Josephine Schaeffer Covington '96

Josephine Schaeffer Covington was a four-year letterwinner and team captain as a senior for both the cross country and track & field teams at Washington and Lee.

In cross country, Schaeffer Covington was a two-time ODAC Runner of the Year, a four-time All-Region honoree and a three-time All-American. She qualified for the NCAA National Championships all four seasons and won 29-of-36 career races.

She began her career at W&L by setting a new 5K course record in her first collegiate meet and later she set the W&L 5K record by running a 16:46 in winning the 1993 NCAA Regional meet. She capped her freshman campaign by finishing 12th at the NCAA National Championship. She went on to place eighth at Nationals as a sophomore and ninth as a senior.

In track & field, Schaeffer Covington was a four-time All-ODAC honoree, five-time conference champion and four-time NCAA Championship qualifier (outdoor three times, indoor once). Schaeffer Covington became the first woman to earn All-America honors in two sports when she finished second in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Championship as a freshman. She set numerous records during her career and entered the Hall of Fame still holding the indoor 1,500-meter (4:54.94), 3,000-meter (10:23.84) and 5,000-meter (17:31.31) records and the outdoor mile (5:26.70), 3,000-meter (10:18.20), 5,000-meter (17:46.4) and 10,000-meter (36:31.82) records.

Schaeffer Covington was named the W&L Outstanding Freshman Female Athlete in 1993 and garnered the Pres Brown Senior Female Athlete Award as a senior in 1996. She earned Academic All-America laurels and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1996.