|2015 COVINGTON BUCCS GIRLS TRACK TEAM...
Who's gonna fill those shoes?
That's the question many are asking with the graduation loss of the top female track athlete in school history, Jackie Siefring - who owns five school records, who two state titles, four state medals and is now excelling at Akron University as a true freshman.
Filling those shoes will be done by committee this year as Covington twenty-seven athletes field the Lady Buccs' track team, twelve of those being from a very talented freshman class.
But the leadership will come from the four returning seniors, Heidi Cron, Sadie Canan, Megan Lange and Lauren Houshel. Cron is a standout 400 meter runner and an all-around performer in the relays, while Canan has experience in hurdles and sprints. Lange is a dependable thrower who contributes points, while Houshel returns to the track for her senior season.
Junior Carly Shell returns after a frustrating sophomore season where she battled injuries, but the league record holder in cross country looks to make some noise once again in distance events. She will have internal competition from sophomore Anna Dunn, who qualified for state this past fall in cross country.
Junior Meghan Parker returns to lead Covington in the long jump, while junior Julianna Yingst give the Lady Buccs flexibility in distance relays and individual distance events. Two more junior, Danielle Swabb and Kayleen Good will contribute in the shot and discus along with sophomore Kelsey McReynolds.
Returning sophomores Allison Angle, Savanna Schaurer and Natalie Snyder will contribute in team points in relay, sprints and hurdles, while the freshman class provides options to coach Dave Tobias is filling out a team that should compete for the league title.