More depth takes Lady Owls past Lady Chucks, 87-63
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Talent dots the Lady Chucks track and field roster but high numbers of athletes does not.
In the final dual matchup of the spring season, visiting Bradford used its team depth to produce a close but victory nonetheless of 87-63 over Punxsy on Tuesday afternoon.
The six Punxsy seniors giving their utmost for their final home dual meet included Alyson Dickey, Heather Giavedoni, Aleya Hanna, Karah Hollis, Santana Smith and Alexis Young.
"Bradford has a very nice team and I am happy with how our girls did today," explained Lady Chucks head coach Barry Young. "Bradford was just dominate in taking first place in many of the events, which is where our depth hurt us."
The Lady Owls captured eight of the top placings for the 11 track events to outscore the Lady Chucks, 59-28. Punxsy was able to hold strong and edge out a 35-28 point difference in the field events.
"Our girls had great times and distances today. We had some personal bests and Bradford still beat us," added Young. "We did well all-in-all as we hung in there with them."
A pair of Punxsy juniors of Juliann Boddorf and Alexis Minich produced two first places apiece to highlight the day.
Boddorf won the 400- and 800-meter races on the track, while Minich was a dual winner for the shot put and discus.
Boddorf teamed with freshman Claire Smith to go one-two in the 400-meter dash.
Boddorf had a winning time of 59.8 with Smith at 63.1.
"Boddorf had a great day. It has been years since we had a girl break 60 seconds in the 400 meters and Claire had a nice time as well," noted the Punxsy coach.
Sophomore Ala Small was not given much challenge to again produce a winning time for the 3200 meters.
Small had a time of 12:43, which was 36 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
"Ala keeps getting more and more confident as the year goes on," commented Young.
Alexis Young recorded Punxsy second track running event runner-up placing.
She completed the 1600-meter run in 5:57.
Emily Reitz and Sadie Plyler ran across the finish second (18.2) and third (18.5) for the 110-meter hurdles.
Plyler was also the third-place competitor in the longer 300-meter hurdles (53.2).
Karah Hollis completed the Punxsy track placers with a pair of thirds.
Hollis raced to a 13.7 in the 100-meter dash and 28.0 for the 200-meter dash.
The Lady Chucks field events were highlighted by a clean sweep of the discus.
"Our throwers had another great job with the sweep of the discus," stressed Young. "Also taking one-two in the triple jump with (Taylor) Cary and (Alyson) Dickey was a pleasant surprise. Ashley Reitz and Hope Goglin also had real nice showings in the pole vault."
Minich led the discus sweep.
She won the event by almost nine feet at 96-0 over teammate Santana Smith (87-10).
Sydni Bowers completed the three Punxsy placers with an effort of 84-7 for third.
Minich also help the home team take all three places in the shot put.
The junior threw 31-8 to win with Alex Long (30-8) and Bowers (29-7) for second and third.
Cary and Dickey paced the Lady Chucks jumpers.
Cary claimed the triple jump at 31-8 1/2 with Dickey in second (29-3 1/2).
Ashley Reitz and Goglin both reached the height of 7-6 in the pole vault event for second and third.
"Ashley Reitz had a tremendous jump of 14-1 in the long jump and didn't even place which showed how strong Bradford was in that event," said Young.
Andrea Nicholson and Hollis completed Punxsy's jumping placers with second (4-8) and third (4-4) in the high jump.
Freshman Emma White fired the javelin 78-9 for third as the final field point producer.
The Punxsy girls will continue working for the next week in preparations for next Wednesday's District IX Championships in Brookville starting at 3 p.m.