|2016 COVINGTON BUCCS BOYS TRACK TEAM...
Kyle Moore returns for his fifth season as coach of the boy’s track team.
The Buccs have a strong group returning, including three-fourths of the 400 relay team that finished seventh at state in senior Brandon Magee and Shane Straw and sophomore Ethan Herron.
"All three have already shown a lot of quickness this year and we hope they can have another outstanding season in the sprint relays, as well as the 100 and 200," Moore said. "We also have some other guys who should be able to step in, guys like Jett Murphy, Jayce Pond and Casey Waag. Zane Barnes will lead our 400 runners after a breakout season last year."
The Buccs lost two strong distance runners in Alex Schilling and Nate Dunn to graduation.
"They will be really tough to replace," Moore said. "But, the cross country team has provided us with a lot of willing and able guys. Nathan Lyle had an outstanding freshman year in the 400 and 800, so he will lead the distance crew. Dylan Kelly and Mark Barga also got some experience last year and have looked good to start this season."
Moore also feels good about the field events.
"Zach Parrett is committed to being a great high jumper and after a freshman season where he cleared 5-10, we are confident he can go higher this year — as can Zane Barnes. Jett Murphy is back to pole vault this year and he has been working hard on his technique.
"His speed is back after a knee injury last year, so we are hoping for big things. Our throwers will be comprised entirely of freshmen, but they have great attitudes to start the year and I’m excited for them."
Moore has hopes for the team this spring.
"We are pretty young this year, but we also have a good group of seniors," he said. "And we have the biggest team we have had since I have been here, with almost 35 guys. So the goals are the same - to win the Covington Invitational and the Cross Country Conference meet - where we were second last year.
"We lost a lot of points in Ben Miller, (Alex) Schilling and (Nate) Dunn, so we will have to do it a different way. While I know Twin Valley South and Miami East will be there, I think we can do very well."