|SO FAR, SO GOOD FOR THE BUCCS AT REGIONALS...
Covington had a big first day at the regional track meet in Troy as several athletes advanced to the final and five athletes earned state births.
MAY 23, 2012 - TROY
By Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call
Covington's Sam Christian defended his "home" turf in the discus, while the Buccs got a repeat performance in the 3,200-meter relay at Wednesday's Troy Division III regional track and field meet.
Christian launched a distance of 154-11 on his second throw and it held up as the winning throw - with Anna's Ryan Spicer second with a throw of 153-10.
"That's my PR," Christian said. "I wouldn't say I was thinking only about winning, but I wanted to do well. This is kind of like home to me. I practice here all the time."
Christian is returning to state - and feels like he has something to prove.
"Last year at state, that wasn't good," Christian said about not placing. "I think just having been over there and seeing what I need to do, that is going to help me a lot."
And he is not satisfied yet.
"I still feel like I have a lot more distance in me," he said. "There is a lot of room for improvement."
Christian will put the shot Friday, looking for his first state berth in that event.
"Not really (it doesn't take the pressure off)," Christian said. "I really want to make it in the shot too."
And he will have the advantage of being on his "home" turf.
It was repeat performance for the Covington 3,200 relay team (Dustin Fickert, Isaiah Winston, Alex Schilling, Lane White), who finished fourth in 8:15.45 to earn a state berth in that event for the second straight year.
Fickert, Winston and White also ran on last year's team.
"I think it is great to make it to state again," Fickert, who had the Buccs in the lead after the opening leg, said. "A little like ours - you hope to make it once - to make it two years in a row is great."
It was a new experience for Schilling, a freshman.
"It is pretty exciting to be going to state," he said.
White ran the anchor leg and was comfortable from the start.
"I knew we were in pretty good position," he said. "I think it is going to be easier this year (at state). We won't be as nervous."
And the Buccs may have their eyes on the three MAC schools (Minster, St. Henry, Coldwater) that finished in front of them.
"We don't mind having another shot (at state)," Winston said.
Covington's Troy Cron advanced in both hurdles races, with the second fastest time in the 110 high hurdles, 15.07; and the third fastest time in the 300 intermediate hurdles, 40.64. A.J. Ouellette (11.51) advanced to the finals in the 100, while White qualified in the 400.