PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Hosting a pair of impressive track squads in the Brookville Lady Raiders and the Altoona Lady Lions, Punxsy knew it'd have to work for a victory in either dual meet Tuesday night in Punxsutawney. Unfortunately for the Lady Chucks, they fell short in each match.
The Brookville meet was the closest, with Punxsy being edged 81-69.
"The Brookville meet was a very close one," Punxsy head coach Barry Young said. "I thought we had a chance to win it, and like I said in the preseason, the track teams in this area are very good. We're not bad, but we have to bring our A-games, and that's the second close one we've lost this season."
Punxsy's other close loss came last Tuesday when Elk County Catholic beat the Lady Chucks 87-63.
A few Lady Chucks, especially though, saw success at the meet, including Juliann Boddorf, who picked up a pair of first places.
"Juliann was a double winner for us, and she did very well today," Young said. "She's just a very calm person, who is also a competitor. She doesn't get excited, but she loves competition. She's always happy, but she wants to win very badly."
Boddorf was a part of the winning 4x800-meter relay team â€” a team that also included Kaston Mohney, Alexis Young and Ala Small â€” that opened the meet with a win for Punxsy, giving it a 5-0 lead over Brookville.
Boddorf's second victory came in the 400-meter dash, where she finished first with a time of 64.0 seconds.
Emily Reitz took second in the 400 with a time of 69.3, and Young finished a sweep for Punxsy with a 73.3.
Boddorf was actually a double winner in both meets, but in the Altoona meet, her second win came in the 200-meter dash, where she finished with a time of 28.0 seconds. In the Brookville meet, she fell to Lanae Newsome, who set the pace with a 25.3.
"They have some tough athletes," Young said, referring to Brookville. "Of course, they have the Newsome girls (Lanae and twin sister Aisha), but on top of that, they have some other very good athletes, too."
Punxsy's Karah Hollis also placed in the 200 with a third-place finish in 28.2 seconds.
Hollis also scored in the 100-meter dash, where she finished second to Lanae Newsome. She also finished second in the Altoona meet at 100 meters.
"Karah Hollis had a decent day for us today," Young said. "I'm sure it's not the kind of day she wanted, but she still scored a lot of points for us."
Young also picked up a win of her own with a first-place finish in the 3200-meter run with a time of 13:10, good enough for first overall in both duals.
"I was very happy for Alexis for picking up the win," Young said. "She works hard, and it was good to see her get the win."
Kaitlyn Glatt also placed for Punxsy in the 3200 with a 15:28 good enough for third in the Brookville meet.
Small scored for Punxsy in the Brookville meet in two events on top of the 4x800-meter relay, finishing second in both the 1600-meter run and the 800-meter run.
Reitz placed in her second event by taking second in the 300-meter hurdles, and Lindsey Reed rounded out the scoring for the Lady Chucks with a third-place in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the field events, Punxsy's best scorer was jumper Kirsten Dean, who took first and second, respectively, in long jump and triple jump against Brookville.
Alyson Dickey also placed in both events with a pair of third-place finishes against Brookville.
The Lady Chucks swept first-place finishes in the throwing events, including a sweep in the shot put.
Alexis Minich had the winning throw at 30 feet, nine inches. Sydni Bowers was right behind her with a throw of 29 feet, eight inches, and Cenneca Dilts rounded out the sweep by throwing 27 feet.
Santana Smith picked up first in the discus with a distance of 85 feet, eight inches, and Minich took second, throwing 82 feet.
Rachel Barnett won the javelin with a score of 76 feet, six inches, and Cassi Aul concluded the scoring in throws with a second-place (75 feet).
In the jumps, Hollis picked up a second place in the high jump, and Anna Monyak concluded the Lady Chucks' scoring in the field with a third-place pole vault of six feet.
While Punxsy scored fairly well across the boards, Young said the thing that can make a huge difference in close meets is the final column on the score sheet: Third place.
"It comes down to third place finishes," he said. "In a meet like this, athletes can get discouraged when they place third, but the points you score there can really make a difference."
In the Altoona meet, Punxsy was out-matched, and the Lady Chucks fell by a final score of 112-38.
Young contributed the large deficit to the history of Altoona's track program.
"It was pretty much what I expected from Altoona," he said. "They have a tremendous program; not just a good team, but a great program. To be in their top three competitors, you just have to be an amazing athlete. They take their track and field very seriously. They're a traditional powerhouse in the state, and we did as well as we could against them."
Despite liking a lot of what he saw Tuesday, Young said there is still work to be done as the Lady Chucks take their act on the road â€” their next six meets are away.
"We need to get a little more focused and work a little harder," Young said. "Maybe, we need to cut some outside distractions at practice and the meets. We'll be back, though."View more articles in: