Fourteen 1st places lead Punxsy to Senior Night victory

PUNXSUTAWNEY — On a day aimed at recognizing the contributions of the senior members of the team, Punxsy's girls' track and field squad did pulled out a 98.33-51.67 victory over Redbank Valley Monday in Punxsutawney.

En route to picking up the victory, the Lady Chucks nabbed first place in 14 of the 18 scheduled events.

"We needed a meet like this, because we're coming off some very tough meets," Punxsy head coach Barry Young said after the meet. "With 14 first places, you better win a meet. I was just so happy with the whole team. We had lots of smiles on girls' faces, and some meets we haven't had that."

In addition to scoring well on the score sheet, the Lady Chucks also had a number of girls earn pesonal bests in their respective events, Young said.

"We had a lot of personal bests today, and that's the nice thing about track and field," Young said. "Even if you're not scoring, you can shoot for your personal best. Especially on Senior Night, I was really happy for them, because our seniors are such a good bunch of girls. Everything worked out well for us."

On the track side of the meet, Punxsy came out of the gates on fire with a victory in the 4x800-meter relay, where Sarah Johnston, Kaitlyn Glatt, Kaston Mohney and Logan Brooks gave Punxsy a 5-0 lead with a first-place finish in 11:47.

Punxsy's next first place finish came in the 110-meter hurdles, where Emily Reitz was Punxsy's only place finisher, winning the race with a time of 18.2 seconds.

Two of Punxsy's top sprinters, Karah Hollis and Juliann Boddorf, took a one-two sweep for Punxsy in the next event — the 100-meter dash.

Hollis' winning time was 13.2 seconds, and Boddorf was just 0.3 seconds behind with a 13.5.

Switching over to the one-mile, Punxsy's Ala Small nabbed another first place with a time of 5:57.

Redbank Valley won the 4x100-meter relay for five team points, but Punxsy returned to its winning ways in the 400 with a first-place finish by Brooks in 68.4 seconds.

Tessa Schreckengost gave Redbank Valley another victory in the 300-meter hurdles, edging Reitz's second-place time by one full second, and Johnston took third for the Lady Chucks in 56.3 seconds.

In the 800-meter run, Punxsy again took first and second with Alexis Young's time of 2:46 edging Small by one second for the victory.

Hollis and Boddorf took another one-two finish in the 200-meter run, with times of 27.6 and 27.9 seconds, respectively.

Punxsy's Glatt picked up her first victory of the season in the 3200-meter run with a time of 14:31 for Punxsy's only points in the event.

And Brooks, Johnston, Reitz and Boddorf rounded out the track portion of the event with another victory in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:35.

While Punxsy was running up a number of first-place finishes on the track, the Lady Chucks' successes in the field events were adding up, as well.

In the shot put, Sydni Bowers threw a personal best 31-9 to earn her first victory of the season in the shot put, defeating teammate Santana Smith, whose throw of 31-5.5 was good enough for second best in the shot.

Smith was also the star of the show in the discus, where her throw of 92-2 bested another Punxsy thrower, Alexis Minich, who took second with a throw of 89-7.

Redbank's Linde Edmonds took first place in the javelin, but Punxsy had another respectable finish with Rachel Barnett scoring 79-5 for a second-place score.

In the jumping events, the Lady Chucks swept first-place finishes in the long, triple and high jumps.

Two of those victories came from senior jumper Kirsten Dean, who won the long jump with a leap of 14-6 and took first in the triple, as well, by jumping 33-6.

In the long jump, Hannah Rummel also placed for Punxsy with a second-place finish of 12-5, and in the triple, Hunter Smith finished third (27-7).

It was Hollis who completed the three-event first-place sweep by clearing 4-8 to earn first in the high jump.

While Redbank Valley earned first in the final scored event, the pole vault, Punxsy senior Anna Monyak tied for second with a height of 7-0 to give Punxsy 1.33 points.

In addition to the fact that Punxsy earned so many first places, Young said he was pleased with the fact that many girls who hadn't scored this season picked up victories due to some rearranging of the Lady Chucks' order.

"This score is pretty much what we expected, but it was a fun meet for the girls, because some of the girls who usually go four events only ran in two today," he said. "They've been running pretty hard the past two weeks, so we gave the other girls the chance to score a couple first places, and they came through. It's always nice for girls who don't always score to get wins, and the other girls accepted it well knowing it was in their best interest to rest."