DCC Achieves 3 Event Sweeps in 5 School Track Meet


The chilly, damp-windy day at the St. Marys facility did not prevent milestones from happening for DCC track & field. It was the final dual meet gathering of the season before the pre-districts Redbank invitational occurs 5 days from now as a last chance to qualify for post-season competition.

Loren Way led all athletes with a huge 69 points that included a niche in the DCC Hall Of Fame with a 36 foot triple jump that took 3 first places. The jump moved Way ahead of the 1970 jumper(Suplizio) by two inches. Way also grabbed wins in the long jump(18’4”) and the shot put(31’5.5”), followed by his 4×4 team (Jenkins, Williamson, Schmader) taking an overall win with a 3:58, totaling 12 first places for Way. It was the first time Loren had tried the shot and triple jump events.

Madelyn Schmader(56 points) had another strong day leading the Lady Cards with 10 first places in all. Once again Schmader entered the Hall Of Fame, this time in two events. For the first time this season the girls put together a 4×8 team(12:42) for an overall win that included Lukehart, Benden, and Lauren Schmader on the team and hit the #3 all-time performance in this longest of all relay races.  Madelyn also took a first in the javelin(70’) and then hit a ‘PR’ in the 400(65.6) dash to take the field. Schmader was part of a new girl’s 4×4 team(Cribbs, Benden, Rooney) that enter the Hall with a 4:56 for a #8 spot that moved aside the 2017 team of Holdren, Pisarchick, Morelli, Aravich.

The Boys team took dual wins over Osweyo Valley(85-7) for the third consecutive time,  and St. Marys(69-54) while setting a scoring record versus Punxy(48). The girls defeated  Otto Eldred for the first time ever(68-60) and Osweyo Valley(84-23) while setting a scoring record versus St. Marys(55 points).

Besides Way & Schmader, other Cardinals entered the Hall Of Fame books. Benden had two entries with the girls 4×4(Benden, Cribbs, Rooney, Schmader) and 4×8 team(12:42.90) of Benden, Lukehart, L.Schmader, and M. Schmader with a #8 and #3 respectively in history. Kylee Fink hit her personal best in the pole vault(7’) to reach a tie for #4 all-time and an overall win in the meet. All 3 girls relays won overall as well.

Lauren Schmader also picked up a second Hall marking with a ‘PR’ in the discus(69’) putting her at #9. It was a good day for Schmader as she picked up 30 points that included 5 points in the javelin.

Other overall wins were the boys 4×4(Jenkins, Way, Williamson, Schmader);  Both Madelyn Schmader & Owen Helm took the 400 for their teams, and JP Piccirillo won the 3200.

The Cardinals took sweeps in the boys 200(Jenkins, Helm, Bloom); the boys and girls 100(Jenkins, Helm, Bloom/Rooney, Michalski, Cribbs) , and the boys 400 with Helm, Schmader, Williamson.

Some other first places occurred with Benden (800);Cribbs(hurdles); Dixon(4×1); Fink(long jump); Koppenhaver(javelin); Lukehart(4×1); Michalski(4×1); Piccirillo(1600);Landon Schmader(discus); Lauren Schmader(discus); Madelyn Schmader(Javelin & 400); Way(shot).

Despite the poor weather some other DCC athletes hit their best marks ever, including Fink in the long jump(11’1.75”); Koppenhaver in the shot(26’ 11.5”); Erin Maloney in the discus(43’9”); Piccirillo in the 1600(5:07.06); Madelyn Schmader in the 400(1:05.65).

Bloom took points in the javelin; Cribbs in the 100; Dixon in the pole vault; Helm in the sprints; Koppenhaver in the jumps; Maloney in the shot; Michalski in the sprints; Savannah Ross in Javelin, 400 & long jump; Landon Schmader in the 400; Williamson in the 400.

The Redbank “Last Chance” Invitational comes up on Thursday and limits field participants to those they feel have a chance to qualify for districts, and also limits each school to only two entries for each running event. The Redbank Invitational is one of the oldest events in District Nine that originated with the idea to help small school athletes qualify for districts. Larger ‘AAA’ schools are not required to have athletes qualify for post-season.

The District Nine Championships will take place in Brookville the following week.