MAY 10, 2014 - COVINGTON
The anticipation for something special happening was in the air Friday night at the Covington Invitational every time two unbelievable athletes took to the track prior to each one of their respective races.
Everyone was checking the weather on their mobile devices, watching the sky for dark clouds and keeping tabs on the flag at the west end of Smith Field for wind conditions. The temperatures were perfect and fortunately the predicted thunderstorms that were expected to move through the area never materialized - which only increased the anticipation every time Covington's Lane White and Jackie Siefring was in the starting blocks.
And the two kids delivered "Big Time", breaking records in nearly every individual event.
Jackie Siefring broke her own school record in the 100 meter hurdles in the time of 14.83 and in the process set a new meet record. She then broke her own school record record in the 100 meter dash in 12.60 and won the 300 meter hurdles in 47.34. Siefring concluded the night with her record-breaking invitational performance by shattering the school and meet record in the 200 meter dash in the time of 25.59.
Lane White then took the invitational by storm with a breathtaking performance in the 400 meter dash by shattering not only the meet record, but Covington's school record in the time of 48.69. He then set the meet record in the 200 meter dash in the time of 21.90, just .20 short of the Covington school record.
It wasn't just Siefring and White who stood out for Covington as Ben Miller won the 110 meter hurdles in the time of 15.30 and the 300 meter hurdles in the time of 41.08. The girl's 4x800 meter relay team of Carly Shell, Heidi Cron, Anna Dunn and Hannah Retz won in the time of 10:15.67 and Alex Schilling surged from behind to win the boy's 1600 meter run in 4:37.43.
In regards to the team standings, the boys finished second to Anna with 92.5 team points despite having a few competitors sitting out as injury precautions. The girls placed fourth as a team with 80 team points, which was an outstanding effort considering Carly Shell wasn't at full strength and was unable to run many of her distance events.