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District 6XC roundup for Centre and Mifflin


REEDSVILLE – It was an eventful and successful day for the local contingent at the District 6 Cross Country Championships Saturday at Reedsville.

Centre County advanced 36 runners to Hershey, while Mifflin and Juniata County put five into states.

The PIAA championships are Saturday, November 2, with the girls’ Class A race starting things off at 9:30 a.m.

Mifflin/Juniata County

Juniata’s Garrett Baublitz captured his fourth District 6 Class 2A championship with a time of 15:49, a nine-second winner over second-place Von May of Bedford.

Baublitz, a two-time state champion in track last spring, looks for his first PIAA crown in cross country. The Indian senior was second at Hershey last season.

Mifflin County qualified four harriers to Hershey. On the girls’ side, Kylee Cubbison continues her amazing season by becoming the first Husky girl to run under 19 minutes. The Mifflin County sophomore, who took up cross country only eight months ago, crossed in 18:57 to finish second in the Class 3A race.

Teammate and senior Julia Montgomery finished 11th with a time of 20:44 to qualify for states. The senior let out a huge smile when she crossed the finish line and knew she made it to Hershey.

On the boys’ side, Brayden Harris finished third and Chase Sheaffer eighth to move on to the big dance.

Harris clocked in at 16:09 for his third trip to states. Sheaffer ran the course in 16:49 to become the first four-time cross country PIAA qualifier in school history.

Senior Mason Schomaker missed the cut by one placement finishing 13th with a time of 17:21.

Centre County

State College once again dominated the Class 3A races, while Penns Valley and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy advanced its teams to states in the boys’ 2A races.

The Little Lions won the championship in the girls’ race with a score of 21. Freshman Marlee Kwasnica won the contest with a time of 18:50.

All seven Little Lion runners placed in the top 10. After Kwasnica was Jordan Reed (18:58) in third, Lizzie Gilpatrick (18:58) took fourth, Elle Haushalter (19:54) came in sixth, Karsyn Kane (18:58) was seventh, Maggie Leahey (20:34) placed ninth and Mihret Strauss (20:37) took 10th.

The State College boys won the team title with an identical 21 points and put five runners in the top 10.

Junior Brady Bigger won the race with a time of 15:59, Ben St. Pierre (16:05) was second, Bennett Norton (16:40) came in fourth, Sean Adams (16:43) placed fifth and Henry Ballard (16:59) came in ninth. Also making the trip to Hershey for the Little Lions are Charles Endres (17:07) and David Gluckman (17:17).

Penns Valley edged St. Joseph’s 28-56 for the boys’ Class A team championship.

Junior Colton Sands won the race for the Rams with a blistering time of 15:14. Coming in second was teammate Brendan Colwell (15:50). Rounding out the scoring for the Rams was Daniel Kelly (17:14) in the sixth, Thaddeus Smith (17:27) in seventh, Simon Smith (18:07) finished 12th and Max Fielder (18:28) in 22nd.

The Wolves were the second team to qualify for states with Carter Kauffman (16:51) holding down the fourth spot, Josh Hershbine (17:12) taking fifth and Isaac Hyman (17:36) in eighth rounding out the top 10.

Other qualifiers were Aidan Cross (18:19) in 19th place, Jonah Clark (18:21) was 21st, Asa Reynolds (18:31) was 23rd and Josh Hyman (19:21) finished in 33rd place.

In girls Class A, Penns Valley had Kelsey Hull, sixth with a time of 20:04 and Alexis Durn (20:35) advanced to states. St. Joseph’s put Kate Youngmark (20:08) and Mya Chappell (20:13), seventh and eighth respectively into states, along with Brandi Carmack (20:45), Kathleen Simander (20:50) and Camryn Eby (20:52).

Bellefonte advanced two runners to states with Austin Melius placing seventh in the boys’ race with a time of 16:49 and Mia Elmore finishing ninth in the girls’ race clocking in at 20:39.

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