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Lady Chucks edge ECC by three points

March 29, 2011

Punxsy's Nickita Martz competes in the shot put in this file photo from May 2010. Martz placed first in the discus and javelin and third in the shot put during the Lady Chucks' 76 1/2-73 1/2 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys. (File photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ST. MARYS — Nineteen Punxsy girls scored at least a point during the Lady Chucks' track and field team's 76 1/2-73 1/2 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.

The Lady Crusaders are one of the premier Class AA programs in District IX, and first-year head coach Barry Young was proud of his team's season-opening win.

"It was a quality win over a quality opponent," Young said. "Spreading those third-place finishes around really helped."

Punxsy (1-0) won two of three relays and earned seven first-place finishes in individual events.

Leading the way for the Lady Chucks was Nickita Martz, who won both the discus (91-6 1/2) and javelin (96-9) and took third in the shot put (30-7 1/2). Martz is District IX Class AAA's three-time defending javelin champion.

Also earning two first-place finishes was Karah Hollis, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 13.5 and 29.0 seconds, respectively.

Hollis also grabbed a second-place finish in the high-jump (4-8) and joined Juliann Boddorf, Kayla Cameron and Adrienne Hess during the Lady Chucks' 4x100-meter relay win in 57.1 seconds.

Punxsy's other first-place times came from Milea Schall in the 3,200-meter run (11:49), Timi Shiock in the high jump (4-10) and Aly Dickey in the triple jump (30-5). Punxsy only sweep of an event was in the high jump, where Dickey rounded it out with a third-place leap of 4-8.

The Lady Chucks won the 4x800-meter relay in 10:59.3, besting ECC by more than 20 points (11:20.9). Punxsy's 4x800 runners were Kaitlyn Nestel, Schall, Shannon Byerly and Alexis Young.

Another multi-event winner was Shannon Carpenter, who finished second in the pole vault (7-8), third in the long jump (14-0) and third in the triple jump (29-8).

Punxsy finished in second and third place in both hurdling events. During the 100-meter hurdles, Lindsey Reed took second place in 19.4 seconds, and Shaina Reddinger was third in 19.6.

Reddinger also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in 59.8, as she followed teammate Keaton Mohney, who took second in 54.9.

Boddorf followed her relay win by finishing second in the 400-meter dash (66.7) and tied for third in the 100-meter dash (14.0).

Punxsy's other second-place finishes came from Jacque Barnett (javelin, 80-9); and Young (800-meter run, 2:44).

Also finishing third for the Lady Chucks were Byerly (1,600-meter run, 6:05.3); Caro Feican (800-meter run, 2:48.9); Cameron (200-meter dash, 29.6); and Heidi Rodgers (3,200-meter run, 15:57).

ECC won the 4x400-meter relay, besting Punxsy by 10 seconds — 4:36.7 to 4:46.5.

The Lady Chucks return to the track and the field when they visit Brookville for a 4 p.m. start next Tuesday.

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