Chucks shine in field on Senior Night, down R.V.
PUNXSUTAWNEY — On a day chosen to honor its senior members, the Punxsy boys' track team dominated on both sides — 50-13 in the field and 56-31 on the track — to earn a 106-44 victory over the Redbank Valley Bulldogs Monday in Punxsutawney.
Punxsy head coach John Smith was especially pleased with the results in the field.
"We had some really strong showings and some personal bests in the field," Smith said. "We had some sweeps and some very nice improvements in the shot and discus. Brody Morgan had a good javelin throw. We were very pleased with scoring over 50 points there."
Punxsy earned a one-two-three sweep in the shot put to earn nine team points.
Senior Brody Morgan was atop the list with a throw of 44-5.25.
Zach Minich took second place with a throw of 40-9, and senior Stephen Stumpf was just behind him in third to finish the sweep with a distance of 39-10.5.
Morgan also took fist place in the javelin, throwing 172-8, and sophomore Will Curtis gave Punxsy another team point in third place with a throw of 138-0.
Another Chucks' thrower, Jordan London, continued his success in the discus this season with a first-place finish, throwing 120-8.5.
Minich picked up his second podium with a throw of 116-7.
Another pair of seniors landed first-place finishes in the field, as well.
The first, Tyler Presloid, earned first place in the triple jump and tied for first in the pole vault for a total of 12 team points for the Chucks.
Presloid's jump of 37-8 gave him first in the triple jump, and his height of 12-6 gave him the tie for first in the pole.
Punxsy's other first-place senior was Kevin Byars, who jumped 17-7 in the long jump to best Presloid, who finished second, by one inch.
Byars also placed third in the triple jump with a hop, step and jump of 36-8.5.
Tommy Renwick finished out a Punxsy sweep in the long jump with a third-place leap of 17-2.5.
Punxsy's final first-place winner in the field also showed a great deal of success on the track, as Dylan Lettie earned a total of three first-place finishes in the high jump, the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
Lettie's 5-6 high jump score was good enough for first and led off a Punxsy sweep, with Chris Fairman (5-2) taking second and Austin Milton (5-0) taking third.
In the 110-meter hurdles, Lettie took first with a time of 16.8 seconds, and teammate Chris Fairman placed third with a time of 17.9 seconds.
Lettie's 300-meter victory in 44.8 seconds was part of another Punxsy sweep, with Lance Deet (46.6 seconds) and Fairman (48.5) rounding it out with second and third, respectively.
Punxsy also swept two other running events — the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run.
In the 400, Kevin Hughes won with a time of 54.2 seconds, and Seth Burkett (57.1 seconds) and senior Derick Kelly (57.4) finished off the one-two-three punch.
In the 800, Nathan Ward picked up the victory with a 2:06 finish, and Hughes (2:19) and Bo Dinger (2:28) wrapped up the sweep.
The Chucks' final individual first place came in the 200-meter dash, where Matt Burke ran a time of 24.5 seconds to claim the top spot.
The Chucks also picked up a pair of victories in the 4x800-meter relay and the 4x400-meter relay.
In the 4x800, Burkett, Jerad Meterko, Eric Ingros and Kelly won with a time of 9:09, and in the 4x400, it was Hughes, Burke, Kelly and Ingros finishing in 3:46 for five team points.
In the 1600-meter run, Dinger was edged by Redbank's Cole Shirey, who ran a 5:00 flat to Dinger's 5:01, and Ingros took third with a time of 5:14.
Fugate and Meterko also placed for the Chucks in the 3200-meter run with times of 11:25 and 13:07, respectively, giving them second and third places.
Smith was very pleased with the team's overall performance Monday.
"Overall, it's exactly what you expect this time of year," he said. "It's a little different running on a Monday, as we usually don't do that. It may have affected some performances, and some of them were running events they don't always run, putting them in an order they aren't used to. But we're looking forward to Altoona Friday night. We're hoping for good weather and good results."
The Chucks will be off until that meet in Altoona Friday, where they're set to open at 1:30 p.m.