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MC’s triple threat; Sechler, Wert and Cubbison punch ticket to State Indoor Championships

By Kenny Varner


For its third and final time this regular season, the MIfflin County Indoor track and field team traveled to Penn State to participate in the third installment of the State College Invitational.

With it gave the MIfflin County athletes one more opportunity to qualify for state competition and a chance to add a new personal record.

Josiah Sechler took top honors in the long jump with a leap of 22’2 1/4”.

He was followed very closely by Dillon Wert who finished second with his top mark of 20’11 3/4”.

Wert and Sechler also took second and third, respectively in the boys triple jump. Wert finished with a jump of 43’ 6” and Sechler finished with a leap of 41’ 3 1/4”

The girls were led by Kylee Cubbison as she finished strong in the 3000-meter run.

In the race, Cubbison got off to a strong start and broke out in front of Hershey’s number one seeded Brooke Preputnick. After five laps,  Cubbison, seeded second, extended her lead to almost a quarter length.

As the race started to wind down, Cubbison seemed to be running stronger increasing her lead with every stride.

Preputnick started to kick it in trying to alleviate the distance between the two.

Going into the last leg of the race, Cubbison hit the afterburners and found herself running against herself as he opponent was nowhere to be seen, giving her the win with a top time of 10:15.58. The time topped her previous best of 10:30.98.

Caden Kauffman also picked up a win for the Huskies as he took the boys high jump at 6’ 0”.

Starting things off on the night was the boys 4×800 relay team. The Huskies fared well placing second with a time of 8:50.27.

In the 60-meter hurdles, MIfflin County had two runners in the mix. Tanner Ferguson finished with a 13th place time of 10.59 while teammate Cole Chilson followed right behind with a 14th place finish of 10.66.

Colby Yoder finished his 60-meter run with a finishing time of 7.67

Braden Schaeffer also had a steady performance, posting a 13th-place time of 7.80.

In the mile, Conrad Coffey paced the Huskies pushing a 16th place time of 5:01.17 while teammate Isaac Parks finished in 21st place with a mark of 5:14.34.

Dominic Reed finished his second heat 14th-place performance with a time 58.89.

Dreyson Weaver followed Reed with a 1:05.91 good enough for 17th.

In the 800-meter run, Max Laudermilch added to Huskies solid performances finishing with a 2:18.84. Teammate Abe Talib rounded things out with a finishing time of 2:48.75.

Colby Yoder got the nod in the 200-meter run. He started out in the third heat as well as Schaeffer.

The two finished side-by-side en route to times of 25.24 and 25.25, respectively.

In the boys 3000, MIfflin County were represented by the duo of Chris Royer and Cody Fultz.

Royer finished in the top 10 with an 8th-place time of 9:43.50 while Fultz finished with a 16th-place time of 10:30.51.

In the shot put, Alexander Price finished with a strong 4th-place performance of 43’ 5” while his teammate Travis Renninger was next with a 5th place throw of 40’6”.

Mifflin County finished with a strong 7th-place finish with a combined time of 1:40.60.

The Huskies finished their track action on the night when the 4×400 team went to the starting line. They would finish with a mark of 3:53.35.

On the girls side, the girls started their night in the 60-meter run.

Leading the Huskies in the race was .  Macaela Christie led the Huskies’ runner with a time of 9.32 good enough for 26th while Lexi Anderson finished with a time of 9.87.

Two standout cross country runners represented the Huskies in the Mile run.

Addie Parson finished 11th and second in her heat with a overall time of 5:53.17 while Justice Sheaffer finished strong with a 6:37.37.

Ava Wagner was the lone MIfflin County participant in the 800 run. She finished with a 2:54.52.

In the 200, Lily Yoder had an explosive race running neck-in-neck with Carlisle’s Melissa Pham in the second heat. Her time was 28.39 good enough for eighth.

Lexi Anderson rounded out the event with a finishing time of 33.80.

In the long jump, Lily Yoder finished 11th with a leap of 15’ 1” while teammate Sophia Plank notched a 12th place jump of 14’ 8”.

In the triple, Yoder finished 33’ 2 3/4”.

Teammate Tai Ematat followed suit with a 10th place finish of 29’ 8”

Rounding out the night for the girls was the 4×400 relays. The Huskies found themselves in the second heat. They finished the night with a time of 5:00.2.

I thought we had a good night. We had three that qualified for state competition and increased their seedings. So we’re happy with that,” said MIfflin County assistant coach Greg Loht. “That’s what we came to do. I thought the others kids that were competing did a nice job. Kudos to Kylee, Dillion and Josiah. They knew what they needed to do and were on the edge of not making states and they all came up with big performances.”

The Indoor State Championships will be held this Saturday at Penn State University.

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