|2009 COVINGTON BUCCS GIRLS TRACK TEAM...
Uncertainty with injuries and graduation losses, the Covington girls track team looks for continued success with a talented group of returning letter winners leading the way.
The Covington girls track team consists of a nice mix of returning standouts and younger girls looking to have an impact this spring.
Seniors Renee Otte, Kelsey Tobias and Holly Tobias return to lead the team of twelve with leadership and work ethic.
The health of Otte is the big question as the senior has suffered a series of unfortunate injuries the past few years. She was a state placer in the long jump as a freshman and qualified for state last season as a junior, although not 100% healthy after suffering an injury that ended her sophomore season.
Otte returns this year after suffering another injury during basketball and hopes to find her health later in the season. Regardless, Otte has put together one of the most successful careers in school history and her leadership will be a key component to this years team.
Kelsey and Holly Tobias are outstanding athletes who can compete in a variety of events, from mid-distance, sprints, long jump and high jump. They are also key contributors on several relay teams for the Lady Buccs.
Replacing Ashley Diltz, who is now running at Wright State University, will be difficult, but Covington has the talent to do so.
Three members of the 4x800 Meter Relay team return - a team that fell just short of qualifying for state a year ago. The unit of Holly Tobias, Josselyn Tobias and Alyssa Angle return with Diltz being the only one of the foursome moving on.
Potential replacements appear to be Kelsey Tobias, Kayla Fissel, Haley Reames or Rachel Rindler.
Covington should be strong once again in long distance events as several girls have Cross Country experience, including Kayla Fissel, Eric Waterfall and Emily Fields.
Sprinting events are an uncertainty with the status of Otte unknown. Rindler, Watterfall, Josselyn Tobias, Kelsey Tobias and Holly Tobias all are candidates to participate in sprints and sprint relays for Covington.
Newcomers Samantha Snyder, Haley Reames and Tiffany York will contribute in several events as well.
Much like the boys team, the girls will likely be counted on to compete in several different events through the season.