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BUCC BOYS SECOND AT DISTRICTS...

By Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call

MAY 21, 2011 - ST. PARIS
Covington boys track and field coach Josh Long had to say it after watching freshman Lane White's performance at Dallas Stadium Saturday at the Division III district meet Saturday.

"I told Lane (White) it is not supposed to be easy," Long said with a smile. "That this doesn't happen ever year."

Long may have been referring to the Buccs taking home district hardware after a second-place finish as a team behind Anna.

Or the fact that all White did as a freshman was run on the winning 3,200 relay team Wednesday, edge Lehman freshman Justin Stewart for first in the 400, 52.20; and make up 60-70 yards on the anchor led of the 1,600 relay (with Dustin Fickert, A.J. Ouellette and Willy Hoffert) to take Covington from fifth to second in 3:29.96.

"No, I didn't expect this at all," White said about his impressive debut. "I  was hoping to win the 400. I wasn't thinking about second (in the 1,600 relay). I just wanted to do whatever I could for the team."

But, when he blew by the second, third and fourth place runners like they were standing still on the backstretch, he made a hard of run as he could at eventual winner West Liberty-Salem.

"Once I got past those other runners, then I decided to see how close I could get," White said.

But, he was hardly the only reason Long was smiling — or the Buccs took home hardware.

"We had a lot of great performances. It was a great team effort all the way around," he said.

Dustin Fickert won the 800, 2:01.91; while Willy Hoffert's second-place finish in the 3,200, 10:27.17.

"He's been with me four years," Long said about Hoffert. "He is the only one that has. His hard work has paid off. Dustin ran a great race."

For Covington, finishing second was Troy Cron, 110 hurdles, 15.85.

Sam Christian was third in the both the discus, 149-10; and shots put, 47-6 1-2.

Taking fourth was the 400 relay (Alex Baskerville, Jake Bitner, A.J. Ouellette, Isaiah Winston), 45.57.

Covington's Tara Snipes took third in the 800, 2:21.01 to advance; while Jenna Rindler did the same, finishing fourth in the discus, 105-4.

Sam Christian qualified for the regional meet in both the shot and discus.