• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS track teams improve at the Commodore Classic

The Woodford County High School track teams travelled to Lexington on Monday, April 11, to participate in the Commodore Classic at Tates Creek and came home with some good results. The meet, which had been postponed from Saturday due to windy, cold conditions, was completed just before the rain began on Monday, and saw the Woodford boys’ team finish seventh and the girls’ team finish 10th. Winning the boys competition was Tates Creek. Finishing second was Henry Clay and Bryan Station was third. Tates Creek also won the girls’ competition, with Bryan Station second and Boyle County third. “We almost made it through the meet without the rain and the cold,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Our athletes weathered the storm with 17 personal bests. We will keep practicing and building on what we have. April is a pivotal month for our track and field teams.” Individually, Dwayne “D” Depp had the boys’ best performance on the day when he finished second in the 200-meter dash. It was the first time this season that he did not win the 200. In the girls’ competition, the 4x800 meter relay team had one of the team’s top performances, as they finished fifth in the event. Also, in the 800-meter run, Jessica Smith finished sixth. Here are Woodford’s results in the meet. Girls’ events The girls’ opened with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Jessica Smith, Sissy Spasova, Turner Reynolds and Jodie Smith finished fifth with a time of 11:48.95. Then in the 100-meter dash, Breanna Willis finished 10th with a time of 13.62. Next up was the 4x200-meter relay, and the team of Esther Bradshaw, Natalie Grenfell, Brooke Stilwell and Willis finished eighth with a time of 1:59.51. In the first long-distance event, the 1,600-meter run, Reynolds and Maricela Ponce finished 14th and 15th, respectively. Reynolds finished with a time of 6:51.73, and Ponce finished in 7:28.14. In the second relay for the girls, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Jasmine Collins, Savannah Karbach, Makenzie Thomas and Willis finished seventh with a time of 56.25. Then in the 400-meter run, Stilwell finished 13th with a time of 1:13.37, while Kristen Taylor finished 15th in 1:19.73. That was followed by the 800-meter run, and Jodie Smith finished sixth with a time of 2:39.59. Also, Spasova finished 13th in 3:04.78. In the 200-meter dash, Esther Bradshaw finished 10th with a time of 30.15, and Thomas finished 13th in 31.26. The girls concluded their running events with the 4x400-meter relay, and the team of Savannah Karbach, Esther Bradshaw, Grenfell and Stilwell finished sixth with a time of 4:54.35. In the long jump, it was Jessica Smith with Woodford’s best performance, as she finished 15th with a best jump of 12-ft., 2.75-ins. Boys’ events The boys opened their day with the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Alex Sowder, Peter McGowan, Sam Eagen and Abran Santos finished seventh with a time of 10:06.23. Next was the 110-meter hurdles and Landom Saum and Nick Lamb finished almost together in eighth and ninth place, respectively. Saum finished with a time of 18.84 and Lamb finished in 18.91. Then in the 100-meter dash, Malik Richards finished 16th with a time of 12.74, and Ben Nash finished 19th with a time of 13.36 In the second relay event for the boys, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Depp, Richards, Domynk Johnson and Keegan Elvidge finished fourth with a time of 1:37.21. Then in the first long distance event, the 1,600-meter run, McGowan finished 16th with a time of 5:40.11. In the next relay race, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Saum, Tristan Ferrell, Aaron Shrout and Alex Karbach finished eighth with a time of 49.55. Lamb had the top performance in the 300-meter hurdles. He finished sixth with a time of 46.88. In the 800-meter run, Sowder finished 14th with a time of 2:36.32, and right behind him was Sam Eagen, who finished 15th in 2:37.28. Then in the second sprint event, the 200-meter dash, Depp finished second with a time of 22.63. It was the first time this year he did not win. Next was the 4x400-meter relay, the final running event of the meet, and the team of Depp, Ferrell, Elvidge and Shrout finished sixth with a time of 3:53.92. In the high jump, Johnson and Richards finished third and fourth, respectively. Johnson had a best jump of 5-ft., 8-ins, while Richards had a best jump of 5-ft., 6-ins. Then in the pole vault, Branden Brookfield finished fourth with a top vault of 12 feet, while Sam Martin finished fifth with a best vault of 11-ft. In the long jump, Jordan Upton finished 11th with a top jump of 16-ft., 11.25-ins., and Drew Richie finished 12th with a best jump of 14-ft., 11.25-ins. Woodford also did well in the throwing events. To start, in the shot put, Justin Brown finished ninth with a best throw of 39-ft., 9-ins. Also, Matt Jones finished 11th with a best throw of 37-ft., 1-ins. Then in the discus, Collin Hudson finished ninth with a best throw of 107-ft., 2-ins. Next up, Woodford travels to Mercer County on Saturday, April 16, for the Heart of the Bluegrass track meet. Start time is approximately 10 a.m. Then, next Tuesday, April 19, they head to Boyle County for the Thyroid Cancer Awareness track meet. Start time is approximately 5:30 p.m.

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