Asher Long won the regional championship on Saturday at Troy. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo

TROY – Covington senior Asher Long won the regional cross country meet with an impressive time of 15:46.80 in Troy on Saturday, which secured his third straight trip to state.

Long finished 25th at state as a sophomore in 2021 and 18th last season as a junior. This season he broke the school record with a time of 15:26.65.

As a team, the Buccs finished 8th with 176 team points.

Senior Johanna Welborn led the girls cross country team with a time of 20:33.30, which was 24th place. The Lady Buccs finished 11th as a team with 263 points.

State will take place next Saturday, November 4th at 10:45am at Fortress Obetz and Memorial Park in Obetz, Ohio.

15:46.80 – Asher Long – 1st
17:52.60 – Caleb Ryman – 46th
18:04.20 – Beck Wilson – 51st
18:06.60 – Preston King – 52nd
18:25.90 – Chris Deaton – 63rd
18:51.50 – Calub Hembree – 76th
18:52.50 – Tanner Palsgrove – 77th

20:33.30 – Johanna Welborn – 24th
22:50.10 – Kassidy Turner – 66th
23:04.40 – Lucy Welborn – 70th
24:53.40 – Ella White – 76th
25:15.40 – Delaney Murphy – 79th
25:27.30 – Bella Welch – 81st

Johanna Welborn finished 24th in the regional meet. ©Ben Robinson/Color Green Photo