'Sweet and sour:' Lady Chucks split pair of duals
DUBOIS — Much like the boys' track team, the Punxsy girls' squad traveled to DuBois Tuesday evening to pick up a split in a pair of dual meets between the DuBois Lady Beavers and Northern Cambria.
While the Lady Chucks came up short on the score sheet against the Lady Beavers, 111-39, Punxsy head coach Barry Young said his team likes to focus on the positive, which came in the form of a 97.5-52.5 victory over Northern Cambria.
"It's kind of a sweet and sour kind of day, as I like to call it," Young said. "You have a double dual meet, and you lose against one team and win against the other. Even though we had a negative day against one team, we had a positive on the other. That's kind of been our thing this year: Not letting the negative things get us down. I keep saying it, but the sun will come up tomorrow."
The Lady Chucks started the dual against both teams on the right foot with a victory in the 3200-meter relay, where Juliann Boddorf, Kaston Mohney, Alexis Young and Ala Small beat DuBois and Northern Cambria with a time of 11:37.1.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Punxsy had two scorers, with Lindsey Reed taking second (18.9 seconds) and Shaina Reddinger finishing third (19.5 seconds).
Punxsy picked up a one-two finish in the 100-meter dash, where Karah Hollis' 13.1 seconds was good enough for first place, and Mikayla Ishman finished second with a time of 14.8 seconds.
The Lady Chucks extended their lead to 23-9 with first- and third-place finishes in the 1600-meter run. Alexis Young placed in her second event, winning with a time of 6:07.9, good enough for second in the DuBois dual.
Kaitlyn Glatt finished third for Punxsy with a 6:47.
Boddorf picked up her second podium of the day with a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.7.
Boddorf, Ishman and Hollis were also a part of the winning 400-meter relay team, which also included Logan Brooks.
The Lady Chucks' winning time was 57.2 seconds, extending their lead to 31-15.
Emily Reitz nabbed second place for the Lady Chucks in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 54.9 seconds, and Sarah Johnston placed third in 58.9 seconds.
Young picked up her second win of the the day in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:37.1, and Mohney placed in her second event with a third-place time of 3:03.6.
Hollis snagged her third victory of the day in the Northern Cambria meet with a 27.5-second 200-meter dash.
Boddorf also placed second in the event, tied with Northern Cambria's top finisher in 28.4 seconds.
Small won the 3200-meter run with a time of 13:35.1, and Young finished third in 14:19.5.
The 1600-meter relay team of Boddorf, Brooks, Reitz and Young rounded out the Lady Chucks' track dominance with a victory in 4:36.4.
Meanwhile, in the field events, Punxsy picked up first-place honors in five of the seven events against Northern Cambria.
Senior jumper Kirsten Dean finished first in the long and triple jumps, with leaps of 15-3.5 and 34-1, respectively.
Hannah Rummel was second-best in the long jump, going 12-6, and finished third in the triple, as well, bounding 27-7.5.
Hollis won her fourth event of the afternoon in the high jump, clearing 4-5.
Anna Monyak and Allie Mancuso tied for second in the pole vault, with scores of 6-9.
In the throwing events, Alexis Minich won the shot put and finished second in the discus, with throws of 28-3 and 83-4, respectively.
Santana Smith swapped spots with her in the events, finishing first in the discus and second in the shot. Her winning throw in the discus was 88-11, while her second-best in the shot was 28-0.5.
Northern Cambria picked up its only sweep in the meet in the javelin.
In the DuBois dual, Punxsy's Reddinger did earn three team points in the javelin with a throw of 74 feet.
While Young said he would have liked to see the squad score a bit better against the Lady Beavers, he also understood that wear and tear may be setting in at this point in the season.
"We've had a rough couple of weeks," he said. "We've had four meets in nine days, and for distance runners, sprinters and throwers, that can really wear on the body."
One thing remains a positive for his team, though: Consistency.
"Our performances have been consistent all year," Young said. "I enjoy that as a coach, when you can count on what your athletes will do. That's why DuBois is the favorite to win districts, though. We lost to a very solid team today."