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
1969 - 16TH
1970 - 3RD
1994 - 14TH
1997 - 5TH
1998 - 9TH
1999 - 10TH
2000 - 13TH
2001 - 4TH
2010 - 14TH
INDIVIDUAL STATE QUALIFIERS
BOYS TOP TEN (5,000 METERS)
Ryan Stover (Bethel Inv.)
Asher Long (TRC League Meet)
Scott Fisher (State Meet)
Nate Gibson (CCC League Meet)
Bennett Welborn (Graham Inv.)
Willy Hoffert (Miami County Inv.)
Reggie Smith (Bob Schul Inv.)
Nathan Dunn (Miami County Inv.)
Scott Batdorf (CCC League Meet)
Jason Grise (Lexington, KY Catholic Inv.)
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..