Lady Chucks edge ECC by three points

ST. MARYS — Nineteen Punxsy girls scored at least a point during the Lady Chucks' track and field team's 76 1/2-73 1/2 victory over Elk County Catholic Tuesday in St. Marys.

The Lady Crusaders are one of the premier Class AA programs in District IX, and first-year head coach Barry Young was proud of his team's season-opening win.

"It was a quality win over a quality opponent," Young said. "Spreading those third-place finishes around really helped."

Punxsy (1-0) won two of three relays and earned seven first-place finishes in individual events.

Leading the way for the Lady Chucks was Nickita Martz, who won both the discus (91-6 1/2) and javelin (96-9) and took third in the shot put (30-7 1/2). Martz is District IX Class AAA's three-time defending javelin champion.

Also earning two first-place finishes was Karah Hollis, who won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 13.5 and 29.0 seconds, respectively.

Hollis also grabbed a second-place finish in the high-jump (4-8) and joined Juliann Boddorf, Kayla Cameron and Adrienne Hess during the Lady Chucks' 4x100-meter relay win in 57.1 seconds.

Punxsy's other first-place times came from Milea Schall in the 3,200-meter run (11:49), Timi Shiock in the high jump (4-10) and Aly Dickey in the triple jump (30-5). Punxsy only sweep of an event was in the high jump, where Dickey rounded it out with a third-place leap of 4-8.

The Lady Chucks won the 4x800-meter relay in 10:59.3, besting ECC by more than 20 points (11:20.9). Punxsy's 4x800 runners were Kaitlyn Nestel, Schall, Shannon Byerly and Alexis Young.

Another multi-event winner was Shannon Carpenter, who finished second in the pole vault (7-8), third in the long jump (14-0) and third in the triple jump (29-8).

Punxsy finished in second and third place in both hurdling events. During the 100-meter hurdles, Lindsey Reed took second place in 19.4 seconds, and Shaina Reddinger was third in 19.6.

Reddinger also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in 59.8, as she followed teammate Keaton Mohney, who took second in 54.9.

Boddorf followed her relay win by finishing second in the 400-meter dash (66.7) and tied for third in the 100-meter dash (14.0).

Punxsy's other second-place finishes came from Jacque Barnett (javelin, 80-9); and Young (800-meter run, 2:44).

Also finishing third for the Lady Chucks were Byerly (1,600-meter run, 6:05.3); Caro Feican (800-meter run, 2:48.9); Cameron (200-meter dash, 29.6); and Heidi Rodgers (3,200-meter run, 15:57).

ECC won the 4x400-meter relay, besting Punxsy by 10 seconds — 4:36.7 to 4:46.5.

The Lady Chucks return to the track and the field when they visit Brookville for a 4 p.m. start next Tuesday.