The Punxsy girls cross country team ran its record to 7-1 with a 15-50 shut out win over visiting Brockway yesterday on a beautiful fall day that was ideal for running.
The team also recognized its lone senior, three-time state qualifier Alexis Young.
“Alexis has had a great career so far, and I know she would like to end her senior cross country with a district team title and her fourth consecutive trip to the state meet,” said Punxsy girls coach George Wehrle.
“She is running just about as well as she ever has, and I can see her possibly becoming one of just a handful of Punxsy runners to ever break 20 minutes in a race before the season is over.”
Young (21:08) finished second overall to teammate Juliann Boddorf (20:45), as the Lady Chucks took the first eight places in the meet.
“Brockway is still a fairly new program and we knew going in that they aren’t quite in our league just yet, so the idea behind today’s race was just to get in a nice, solid effort without having to race too hard," explained Wehrle.
"In my opinion the girls still ran faster than they should have, but hopefully it won’t affect them moving forward as we head into our championship season.”
The next three Punxsy finishers were bunched together. Ala Small wrapped up third place in a time of 22:21. Korinne Young garnered fourth (22:36) and Kaston Mohney took sixth (22:42).
Marissa Greenblatt made it seven-straight Punxsy runners with a time of 23:34. In 25 seconds later, Logan Brooks came across the line in eighth (23:59).
Sophomore Elissa Hill recorded the only seasonal best on the day, running 24:52 to place eighth overall out of 19 runners.
“Elissa is running very well right now and did well to secure a seasonal best. She is only a few seconds off her career best and can hopefully pick that up in the next couple weeks,” added the Punxsy coach.
Rounding out the Punxsy girls were Kayla Carpenter (25:48), Tamera Anthony (26:52), Carolyn Barnett (26:58) and Kara Kunselman (27:45)
Punxsy will now be off until next Tuesday, when they travel to Brookville to take on the Raiders.
“We will do a controlled run next Tuesday because we travel to Slippery Rock next Thursday to take part in the Tri-State Championship meet," finished Wehrle.
"This meet typically attracts most of the best teams from the Pittsburgh area, so it will be the toughest competition we will face all season. We definitely have some minor injury issues, and I am hoping all the girls are healthy and ready to run their best in Slippery Rock.”
- Contributed by George Wehrle
Punxsy Boys 18, Brockway 45
By Chris Myers
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY – The Punxsy boys' cross country team celebrated its pair of senior runners while completing a perfect home dual season.
The Chucks honored Nathan Ward and William Boddorf before today's race before the home team eased past the Rovers of Brockway, 18-45, on Tuesday afternoon.
Bo Dinger captured the fastest time in the boys' field of 17:25 for first place to help the Chucks improve to 8-0 in dual meets.
"We were out to try and get our guys grouped together today," pointed out Punxsy coach John Smith. "Bo ran strong through the first two miles today."
Seth Burkett was runner-up 43 seconds later in a time of 18:08.
Brockway's top runner Dakota Lawton won a race to the finish with Ward (18:23) by .38ths of a second for third. Eric Ingros made it four Punxsy runners under 18 minutes for fifth in 18:56.
"Burkett, Ward and Ingros were all in 18 minutes which was good," said Smith. "We also had nice packing by (Luke) Fugate, (Jerad) Meterko and (Zachary) Moore following them."
Fugate came across the line in sixth (19:29). Meterko and Moore were separated by only two seconds for seventh (19:54) and eighth (19:56).
"We used today as a chance to see what we can do," added Smith. "We are still looking to close the gap between our groups. Overall, we are kind of pleased as we haven't lost any duals."
Joe Whitman had a good showing in 12th place (21:21) as the next home runner.
Senior Boddorf completed his final home performance in a time of 23:44 while Nate Hankinson completed the Chucks entrants in 24:36.