Punxsy XC dominates Brookville in final dual meet

BROOKVILLE — In the next-to-last tuneup for the District IX championship, Punxsy was able to easily handle Brookville, 16-47, in boys' cross country on Tuesday afternoon in Brookville.

"It is not an easy course with a hill for the final mile," explained Chucks coach John Smith. "Our first four had good times."

Punxsy completed its dual meet schedule a perfect 9-0 with the defeat of Brookville.

The first four were once again led by Bo Dinger. The sophomore claimed the top prize by 15 seconds in 18:01 over the 5k course. His teammates finished second through fourth behind him. Senior Nathan Ward had a solid outing of 18:16 for second.

The next two Chucks hit the finish line only five-tenths of a second apart. Seth Burkett raced across the line in 18:47.3 a lean ahead of Eric Ingros in fourth (18:47.8).

"It was an overall good job. The times were good, especially with the runners around 12 minutes after two miles," added Smith. "Our next four were closer to the pack today, which is good."

After the lone non-Punxsy runner, Shane Hummel of Brookville, was fifth, Jared Meterko led the second four Chucks harriers. Meterko captured sixth in 19:48.

In seventh, Luke Fugate completed the course in 19:56, 17 seconds ahead of the eighth-place Zach Moore, who ran a 20:13.

"We saw improvement in our five, six and seven men today," commented Smith. "You can't ask for more with districts so close."

Freshman Joe Whitman raced to ninth in 21:28.

William Boddorf recorded a time of 23:49 for 14th with Nate Hankinson completing the Chucks runners in 16th (24:26).

Punxsy will have a day off before the Tri-State Championship Meet in Cooper Lake Thursday starting at 4 p.m.

Girls: Punxsy 15, Brookville 50

BROOKVILLE — The Punxsy girls' cross country team wrapped up its dual meet season with a convincing 15-50 shut out win over Brookville on the Lady Raiders’ challenging home course yesterday afternoon on a sunny, cool afternoon that was ideal for running.  

Punxsy swept the first five places against Brookville and took nine of the top 10 places in the meet against the home team.

“Our goal for this meet was to run a steady, consistent pace for the entire distance, something that would leave the girls fresh and eager to run hard at the Tri-State Championship meet we have on Thursday at Slippery Rock,” said Lady Chucks head coach George Wehrle.  “Sometimes you have to have the discipline to hold back and pick and choose your prime efforts during the course of a long season.”

Juliann Boddorf and Alexis Young again led the way for Punxsy, running 21:46 and 21:54, respectively.  

“Juliann and Alexis ran very well through two miles, then their competitive nature took hold, and they ran too fast for the last mile," pointed out Wehrle. "Hopefully, they felt under control and will be ready to run their best on Thursday.”

Korinne Young (23:50), Kaston Mohney (24:42) and Marissa Greenblatt (24:43) rounded out the top five, all running well within themselves on the 3.1-mile course.  

“Marissa and Korinne nailed their pace perfectly, and Kaston was pretty close as well. These three girls did a very nice job of sticking to the race plan,” added the Punxsy coach.

After a Brookville runner came across in sixth, Punxsy's Elissa Hill (26:26), Tamera Anthony (26:56), Carolyn Barnett (27:22) and Kayla Carpenter (28:15) followed in order to place in the top 10.  

“Elissa and Tamera ran ahead of the pace but I think still had a lot more left in the tank, and Carolyn and Kayla were pretty close to their goal times and looked good in doing so," said Wehrle. "Overall we achieved pretty much what we hoped, and now we look to unleash everyone on Thursday and see where we stand with districts just 11 days away.”

The Chucks wrapped up their dual meet season at 8-1, with their only loss coming by one point against DuBois.  

“The girls have had a great deal of success to this point of the season, and we hope to get all our runners healthy and able to compete fully by the district meet at Ridgway on Oct. 27," finished Wehrle.