• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS track teams score well at Tates Creek meet

BRANDEN BROOKFIELD, shown during Woodford County High School’s first track meet of the season, finished in third place in the pole vault at the Tates Creek All-Comers meet on Wednesday, March 23. (Photo by Eric Stephens/multiexposures.com)

The Woodford County High School track teams travelled to Lexington to participate in the Tates Creek All-Comers meet on Wednesday, March 23; one of the toughest meets on the schedule. At the meet, the boys’ team finished in sixth place out of 15 teams with 53.5 points. “Tates Creek was an early season huge meet with superior competition,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Our boys’ team hit their events and performed well. D Depp’s 200 (win) was a highlight.” Winning the boys’ meet was Tates Creek with 141.5 points, with Dunbar second with 81 points, followed by Madison Central third with 68 points, Lafayette fourth with 65 points and Henry Clay fifth with 56 points. In the girls’ competition, Woodford finished in 11th place out of 15 teams with 19 points. “Our girls are working to fill holes in the meet events,” said Sobolewski. “Our teams compete well and succeed when we can enter athletes in all 19 events. We’ll get there.” Tates Creek won the girls’ competition with 145 points, with Bryan Station second with 101 points, followed by Henry Clay third with 78 points, Lafayette fourth with 75 points and Madison Central fifth with 19 points. Here are Woodford’s results in the meet. Girls’ events In the first event for the girls, the 4x800-meter relay, the team of Jessica Smith, Maricela Ponce, Turner Reynolds and Jodie Smith finished in ninth place with a time of 12:00.69. Next up was the 100-meter hurdles and Jorden Crowe finished 17th with a time of 20.98. Then came the 100-meter dash, and Breanna Willis had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished 19th out of 93 runners with a time of 13.72. Also running in the race for Woodford were: Jasmine Collins (finished 42nd with a time of 13.54); Chelsea Rose (56th, 15.09); Ziggy Washington (58th, 15.21); Lauryn Hocker (69th, 15.55); Rachel Tyra (71st, 15.80); Kristen Jordan (77th, 16.09); Sidney Smith (82nd, 16.31); Kennedy Reister (86th, 16.67); and Eliza Bradshaw (91st, 17.63). In the second relay race of the day, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Collins, Makenzie Thomas, Brooke Stilwell and Esther Bradshaw finished in fourth place with a time of 2:02.94. Then in the 1,600-meter run, the first long distance race of the meet, Reynolds finished in 28th place with a time of 6:58.76. Also, Reister finished 34th in 7:53.00. In the third relay of the meet, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Esther Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Stilwell and Willis finished in fifth place with a time of 58.20. Stilwell had Woodford’s top performance in the 400-meter dash, as she finished 36th with a time of 1:17.44, while Crowe had Woodford’s best result in the 300-meter hurdles, as she finished 18th with a time of 1:03.02. In the 800-meter run, Jodie Smith had the best result for Woodford. She finished 14th with a time of 2:44.16. Also running in the race was Karla Garcia, who finished 36th in 3:31.45, and Esli Espinoza, who finished 38th in 3:48.46. Willis was Woodford’s top runner in the 200-meter dash. She finished 19th with a time of 29.39. Also running in the race for Woodford were: Natalie Grenfell (25th, 29.87); Esher Bradshaw (39th, 30.91); Makenzie Thomas (45th, 31.57); Tyra (64th, 34.04); Kelsey Thomas (65th, 34.60); Eliza Bradshaw (75th, 37.21) and Reister (78th, 38.60). Then in the girls’ final running event of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Shelby Dearing, Grenfell, Karbach and Esher Bradshaw finished in sixth place with a time of 4:59.38. In the field events, Xarely Chavez had Woodford’s best performances in the throwing events, as she finished 22nd in the discus with a best throw of 62-ft., 10-ins., and she finished 16th in the shot put with a best throw of 24-ft., 10-ins. Then in the high jump, Audrey Ward finished fifth when she cleared 4-ft., 8-ins., while in the long jump Dearing finished 15th with a best jump of 12-ft., 11.5-ins. and Jessica Smith finished 18th with a best jump of 12-ft., 2 ins. Boys’ events The team of Sam Eagen, Abran Santos, Alex Sowder and Peter McGowan got things started for Woodford with a ninth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay. They ran the race in 10:06.24. Next up was the 110-meter hurdles, and Woodford had two runners finish in the top 10. Nick Lamb finished sixth with a time of 19.21, and Landon Saum finished eighth with a time of 20.02. Then in the 100-meter dash, Keegan Elvidge had Woodford’s best result. He finished 35th out of 95 runners with a time of 12.37. Also running in the race for Woodford were: Saum (45th, 12.61); Lamb (60th, 12.98); Josh Finley (63rd, 13.03); Alex Karbach (74th, 13.42); Ben Nash (77th, 13.47); Seth Lewis (85th, 14.14); Matheus Gomes (88th, 14.55); and Alex Morgan (90th, 14.76). In the second relay race of the boys, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Depp, Malik Richards, Domynik Johnson and Elvidge finished in second place with a time of 1:37.03. Depp, Richards and Johnson are also members of the WCHS football team. Then in the first long distance race, the 1,600-meter run, Justin O’Nan had the team’s top performance, as he finished 47th with a time of 5:33.58. Also, Peter McGowan finished 49th in 5:33.96, and Abran Santos finished 56th in 5:43.63). In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Finley, Tristan Ferrell, Saum and Nash finished in sixth place with a time of 50.06. The 400-meter dash was next and Aaron Shrout finished 35th with a time of 59.80 for Woodford’s best performance. Also, Karbach finished 42nd in 1:00.90. That race was followed by the 300-meter hurdles and Lamb finished ninth with a time of 49.29. In the 800-meter run, Will Miller scored the best for Woodford. He finished 22nd with a time of 2:18.58. O’Nan also ran in the race and finished 39th in 2:31.87. Then in the 200-meter dash, Depp got Woodford’s only win of the day. He finished with a time of 22.62, beating out 55 other runners. In the second long-distance race, McGowan took home 17th place with a time of 12.04.36. The running portion of the meet concluded with the 4x400-meter relay, and the team of Shrout, Ferrell, Elvidge and Miller finished sixth with a time of 3:58.27. In the field events, Woodford had some good finishes in the jumping events, starting with Brookfield’s and Martins third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the pole vault. Both athletes had a best vault of 12 feet, but Brookfield got third place because he was able to do it in fewer attempts. In the long jump, Drew Ritchie finished 27th with a best jump of 14-ft., 3-ins., and in the triple jump, Jordan Upton finished sixth with a leap of 37-ft., 3-ins. and Ritchie finished 16th with a leap of 30-ft., 5-ins. Then in the high jump, Johnson finished fifth when he cleared 5-ft., 8-ins, while Richards finished seventh when he cleared 5-ft., 6-ins. and Miller finished 11th when he cleared five feet. In the throwing events, Woodford had two top-10 finishers in the discus, as Darnell Richard and Saum finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Richard had a best throw of 104 feet and Saum had a best throw of 99-ft., 6-ins. Also throwing in the event, Richards finished 14th with a best throw of 92-ft., 5-ins., D’Andre Sanchez finished 34th with a best throw of 64-ft., 1-ins. and Matthew Denham finished 38th with a best throw of 61-ft., 8-ins. Then in the shot put, Woodford once again had two top-10 finishers, as Justin Brown finished seventh with a best throw of 39-ft., 9-ins, and Matt Jones finished 10th with a best throw of 38-ft., 1-ins. Also throwing in the event was Richard, who finished 19th with a best throw of 36-ft., 3-ins.; Denham, who finished 43rd with a throw of 27-ft., 10 ins.; and Sanchez, who finished 51st with a throw of 23-ft., 9-ins.

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