• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track 2nd in season opener; girls’ 6th

The Woodford County High School girls’ and boys’ track teams opened their seasons at home on Saturday, March 19, with the annual Luck O’ the Irish track meet. On a day that started out windy and rainy, not only did the weather turn out nice, but both teams had successful results, as the boys finished in second place out of 11 teams, and the girls finished in a tie for sixth out of 12 teams. Overall, Lexington Catholic was the boys’ team champion with 97 points, with Woodford second with 95.5 points and Lafayette third with 87 points. Rounding out the order of finish for the boys, Tates Creek was fourth with 79.5 points, followed by Henry Clay fifth with 71.5 points, Bryan Station sixth with 56.5 points, Lexington Christian seventh with 53 points, West Jessamine eighth with 45 points, Thomas Nelson ninth with 27 points, Trimble County 10th with 22 points and Boyle County 11th with 10 points. In the girls’ division, Tates Creek won the team competition with 112 points, with Lexington Catholic second with 111 points and Cooper third with 109 points. Rounding out the order of finish for the girls, Henry Clay was fourth with 64 points, followed by Bryan Station fifth with 53 points, Woodford and West Jessamine tied for sixth with 40 points, Lafayette eighth with 33 points, Thomas Nelson ninth with 23 points, Trimble County 10th with 20 points, Boyle County 11th with 12 points and Lexington Christian 12th with 11 points. Individually, for the boys, Woodford’s Dwayne “D” Depp won the 200-meter race, Branden Brookfield and Sam Martin finished 1-2 respectively in the pole vault, and the team of Landon Saum, Tristan Ferrell, Alex Morgan and Ben Nash won the 4x100-meter relay, while Audrey Ward won the girls’ high jump. “The early season temperatures always have an affect on our athletes, but they still performed well,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Our boys’ team is looking solid. We will continue to fine tune throughout the next two months. Our girls’ team will work on filling events. We were missing some athletes on Saturday. They will come together and compete well. It’s always a good feeling to get this first meet done and now each athlete can set their season goals.” Here are the results of each event in the meet for Woodford. Girls’ Events The girls’ opened the meet with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Maricela Ponce, Esli Espinoza, Karla Garcia and Sissy Spasova finished ninth with a time of 13:31.80. In the next event, the 100-meter hurdles, Callie Gormley had Woodford’s best performance, as she finished sixth with a time of 18.84. Also, Jorden Crowe competed in the race and finished 13th with a time of 22.74. Then in the 100-meter, Breanna Willis finished in ninth place out of 63 participants in the race with a time of 13.84. Other Woodford runners in the race were Natalie Grenfell (16th place with a time of 14.14); Jasmine Collins (12th, 14.54); Jackie Kowalke (31st, 15.04); Chelsea Rose (34th, 15.04); Ziggy Washington (37th, 15.24); Rachel Tyra (47th, 16.04); Sidney Smith (49th, 16.04); Kristen Jordan (50th, 16.14); Kennedy Reister (52nd, 16.54); and Eliza Bradshaw (63rd, 19.34). In the the 4x200-meter relay, and the team of Esther Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Breanna Willis and Brooke Stilwell finished in fifth place with a time of 2:06.30. In the first long distance event of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, Jodie Smith finished in 14th place with a time of 6:27.40, while Sonca Nguyen finished 35th in 8:03.90. In the third relay of the meet, the 4x100-meter sprint relay, the Woodford “B” team, consisting of Karbach, Mackenzie Thomas, Esther Bradshaw and Willis, finished in fourth place with a time of 57.44. The Woodford “A” team, consisting of Washington, Reister, Smith and Stilwell, finished ninth with a time of 1:02.20. Kristen Taylor had Woodford’s best performance in the 400-meter dash. She finished 25th in 1:21.74. Then in the 800-meter run Miriam Gonzalez had the team’s top performance, as she finished 19th in 3:33.80. In the next race, the 200-meter dash, Woodford had two top-10 finishers. Esher Bradshaw finished fifth with a time of 29.94 and Grenfell finished ninth in 30.24. Other Woodford runners in the race were Thomas (13th, 31.04); Kowalke (24th, 32.54); Kelsey Thomas (27th, 33.94); and Eliza Bradshaw (33rd, 36.64). In the high jump, Audrey Ward scored the girls’ only win of the day. She cleared 5-ft., 0-ins. to get the win. Xarely Chavez had Woodford’s best performances in the discus and shot put. In the discus, she finished sixth with a best throw of 72-ft., 5-ins., and in the shot put she finished 11th with a best throw of 23-ft., 6-ins. Boys’ Events Like the girls, the boys’ team opened their day with the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Alex Sowder, Luke Caldwell, Brandon Kennedy and Peter McGowan finished eighth with a time of 10:38.70. Then in the 100-meter hurdles, Woodford had two top 10 finishers. Nick Lamb finished fourth with a time of 19.54 and Landon Saum finished fifth in 19.74. Woodford’s D Depp was the top performer in the 100-meter dash, as he finished in fifth place out of 54 runners with a time of 11.34. Also running for Woodford in the race were Saum (22nd, 12.24); Lamb (35th, 13.14); Josh Finley (37th, 13.24); Ben Nash (38th, 13.34); Seth Lewis (45th, 14.04); Matheus Gomes (46th, 14.34); Alex Morgan (51st, 15.14); and Jeffrey Bonci (52nd, 15.94). Then in the boys’ second relay race, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Keegan Elvidge, Alex Karbach, Tristan Ferrell and Will Miller finished in third place with a time of 1:43.60. In the 1,600-meter run, Alex Sowder scored a top- 10 finish, as he was ninth in the event with a time of 5:49.40. Next up was the 4x100-meter relay and the team of Saum, Tristan Ferrell, Morgan and Nash finished in fourth place with a time of 52.34. In the next event, the 400-meter dash, Aaron Shrout had Woodford’s best performance. He finished 19th with a time of 1:01.44. Also running in the race for Woodford were Finley (21st, 1:01.74); Karbach (24th, 1:02.94); Cardwell (38th, 1:09.84); Bonci (39th, 1:13.84); and Kennedy (42nd. 1:18.74). In the 300-meter hurdles, Lamb finished in third-place with a time of 48.14, while Will Miller finished in 17th place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.70. Depp gave Woodford a win in the 200-meter dash, as he finished in the top spot with a time of 22.54. Also in the race was Robert Smith, who finished 11th in 26.14, and Seth Lewis, who was 17th in 29.84. Abran Santos scored a 10th-place finish for Woodford in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:18.90. Then in the final race of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Elvidge, Karbach, Ferrell and Miller finished fourth with a time of 4:02.70. In the field events, the pole vault tandem of Brookfield and Martin got things started with a 1-2 finish in the event. Brookfield cleared 12-ft., 5-ins. to win, while Martin cleared 8-ft. to finish second. In the high jump, Miller finished in eighth place when he cleared the bar at five-feet. Then in the long jump, Jordan Upton finished third with a best jump of 18-ft., 3.5 ins. jump and Drew Ritchie finished 22nd with a best jump of 13-ft., 11-ins. jump. Upton was also Woodford’s best placer in the triple jump as he finished third once again with a best jump of 34-ft., 9-ins. Woodford also had some strong finishes in the throwing events. In the discus, Woodford had three athletes finish in the top 10. Saum finished fourth with a best throw of 117-ft., 4-ins., Collin Hudson was fifth with a best throw of 105-ft., 5-ins., and Darnell Richard was seventh with a best throw of 102-ft., 2-ins. In addition, D’andre Sanchez finished 19th with a best throw of 23-ft., 5-ins. Then in the shot put, Woodford had two athletes finish in the top 10. Justin Brown finished fourth with a best throw of 38-ft., 4-ins. and Richard finished eighth with a best throw of 38-ft., 4 ins. Also, Sanchez finished 19th with a best throw of 23-ft., 5-ins.

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