- Local Guide
ALTOONA â€” Several members of both the Chucks and Lady Chucks track and field teams earned their personal bests during Friday's 63rd-annual West Central Coaches Invitational in Altoona.
"Every event had many top performers, which made placing extremely difficult," boys' head coach John Smith said. "What we were looking for was each individual just doing their best."
For the Chucks, Brody Morgan had a personal best in the shot put, throwing 46-9.5 for third place overall. Morgan also placed seventh in the javelin, one of his strongest events, with a throw of 158-11.
Tyler Presloid also earned his personal best in the pole vault, clearing 13-3 for fourth place overall.
Also placing in the field events for Punxsy was Jordan London, who earned fourth in the discus, measuring in at 130-10.
On the track, Nathan Ward also earned a personal best for Punxsy. Ward ran the 1600-meter run in 4:42.83 for seventh overall.
The only other place winner on the track was Kevin Hughes, who came on strong in the 400-meter dash to finish fourth in 51.47 seconds.
"We came away with some personal bests on the season and some otherwise solid performances," Smith said.
On the girls' side, Kirsten Dean had a personal best for the Lady Chucks in the long jump, which she jumped 15-9 for seventh place overall. She also earned a top spot in the triple jump, coming in sixth place at 34-8.
"Kirsten jumped very well," girls' head coach Barry Young said. "She has been so consistent all season long. She is definitely a team leader in both performance and attitude."
Juliann Boddorf also impressed with two fifth- place finishes. In addition to being a member of the 4x800-meter relay team, she also earned fifth in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 1:01.79.
"Juliann has been a steady contribution to the team all season long," Young said.
Boddorf's 3200-meter relay team, which also included Emily Reitz, Alexis Young and Ala Small, earned a fifth-place spot, finishing in 10:27.51.
"This is the best time they have run this season," Young said. "They have been steadily improving."
Young said he was impressed with how the team performed overall, especially given the talent level of the opposition.
"This is a very large meet, and the competition is very great," he said. "To place in this meet is an accomplishment."
The remaining individual results for Punxsy are as follows:
â€˘ Emily Reitz: 100-meter hurdles, 19.87 seconds; and 300-meter hurdles, 54.69 seconds.
â€˘Â Karah Hollis: 100-meter dash, 13.46 seconds; 200-meter dash, 28.14 seconds; and high jump, 4-8.
â€˘ Dean, Boddorf, Logan Brooks and Hollis: 4x100-meter relay, 53.8 seconds, season best.
â€˘ Alexis Young: 1600-meter run, 5:55.67.
â€˘ Brooks: 800-meter run, 2:48.50.
â€˘ Small: 3200-meter run, 12:40.97.
â€˘ Reitz, Boddorf, Dean and Brooks: 4x400-meter relay, 4:35.80.
â€˘Â Alexis Minich: Shot put, 28-9.5; and discus, 92-5.
â€˘Â Sydni Bowers: Shot put, 28-5.
â€˘ Rachel Barnett: 78-9.
â€˘ Dylan Lettie: 110-meter hurdles, 18.14 seconds; and high jump, 5-8.
â€˘ Travis Perry: 100-meter dash, 13.70 seconds; and 200-meter dash, 27.73 seconds.
â€˘Â Jared Meterko: 1600-meter run, 5:03.86.
â€˘ Eric Ingros: 400-meter dash, 55.26 seconds.
â€˘ Matt Burke, Ryan Presloid, Perry and Tom Reswick: 4x100-meter dash, 51.3 seconds.
â€˘ Lance Deet: 300-meter hurdles, 47.75 seconds; and high jump, 5-6.
â€˘Â Derick Kelly: 800-meter run, 2:12.02.
â€˘ Zach Moore: 800-meter run, 2:17.87.
â€˘ Matt Burke: 200-meter dash, 24.83 seconds.
â€˘ Bo Dinger: 3200-meter dash, 10:37.16.
â€˘ Luke Fugate: 3200-meter dash, 11:23.56.
â€˘ Hughes, Eric Ingros, Burke and Kelly: 4x400-meter relay, 3:42.23.
â€˘Â Kevin Byars: Long jump, 18-8.
â€˘ Tyler Presloid: Long jump, 17-7.
â€˘ Ryan Presloid: Triple jump, 38-8.5.
â€˘ Zach Minich: Shot put, 39-8.5.