BOYS CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY

Ron Leach (above) was the first runner in Buccaneer history to win a state championship. He won state as a senior in 1970 and finished 15th at state in 1969.

The Covington Boys Cross Country Program began in the 1960’s and over the years has continued to be a very successful program, rich in tradition at Covington High School.

The tradition took off in 1969 as Ron Leach became the first Buccaneer runner to qualify for the state meet, where he finished in 15th place. Leach made a return trip as a senior in 1970 and became the first runner in school history to win a state championship. He was joined at state by teammates Mike Stacy, Gale Long and Tim Gibboney and the Buccaneers finished third as a team.

Since, there has been several individual runners and Buccaneer teams who earned state births. Gale Long became the first runner to make the trip three times (1970, 1971, 1972) and Scott Fisher followed with three state births in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

Ryan Stover became the first Covington runner to qualify for state in all four years of high school (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988) and finished in the top ten at state all four times.

The distance in the beginning was 2.5 miles and in 1982 it was increased to 3.1 miles (5,000 meters).

1970 BUCCS - 3RD PLACE AT STATE

1970 Cross Country Team: (L-R) - T. Brumbaugh, J. Meyer, L. Stacy, M. Stacy, R. Leach, S. Dearth, R. Magee, Coach Duane Bollenbacher.

STATE TEAMS

1969 - 16TH

1970 - 3RD

1994 - 14TH

1997 - 5TH

1998 - 9TH

1999 - 10TH

2000 - 13TH

2001 - 4TH

2010 - 14TH

INDIVIDUAL STATE QUALIFIERS

YEAR

NAME

PLACE

1969
Ron Leach
15th
1970
Ron Leach
1st
1970
Mike Stacy
12th
1970
Gale Long
13th
1970
Tim Gibboney
14th
1971
Gale Long
90th
1972
Gale Long
10th
1981
Tony Longendelpher
23rd
1982
Scott Fisher
7th
1983
Scott Fisher
46th
1984
Scott Fisher
42nd
1985
Ryan Stover
7th
1986
Ryan Stover
4th
1987
Ryan Stover
10th
1988
Ryan Stover
8th
1995
David Larson
DNF
1996
Nate Gibson
51st
2010
Willy Hoffert
55th
2010
Brandon Flora
94th
2010
Dustin Fickert
96th
2010
Lane White
100th
2010
Zach Shilt
129th
2010
Jake Sowers
137th
2010
Kody Spade
154th
2020
Bennett Welborn
86th
2021
Asher Long
25th
2022
Asher Long
18th

BOYS TOP TEN (5,000 METERS)

RANK

NAME

TIME

YEAR

1
Ryan Stover (Bethel Inv.)
15:53
1985
2
Asher Long (TRC League Meet)
15:54
2022
3
Scott Fisher (State Meet)
15:56
1982
4
Nate Gibson (CCC League Meet)
16:19
1998
5
Bennett Welborn (Graham Inv.)
16:36
2020
6
Willy Hoffert (Miami County Inv.)
16:37
2010
7
Reggie Smith (Bob Schul Inv.)
16:38
1989
8
Nathan Dunn (Miami County Inv.)
16:41
2014
9
Scott Batdorf (CCC League Meet)
16:44
1998
10
Jason Grise (Lexington, KY Catholic Inv.)
16:47
1994

Note: In 2022 Asher Long ran a time of 15:40 at the Troy Invitational, but the course was determined to be 50 meters too short to be eligible for the school record..

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

1970

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2008

2010

2011

2012

2020

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS

1970

1971

1994

1995

1998

1999

2000

REGIONAL RUNNER-UP

1986

1987

1993

1997

2001

2010

2011

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

1970