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Reese Cubbison earns his spot in XC State Championships

courtesy of Gregory Loht

REEDSVILLE – Reese Cubbison models his new tee shirt. Cubbison advances  to the Pennsylvania AAA State Cross Country Championship next week.

In Reedsville Saturday morning, at the Boys’ AAA District 6 Cross Country Championship, Husky Sophomore Reese Cubbison placed 11th and punched his ticket to the PIAA Cross Country State Championship in Hershey next weekend.
The winning team advances along with the first five finishers not on that team.  Polled second in Pennsylvania, State College showed why it is ranked there. The Little Lions finished 1-5 plus 8th and 9th with a perfect 15 point score. Isaac Opperman took first (15:55) and younger brother Theo second in the SC onslaught.
Mifflin County finished 5th in the 8 team field. Cubbison was fourth (excluding SC) earning him the coveted prize of a trip to Hershey. He finished in 17:02.  The Husky finishers include Aidan Scavitti 27th (18:10), Cody Fultz 28th (18:16), Caden Bell 29th (18:23), Koy Aurand 35th (18:49), Styers Oden 38th (19:29), and Wyatt Kauffman 40th (19:38).
“Heading into Districts we knew that both Reese and Caden had a chance to advance. They had a good start and were in a nice position through the first mile. Reese moved up in the second mile and secured his spot. Caden didn’t feel well and tried to push through the discomfort. The second and third mile turned from a race to just surviving and finishing. Caden ran three races this season fast enough to advance but today just wasn’t his day.”
When Cubbison was asked about his upcoming Hershey trip he responded; “ The race was hard but it all worked out. It is nice being able to go to states.”
“Aidan ran a nice race. Through September he kept improving and when October rolled in he was one of the varsity scorers. Cody used a strong last mile to end his senior campaign. Koy, Styers and Wyatt will all be back next year. Districts is what we focus on and this experience will be beneficial for the next couple of years. “
“I was expecting better results today. We had a good week of practice and I thought rested and ready to go.  Only Caden and Cody will graduate so the majority will be back.”
In the unseeded Boys’ race, MC place fourth. Hoyt Rodenbaugh lead the way for Miff Co with a 9th place finish (18:43).  Hart Oden was 15th (19:53), Camryn Treaster 21st (20:52), Logan Breneman 23rd (21:30) and Nathan Goss 26th (25:25).
“The jV’s went out and competed. Hoyt missed the first half the season but has raced well the last few weeks. Four of the five will return next years and we look forward to their continuing contributions to the team.”

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