Lady Chucks beat the cold — and the Lady Dutch, 92-58
ST. MARYS — With the spring-like weather suddenly vanishing, the Lady Chucks had to battle two opponents Tuesday night in St. Marys — the Lady Dutch and the weather. But Punxsy proved up to the challenge to pick up a 92-58 victory.
"It was very cold up there, but the weather's the same for both teams," Punxsy head coach Barry Young said after the meet. "We tell the girls all the time, you can't let the weather beat you. If you're thinking about the weather, it will mess with your mind. If you just compete against the girls you're against and understand your times and scores will be a little bit lower, you'll be fine. It's the way track and field is."
Young did say that a win in the cold weather conditions does feel a bit more satisfying, though.
"Winning's very nice when it's cold out," he said with a grin. "It makes it feel a bit warmer."
St. Marys started the meet on the right foot with a victory in the 3200-meter relay, clocking in just two seconds ahead of the Lady Chucks in 8:50.
But Punxsy came storming back when the pole vault completed, as the Lady Chucks swept the event. Three Punxsy vaulters — Anna Monyak, Aly Dickey and Allie Mancuso — cleared four feet to earn a three-way tie for first and give Punxsy its first lead, 9-5.
St. Marys earned a first-place in the 100-meter hurdles, but Punxsy took the next two spots to keep things close.
Lindsey Reed took second with a time of 19.8 seconds, and Shaina Reddinger's 21.9 seconds gave her third place, keeping Punxsy ahead by three in the team standings.
The 100-meter dash was the next event, and Punxsy claimed two more podiums, with Karah Hollis taking first place with a time of 14.0 seconds and Reed nabbing third with a time of 14.4.
The Lady Chucks really started to open up a lead in the field with a one-two-three sweep in the discus.
Alexis Minich took the title with a throw of 82 feet, and Santana Smith (72-8) and Cassi Aul (70-0) rounded out the Lady Chucks' dominance in the event and extended Punxsy's lead to 28-13.
Next up was the 1600-meter run, where St. Marys' powerhouse distance runner, junior Adair Gennocro, claimed first place. Punxsy's Alexis Young took second place, though, with a time of 6:02 to give her team three more valuable points.
Punxsy's next sweep came in another field event — the high jump — where all three Lady Chucks who placed had already earned places earlier in the meet.
Hollis and Dickey split for first place by clearing 4-4, and Monyak claimed third with a jump of four feet, giving the Lady Chucks a 40-19 advantage.
Juliann Boddorf picked up her first of a pair of first-place finishes in the next event — the 400-meter dash — with a time of 1:04. Logan Brooks also claimed third place in the 400 with a time of 1:11 to add an insurance point to the Lady Chucks' score.
Punxsy grabbed another five points in the 400-meter relay to push its lead to 48-25.
Emily Reitz ran a 58.3 in the 300-meter hurdles to claim second place for the Lady Chucks, and Monyak picked up her third podium of the day with a third-place time of 1:04.
Young earned her second second-place finish of the night in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:49.6, but St. Marys chipped away with six points to close the gap to 55-36.
The Lady Dutch claimed first place in the javelin, but Punxsy took the next two spots to prevent St. Marys from closing in any further. Smith picked up another place by taking second with a throw of 64-5.5, and Rachel Barnett's 63-6 gave her third.
Boddorf's second victory of the day came in the 200-meter dash, where she beat her teammate, Hollis, by 1.5 seconds to claim the title. Boddorf ran a 29-flat, and Hollis' time was 30.5 to give Punxsy eight points and a 67-42 lead.
The next event was the 3200-meter run, and Gennocro was again top time with a 12:16, but the Lady Chucks' Ala Small (14:15) and Alissa Vite (16:43) claimed the next two spots to again prevent the Lady Dutch from gaining ground in the team scores.
St. Marys won the 1600-meter relay to pull within 19 at 71-52, but Punxsy's field team came through again with first- and second-place finishes in the shot put to give Punxsy the breathing room it needed and wrap up the event.
"I liked exactly what we did in the field events," Young said. "We scored a lot of points in the field, and lots of times, they don't get the credit they deserve because you don't see what they're doing. But they've been consistent for us all year."
With the event all but won, Punxsy put the pedal down in the two final scored events — the triple jump and the long jump.
The Lady Chucks swept the triple jump, with Kirsten Dean coming out on top with her jump of 29-8.5.
Dickey was second-best with a jump of 26-6, and Hannah Rummel rounded out Punxsy's fourth sweep in the field with a jump of 25-10.
Deal also picked up a first-place finish in the long jump, going 14-7, and St. Marys claimed second and third to round out the meet at 92-58.
The Lady Chucks will be back in action Thursday, when they travel to State College for a 4 p.m. dual.