|2013 COVINGTON BUCCS GIRLS TRACK TEAM...
The Covington girl's track team doesn't have many kids on the roster, but what they do have is plenty of talent.
"This is the lowest number of girls I've had since I've coached here, but we have some good athletes," said Covington coach Dave Tobias of his roster of 13 girls. "We'll struggle winning meets because we don't have that many girls, but individually, we should do pretty well."
Leading the way for Covington will be senior Tara Snipes, who holds the school records in the 800 (2:18.35) and the mile (5:27.70) Snipes also is a returning state placer after finishing 8th in the state in the 800 as a junior.
"Snipes has been one of our most consistent runners over the past couple of years," said Tobias. "She holds two (school) records and placed at state last year, so obviously there's high expectations with her."
Senior's Anna Snyder and Jenna Rindler also return for Covington in several events. Snyder holds the school record in the pole vault (8 feet) and contributes in several relay events, while Rindler leads Covington in the shot and discus as a returning district qualifier.
"Rindler and Megan Lange will be our throwers," said Tobias. "Snyder will do the pole vault and run in some relay events."
Covington will be blessed too with the addition of junior Jackie Siefring and the long-awaited return of junior Shianne Fortner. Siefring joins the team after placing 3rd at the state meet in the 300 meter hurdles and 7th at state in the 110 meter hurdles last season at Russia, while Fortner returns to the track after a frustrating sophomore year that was lost due to illness.
"Jackie (Siefring) is a welcomed addition to the team and having Shianne (Fortner) back should help a lot in sprints and relays," Tobias said. "It's a shame Shianne lost most of last season with mono, but we're hoping that makes her more determined."
Siefring hasn't let off the gas peddle since placing at state last year as she competed in several indoor track meets over the winter, including the state indoor track meet in Akron earlier this month.
And she came home with a second place finish in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.28 and then placed 4th in the long jump with a distance of 16-10.75.
"She did a lot of indoor meet and it shows," Tobias said. "She placed in two events at indoor state, so that's pretty exciting leading into the season."
Also returning to the track this season will be juniors Briana Grilliot, Sarah Ray and Hannah Retz, along with sophomores Sadie Canan and Megan Lange.
"Briana and Sadie will help us in some sprints and relays and Sarah will run some relays and mid-distance events," said Tobias. "Hannah will run the 800 and some relay events, while Megan will be in the throwing events."
Three freshman join the team after solid campaigns in junior high a year ago.
"We have Carly (Shell), Julianna (Yingst) and Meghan (Parker) who are our freshman," continued Tobias. "Carly will run the 1600 and 3200, while Julianna and Meghan will fill in in several events."
Because Covington may have to shuffle the lineup from meet to meet to maximize team points.
It's the case of quality over quantity for the Lady Buccs track team.