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Covington is sending several competitors to the state track meet after a memorable performance at regionals on Saturday.
Troy Cron swept the 110 and 300 meter hurdles at the regional meet.
The boys 4x400 meter relay team is headed to state.
Jackie Siefring qualified for state in two events.
The Buccs' one-two punch in the 300 meter hurdles, state qualifiers Dalton Bordelon and Troy Cron.
JUNE 1, 2013 - PIQUA
By Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call

Whether it was hurdles or distance, the Covington boys and girls track and field team had it covered Saturday at the Piqua D-III regional final.

Troy Cron and Jackie Siefring combined for three regional titles, while freshman Carly Shell won the girls 3,200 and Tara Snipes was second in the 800 on one of Covington's most productive days at a regional meet.

"That was sweet," Siefring said after watching both Cron and Dalton Bordelon advance to state in the 300 hurdles. "And Ben (Miller) ran a PR in the 110s. It was a great day for our hurdlers."

Cron swept the 110 hurdles, 14.85; and 300 hurdles, 38.95.

"We push each other in practice all the time," Cron said. "Actually, Jackie (Siefring) pushes us more than we push her. It's great having her. I wanted to Dalton (Bordelon and Ben (Miller) to both make it to state. Ben ran a great race, he just missed and Dalton made it. I think having been there (at state) is going to help me."

Bordelon ran a 40.32 in the 300 hurdles, finishing third.

"I have Troy (Cron) to push me every day in practice," Bordelon said. "I thought state was pretty realistic at the beginning of the year, but times really started to drop and I was a little nervous. But, I ran a good race today. I think having Troy over there at state is going to help me a lot."

Siefring put Wednesday's false start in the 100 hurdles behind her as best she could, cruising to a win in the 300 hurdles in 44.96.

"You have no idea (how difficult it was)," Siefring said. "I was just trying to make sure I didn't do anything the officials could disqualify me for. I came out of the blocks like a grandma."

She added a fourth-place finish in the long jump in 16-11 3-4.

"I fouled on four of the six jumps, so I will take it," Siefring said.

Siefring will be running just one hurdle event at state for the first time in her three-year career.

"It is definitely less stressful," Siefring said. "The 100 is definitely more stressful, because one mistake and you are done. But, I would take that stress. I am not over it (the false start in the 100 hurdles). I probably won't be over it until I run the race for the first time next year."

Shell continued her amazing year in track.

After breaking former Versailles state champion Tammy Berger's district record a week ago, she nearly matched it in winning the 3,200 in 11:32.71.

"I didn't expect this at the beginning of the year, but once it started happening, I went with it," Shell said. "My only disappointment was I didn't get faster this week, but that's OK. It is pretty amazing to be a regional champion as a freshman."

Tara Snipes was a state placer in the 800 a year ago — and hopes to move up the podium this year.

She finished second in 2:16.74, breaking her own school record.

"As long as I keep getting faster I am happy," Snipes said. "I wanted to get 2:15 before I was done and I am only a second away. So, that's a goal next week. And I want to move up higher on the podium (she was eighth last year)."

The Covington boys finished the meet on an upbeat note, taking fourth in the 1,600 relay (Ryan Craft, Brandon Magee, Alex Schilling, Dustin Fickert) in 3:28.58 to advance.

It was a wild final leg that included anchor. Tri-Village edged Covington by .02 of a second and Covington help off Delphos St. John's by .58 of a second to get the fourth and final spot to state.

"It was close there at the end," Fickert said. "I usually get the baton in the lead and I didn't today. I was just trying to get an inside lane."

The Buccs did it without normal anchor Lane White, who is injured.

"We are hoping to get him back in there next week," Fickert said. "I hope he can run. He deserves that chance."

The day had started with Ryan Craft, in his first year competing in track, taking fourth in the high jump, clearing 6-2.

"I did track in junior high and I always liked it," Craft said. "I can't say I expected that (getting to state), but I thought I could do well. I was nervous on the jump at 6-3. I knew when I cleared 6-2, that was probably going to get me to state."

Craft hopes to go higher at state.

"I did 6-4 3-4 earlier this year," he said. "So, I would liked to get up in that area."

In the final team scoring, Covington boys were third and the girls were sixth — now they prepare for the next hurdle Friday and Saturday at the state meet.?

Tara Snipes qualified for state in the 800 meter run.
Ryan Craft jumped his way to the state meet in the high jump.