Punxsy JHers take three of four from ECC, DuBois

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The future of PAHS athletics lies in the junior high ranks, and if Monday's junior high boys' track meet is any indication, Punxsy's track program has a bright future. The Chucks played host to Elk County Catholic and DuBois Wednesday afternoon in the season's final home meet and picked up a pair of convincing victories, 110-39 over ECC and 84-65 over DuBois.

In the Elk County dual, Punxsy was especially dominant on the track, outscoring the Crusaders 72-14.

Elk County managed just one first-place finish in the 11 track events.

Punxsy started the meet off with a victory in the 4x800-meter relay, where Brady Young, Joseph Whitman, Devin Kelly and Keeston Perry finished in 10:26 — good enough for first overall in both duals.

In the next event, the 110-meter hurdles, Punxsy finished one-two with Derek Cameron taking first in 20.4 seconds and Ryan Jones finishing just one second behind in second place.

Punxsy continued its dominance in the 100-meter dash, where Braxton Giavedoni picked up his first of four first-place finishes in the ECC meet by running a 12.3.

Punxsy also swept the next two spots, with Alex Young and Nathan Lingenfelter tying for second with a time of 13.1 seconds.

In the 1600-meter, Punxsy earned its first sweep over ECC with Brady Young winning the event in 5:45 and Whitman and Kelly finishing just one second behind him in a tie for second.

The three-man sweep was good enough for the top three positions in the DuBois meet, as well.

Another Chucks' sweep came in the next event, the 400-meter dash, with Perry (67.5 seconds), Kage Clark (70.6 seconds) and Brett Buck (72.1 seconds) taking the top three positions.

Punxsy nabbed its second of three relay wins next in the 4x100, where Jones, Giavedoni, Lingenfelter and Alex Young finished in 51.3 seconds to win in the ECC dual.

Cameron picked up another first-place hurdles finish in the 300-meter hurdles, where he finished in 48.9 seconds — good enough for first in both duals. Teammate Blake Bizousky finished second with a time of 54.8 seconds.

In the only event in which Punxsy didn't claim first place — the 800-meter run — Clark finished just one tick behind ECC's top finisher in 2:38 for second place.

Giavedoni's third first-place finish in the sprints came in the 200-meter dash, where his time of 25.8 seconds was 1.5 seconds better than the next-fastest competitor in either dual.

Jones also placed in the 200 with a time of 29.6 seconds, giving him third place.

Distance specialist Austin McKendree continued his success in the 3200-meter run, finishing in 12:32 for the best time of the meet and giving Punxsy its final individual win on the track.

Cameron, Kelly, Brady Young and Whitman rounded out Punxsy's sweep of the relays with a 4:19 victory in the 4x400-meter.

Punxsy also outscored both its opponents in the field events, defeating ECC 38-25 and DuBois 44-19.

Giavedoni wrapped up his four first-place day in the high jump, where he edged out his teammate Brady Snyder by clearing 5-0 to Snyder's 4-8.

In the triple jump, Punxsy earned is final sweep of the day with Jared Manners' jump of 33-8 good enough for the victory.

Perry leapt 32-2.5, and Lingenfelter's jump of 32-1.5 gave Punxsy second and third places.

Lingenfelter also placed second in the DuBois meet and third in the ECC meet with a long jump of 13-7.5.

Bizousky won the shot put for the Chucks with a score of 35-10, narrowly defeating his teammate Alex Young's score of 35-9.5 by 0.5 inches.

Punxsy's final first-place came in the javelin, with Jones' throw of 108-0.5 giving the Chucks five team points.

Tanner Zimmerman also scored for Punxsy in the javelin with a toss of 103-0.

The Chucks also had two field events where the scores in the DuBois meet overshadowed the ECC scoring.

Nathan Ray's throw of 97-0 in the discus was good enough for second best in the ECC meet, but gave him the victory and five team points against the Beavers.

And in the pole vault — an Elk County specialty — Stephen Detrie was the only Chuck to score against the Crusaders with a third-place height of 8-0.

Detrie's 8-0 clearance was good enough for a victory in the DuBois dual, though, and Chandler Emhoff nabbed third place in the DuBois meet with a score of 6-6 in the pole.

By Zak Lantz
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Lady Chucks junior high track squad hosted its final home meet of the season with a pair of dual meets against Elk County Catholic and DuBois Wednesday afternoon in Punxsutawney and picked up a convincing 97.5-52.5 victory over the Lady Crusaders.

DuBois defeated Punxsy in the other dual meet, 99-51.

In the dual against the Lady Crusaders, Punxsy's performance was highlighted by a total of four one-two-three sweeps — in the 110-meter hurdles, the 1600-meter run, the 800-meter run and the high jump — to claim nine points in each event.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Emma White's time of 21.1 seconds edged out her second-place teammate Skylar Young, who finished in 21.6 seconds. Andrea Nicholson rounded out the sweep with a third-place time of 22.3 seconds.

The 1600-meter run was another dominant event for the Lady Chucks, with Alexis Vite narrowly defeating Ashley Vite with times of 7:12 and 7:13, respectively, for first and second places. Kaitlyn Ray completed the sweep with a time of 7:26.

Alexis Vite also saw success as a part of Punxsy's third one-two-three finish, winning the 800 with a time of 3:12. Ray took second with a time of 3:30, and Michaela Johnston took third for the Lady Chucks.

Punxsy's final sweep was a one-two-three, but technically the Lady Crusaders did earn 1/2-point by tying for third place.

Hope Bridge won the event for the Lady Chucks by clearing 4-6, which was good enough for first place in both duals, and Korinne Young took second with a jump of 4-4. Nicholson was the Lady Chuck who tied for third place with a score of 3-10.

In addition to the four sweeps, Punxsy also took first and second in three events to claim eight points each.

The first came in the triple jump, where Ally Lunger's score of 29-9.25 was good enough for first, and Taylor Cary scored 28-6.5 to take second place.

The second one-two punch came in the 300-meter hurdles, where White earned her second first place in the hurdles with at time of 60.0 flat, and Hayley Means took second with a time of 64.7.

The victory was White's second of the day on the track, but she also had a pair of five-point, first-place finishes in the field to earn Punxsy's top-scorer's spot.

White's throw of 71-0 in the discus gave her first place overall in both dual meets, with Beth Barnett taking third in the discus with a throw of 62-5.

White and Barnett also finished one-three in the javelin with throws of 69-8 and 64-0, respectively.

The final one-two Punxsy finish was in the 100-meter dash, where Claire Smith and Lunger took the top two spots with times of 14.0 and 14.5 seconds, respectively.

Smith also claimed two other first-place finishes — one in the 400-meter dash and another in the 200.

In the 400, her time of 67.2 seconds was Punxsy's only place-winning time, and in the 200, her time of 28.8 seconds gave her first place overall in both dual meets.Taylor Cary also placed for Punxsy in the 200 with a time of 31.6 seconds.

The Lady Chucks' final first-place nod came in the 3200-meter run, where Young's time of 14:55 was best in both duals. Ray placed in her third event of the afternoon with a time of 17:45 giving her third place.

In the long jump, Lunger and Johnston earned the Lady Chucks four valuable points with Lunger's jump of 12-3.5 and Johnston's 12-2 jump giving them second and third, respectively. Barnett placed second in the shot put with a throw of 29-3.5, and Young put the shot 27-5.5 for third place.

The Lady Chucks' final point in the dual with ECC came in the pole vault, where Claira Stephens cleared 5-6 for third place.

Stephens' vault gave her a second-place finish in the meet against the Lady Beavers, and Barnett's discus throw of 62-5 was good enough for second in the Lady Beavers' dual, as well.