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Lady Chucks bested by Bradford in finale

May 8, 2012

Last Monday, Punxsy's Alexis Minich releases the shot in a meet against Redbank Valley. Tuesday, Minich was one of just nine Lady Chucks to score — with a second-place finish in the shot — in a loss to the Lady Owls in Bradford. (Photo by Zak Lantz of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BRADFORD — After a convincing win over Redbank Valley last Monday, the Punxsy girls' track team struggled Tuesday afternoon in its final tune-up meet before the District IX Championships next Wednesday at Kane in a 115.5-33.5 loss to the Lady Owls in Bradford.

Despite the tough loss, Punxsy head coach Barry Young told his squad there was just one thing it needed to do: Move on.

"I just told them we need to let well enough alone, forget this meet and move on to preparing for districts," he said.

The Lady Owls were dominant in the first-place column on the score sheet, earning 15 of 18 first places.

Punxsy's brightest spot on the sheet was sprinter Juliann Boddorf, who picked up a pair of first-place finishes for the Lady Chucks.

Her time of 13.6 seconds in the 100-meter dash was good enough for first overall, and she also won the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02, more than six seconds better than Rachel Confer, the next-best finisher.

Punxsy's only other first-place finish came from senior jumper Kirsten Dean, whose triple jump of 33-11 was more than three feet better than the next-longest jump.

Dean also earned four points for a first-place tie in the long jump, where her jump of 15-6.75 tied Ann Confer of Bradford for first overall.

The Lady Chucks had three other second-place finishers, including a two-three finish in the shot put, where Alexis Minich took second with a throw of 30-10.75, with Sydni Bowers coming in third and earning one team point for Punxsy with a put of 27-1.5.

Punxsy's other three-point scorers were distance runners — Ala Small in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:01 and Alexis Young in the 3200 with at time of 13:07.3.

Small also placed third for Punxsy in the 800-meter with a time of 2:44.8.

Aly Dickey scored in a pair of events for the Lady Chucks, as well, with a distance of 30-5 in the triple jump and of 4-6 in the high jump.

Hannah Rummel scored one team point for Punxsy with a third place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 20.3 seconds.

Punxsy's final point came in the 300-meter hurdles, where Emily Reitz's time of 53.6 seconds gave her third place.

Young said starting today, the Lady Chucks' only focus is preparation to make themselves as strong as they can for the D-IX Championships next week.

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