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The 2016 Covington girls cross country team won the school's ninth league title, second district title, first regional championship and finished 7th at state to stake claim as the best girls cross country team in school history.
HEBRON, OH - The Covington girls cross country team concluded a historic season on Saturday at the Division III state cross country meet in Hebron, Ohio - finishing seventh in the team standings.
It was also an improvement over last year's ninth place finish as a team.
Anna Dunn, the lone senior on the team, capped her career with her fourth straight appearance at state by leading the Buccs with a 44th-place finish in 19:41.6.
Junior Paige Boehringer was right behind in 46th in the time of 19:43.1.
Four more Covington runners accumulated team points that ultimately proved to be significant as Ashley Plessinger finished 73rd in 20:23.4; Kelsey Dysinger came in 115th in 20:55.2; Danielle Alexander was 117th in 20:58.2; and Emma Dammeyer finished 155th in the time of 22:16.2.
It was a monumental effort for the girls - first to return to state as a team, and second to improve on last year's performance.
Entering the season the Lady Buccs had to fill a void left behind by the graduated Carly Shell, who is now running collegiately at Ohio University.
But the Lady Buccs hit their stride late in the season - winning the league meet, the district meet and then the regional meet in consecutive weeks. In all, the girls won the school's ninth league title, second district title and first ever regional championship.
Peaking at the right time, the Covington girls put forth a program-best 7th place finish at the state meet - finishing as the best girls cross country team in school history.