Punxsy boys split with DuBois, Northern Cambria
DUBOIS — The Punxsy Chucks traveled to DuBois Tuesday afternoon for a pair of dual meets against D-IX foe DuBois and non-league opponent Northern Cambria, and while the Chucks earned a split, it was the Beavers who bested them, 88-62.
"There were just a few events where they really hurt us today," Punxsy head coach John Smith said, referring to the Beavers. "They were very strong in the sprints and hurdles, as well as in the long jump."
Punxsy's win came over Northern Cambria, where the Chucks won convincingly, 110-40.
The Chucks did especially well in the field — where the Beavers barely edged them — with the exception of the DuBois sweep in the long jump, and Smith said he was very pleased with their performance in the throwing and jumping events.
Punxsy picked up four different first-place finishes in the field events.
The Chucks' one-two punch of Jordan London and Stephen Stumpf nabbed eight total team points with first- and second-place respective finishes in the discus.
London's throw of 132-10 was good enough for first overall, and Stumpf's 127-8.5 gave him second place. Smith said the two were also season-best scores.
In the javelin, Brody Morgan had a season-best throw of 172-2.5 to pick up first place by more than 30 feet.
Tyler Presloid continued to impress in the pole vault, clearing 12-3 to earn five team points with a first-place finish.
And Dylan Lettie tied for first in the high jump, clearing 5-5 and barely edging out Austin Milton, who finished third for the Chucks with a score of 5-3.
Morgan also picked up a second-place finish in the shot put, where his throw of 46-11 was another season-best, and Zach Minich finished third in the shot, throwing 40-0.5.
Punxsy also picked up four team points with a two-three finish in the triple jump.
Kevin Byars finished second with what Smith called a "very strong" jump of 39-5.5, and Presloid came in third with a 37-9 jump.
Despite being outscored 57-30 in the track events, Smith noted that he had a few runners who may have over-exerted themselves to score in relay events, who, if they would have been better rested, may have made a difference in the final team score.
"On the track, we were really dueling it out," Smith said. "We were trying to go for points, but they sort of took it out of us in the sprints and hurdles."
Punxsy opened the dual with a victory in the 3200-meter relay, where Derick Kelly, Luke Fugate, Nathan Ward and Kevin Hughes finished in 8:34.2, just one second ahead of the Beavers' squad.
Punxsy also picked up two other first-place finishes on the track.
The first came from Ward, who won the 1600-meter run in a time of 5:01.5. Jerad Meterko finished second for the Chucks in the same event with a time of 5:11.7.
Punxsy's final victory came from freshman Bo Dinger, whose dominance in the 3200-meter run continued with another first-place finish in 10:47.7.
Ward picked up his a second place in the 3200, as well, finishing just 16 seconds behind Dinger in 11:03.5.
Ward concluded a day that saw him place in all four events in which he competed with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, which he finished in 2:09.7.
Punxsy also picked up a second-place finish from Hughes, who was part of the 3200-meter relay team, in the 400-meter dash, his strongest event. Hughes finished in 53.5 seconds, one second behind the winning runner in the DuBois dual.
The Chucks' scoring was rounded out with a trio of third-place finishes — Dylan Lettie in the 110-meter hurdles (17.2 seconds), Lance Deet in the 300-meter hurdles (43.9 seconds) and Matt Burke in the 200-meter dash (24.4 seconds).
While the Chucks wanted to see how they matched up with the Beavers, Smith did say it was nice to pick up a dual win over Northern Cambria.
A number of Punxsy athletes finished with better scores in the Northern Cambria meet.
The following athletes, who did not place in the DuBois meet, earned points for the Chucks in the the second dual:
• Presloid, long jump, first place, 18-3.
• Reichard, long jump, second place, 18-0.5.
• Lettie, 300-meter hurdles, second place, 48.2 seconds.
• Seth Burkett, 800-meter run, second place, 2:13.
• Deet, 110-meter hurdles, third place, 18.1.
• Burke, 100-meter dash, third place, 12.1.
• Meterko, 800-meter run, third place, 2:18.8.
• Travis Perry, 200-meter dash, third place, 25.0.
• Fugate, 3200-meter run, third place, 11:29.2.
• Ryan Presloid, triple jump, third place, 37-2.
• Tanner Evans, long jump, third place, 17-8.
• Evans, pole vault, third place, 9-9.
• Luke Shiock, javelin, third place, 122-4.5.
• Stumpf, shot put, third place, 39-8.
The Chucks' ninth- and 10th-graders will be back in action Thursday, when they travel to Indiana, and the entire squad will resume play Saturday at West Mifflin.