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Opening season win for the Chucks' junior high track program

April 8, 2012

Dan Long/The Punxsutawney Spirit The Punxsy 2012 junior high boys' track team opened its season with a 78-72 victory over St. Marys last Wednesday. (Photo by Dan Long/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ST. MARYS — The Punxsy boys' middle school track team opened its season last Wednesday with its first win over the St. Marys Flying Dutch — 78-72 — in St. Marys.

The meet opened with the 3200-meter relay, which St. Marys claimed for an early 5-0 lead.

The Chucks rebounded with a sweep at 110-meter hurdles, though, to take a 9-5 lead, and while the meet grew close, Punxsy never trailed again.

Ryan Jones took first in the hurdles event with a time of 21.39 seconds.

Derek Cameron (22.30 seconds) and Brendon Stinson (22.9 seconds) completed the Punxsy sweep.

In the shot put, Punxsy extended its lead even further with a first- and third-place.

Brady Young won the event with a throw of 38-3, while Blake Bizousky took third, throwing 32-5.

A set of first- and second-places in the long jump increased Punxsy's lead to 23-9.

Jared Manners claimed the five-point first place with a jump just over 14 feet, and Cameron earned his second podium of the meet by jumping 13-6.

St. Marys claimed first and third in the 100-meter dash, but a second place run of 12.89 seconds by Punxsy's Braxton Giavedoni saved the sweep.

In the first solo distance event — the 1600-meter run — Punxsy also had two place-winners in Joseph Whitman (first place, 5:44) and Devan Kelly (third place, 5:49).

Punxsy led 31-19 after the 1600, but a St. Marys sweep in the 400-meter dash brought the meet's score within five points at 32-27.

Punxsy rebounded in the high jump, where Giavedoni cleared 4-10 for first, and Nathan Ray took third with with a jump of 4-8.

Punxsy also edged St. Marys by 2.1 seconds in the 400-meter relay to give the Chucks five insurance points and move the lead to 43-30.

St. Marys claimed first place in the discus, but Punxsy's Young took second with a throw of 93-4.75 to salvage three points.

The Chucks grabbed first and third in the 300-meter hurdles, with Cameron's 55.9 seconds being good enough for first.

Bizousky took third with a time of 59.5 seconds, giving Punxsy a 52-39 lead.

The Flying Dutch narrowed the gap in the 800-meter run. The Chucks' Kage Clark salvaging a point in third, with a time of 2:50.1.

The seesaw affair continued in the pole vault, where Stephen Detrie gave Punxsy another first, clearing 6-0. St. Marys earned the other two places, though, to give the Chucks just a one-point edge in the event.

In the 200-meter dash, Giavedoni placed second for the Chucks with a time of 27.02 seconds, but St. Marys grabbed the other six points to close within four.

Punxsy needed to gain some breathing room, and it did so in the final throwing event: The javelin.

Tanner Zimmerman tossed the javelin 92-7 for first, and his teammate, Clark, grabbed second with a throw of just over 92 feet, giving Punxsy a 69-58 advantage.

Punxsy sealed the deal with a sweep in the triple jump, where Nathan Lingenfelter grabbed first with a measurement of 32-5.5.

Keeston Perry (31-9) and Jared Manners (3-9) wrapped up the scoring for Punxsy.

St. Marys swept the 3200-meter run and won the 1600-meter relay to round out the meet, but Punxsy's lead was too large to surmount, and the Chucks had claimed their first win of the season.

Punxsy is back in action Thursday at Bradford.

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