|2021 COVINGTON TRACK PREVIEW...
After a year away from the sport due to COVID, the Covington boys and girls track teams look to continue that tradition of success in 2021.
The 2021 Covington boys track has a roster of 21 athletes who aspire to maintain a tradition of success on the track under second year coach Jason Sutherland.
With last year's season cancelled due to COVID-19, there is a lot of unknowns coming into the season as to who will emerge as key contributors.
The Buccaneers will rely heavily on the three seniors - Trentin Alexander, Bennett Welborn and Jack Ballard. Alexander, who played baseball as a sophomore, looks to have an impact on the track, while Welborn returns with plenty of experience as a distance runner for the Buccs. This is Ballard's first season on the track for Covington.
The remaining of the roster consists of seven juniors, six sophomores and five freshman.
Dave Tobias returns for his 21st season as coach.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Alyssa Kimmel, Kayla Mitchell and Ellery Reck.
The top sprinters will include Kimmel, freshman Carlie Besecker, Bryanna Kenworthy, Whitney Welch; and sophomores Madison Supinger, Eve Welborn, Summer Anderson and Lauren York.
The top distance runners will include sophomores Haley Hargrave, Teylor Meyer and Ella Remley and freshman Johanna Welborn and Ella White.
The throwers will include sophomores Jenna Belmaggio and Ali Gostomsky, while Mitchell and Remley will high jump, Besecker and Kimmel will long jump and Reck will pole vault.
“We are very young and underclassmen heavy with 11 athletes in grades nine and 10,” Tobias said. “It looks good for the future of Covington High School girls track and field. We are looking forward to having leadership from Alyssa Kimmel, Kayla Mitchell and Ellery Reck, our returning senior letterwinners.”