Chucks able to clip Owls, 80-70
PUNXSUTAWNEY — For the first time in recent seasons, Punxsy was able to defeat Bradford in a boys' track and field dual meet.
The Chucks swept the three relays and won four of the seven field events including sweeping the discus to clip the Owls, 80-70, and complete a perfect dual meet season on Senior Day for nine seniors.
The nine Punxsy seniors enjoying victory in their final home dual meet included Alex Bevak, Will Boddorf, Austin Couser, Will Harmon, Dylan Lettie, Jordan London, Zach Minich, Jesse Reichard and Nate Ward.
"We knew it would come down to the wire," noted Punxsy head coach John Smith. "The win gave our kids a chance to be undefeated in the dual meet season. There were many close races as some went our way and others didn't."
Smith continued, "We knew the three events that Aziz Yousif was in that he would win so we knew we needed all three relays."
Punxsy was able to accomplish the feat of winning all three of the relay events on the track.
The Chucks started the afternoon by being the top 4x800-meter relay squad. The group of Luke Fugate, Seth Burkett, Zach Moore and Eric Ingros won the relay with a time of 8:58.
The Owls were able to take the next three track events but the Chucks grabbed points for second and third places in each of the races.
Bradford's Ackerman won the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles later on.
Punxsy's Lettie was off by only a tenth of a second (16.2) in the 110-meter event for second with Joe Whitman third (20.7).
The senior Lettie added a third place (44.1) in the longer hurdle event.
"They were strong in the hurdles and we did what we could do in the sprints," pointed out Smith. "Lettie ran tough all day and was the guy that pushed the meet for us."
In the 100-meter dash, Matt Burke and Harmon tied for second at 11.8 to fall a tenth behind the Owls first place sprinter.
Yousif claimed the 1600-meter run by only two seconds over a strong performance by the Chucks' Ward, who posted a 4:43, while Bo Dinger added an important third-place (5:01).
Junior Kevin Hughes continued to dominate the 400 meters with a first place (50.0) by almost two seconds for the first of two winning individual efforts.
"We counted on Hughes in the 200- and 400-meter races today. Ward ran hard again for us and Bo (Dinger) placed in the mie and two mile," said the Punxsy coach.
The Chucks picked up their second relay win in the 4x100-meter event.
The grouping of Travis Perry, Tommy Renwick, Burke and Harmon produced a time of 45.0.
Yousif took away his second of three individual races in the 800-meter run, while Ward was only four seconds back at 2:01.
Hughes took away his victory and final Punxsy individual track win for the 200-meter dash (22.9). Burke picked up another team point with a 23.7 time for third.
After running neck-and-neck over the first more than half of the race, Dinger was unable to keep up to Yousif but took second in the 3200 meters in 10:30.
The final track event of the day would make it a clean relay sweep for the Chucks.
The 4x400-meter quartet of Ingros, Ward, Harmon and Hughes won in 3:34.
Punxsy proved to have an even stronger day in the field events with its four top-placings of the seven events.
"We did a real good job in the field events. (Perry) Arrington in the pole vault, Renwick and (Tanner) Evans in the long jump, (Ryan) Presloid had a cruical second in the triple jump," commented Smith. "We also had personal records by both Minich and (Brock) Getch in the shot put and another on for London in the discus as part of sweeping the event. We really welcomed that."
Arrington matched his second best height of 11-6 to win the pole vault for the home team.
Renwick and Evans leaped to a one-two long jump finish. Renwick jumped 19-2 1/2 and Evans had a 18-10.
Minich heaved the shot put 42-10, while Getch was third (40-10).
London had a remarkable final home meet discus toss of 141-0, which was almost 21 full feet better than teammate Minich in second (120-10). Getch also had a third in this event at 115-5.
Lettie placed for the third time of the day with an effort of 5-8 in the high jump.
Presloid had a solid distance of 39-6 3/4 for the runner-up of the triple jump.
Will Curtis rounded out the Punxsy field placers with a third in the javelin of 138-10.
The Chucks will now be off until the District IX Championships next Wednesday at Brookville starting at 3 p.m.
"Districts will be a different story once you mix in DuBois, Clearfield and St. Marys athletes but we hope to do our best," concluded Smith.