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Punxsy overcomes wet course, earns two 'W's

October 4, 2011

Punxsy's Nathan Ward rounds a turn early in Punxsy's cross country race against Kane and DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday in Punxsutawney. Ward finished second overall with a time of 18:30. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's boys' cross country team hosted Kane and DuBois Central Catholic for a three-team meet Tuesday afternoon and in mucky conditions, the Chucks prevailed over both visiting squads.

In both meets, Punxsy had several runners between its fifth-place finisher and its opponents' final finishers, displacing the points so that Punxsy earned a 22-37 win over Kane and a 16-47 victory over DCC.

Punxsy's Dane Baker was the first-place finisher in the meet with a time of 18:02.

Nathan Ward came in with Punxsy's second-fastest time (18:30) to give the Chucks a one-two finish in the meet.

Punxsy head coach John Smith said given the muddy conditions, Baker and Ward's times were quite impressive.

"Dane had a really good race given the course conditions," Smith said. "The course was a bit slick in the corners, and it was a bit soft in some spots, so it was a good run for both Dane and Nathan."

Kane earned the next two places when Chris Hunt and Avery Colson crossed the line eight seconds apart (18:43 and 18:51, respectively).

Punxsy's Seth Burkett (18:56, fifth overall) and Bo Dinger (19:09, sixth overall) gave Punxsy the next two places before DCC's first runner, Paul Skaba, finished.

After Kane's Bailey Col- son came in eighth overall, Punxsy claimed the next four spots.

Punxsy's final officially scored runner was Dereck Kelly (20:11, ninth overall), and Luke Fugate (20:15, 10th overall), Eric Ingros (20:16, 11th overall) and Shane Johns (20:39, 12th overall) each displaced the Kane and DCC scores.

Kane's final two runners, Jon Gelsick and Dan Blackmore, each came in before the 21-minute mark to wrap up Kane's scoring, but William Boddorf (22:58) and Zachary Moore (23:36) displaced DCC's final runner to aid in the Chucks' 16-47 victory.

After two convincing wins, Punxsy heads to Ridgway — the course where districts will be held — Saturday.

"We made the most of it today on a muddy course," Smith said. "But now, we're looking forward to heading to Ridgway. That's the district course, so it'll be a real test in better conditions against some tough District IX schools, like Elk County and Bradford.

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