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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy girls' track and field team could not surmount District IX Class AAA rival Bradford, but did earn a victory over District VI Hollidaysburg during Senior Recognition Day Tuesday in Punxsutawney.
The Lady Chucks (4-5) lost to the Lady Owls, 93-57, but dominated the Lady Golden Tigers, 105 1/2-44 1/2, thanks to a great day in the field.
Knowing how talented Bradford is, Punxsy head coach Barry Young was happy with his girls and pleased with what a nice day Tuesday was after a season of rainy and cold weather.
"Bradford's the perennial powerhouse, and they proved it again today. I think we held our ground pretty well with them," Young said. "Our times, distances and heights were as good as we've done all year, so we didn't have bad performances. They're just that good of a team."
Punxsy kept things close in the field against Bradford, losing 36-27. In the field against Hollidaysburg, the Lady Chucks won every event and earned a 56-7 win.
"Bradford's just an excellent track team, so we have no shame in losing to them," Young said. "That's one thing nice about a double-dual â€” you win one, and you lose one. The girls can take something positive away from them."
Bradford held Punxsy to five victories â€” three in the field and two on the track. Timi Shiock won the high jump with a 4-10 leap; Shannon Carpenter had a 30-10 triple jump for first; Nickita Martz won the javelin with a 107-7 throw; Milea Schall won the 1,600-meter run (5:41); and Punxsy's 4x800 team of Shannon Byerly, Alexis Young, Caro Feican and Schall won in 10:30.
The Lady Chucks' Karah Hollis also tied for first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.2 seconds.
Against Hollidaysburg, Punxsy swept the 100 hurdles (Shaina Reddinger, 18.8; Anna Monyak, 19.6; and Emily Smith, 19.9), 100 dash (Hollis; Reddinger, 14.5; Adrienne Hess, 14.7), 300 hurdles (Keaton Mohney, 53.2; Reddinger, 58.2; Emily Reitz, 58.9) and 3,200 run (Young, 12:40; Kaitlyn Nestel, 13:48; Tamera Anthony, 14:08) on the track.
Punxsy's sweeps over the Lady Golden Tigers in the field came in the long jump (Kirsten Dean, 13-10 1/2; Aly Dickey, 13-8 1/2; Shiock, 13-7), triple jump (Caprenter; Dean, 29-11 1/4; Dickey, 29-9 1/2), shot put (Martz, 32-9 1/2; Alexis Minich, 29-6; Santana Smith, 29-2) and javelin (Martz; Jacque Barnett, 85-5; Rebecca Athey, 69-4).
Punxsy's other wins over Hollidaysburg came from Carpenter in the pole vault (7-6) and Martz in the discus (86-7).
Hollidaysburg swept Punxsy in the relays, and the Lady Owls beat Punxsy in the 4x400 and 4x100 relays.
Lauren McGarvey was second to Hollidaysburg and third to Bradford in the 400 dash with a time of 65.1. Juliann Boddorf was third in 66.2.
Punxsy was swept in the 200-meter dash against the Lady Golden Tigers, but Hollis finished second in the event against Bradford with a time of 28.7.
Monyak was third in the pole vault against Hollidaysburg with a height of 6-6; Dickey was second and third in the long jump (13-8 1/2); and Smith placed third against both schools in the discus (85-2).
Young was pleased with his 11 seniors. Nine of the Lady Chucks' upperclassmen placed in an event Tuesday.
"I really appreciate the seniors and their parents," he said. "They're just a great bunch of girls, and they make coaching very nice. I'm very proud of them."View more articles in: