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STATE TRACK COVERAGE
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STATE TRACK: DAY 2
LADY BUCCS EARN STATE RUNNER-UP...
It was a record-setting weekend for both the boys and girls track teams at the state track meet and the Lady Buccs walked off the track with the runner-up team trophy.

2018 State Runner-up Covington Lady Buccs.

JUNE 2, 2018 - COLUMBUS
Covington coach Dave Tobias is familiar with state competition as an athlete and a coach.

He also knows what it’s like to bring home state hardware as he quarterbacked the Covington football team to a runner-up trophy in 1979.

But as much as the trophy from his football playing days means to Tobias, the state runner-up trophy his Covington girls track team earned means so much more to him - which was evident as he struggled to form words during post-meet interviews.

"I knew," Tobias started to say as he struggled to fight back the emotion of the weekend. "I knew when Rayna (Horner) was closing hard around the final turn (of the 4x400 relay) that we had it. I just knew it."

The chase for the runner-up trophy came down the the final event as Covington was sitting at 22 team points and Malvern had 30 points.

And the relay team of Breanna Kimmel, Paige Boehringer, Morgan Lowe and Rayna Horner came through in the most dramatic fashion - edging McDonald (3:56.90) in school record time of 3:56.71.

"I'm speechless," Tobias said. "We thought we had something coming into the season, but you never know. But once we got to districts and regionals it was a matter of qualifying in enough relays and individual events to give us a chance (at state)."

That Covington did as Lauren Christian placed third in the shot and seventh in the discus on Friday and Rayna Horner followed with a third place finish in the 400 meter run on Saturday.

The Lady Buccs put itself within striking distance of a team trophy by finishing second in the 4x200 meter as the team of Rayna Horner, Tori Lyle, Morgan Lowe and Breanna Kimmel crossed the finish line at 1:44.52.

This set the stage for a thrilling finish in the final event of the state meet - the 4x400 meter relay.

"That's the first state championship relay team in school history," said longtime Covington coach and current volunteer assistant coach Ron Schultz. "It's also only the second time in school history we've won a team trophy, the first being when Kelly Deeter scored all of our team points in 1983."

It was also a conclusion to a memorable run for the Covington girls, including the three competitors who were on hand as alternates (Shae Robinson, Ashlyn Plessinger and Maci White) athletes who contributed greatly throughout the regular season and the post-season tournament.

Lady Buccs seniors (L-R) Shae Robinson, Rayna Horner, Breanna Kimmel and Tori Lyle holds the D-III State Runner-up Trophy.
The State Champions 4x400 relay team of (L-R) Paige Boehringer, Breanna Kimmel, Rayna Horner and Morgan Lowe.
Rayna Horner passes a McDonald runner near the finish line of the 4x400 relay.

BOYS FINISH SEVENTH AT STATE...
Jett Murphy set the stage with a state championship in the pole vault on Friday and the rest of Murphy’s teammates closed the state track meet in style on Saturday by earning four more state medals to finish tied for 7th in the team standings with 23 team points.

And it was senior Cade Harshbarger who led the way with a third place finish in the 300 meter hurdles with a new school record time of 38.91. He also finished seventh in the 110 meter hurdles in the time of 15.03.

The Buccs 4x200 meter relay team of Alex Shaffer, Gray Harshbarger, Nathan Lyle and Ty Freeman finished 8th in the time of 1:32.60 and then the 4x400 relay team of Gray Harshbarger, Andrew Cates, Ty Freeman and Nathan Lyle finished 6th in the time of 3:26.76.

Cade Harshbarger placed third in the 300 hurdles and seventh in the 110 hurdles.
Ty Freeman and Nathan Lyle make a handoff in the finals of the 4x200 relay.
Andrew Cates runs in the finals of the 4x400 relay.