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The Lady Chucks are off and running, jumping and throwing

April 9, 2012

The 2012 Punxsy junior high girls' track team opened with a loss to the St. Marys Lady Dutch last Wednesday in St. Marys. (Photo by Dan Long of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ST. MARYS — Last Wednesday, the Punxsy junior high girls' track team traveled to St. Marys to open its season against the Lady Dutch, and despite a 100-50 loss, the Lady Chucks showed some promising signs in their first meet.

St. Marys opened the meet with a victory in the 3200-meter relay to take a 5-0 lead, and the Lady Dutch never forfeited the lead during the remainder of the meet.

Punxsy earned its first points of the day in the second event, the 100-meter hurdles, where Emma White took second with a time of 21.53 seconds, and Andrea Nicholson earned Punxsy another point with a third-place time of 21.97.

Punxsy's initial first-place finish of the day came in the field events, where Beth Barnett's throw of 69-4.5 gave her first place. St. Marys claimed second and third, though, to extend the Lady Dutch lead to 14-9.

In the 100-meter dash, Punxsy's Claire Smith grabbed another first-place finish with a time of 14.5 seconds, and Alli Lunger claimed third place with a time of 15.1.

St. Marys continued to extend its lead in the high jump, where it claimed first and second places, but Hope Bridges tied for second place to earn two points by clearing 4-6.

Korinne Young gave the Lady Chucks another second-place finish in the 1600-meter run, where she finished in 6:30, and the Lady Chucks pulled within 10 points at 30-20.

Unfortunately for Punxsy, St. Marys swept the next four events — the pole vault, the 400-meter dash, the javelin and the 400-meter relay — to extend its lead to 62-20 before the Lady Chucks evened the playing field.

In the long jump, Punxsy picked up six points with first- and third-place finishes. Taylor Cary had the winning jump, going 13-11.5, while Lunger picked up another point for the Lady Chucks with a jump of 12-6.

White earned another second-place finish and three more points for her squad in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking in at 1:02.1.

In the 800-meter run, Punxsy's Amberly Spicher grabbed a third-place finish to save another Lady Dutch sweep with a time of 3:31.

Barnett snagged another podium finish in the shot put, throwing 26-4 — good enough for second place — and Skylar Young threw 25-2.5 for a third-place finish.

Smith picked up her second first-place finish of the meet in the 200-meter dash with a time of 30.79 seconds, and Korinne Young earned her second podium with a second-place finish in the 3200-meter run.

Punxsy saw its best event score of the day in the triple jump, where Cary's jump of 28-1 gave her first place, and Lunger's 27-2 put her right behind her teammate.

St. Marys concluded the event with a victory in the 1600-meter relay to bring the final score to 100-50.

The Lady Chucks will be back in action Thursday, when they travel to Bradford to take on the Lady Owls.

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