|2008 GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
The Lady Bucc runners look for leadership due to the loss of one of the top runners in school history.
Ashley Diltz is off to Wright-State University after one of the most memorable high school careers in Covington history. For four years Diltz was a leader in practice and the results showed up on the course.
Third year coach Libby Long is looking for someone to fill those shoes.
"We are fairly young," Long said ."We don't have any seniors, so the girls will have to pack run this year to help each other along the way."
What remains is a young group of runners hungry to make their own mark in Lady Bucc Cross Country.
Covington's most experience runner is junior Alyssa Reck, who will be counted on for leadership as the only other junior, Erin Waterfall, is in her first season in the sport.
The Lady Buccs have five sophomore on the squad with Raquel Brant, Emily Fields, Kayla Fissel, Sarah Cote and Carrie Spurgeon all returning after a season on the course as freshman.
That experience should help as will the addition of freshman Julianna Simon.
"Although we are young, we have girls who understand what it means to work hard," Long continued. "They are willing to work and push each other to get better."
One hurdle the team must overcome early in the season is the loss of returning letter winner Emily Fields, who will be out for a few weeks.
"Emily broke her foot, so she won't be available until mid-season," Long explained. "But these girls work very well together, so we're hoping we can overcome that."
Long will find out in due time as the Lady Buccs open the season at the Bob Schul Invitational in West Milton on August 23rd.
"We're looking forward to the season," Long said. "We have some challenges and I'm looking forward to seeing how hard these girls can push themselves. I'm excited to see what we can do in the end."