JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - “Taylor Covington had a great meet this weekend. She ran in four events (400m, 800m, 4x800, and 4x400) and rarely do you have someone walk away with four state medals, one of them being a State Title, it’s exceptional”, said Coach John Tucker.
Covington’s All-State performance was more than rare it was historical. The last time New Haven had an athlete place in all four events at state was Laura Brandt in 2002.
On Friday, with this being the first year running the in the open 800, Covington ran her best time of the year (2:21.61) to finish third. The following day she began the day by helping the 4x800 relay team finish third then took sixth in the open 400 before ending the day with a State Championship in the 4x400.
Coach Tucker said, “Taylor is the running we’ve been banking on by having her run in four events. She came up to me before the 4x400 and said to me that her legs were dead. I told her that she would be fine… it’s in your heart. Run with heart and your legs will follow.”
It’s obvious Covington was running with a lot heart all weekend, anchoring both relay teams that she has been running on since her freshman year.