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Wert ends day with two top 10 finishes; Sechler and Cubbison finish 11th

Photos by Jeff Shomo
By Kenny Varner

UNIVERSITY PARK – The best of the best converged to the campus of Penn State to display their talents in the PTFCA Indoor track and field championships.

Mifflin County was represented by Field competitors Dillon Wert and Josiah Sechler.

On the girls’ side Kylee Cubbison represented the Huskies in the 3000-meter run and mile run.

“I thought the kids performed really well. They were right in their wheelhouse where they e been all year. Right now, we just had a bunch of kids that out-jumped what they had coming into the meet,” said MIfflin County coach Scott Sechler. “I’m proud of the kids. This is a AA and AAA meet combined in one event so to even make it is an accomplishment in itself. I am super proud of the kids. They performed well. They gave their best. They have a great attitude and they represent MIfflin County well.”

The first Husky to participate was Wert in the long jump. Wert’s qualifying jump was strong enough to qualify him in the long jump with teammate Josiah Sechler.

Wert also qualified in the triple jump. His jump of 43’ 6” secured him his quest to make state competition.

Starting in the second flight Wert was successful with 21.4 1/4”. The jump was good enough to capture ninth and was third place for Wert in his flight.

In the triple jump, Wert started in the second flight on the day, ranked ninth in the state.

After scratching in his first jump, Wert sailed his way to 7th place with a jump of 42’ 11”. But he was dropped down to 10th by his last jump.

After his last jump, Wert finished in 10th place.

Josiah Sechler, who was ranked fifth in the state, was in the top flight in the long jump looking to capture a medal in the event.

He came in with a qualifying mark of

22’ 2 1/4” good for 11th.

When the dust settled and Sechler finished his last leap, his jump of   Was good enough for 11th with his final jump of 21’ 1 1/2”.

In the final event of the evening for the Huskies, Cubbison took to the course to medal and better her team record time in the 3000-meter. She reached the state championship with a convincing 10:15.58.

She also qualified with a time of 5:07.19 in the Mile-run. Cubbison finished her first event with a 14th place time of 5:13.34.

In her final event, Cubbison came into the 3000 ranked ninth in the state.

She finished with an 11th place time of 10:18.42.

With the strong performances of the three, the trio should jump right into the spring season that will begin in a few short weeks.

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