JOHNSONBURG — Punxsy's junior high track team traveled to the annual Johnsonburg Junior High Track and Field Invitational Saturday, and out of 12 teams, the Chucks took fifth place overall.
A number of Chucks helped the cause, which was led by Nathan Lingenfelter, who placed second overall in the triple jump, measuring in at 35-1.
The Chucks also had two third-place finishes. In the field events, Alex Young earned third in the shot put, throwing 38-0.
The 4x800-meter relay team also earned points by finishing third with a time of 10:21.20. The team included Brady Young, Joseph Whitman, Devin Kelly and Austin McKendree.
The other relay team which placed for the Chucks was the 4x100-meter team, which consisted of Ethan Riley, Brady Snyder, Lingenfelter and Alex Young. The team finished in a mere 53.97 seconds.
The distances running was a very strong point for the junior high boys. In the 1600-meter run, Kelly finished fourth overall in 5:28.
He was followed closely by Brady Young, who earned sixth in 5:35, which was his personal best.
The final place winner on track was McKendree, who took sixth overall in the 3200-meter run by clocking in at 12:28.
The Chucks had a number of top finishes in the field. The other top place winner were Nathan Ray, who took fourth in both the discus (93-11.5) and the triple jump (32-0).
Also place- winning in the triple jump was Jerad Manners, who earned fifth overall with a jump of 31-11.
The Chucks had two place winners in the high jump. Brady Snyder captured fifth overall with a jump of 4-10, and Ray cleared 4-8 for sixth place.
The final place winner at Johnsonburg was Manners, who earned sixth in the long jump (14-10).
With the strong performance at the invitational, the Chucks proved they could bounce back from a defeat last Thursday against Altoona, which earned a convincing 124-17 victory in the dual meet.
Punxsy had just two Chucks who earned points in multiple events. Braxton Giavedoni took first place in the 100-meter dash, clocking in at 12.4 seconds. He followed that performance with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash (26.9 seconds).
Alex Young had two place-winning events in the field. He earned second in the shot put (37-3) and third in the discus (81-0).
The other point scorers for the Chucks were Lingenfelter (second place, triple jump, 34-4); Buck Brett (third place, pole vault, 7-0); Kelly (third place, 1600-meter run, 5:24.4); and McKendree (third place, 3200-meter run, 12:11.3).