (10th), Cassidy O’Donnell (2nd) and volunteer assistants Jason Shilala (20+) and Bill Edwards will get their first glimpse of what s ‘wait in the coming year. when they host Elk County Catholic Tuesday.
Seniors: Morgan Allman, Antonia Fenice, Stephanie Juarez, Chloe Stoner. Juniors: Jayden Barrick, Taylor Buchanan, Madison Clary, Leah Colville, Maria Donahue, Abby Dressler, Zoie Ensecki, Madee Finalle, Abby Geist-Salone, Izzy Geist-Salone, Lauren Hoover, Trinitie Knanned, Kallysta Schrock, Rylee Wadding, Ruby Welpott Sophomores: Kylee Baumgartner, Hillary Beer, Madelyn Crabtree, Amber Eberly, Kamryn Fontaine, Peyton Grimm, Juliet Hepburn, Olivia Hartzfeld, Gabby Horner, Morgan McCandless, Abbie McCoy, Leah McFadden, Danielle Smith, Julia Wirths. First year students: Jaylee Battaglia, Sidney Beers, Jasmine Carney, Olivia Dressler, Maura Horchen, Mya Jones, Morgan King, Cassie Lanzoni, Morgan Lanzoni, Laken Lashinsky, Shelby Laukitis, Sydney Peace, Mackenzie Prouty, Abagail Riffe, Morgan Roemer, Laken Stroka, Delaney Yarus .