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St. Marys is strong where the Chucks are to pick up a win

April 10, 2012

Punxsy's Tanner Evans focuses on his landing as he soars through the air in the triple jump against Hollidaysburg and Elk County Catholic March 28 in Punxsutawney. Tuesday, Evans placed first in a different event — the pole vault — but Punxsy's efforts weren't enough, as they fell 95-55 to the Dutch of St. Marys. (Photo by Zak Lantz of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ST. MARYS — Sometimes in sports, a team runs into another squad that simply matches up well against it. Tuesday, the Punxsy boys' track team met up with a St. Marys Dutch team that was "strong where we are," according to Punxsy head coach John Smith, and St. Marys came out victorious, 95-55.

St. Marys won the 3200-meter relay — an event in which Punxsy has shown strength this season — to open the event with a time of 10:43, and while the Chucks pulled close a few times throughout the meet, the Dutch would never trail.

The Chucks picked up their first points in the 110-meter hurdles, where Dylan Lettie was edged by 0.1 seconds with a time of 17.5 to finish second and earn three points.

In the 100-meter dash, Punxsy's only scorer was Matt Burke, who placed third with a time of 12.1 seconds.

The Chucks picked up second and third places in the shot put, where Brody Morgan threw 43-6, and Zach Minich threw a personal best 42-2.5.

Smith said after the meet that Minich — a first-year thrower — has continued to show improvement throughout the year, and that it is good to see him reaching a personal best.

Punxsy closed to within seven points of St. Marys at 24-17 with a sweep in the pole vault.

Punxsy's top vaulters — Tanner Evans, Perry Arrington and Dylan Stanford — each tied for first with vaults of six feet.

In the 1600-meter run, Punxsy ran into St. Marys' top distance runner, Gideon Woelfel, who had also closed the 3200-meter relay with what Smith called a "very strong leg."

Woelfel finished in 4:59.4 to earn first place in the 1600.

Punxsy's Nathan Ward, who Smith commended for some good runs Tuesday in poor weather conditions, finished third with a time of 5:03.

St. Marys' eight points for first and second in the 1600 and nine more points for a sweep in the long jump left the Chucks in a 41-18 hole with lots of ground to make up.

Punxsy did what it could in the 400-meter dash, with Kevin Hughes earning a first-place finish with a time of 54 seconds and Eric Ingros taking third with a time of 56.9.

But St. Marys regained the points the Chucks had claimed with a win in the 400-meter relay.

Lettie picked up a first- place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48 seconds, but St. Marys claimed second and third places to keep its lead, 53-29.

Ward picked up a second-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:12, just one second behind Woelfel.

Smith said that in a meet where teams match up very well with each other, the close ones will determine it, and he said Tuesday night, all the close ones seemed to go St. Marys' way.

Punxsy took second and third in the discus, as well, with Jordan London (123-5) and Morgan (112-3.5) grabbing three points and one point, respectively.

Hughes and Burke each reached their second podium in the 200-meter dash, where Hughes (24.4 seconds) finished second and Burke (25.0) claimed third.

Tyler Presloid 36-6 triple jump was good enough for second-best, and in the high jump, Lettie claimed another place with a first-place jump of 5-6.

Chris Fairman also picked up a point with a third-place, clearing 5-2.

Standout freshman distance runner Bo Dinger lost another close one to Woelfel in the 3200-meter run, trailing his 10:48 by just eight seconds, and Morgan rounded out the Chucks' scoring with a second place in the javelin.

St. Marys won the 1600-meter relay to claim five more points and set the final score at 95-55.

The Chucks will be back in action Thursday when they travel to State College.

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