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Sports in brief

Macknair shines in opener

LOCK HAVEN — Mifflin County alum Chayce Macknair had an excellent start to his sophomore cross country season for Shippensburg University on Saturday as the former Husky won Lock Haven’s Winter Classic with a time of 14:51 in the 5K to begin the season.

Macknair was an All-PSAC First Team performer in his freshman year. Macknair finished 1.3 seconds ahead of East Stroudsburg’s Casey Ellis who finished seventh at the PSAC Championships last season.

Houtz among best at Liberty

LYNCHBURG, VA — Juniata’s Sydney Houtz put together some stellar finishes at the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference Championships as a member of the Liberty University swim team in February.

Houtz, a Juniata alum in her freshman season, made the A final in the 100 backstroke with a personal best time of 56.21 seconds, good enough for fifth in the conference. Houtz also made the B final in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 14th place with a personal best time of 2:05.35. Liberty and Florida Gulf Coast tied in the team race with 1,748.5 points.

Cubbison, Spriggle excel at Youngstown State

YOUNGSTOWN, OH — Mifflin County’s Kylee Cubbison and Ella Spriggle competed unattached in the Youngstown State High School meet in February and both runners put together excellent results.

Cubbison finished in fourth place out of a 75-person field in the 1,600-meter run with a personal best time of 5:09.02. Cubbison is currently ranked 23rd in the country in the class of 2022 for the 1,600-meter run.

Spriggle finished 10th in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.57 seconds. The senior is currently ranked 85th in the country for the class of 2021 in the 60-meter hurdles.

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