|2012 COVINGTON BUCCS GIRLS TRACK TEAM...
With just fifteen girls on the track team, Covington coach Dave Tobias will look for his girls to compete in multiple events in order to gain as many points as he can.
"Our number aren't what we'd like, so it will be difficult for us to challenge for team championships this year," Tobias said. "But we do have some individuals who we feel can challenge for invitational and league championships this year."
Covington lost three seniors from a year ago in Josselyn Tobias, Raquel Brant and Emily Fields - seniors who scored a lot of points.
"All three scored a lot of points, but Fields will be the toughest one to replace," Tobias explained. "Right now we don't have a real distance runner like she was, but we do have some girls who we hope develop into that."
Unfortunately, one of those girls Tobias was hoping would ease the loss of Fields will miss a few weeks due to injury.
"Hannah Retz has the potential to be very good, but she will get a late start to the season because she's been hurt," said Tobias. "Retz, (Kayleigh) Cecil and (Tara) Snipes our our distance runners and we'll need them to step up."
Snipes will have her hands full as she will also compete in the 800 and 1600, two events in which she holds the school record. She established both marks last year as a sophomore; 5:20.70 in the 1600 and 2:20.67 in the 800.
"Tara will get us a lot of points," Tobias said. "She's one of the best mid-distance runners we've had here."
Jenna Rindler also returns for Covington after a breakout season a year ago that saw her qualify for the regional tournament.
"Jenna scored a lot of points for use last year in the shot and discuss and she continues to improve," stated Tobias. "She's already throwing farther than she did last year."
Anna Snider returns in the pole vault and sprint relays, while Shianne Fortner returns from an injury that cost her an entire season a year ago. Fortner, a sophomore, is the school record holder in the 100 at the junior high level.
"Shianne had some health issues last year," Tobias said. "Hopefully that's all behind her and she can pick up to where she left off in eighth grade."
Also returning for the Lady Buccs are seniors Haley Reames and Haliegh Murphy.
"Reames can run just about anything we ask her to run and Murphy gives us points in the shot and discuss," said Tobias.
Points for Covington will also come from freshman hurdler Sadie Canan, along with Ayla Alexander, Sami Snyder, Jordan Blanton, Megan Lange, and Brianna Grilliot.