• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track 7th at Heart of the Bluegrass

The Woodford County High School boys’ track team travelled to Harrodsburg on a sun-splashed Saturday, April 16, for the Heart of the Bluegrass track meet and came home with a seventh-place finish out of the 30 teams competing. Winning the boys’ division was Shelby County with 69 points, while Ballard was second with 68 points and Henry Clay third with 66.50 points. Woodford scored 42.33 points to finish seventh. In the girls’ division, WCHS did not earn any points, but had a number of good performances on the day. Winning the girls’ division was Bryan Station with 86.50 points, while DuPont Manual was second with 72 points and Boyle County was third with 60 points. Individually, Brandon Brookfield finished first in the pole vault with a personal record, while Sam Martin took second. In addition, Dwayne “D” Depp finished second in the 200-meter dash and set a personal record in the race. “Heart of the Bluegrass is always a high quality meet,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Branden earned his new personal record and first place in pole vault. D (Depp) also earned his PR in the 200 with his second-place (finish). If he had run against the kid from Ballard (Alex Carvajal), I know he would have beat him.” Here are the complete results from the meet. Girls’ team The girls’ team opened with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Turner Reynolds, Jessica Smith, Jodie Smith and Sissy Spasova finished 14th with a time of 11:42.66. Then in the 100-meter hurdles, Callie Gormley had the team’s best performance. She finished 17th with a time of 18.36. Also, Jorden Crowe finished 26th in 19.69. Next was the 4x200-meter relay and the team of Dakota Addams, Brooke Stilwell, Savannah Karbach and Natalie Grenfell finished 19th with a time of 1:59.58. In the first long-distance race, the 1,600-meter run, Turner Reynolds finished in 42nd place with a time of 7:00.12, while Maricela Ponce finished 46th in 7:36.52. Next up was the 4x100-meter relay and the team of Addams, Stilwell, Makenzie Thomas and Savannah Karbach finished in 18th place with a time of 56.54. Then in the 400-meter dash, Stilwell had Woodford’s top placement, as she finished 32nd with a time of 1:13.16. Close behind her was Kristen Taylor, who finished 38th with a time of 1:17.65. In the next race, the 300-meter hurdles, Gormley finished in 28th place with a time of 57.66, while Crowe finished 36th in 1:00.81. Jodie Smith was the lone runner for Woodford in the 800-meter run and she finished in 18th place with a time of 2:43.57. In the 200-meter dash, Makenzie Thomas finished in 37th place with a time of 30.74. Then in Woodford’s final running event, the 3,200-meter run, Jessica Smith had Woodfords’ top performance, as she finished 22nd with a time of 14.52.10. Also in the race for Woodford was Reynolds, who finished 27th in 16:13.16. Xarely Chavez was the lone athlete representing Woodford in the throwing events. She finished 29th in the discus with a best throw of 65-ft., 2-ins., and 40th in the shot put, with a best throw of 22-ft., 2-ins. In the long jump, Jessica Smith was Woodford’s only athlete in the event and she finished 35th with a bests jump of 12-ft., 4 ins. Boys’ team The boys’ team opened with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Sam Eagen, Brandon Kennedy, Peter McGowan and Alex Sowder finished 23rd with a time of 10:39.27. Then in the 100-meter hurdles, Landon Saum had the team’s top performance, as he finished 12th with a time of 18.25. Next up was the 100-meter dash, and Jai Burgess finished seventh with a time of 11.40. In the second relay race, the 4x200-meter run, the team of Depp, Keegan Elvidge, Malik Richards and Domynik Johnson finished in eighth place with a time of 1:35.96. Then in the first long-distance race for the boys, the 1,600-meter run, Peter McGowan and Abron Santos finished back-to-back in 43rd place and 44th place, respectively. McGowan ran the race in 5:33.75 and Santos ran it in 5:35.04. In the next relay race, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Burgess, Depp, Johnson and Richards finished in fifth place with a time of 45.30. Alex Karbach then had the team’s top performance in the 400-meter run, as he finished 31st with a time of 59.17. Then in the 800-meter run, Eagen finished 43rd with a time of 2:32.96 and Alex Sowder finished 46th with a time of 2:35.80. Depp had the team’s top performance in a running event at the meet, as he finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.38, a new personal best. Winning the race was Ballard’s Alex Carvajal, who finished with a time of 22.29, just nine-tenths of a second ahead of Depp. Next was the last long distance race of the meet, the 3,200-meter run, and Santos finished in 27th place with a time of 12:19.85. Then in the final race of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Alex Karbach, Aaron Shrout, Elvidge and Tristan Ferrell finished in 13th place with a time of 3:53.63. In the pole vault, it was a one-two finish for Woodford as Branden Brookfield won the event, while Sam Martin finished second. Brookfield got the win with a best jump of 13-ft., 1-ins., a new personal record. Martin took second with a best jump of 12 feet. Woodford had two top-10 finishers in the high jump, as Johnson finished second with a best jump of 5-ft., 8-ins, and Richards finished fifth with a best jump of 5-ft., 6 ins. In the long jump, Burgess also scored in the top-10 when he finished ninth with a jump of 19-ft., 8.25-ins. Also in the event for Woodford was Jordan Upton, who finished 22nd with a jump of 17-ft., 9-ins. Next was the triple jump, and Upton finished 13th with a best jump of 37-ft., 5.5-ins, while Drew Richie finished 32nd with a best jump of 31-ft., 5-ins. In the throwing events, Collin Hudson finished 11th in the discus with a best throw of 107-ft., 7-ins, and Saum finished 16th with a best throw of 103 ft., 4 ins. Then in the shot put, Justin Brown scored a top 10 performance as he finished ninth with a best throw of 40 feet, while Matt Jones finished 25th with a best throw of 35.3-ft., 5-ins. Next up, Woodford has two meets over the next week. The first is the Lake Cumberland Invitational in Somerset on Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. Then on Tuesday, April 26, Woodford goes to Mercy County for the All-Comers meet. Start time is approximately 5 p.m.

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