Punxsy sees strong individual scores at D-IX All-League Meet
DUBOIS — Tuesday afternoon, the Punxsy boys' track team headed to DuBois to take on the best athletes District IX has to offer in the same meet, and despite a fifth-place team finish, the Chucks again had a number of strong individual performances.
The Chucks, with 66 points, finished just three points behind the fourth-place squad, Elk County Catholic, with DuBois winning with a score of 149 1/3-points.
Punxsy head coach John Smith said after the meet, which ran into the late hours of the evening, that overall, he was pleased with the performances he saw out of the Chucks, especially in the field — which has been an area of strength for Punxsy all season.
Senior thrower Brody Morgan again found himself atop the leader board in all three events in which he participated.
Morgan's best event was the javelin, where he placed third behind Bradford's David Reinhardt and Brookville's Ryan Kerr with a throw of 162-9.
Sophomore Will Curtis also made some noise in the javelin with an eighth-place finish after he threw 125-5.
Morgan also scored well in the shot put, where his throw of 42-5 gave him a fourth-place finish and four team points for Punxsy.
Teammate and first-year thrower Zachary Minich also scored for the Chucks in the shot put with a throw of 40-4, good enough for sixth place and one team point.
Stephen Stumpf (37-8, 11th place) also finished in the top half of the field for the Chucks.
As a team, Punxsy did especially well in the final throwing event — the discus — with three Chucks placing in the top seven.
Jordan London was the Chucks' best scorer with a third-place throw of 126-6, and Stumpf also scored with a throw of 117-2.25, good enough for fifth-place.
Morgan just missed scoring in his third event with a seventh-place finish — one spot from the points — with a throw of 112-1.
On the track, Kevin Hughes, who has shined in the 400-meter dash all season, continued to show his strength in the event with a first-place finish in 51.98 seconds, 0.21 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Jer- emiah Clinchoc, of DuBois.
Eric Ingros also just missed scoring for Punxsy in the 400 with an eighth-place time of 56.05.
The Chucks' next highest scorer on the track was another underclassman who has shown promise in his event of expertise — freshman Bo Dinger in the 3200-meter run.
Dinger was bested by Elk County's Caleb Lecker, but finished a respectable second place with a time of 10:41.16 to give the Chucks eight team points.
Nathan Ward also earned a top-10 finish in 11:53.43.
In the jumping events, a pair of Presloids earned third-place finishes for the Chucks.
Tyler Presloid picked up third place in the long jump, with a jump of 18-10.5, and Ryan Presloid tied for third-best in the triple jump, scoring 38-11.5, to give the Chucks six and five team points, respectively.
Thomas Renwick also scored in the top 10 for the Chucks in the triple jump with a score of 36-0.5.
Punxsy's high jump team — consisting of Austin Milton, Lance Deet, Dylan Lettie and Chris Fairman — was consistent, all scoring 5-3 and tying for ninth, just two inches away from scoring.
In the pole vault, Punxsy freshman Perry Arrington scored 9-6, good enough to tie the fourth-place scorer, but Arrington was not awarded any team points.
Punxsy's next-highest scorer was Ward in the 1600-meter run, where his time of 4:53.25 was good enough for fourth place and four team points.
Ward also scored in another event — the 800-meter run — with a fifth-place time of 2:09.75 giving him two more team points for his squad. Seth Burkett also came in with an eighth-place finish in 2:17.32 to barely miss scoring in the meet.
After the meet, Smith said he's been very pleased with the consistency some of his runners — including Hughes, Dinger and Ward — have continued to show throughout the season.
Punxsy junior Dylan Lettie also continued to perform well in the 110-meter high hurdles, where his time of 17.26 seconds gave him fifth place and two team points.
Lettie also just missed scoring in the 300-meter hurdles, where his time of 46.03 seconds gave him eighth place.
Despite not earning any team points, freshman Travis Perry also had a good day for the Chucks in the sprints, where he picked up a pair of top-10 finishes.
In the 100-meter dash, Perry finished eighth with a time of 12.12 seconds, and he took 10th in the 200 with a time of 25.03.
The Chucks' scoring was rounded out by three relay teams totaling 10 team points.
In the 4x800-meter relay, Derick Kelly, Ward, Fugate and Hughes finished fourth with a time of 8:58.45, and the 4x400 squad — consisting of Kelly, Ingros, Burkett and Hughes — matched the finish with a time of 3:52.30.
The 4x100-meter relay team — Tyler Presloid, Perry, Tanner Evans and Ryan Presloid — concluded Punxsy's scoring with a fifth-place finish and two team points, finishing in 48.65 seconds.
After almost a full week off, the Chucks will be back in action at their final home meet of the season against Redbank Valley Monday at Jack LaMarca Stadium.