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Jackie Siefring was in "Beast Mode", qualifying in four events - while the boys had several performers qualify for state with impressive efforts in the regional track meet at Troy.
The boys 4x100 relay team of Dalton Bordelon, A.J. Ouellette, Ben Miller and Brandon Magee qualified for the state meet.

MAY 30, 2014 - TROY
Once again, it was a bitter sweet weekend for the Covington track team - more sweet than bitter - but still, some bitter as the 4x400 meter boys track team was very well in the hunt for a trip to state until some misfortunate struck with the baton hitting the ground on the second leg.

Still, Covington was able to send several competitors to the state track meet with outstanding performances.

First, senior Jackie Siefring was her typical unbelievable self as she qualified for state in all four of the events she competed in - the 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, long jump and 100 meter dash. Siefring dominated the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and placed second in both the long jump and 100 meter dash.

It's an amazing accomplishment for an athlete who is just eleventh months removed from a severe ACL injury suffered last summer in basketball and who has battled soreness from a hip injury that has lingered throughout track season. Siefring has been able to overcome the adversity due to her unmatched training, work ethic and desire.

Still, competing in several events has led to wear and tear on Siefirng's body and she's not sure what events she will take part in at state next week.

"The regional meet is always the toughest meet," Siefring said. "I am not sure if I want to do all four events next week. I will consult with my coaches on that."

Siefring is the lone Covington competitor from the girls team to reach state, but junior Heidi Cron was very close to getting out - only to finish just one place short in the 400 meter dash by less than a second.

The boys qualified several competitors to the state meet, led by senior Lane White and junior Ben Miller.

White shattered his own school record in winning the 400 meter dash (48.04) and cruised to fourth in the 200 meter dash (22.57), obviously pulling up down the stretch to save his legs for the 4x400 meter relay - an event in which the Buccs ultimately suffered a great misfortune by dropping the baton.

Even with his success in the 400 and 200, White had his own reservations about his 400 time.

"I wanted to finish in the 47s," White said as he was sprawled out in the infield catching his breath. "Dang it, I thought I had it."

Ben Miller swept the 110 meter hurdles (14.88) and the 300 meter hurdles (40.12) and was part of the Buccs' 4x100 meter relay team that qualified for state with a third place finish. Ben was joined in the relay by Dalton Bordelon, A.J. Ouellette and Brandon Magee as the group finished in the time of 44.18, just .17 behind first place Convoy Crestview.

Going to state in three events is a blessing for Miller, but he's more amped up that he will be joining his training partner (Jackie Siefring) at state in the hurdles.

"She is a great teammate to have and we push each other," Miller said of Siefring. "After the prelims, gettting the number one seed, that gave me confidence."

And Siefring felt the same way.

"Ben is a great guy and really pushes me," Siefring said. "I am so happy for him. We knew we had a good chance to do it."

Miller's time in the 110 meter hurdles was just .03 short of tying the school record held by Troy Cron, who graduated last year and is now serving his country in the United States Navy.

"That (Cron's record) is definitely a goal next week - he is in the Navy, but I will let him know," Miller said. "He has the record of 39.08 in the 300s. That is the one he said will stand - but I would like to get close to it next week."

Freshman Anna Dunn, who has battled respiratory issues over the past week, also competed at the regional meet for Covington. She gutted it out in the 1600 meter run, only to finish in 12th place in the time of 5:46.88.

In regards to the team standings, the girls finished fourth with 40 team points and the boys finished fourth with 42 team points.

For the kids who qualified for state, it's a great accomplishment and much deserved. However, there are kids on the Covington track team who didn't qualify that are much deserving as well - only to see bad breaks prevent them from enjoying the state experience in 2014.

First, the girls 4x800 meter relay team was a state caliber team, but saw it's quest end at districts in a controversial ruling of impeding a runner.

Second, sophomore Carly Shell, who qualified for state as a freshman, couldn't overcome unfortunate injuries in her quest to get back to state.

Finally, Alex Schilling suffered misfortunate in the 1600 meter run at districts and then as a member for the 4x400 meter relay team at regionals - a double whammy for a kid who has worked way too hard to not enjoy a trip to state.

Fortunately, the majority of these kids have opportunities left to reach the ultimate goal - getting to state.

And with their work ethic, no doubt they will come back even stronger in the years to come and kick open the door of opportunity of getting to the state meet.

Lane White shattered his own school record in the 400 meter dash, winning a regional championship in 48.04.
Jackie Siefring launches herself during the long jump.