Chucks dominate Golden Tigers and Raiders in track & field tri-meet
HOLLIDAYSBURG — In an all-around performance, the Punxsy Chucks dominated both Bellefonte and host Hollidaysburg on Tuesday in track and field.
The Chucks took care of the Raiders, 94-56, and the home Golden Tigers, 93-57, for the tri-meet sweep.
Punxsy earned the top spot in 13 of the 18 events for the pair of going away victories.
"We didn't know what to expect," admitted Chucks head coach John Smith. "We had big performances again by Dylan Lettie, Nate Ward and Kevin Hughes. All in all it was a good effort."
The senior Lettie took a pair of first places for the 100-meter hurdles and high jump, while being the runner-up for the 300-meter hurdles.
"Lettie had a big day against both Bellefonte and Hollidaysburg. He did well in the high jump and won the high hurdles. He was key getting that first in the high hurdles," said Smith.
Lettie won the 100-meter high hurdles in 16.79, which was 33 hundredths faster than Hollidaysburg's Baker. He almost swept the hurdles but was 24 hundredths behind Baker in the 300-meter hurdle event.
Lettie claimed the high jump by two inches at 5-10, while Punxsy's Austin Couser was third at 5-4.
Ward kept his strong final season going as well.
The fourth-year runner won the 1600-meter run (4:40) by 13 seconds, with teammate Jerad Meterko taking third (5:09).
Ward also raced to the top time of 2:02 to win the 800 meters by a second.
For his third and final first, Ward was part of the winning 4x400-meter relay, along with Eric Ingros, Will Harmon and Hughes taking 3:33.
"Ward ran hard again," noted Smith.
Along with part of the same relay, Hughes garnered two top finishes of his own for the 200- and 400-meter dashes.
The junior helped the Chucks sweep the 200-meter dash. He won the race in 23.96, while Harmon was second (24.36) and Matt Burke was third (24.71).
Hughes continued his dominance in the 400 meters with a run of 51.48. Ingros was third in 54.21.
Harmon was part of another winning relay and added a second runner-up placing to his day.
He teamed with Travis Perry, Tanner Evans and Burke to win the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 45.64. The senior was also second in the 100-meter dash (11.82).
Punxsy made it a clean sweep in the relays with the opening 4x800-meter relay win to begin the day. In the 4x800, Ingros anchored the team of Luke Fugate, Zach Moore and Seth Burkett, which won by 24 seconds (8:52).
Fugate's 3200-meter third place (11:49) completed the Chucks' track top-three placings.
Along with Lettie's high jump gold, Punxsy won four of the other six field events, all by different athletes.
For the first time this season, Alex Bevak won the javelin event by eight feet (128-1) as part of a Punxsy sweep. Will Curtis took second (120-11), and Brock Getch was third (116-3).
Jordan London fired the best discus distance of 133-5. Teammate Zach Minich was third (120-0).
In the triple jump, Ryan Presloid leaped 37-8 to win by three inches.
Punxsy posted two of the best three long jumps. Jesse Reichard posted the final first for the Chucks with a jump of 18-6, with Evans third (18-3).
For the shot put, Getch and Minich were second (39-1 1/2) and third (38-7) to complete the Punxsy field placings.
The varsity Chucks will have today off before traveling back to the Altoona area Friday for the 64th Annual West Central Coaches Meet.