• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ track 7th at Bryan Station; boys 8th

The Woodford County High School track teams traveled to Lexington on a cold Tuesday afternoon, April 5, for the Bryan Station All-Comers. It was both teams’ first meet since coming back from spring break, and they shook off some of the rust from the layoff and scored very well, as the girls’ team finished seventh out of 11 teams, while the boys’ team finished eighth out of 10 teams. Winning the boys’ competition was Tates Creek with 128 points. Bardstown was second with 92 points and Bryan Station was third with 80 points. Rounding out the rest of the boys’ team finishers, Henry Clay was fourth with 64 points, followed by Dunbar and Scott County tied for fifth with 62 points, Lafayette seventh with 52 points, Woodford eighth with 51 points, Lexington Christian ninth with 41 points and Paris 10th with five points. In the girls’ division, Bryan Station finished first with 114 points. Tates Creek was second with 100 points and Henry Clay third with 92 points. Rounding out the rest of the girls’ team finishers, Dunbar was fourth with 70 points, followed by Bardstown fifth with 69 points, Lafayette sixth with 68 points, Woodford seventh with 29 points, Lexington Christian Academy eighth with 24 points, Scott County ninth with 13 points, Harrison County 10th with 11 points and Paris 11th with nine points. Individually, the boys’ team had two winners on the day, as Dwayne “D” Depp won the 200-meter dash, which was his third straight win in that event in the last three meets, and Branden Brookfield won the pole vault. On the girls’ side, the three relay teams had the best finishes for Woodford, as the team of Jasmine Collins, Esther Bradshaw, Brooke Stilwell, and Breanna Willis finished second in the 4x200-meter relay; the team of Esther Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Makenzie Thomas, and Willis finished third in the 4x100-meter relay; and the team of Eliza Bradshaw, Maricela Ponce, Esli Espinoza, and Sonca Nguyen finished third in the 4x400-meter relay. “It was another cold meet,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Our team is looking forward to warmer weather.” In talking about the boys’ team, Sobolewski noted that “D Depp and Branden Brookfield have been working hard and their first place finishes are well deserved.” On the girls’ side, she was very happy about Jodie Smith’s fifth-place finish in the 800-meters, which she said was a “tribute to (her) commitment and effort.” Here is how Woodford did at Bryan Station. Girls’ events The girls’ team opened the meet in the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Smith, Claridge, Spasova, and Jodie Smith finished in sixth place with a time of 12:25.71. Also, the team of Maricela Ponce, Karla Garcia, Esli Espinoza, and Sonca Nguyen finished seventh in 14:25.96. Next up was the 100-meter dash, and Willis had Woodford’s best performance as she finished 14th out of 61 runners with a time of 14.31. Also running in the race for Woodford were Collins (27th place with a time of 14.72); Ziggy Washington (43rd, 15.52); Lauryn Hocker (45th, 15.77); Esther Bradshaw (49th, 16.43); Kristen Jordan (51st, 16.50); Rachel Tyra (52nd, 16.53); Sydney Smith (53rd, 16.60); Kennedy Reister (57th, 17.18); and Eliza Bradshaw (59th, 17.65). In the second relay of the day for the girls, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Collins, Esther Bradshaw, Stilwell, and Willis finished in second place with a time of 2:00.87. In the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, Turner Reynolds had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished 15th with a time of 6:44.36. Also, Maricela Ponce finished 22nd with a time of 7:33.07. In the third relay of the meet for the girls, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Esther Bradshaw, Karbach, Thomas, and Willis finished in third place with a time of 56.49. In the 400-meter race, Stilwell scored Woodford’s top run, as she finished in 20th place with a time of 1:14.14. Also, Shelby Dearing finished 25th in 1:17.54. In the 800-meter run, Smith had a top-10 performance, as she finished in fifth place with a time of 2:44.48. Also, Turner Reynolds finished 17th with a time of 3:12.38. Then in the 200-meter dash, Thomas was Woodford’s top performer, as she finished in 34th place with a time of 32.08. Also, Eliza Bradshaw finished 45th in 35.83. In the final race for the girls, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Eliza Bradshaw, Maricela Ponce, Esli Espinoza, and Sonca Nguyen finished in third place with a time of 5:59.65. In the long jump, Dearing had a top 10 performance for Woodford, as she finished in ninth place with a best jump of 12-ft., 9-ins. Also, Jessica Smith finished in 12th place with a best jump of 12-ft., 4-ins. Xarley Chavez was Woodford’s top performer in the throwing events. She finished in 14th place in the shot put with a best throw of 23-ft., 6.5-ins., and then finished in 22nd place in the discus with a best throw of 51-ft., 8-ins. Boys’ events In the first event for the Woodford boys’ team, the 110-meter hurdles, Landon Saum finished eighth with a time of 21.29. In the 100-meter dash, it was Saum once again as Woodford’s top performer, as he finished in 28th place out of 62 runners with a time of 12.60. Other Woodford runners in the race were Will Miller (40th, 12.98); Josh Finley (41st, 13.05); Ben Nash (52nd, 13.81); Seth Lewis (58th, 14.47); and Alex Morgan (61st, 14.90). In the second relay race of the day for the boys, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Depp, Malik Richards, Dom Johnson, and Keegan Elvidge finished fourth with a time of 1:37.81. Then in the first long distance event, the 1,600-meter run, Will Miller was Woodford’s top performer, as he finished 25th with a time of 5:25.12. Also running in the race for Woodford were Abran Santos (28th, 5:33.52); Peter McGowan (29th, 5:33.97); Ferrell (33rd, 5:46.16); and Aaron Shrout (37th, 5:52.54). Next up was the third relay of the day, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Alex Karbach, Saum, Malik Richards, and Nash finished fifth with a time of 50.25. Woodford had back-to-back finishers in the 400-meter dash, as Finley and Alex Karbach finished 38th and 39th, respectively. Finley finished with a time of 1:02.41 and Karbach finished with a time of 1:02.78. In the 200-meter dash, Depp scored a win in the event for the third straight meet, as he finished first with a time of 22.65. Woodford had two athletes run in the 3,200-meter run and they finished close together, as Santos finished 15th with a time of 12:39.92 and McGowan finished 15th in 12:39.92. Then in the final race of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Shrout, Ferrell, Miller, and Elvidge finished in third place with a time of 4:02.39. In the pole vault, Brookfield won the event with a best vault of 12-ft., 6-ins. It should be noted that he actually tied with Tates Creek’s Kyle Hopkins, but won the event because he completed the height in fewer attempts. In addition, Sam Martin, Woodford’s other top athlete in the pole vault, finished fourth with a best vault of 12-feet. In the long jump, Jordan Upton had a top 10 finish, as he was sixth with a best vault of 18-ft., 10-ins. Also, Drew Ritchie finished 26th with a best jump of 15-ft., 1-ins. Then in the triple jump, Upton scored a seventh-place finish with a best jump of 37-ft., 5-ins., and Ritchie finished 16th with a best jump of 31-ft., 2-ins. Justin Brown had Woodford’s best finish in the shot put, as he was eighth with a best throw of 38-ft., 7.5-ins. Also, Matt Jones was 11th with a best throw of 36-ft., 1.5-ins., Darnell Richard was 15th with a best throw of 34-ft., 9.5-ins, Collin Hudson was 21st with a best throw of 33-ft., 1-ins., Matthew Denham was 29th with a best throw of 28-ft,. 1.5 ins., and D’Andre Sanchez was 38th with a best throw of 24-ft., 2-ins. Then in the discus, Woodford had three athletes finish in the top 10, as Hudson finished seventh with a best throw of 103-ft., 8-ins., Saum finished eighth with a best throw of 103-ft., 4-ins., and Richard finished 10th with a best throw of 101-ft., 7-ins. In addition, Richards finished 12th with a best throw of 92-ft., 11-ins., Denham finished 28th with a best throw of 63-ft., 6-ins., and Sanchez finished 30th with a best throw of 59-ft., 9-ins. Woodford has two track meets coming up over the next week. First they participate in the Tates Creek Invitational track meet on Saturday, April 9. Start time for the meet is 10 a.m. The teams then head to Richmond on Tuesday, April 12, for the Madison Central All-Comers meet. Start time for that meet is 5:30 p.m.

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