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.