DCC Cross Country Team Establish New Marks at DuBois Quad-Meet


Tom Shade, Contributor

The newly adjusted DHS course, as hilly and looping as always, was the site of the quadrangular cross country dual with Brockway, Bradford, and DCC on a warm, dry late afternoon.

Both junior high runners, Trent Labenne(13:29) and Addison Smith(18:45) set course marks that will be challenged when they return to competition at DHS at the final dual meet of the season. LaBenne scored a first place against Brockway as well as a 2nd versus DuBois , and a third in the Bradford race.

In the varsity girls race DCC’s Katelyn Smith(36:44) set her personal record on the course and entered into the top ten all-time listing for Cardinal girls here.

Angelo Piccirillo(20:47) set his best mark at DuBois from past seasons and maintained his place (#4) on the all-time listing, still 54 seconds from Brenden Paisley’s 3rd spot from the 2020 season.  Piccirillo scored a second against Brockway and a third versus Bradford.

The record on the course for the Lady Cards belongs to Jaci Mennetti (23:44) from 2019, and Johnny Ritsick (18:22) also from 2019.

With the course changes it was determined that the course length was 100+ yards shorter than before, thus a 20 second conversion was added to help fairly compare times with past races.

Long-time powerhouse DuBois swept all teams, and Bradford defeated Brockway and DCC’s squad. The contest between DuBois and Bradford was an early peek at part of the District Nine Championship contest coming up before November.

Historically, against DuBois, the Lady Cards have never won a dual meet in 45 years, except by a one-time forfeit. The DCC boys defeated DuBois the last time in 2006. With Bradford the DCC boys & girls have never won a dual in 52 years since the program began, with the exception of a forfeit in 1973. Brockway has been a mixed bag since 1980.

The Cardinals travel to the Altoona Mountain Lion Invite this Saturday.