Punxsy strong on both sides, picks up dual win over Raiders
PUNXSUTAWNEY — On another perfect day for a track meet weather-wise, Punxsy hosted the boys' track teams from Altoona and Brookville, and despite being out-powered by the Lions, 128-22, Punxsy picked up a dual win over the Raiders, 98.5-51.5.
While the team score didn't look so good against Altoona, Punxsy head coach John Smith said their well-tuned team overshadowed a lot of individual performances for the Chucks.
"We had several guys working on personal bests today, and a lot of guys contributed on the track for us," he said. "Unfortunately, Altoona was so strong, it didn't make much of a difference on the scoreboard."
Although the record was split for the day, Smith was glad to pick up the victory over the Raiders, noting Punxsy's performances in the field, as well, where the Chucks outscored Brookville 42-21 without their top thrower, Brody Morgan.
"Against Brookville, we were pretty strong in the field," Smith said. "Without Brody, we had some kids that stepped up and did well. Also, Tyler Presloid did well at pole vault and in the high jump, and (Jordan) London is improving in the discus, as well."
Zach Minich was the highest scorer for the Chucks in the throwing department, finishing first in the shot put and second in the discus.
His throw of 39 feet, one inch at shot put earned him five points for the Chucks, while Stephen Stumpf was just behind him in second with a throw of 37 feet, five inches.
Minich also placed second in the discus (102 feet, five inches) but was bested by teammate Jordan London, who claimed first with a throw of 122 feet, seven inches.
Kyler Smathers completed a one-two-three sweep for Punxsy with a throw of 97 feet, seven inches.
Will Curtis and Luke Shi- ock rounded out the field scoring with second- and third-place finishes in javelin.
Curtis threw 123 feet, 11 inches, and Shiock hurled it 116 feet, 10 inches.
Presloid picked up a first-place finish and five points against Brookville by clearing 12 feet in pole vault, good enough for second in the Altoona meet, as well.
Tanner Evans picked up a third-place finish against Brookville in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet.
Presloid also scored in two jumps, finishing second and third in the triple and long jumps, respectively.
In the triple jump, he took second with a jump of 36 feet, 11 3/4-inches, and Ryan Presloid took third by jumping 36 feet, six inches.
In the long jump, it was Evans who bested Presloid, jumping 17 feet, four inches to take second. Presloid's 16 foot, 11 inch-jump gave him one point for third.
Punxsy also had two place-winners in the high jump, where Dylan Lettie (five feet, eight inches) placed first, and Chris Fairman (five feet, four inches) finished third.
In the track events, Punxsy kicked off the meet with a win in the 4x800-meter relay — the first of a three-relay sweep — when Seth Burkett, Luke Fugate, Derick Kelly and Nathan Ward finished in 8:56 to claim five points and give Punxsy the lead.
In 110-meter hurdles, Punxsy took two places with Dylan Lettie's 17.2 seconds placing him second and Lance Deet's 17.8 giving him third.
Matt Burke gave Punxsy three points in the 100-meter dash, placing second with a time of 12 seconds, and Travis Perry split a point by tying for third with a time of 12.3.
Ward picked up another first place victory — this time on his own — in the 1600-meter run finishing in 4:52.
Jerad Meterko also picked up a point by taking third in 5:06.
In the 400-meter dash, Punxsy's Kevin Hughes took first place with a time of 52.3 seconds, giving Punxsy its only first place in running in the Altoona meet, as well.
Ingros (56.5) took third in the 400-meter to give the Chucks another point.
The Chucks continued their relay dominance over the Raiders with a 47-second victory in the 4x100-meter relay. Thomas Renwick, Presloid, Burke and Evans made up the winning combination.
Lettie earned his second second place of the day in 300-meter hurdles, which he finished in 45.3 seconds.
Ward picked up five more points with another first place finish in the 800-meter run, which he finished in 2:08, and Seth Burkett finished third in 2:19.
Hughes grabbed another first place in the Brookville meet by finishing the 200-meter dash in 23.9 seconds, and Burke tied for second with a time of 24.4.
In the 3200-meter run — the longest distance event — Punxsy's Bo Dinger beat last week's personal best of 10:50 by 18 seconds, finishing in 10:32 for first place (third in Altoona meet), and Fugate gave Punxsy another third with a time of 11:46.
The 4x400-meter relay team — consisting of Ingros, Kelly, Ward and Hughes— completed Punxsy's track dominance over the Raiders with a win in 3:45.
Smith said after the meet he was pleased with a number of individual performances on the track.
"Even though against Altoona it didn't show, because they were really strong in each event, our kids went out and put on some good shows," he said. "We won all three relays against Brookville; Kevin Hughes had a good day; Bo Dinger had a personal best in the 3200; Jerad Meterko ran a great mile; and Eric Ingros, Seth Burkett and Luke Fugate all had good days. A lot of guys did their part for us today."
Moving forward, the Chucks will be on the road for their next six meets, and Smith said the road will be difficult.
"We are looking forward to some more nice weather," he said. "We'll be taking to the road for three meets next week, and State College (April 12) will be another tough one, but we'll go back at it and give it our all."