It wasn’t just the meet officials and coaches who complimented the DCC athletes for their encouragement of teammates & opponents alike, but a combination of performance & sportsmanship while competing against AAA Franklin High’s much larger program that gained respect from the District Ten crowd attending.
“We have never been here for a dual meet and it was great to get some nice words from the leadership who run things. We felt at home from the second we arrived and the meet was run very efficiently on this chilly/windy day. We are grateful for the good experience.”
The spectators witnessed a slew of DCC wins on both the track & field, with some notable performances.
School record holder Martina Swalligan qualified for the post-season with a lifetime career best throw(31’9”) in the shot, while teammate Mariah Alanskas, the 2018 girls points leader, was already on her way to 4 wins in her classic sprint/hurdle events.
“Hats off to Martina for leading the way for district qualifiers with a nice throw. Martina has lots of work to do yet, and she has her eye on the discus qualification as well. Mariah’s extra work in the winter is paying off, and once she cleans up her hurdle technique a bit more she will be hard to stop.”
Isaac Painter also hit a double win in the shot(40’) and discus(103’10”), both personal records, and 2018 district medalist, Johnny Ritsick, looked strong as he won the 1600, and placed in the 3200.
“Isaac came close to qualifying in the shot and discus and he needs a lot of work as he learns the full throwing technique. Once he picks more movement up in the circle he will easily qualify. Johnny has the confidence to know that he may qualify in both distance runs.”
The pole vault event had a pleasant surprise as Lexis Allan took first, coming within 3” of the freshman record for DCC.
“Lexis is nursing an injury but still managed a win. She has some natural ability in this event and is getting help from veteran vaulter Westin Hrin, a teammate. It will be exciting to see what she can do. Coach Graham of Franklin is a vaulting expert and offered a free clinic to our vaulters in June.”
Another notable performance was Sara Koehler’s 2nd place in the high jump, setting a freshman record at 4’3” for DCC.
“Sara is another new, young teammate who offers a lot of future potential, and she will keep things interesting in the record books.”
Many cardinals reached or moved up in DCC’s Top Ten All-Time performance lists, including Sara Koehler(#2 high Jump), Lexis Allan and Gabby Resch(#5 in pole vault and shot), Lexis Allan & Alex Ochs(#6 in high jump & 300 hurdles), Alexis Dubay, Megan Ochs, & Bella Mangiantini(#7 in the 1600, high jump & shot), Jon Schoeneman, Jerry Duckett & Allie Cribbs(#9 in the long jump, high jump, & 300 hurdles), and Isaac Painter in the shot & discus.
“We honor the historic placement of all athletes that can claim being on this listing since the program began in 1970. The teammates are strongly encouraged to individually move up the list if they on it, or to get on it if they are not already. Nearly all athletes can get on the list with clear goal-setting and hard work in at least one of the 18 events.”
Also scoring for DCC were Lenny Swisher in the 400, Jaci Mennetti (800), Landon Schmader(1600), Ian Koehler(discus), and Alex Ochs(pole vault).
One Cardinal that hit personal records from last season was Isaac Gray(200, 400).
The Lady Cards scored 43.5 points while the boys managed 26.
The Cardinals travel to Johnsonburg on Thursday for a quad-meet with Oswayo Valley & North Potter.