Chucks have strong showing at Brookville Invite

BROOKVILLE — Some of the toughest competition from around western Pennsylvania gathered in Brookville for the Deman's Team Sports Brookville Invitational Saturday.

Punxsutawney's boys track team put its best foot forward and came up with some good performances against the steep competition.

"As coaches, our staff was very pleased to see so many kids get their personal bests for the season or at least turn in a solid effort," Punxsy head coach John Smith said.

One of the strongest performances was put forth by the 4x800-meter relay team, which placed second-overall to a strong DuBois team.

Punxsy's 3200-meter relay team consisted of Derick Kelly, Luke Fugate, Kevin Huges and Nathan Ward, and the boys finished in 8:33.25, just 1.03 seconds behind DuBois.

"Our 4x800 relay team lost a heart breaker, dropping the baton and finishing one second behind DuBois," Smith said.

The time was the team's personal best for the season.

Also earning a second-place spot was Hughes in the 400-meter dash. He finished in 51.05, less than a second behind Sean Gipson, of Bellefonte, who finished first.

Ward's race in the 1600-meter run, which he finished in 4:48.02, was good enough for the sixth-place spot.

Jerad Meterko also improved in the run, clocking in at 5:05.14, for his personal best.

The Chucks had three other place winners in the track events. Bo Dinger had his personal best in the 3200-meter run, which he completed in 10:28.97 for fourth overall.

Seth Burkett took fifth in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:10.22 for his personal best. Finally, Dylan Littie placed sixth overall in the 100-meter hurdles. He clocked in at 17.79 seconds.

In the field, Brody Morgan had a strong performance in both the shot put and the javelin and placed in both events.

In the shot put, Morgan placed third overall with a throw of 42-1.25, while teammate Zach Minich placed sixth with a measurement of 41-1.

Morgan's performance in the javelin was good enough for fourth with a throw of 163-6.5. Will Curtis did not place in the javelin but earned his season best with 132-0.

The three other place winners in the field events were Tyler Presloid, who placed fourth overall in the pole vault. His best jump was 13-0, which was also his personal best.

Jordan London took home fifth in the discus (131-10), while Kevin Byars earned sixth in the triple jump, measuring in at 39-10.5.

Ryan Presloid also had a strong performance in the triple jump with a personal best of 38-4, and Tanner Evans notched his personal best in the long jump at 18-0.

Several other Chucks competed in the field events and had impressive efforts. The full results are as follows:

• Lettie, high jump, 5-8.

• Stephen Stumpf, discus, 111-10.

• Jesse Richard, long jump, 18-8.

• Chris Fairman, high jump, 5-2.

• Perry Arrington, pole vault, 8-6.

The remainder of the track results are as follows:

• Luke Fugate, 3200-meter run, 11:19.01.

• Eric Ingros, 400-meter dash, 55.83 seconds.

• Lettie, 300-meter hurdles, 45.82 seconds.

• Lance Deet, 110-meter hurdles, 18.80 seconds.

• Deet, 300-meter hurdles, 47.21 seconds, personal best.

• Matt Burke, 100-meter dash, 12.54 seconds.

• Burke, 200-meter dash, 24.74 seconds.

• Travis Perry, 100-meter dash, 12.33 seconds.

• Perry, 200-meter dash, 25.14 seconds.

• Zach Moore, 800-meter run, 2:23.84.

• 4x100-meter relay team (Burke, Evans, Tom Renwick and Tyler Presloid), 47.92 seconds.

• 4x400-meter relay team (Kelly, Ingros, Ward and Hughes), 3:48.24.

The Chucks will use today as a final day of practice before traveling Tuesday to DuBois, which Smith said he expects to be one of Punxsy's toughest dual meets of the season.

"Tuesday takes us to DuBois against (its) undefeated team," he said. "They are loaded with sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers."

The meet will begin at 4 p.m.