Mifflin County cruises past CD East
Cubbison, Harris excel for Huskies
REEDSVILLE–The rain and wet grounds could not slow down the Mifflin County Huskies cross country team as both the boys and girls teams won their match against Central Dauphin East on Thursday afternoon at Indian Valley Elementary School. The boys won 18-37 and the girls came out on top, 23-32.
Brayden Harris and Kylee Cubbison each took the top spot handily and their fellow teammates followed suit. In the boys race, the Huskies had five of the top six finishers while the girls team had four of the top five.
Harris found his way to the front of the pack and pulled away early, never showing signs of slowing down. Coming in with a time of 15:52, Harris finished the race just over a minute and a half faster than teammate Chris Royer who took second place.
Loht was pleased with Harris’ performance, especially considering he battled injuries last season.
“He has a different attitude. He’s gonna take it one day at a time and as long as this (season) lasts, he’s gonna have fun,” Loht said. “He seems to be a happier runner than he was last year.”
Despite the rainy weather, the boys coach Greg Loht said that his runners actually enjoy running in that kind of weather as it keeps them refreshed and doesn’t drain energy as quickly as running in the heat.
“Runners like this kind of weather,” Loht said. “It’s a little bit cooled off, overcast, with a little rain. But we run in the rain so they were ready for action.”
Noah Spayd, of Central Dauphin East took third, but following close behind were Mifflin County’s C.J. Coffey and Caden Bell who finished within a second of each other. Coffey had a time of 18:19, and Bell came in at 18:20.
While Loht expects his runners to do well, he knew that the Huskies would take some of the top spots due to a weaker Central Dauphin East team. With tougher competition in tomorrow’s meet against a deeper Chambersburg team. Loht expects a tougher challenge for his team against the Trojans.
“We’re supposed to run at Chambersburg on Thursday and they’re a stronger team,” Loht said. “CD East usually has a couple of good runners, but they don’t have the depth. We were expecting to win. Chambersburg is going to be a different story.”
Chambersburg is a tough team that runs on a tough course so Loht is hoping that his runners can use the momentum of Tuesday’s win in their meet on Thursday.
“We’re going to be at their home course–it’s a pretty tough course, so we’ll see what we can do,” Loht said. “If we can hang with them, get in position and stay with them… we’ll see what happens. They ran well today and if they can continue to do that, hopefully we’ll keep improving.”
For the girls, Cubbison’s performance mirrored Harris’ in that they both found their way to the front, took the lead, and never looked back. Cubbison finished first with a time of 19:40, almost a full minute quicker than CD East’s Delaney Line who took second. Despite the big win, Huskies’ girls coach Jen Freed said Cubbison was pacing herself to prepare for Chambersburg on Thursday.
“We had to hold her back a bit because we knew she’d have a big lead,” Freed said. “We want to save her for Chambersburg and their course.”
Freed was also impressed with how her runners performed, and like Loht mentioned, her runners enjoyed running in the rain as well.
“The girls ran fantastic. I think running in the rain was a boost because it’s something different,” Freed said. “The girls were ready for today, bottom line.”
Addie Parson ran well, coming in third place, just five seconds behind the second place runner, Line, from CD East. Ava Harris finished fourth and Justice Sheaffer finished fifth, as the Huskies claimed four of the top spots en route to the win.
Freed was nothing but complimentary to all of her runners after their great performance, noting something impressive with each of her top five runners.
“Addie Parson ran an amazing race. Delaney (Line) is at the top, she’s right up there, so for Addie, as a freshman, to hang in there with Delaney and keep pace with her the entire race and not fall off… Addie did an awesome job,” Freed said. “Ava dropped two or three minutes from her time trials, even though she was by herself for most of the race, she was pushing herself and dropping that time. Justice ran a smart race. She came up the hill for the second lap, flipped a switch and took off. Sarah Diehl was our fifth girl and she, in that last lap, closed a huge gap. Even though she didn’t quite catch the other girl at the finish line, she did a great job. I can’t be prouder.”
Mifflin County will run at Chambersburg on Thursday.
Boys: Mifflin County 18, Central Dauphin 37.
1. Brayden Harris, 15:52; 2. Chris Royer, 17:33; 4. C.J. Coffey, 18:19; 5. Caden Bell, 18:20; 6. Cameron Steinbach, 18:33; 8. Dylan Kurtz, 19:20; 11. Maxwell Laudermilch, 19:47; 12. Dominic Reed, 20:15; 13. Cody Fultz, 20:29.
Girls: Mifflin County 23, Central Dauphin East 32
1. Kylee Cubbison, 19:40; 3. Addie Parson, 20:42; 4. Ava Harris, 22:11; 5. Justice Sheaffer, 24:16; 10. Sarah Diehl, 27:21; 11. Rachael Saldubehere, 27:31; 13. Madisyn Sieber, 33:56.