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SETTING RECORDS TO QUALIFY FOR STATE...
The Covington boys and girls track programs will be very well represented thanks to record-setting performances at the regional track meet in Troy.
Cade Harshbarger is headed back to state in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles.

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TROY - The Covington boys had a huge regional tournament, qualifying several to state.

And Jett Murphy feels good heading into his final high school competition.

Murphy and Ansonia’s Brock Shellhaas had another showdown in the pole vault - with both vaulters clearing 14-8 and then just missing at 15-2. Ansonia's Matthew Shook also made it to state with a height of 13-6.

"This has been a really fun year," Murphy said about his competition with the two. "It is great to have three vaulters from the CCC going to state. We are all really good friends."

Murphy made 14-4 and 14-8 on his first attempt, while Shellhaas cleared those heights on his second attempt.

That was the difference in the final standings.

"To be honest, I didn't (think 14-8 on his first attempt would be enough to win)," Murphy said. "It is always good to make a height on your first attempt. I finally got on my big pole tonight."

At 15-2, both were close.

"I can get that height," Murphy said. "I just haven't been on that pole enough. I have a really good feeling going to state. I feel good and I am jumping well."

Finishing third in the 110-meter high hurdles probably only added fuel to the fire for Covington senior Cade Harshbarger Friday night at the Troy Division III regional track and field meet.

Running third late in the 300 hurdles race, Harshbarger finished strong and defended his title in the 300 hurdles, winning in 39.25.

"I was third (in the 300 hurdles) with two hurdles ago," Harshbarger said. "Fortunately, I had enough left in my tank to win. It was definitely a goal after winning here last year. Especially after finishing third in the 110s. That was disappointing."

Harshbarger will be running at state in both races for the third time.

"As a sophomore, I didn't make the final in either race," Harshbarger said. "Last year, I placed in one. So, this year, I would like to make it up to the podium in both events."

Covington also had two relays advance to the state meet.

The 800 relay (Alex Shaffer, Gray Harshbarger, Nathan Lyle, Ty Freeman) and the 1,600 relay (Gray Harshbarger, Andrew Cates, Freeman Lyle) both finished third in 1:31.23 and 3:26.67 respectively.

Covington's 4x200 relay team broke their own school record on Friday.

In the girls competition at the regional track meet in Troy, Breanna Kimmel made Covington school history.

And teammate Rayna Horner had a perfect night.

Both played a big role in propelling Covington to a third-place finish at the Troy Division III regional meet - and both will be competing in three events at the state meet next week.

Kimmel became the first Covington girl track and field athlete to advance to state all four years.

"Of course, Jackie (Siefring, who ran for Russia as a freshman and sophomore) made it to state all four years, but not all four were at Covington," Kimmel said. "It means a lot to be able to do something like that."

Kimmel and Horner teamed with Tori Lyle and Morgan Lowe for a school record in the 800 relay in 1:43.82 and with Lowe and Paige Boehringer for a school record in the 1,600 relay, 3:59.57 - winning regional titles in both races.

"We wanted to get the school record in both races and we did that," Kimmel said. "It feels good to win the regional in both events. It is my senior year, I want to finish up on the podium."

Kimmel also advanced in the 100, finishing third in 12.72.

"In the past, I finished fourth at the regional in the 100," Kimmel said. "We will see how that goes. It will just depend on my start (if she can make finals). I will be competing in three events, so that will be a little hectic. But, we will find a way to make it work."

Horner added a win in the 400 in 57.25 to her perfect night.

"I just feel blessed to have the opportunity to compete in three events at state," Horner said. "I am ranked in even higher this year (in the 400), so that does (create bigger expectations at state)."

And Horner enjoys running in the relays as well.

"Breanna (Kimmel) and I both scratched from the 200 to run in the 4×2(800 relay)," Horner said. "So, that is something we enjoy doing. I am really happy with how everything went tonight."

Lauren Christian had another great regional meet for the Buccs as well.

While Christian was three-feet beyond everyone else in the shot put, with a winning distance of 42-8 - she was taking nothing for granted.

"You feel like you should win," she said. "But, at the same time you know any of those other girls can make a big throw."

The junior had a put of 42-0 1-4 on her final throw in prelims, before hitting her winning put in the finals.

"I got it on my last throw," Christian said. "I think there is (a different expectation level at state this year). Last year, I wasn't even expected to make finals and finished sixth. I want to finish a little higher this year."

She finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 120-0 - after winning the shot put Wednesday - to advance to state in both events for the second straight year.

Jett Murphy won a regional title in the pole vault to advance to state.
Paige Boehringer runs in the 4x400 meter relay.
Ty Freeman runs the anchor of the 4x200 meter relay.