The Mifflin County Boys’ Cross Country team finished third at the District Six AAA Championship in Reedsville Saturday morning where senior Conrad Coffey placed 10th and will advance to the PIAA State Championship November 5th at Hershey’s Parkview Course. Coffey ran a life time best of 16:57 in the 5000 meter event.
“Conrad was one spot short last season and was determined to get to Hershey this year,” said Coach Greg Loht. “ He had that goal on his mind and put together a great race.”
Using a conservative start, Coffey worked his way thru the field, landing on the podium for a district medal. With only five AAA teams in District 6, Williamsport, Shikellamy and Selingsgrove from District 4 were added to the team entries.
“We knew that the D-4 teams coming in had some good runners and thought it would take a sub 17:00effort to qualify,” said Loht.
Only the winning team plus the first five individuals (not on the winning team) advance to the state meet. “It’s great to see Conrad’s hard work pay off.”
Caden Bell lead a Husky charge taking 21st in 17:45, while Cody Fultz was 22nd (17:49), Hart Oden 23rd (17:51) and Reese Cubbison 26th (18:00) while finishing the MC scoring. The sub 15 second gap boosted Mifflin County to its third place finished. Luke Breneman placed 34th in 18:21. Styers Oden did not finish.
“We’ve been plagued with various issues this season but the boys put it all together today. We faced Altoona several times this fall and came up short every time. I’m glad we could turn that around today,” said Loht. “The kids kept their focus with almost all ending their season with a personal or season best.
In JV action, Maxwell Laudermilch placed 26th (19:11), Cameron Barben 41st (19:57), and Nathan Goss 101st (26:40).
“MC had a good day. I’m proud of their effort and determination,” said Loht. “ It was a great way to end the season.”
State College’s Nick Sloff took first (16:10) leading his team to the AAA title with Williamsport taking second, MC 3rd, Altoona 4th, Selingsgrove 5th, Shikellamy 6th, Hollidaysburg 7th and Central Mountain 8th.