WCHS boys’ track 2nd at Newport River City Classic
The Woodford County High School boys’ track team had its best finish of the season at the Newport River City Classic at Newport Stadium in Newport on Saturday, April 23, as the team finished second in the competition and had four individual winners and one relay team winner, while the girls finished fourth and had one individual winner on the day. Winning the boys’ team competition with 165.50 points was Newport Central Catholic, with Woodford second with 121 points. Rounding out the order of finish was Ludlow in third with 103.50 points, Bellevue fourth with 93 points, Newport High School fifth with 28 points and Covington Latin sixth with 10 points. In the girls’ team competition, Ludlow took first place with 175 points, with Newport Central Catholic second with 137 points. Rounding out the order of finish was Bellevue third with 67 points, Woodford fourth with 62 points, Newport High School fifth with 54 points and Covington Latin sixth with four points. “Our team had a good day of competing in Northern Kentucky,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “It’s always nice to go up against athletes from outside our area. Overall, we had 13 season bests.” Individually for the boys, Jai Burgess won the 100-meter dash, Dwayne “D” Depp won the 200-meter dash, Malik Richards won the high jump, Jordan Upton won the triple jump, and the team of Burgess, Depp, Upton and Richards won the 4x200 meter dash. Individually for the girls, Jodie Smith won the 800-meter run, while Jessica Smith finished second in the 3,200-meter run and the long jump. “It was exciting to have so many first place finishes with Jai Burgess in the 100, our boys’ 4x200 relay, Jodie Smith in the 800, D Depp in the 200, Jordan Upton in the triple jump, and Malik Richards in the high jump,” said Sobolewski. “D (Depp) broke his own meet record in the 200, and Malik broke Keenon Laine’s meet record from 2014.” While the two track teams were in Newport on Saturday, two members of the boys’ team – Branden Brookfield and Sam Martin – were participating in the pole vault at the Tyson Gay Invitational, which was held at Lafayette High School in Lexington. Brookfield finished third in the event with a best jump of 12-ft., 6-ins., and Martin finished fifth with a best jump of 12 feet. Here are the complete results of the Newport River City Classic for WCHS. Girls’ team Woodford opened the day with the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Karla Garcia, Jodie Smith, Esli Espinoza, and Karla Garcia finished second with a time of 13:44.24. Next up was the 100-meter dash and Dakota Addams had Woodford’s top performance as she finished fifth with a time of 14.54. Also, Sidney Smith finished ninth in 16.64. In the second relay of the day for the girls, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Savannah Karbach, Addams, Brooke Stilwell and Zemura “Ziggy” Washington finished third with a time of 2:02.14. In the first long distance race of the day, the 1,600-meter run, Maricela Ponce finished in fourth place with a time of 7:23.54, while Sonca Nguyen finished seventh in 7:48.04. In the next relay race, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Lauryn Hocker, Kennedy Reister, Kelsey Thomas, and Washington finished third in 59.84. Then in the 400-meter dash, Stilwell finished eighth with a time of 1:09.64. Then in the 800-meter run, Jodie Smith gave the girls’ team its only win of the day. She ran the race in 2:42.24. Also, Garcia was in the race and she finished seventh in 3:28.34. In the 200-meter dash, Rachel Tyra and Thomas finished sixth and seventh respectively. Tyra had a final time of 32.24 and Thomas had a time of 33.34. In the second long distance race of the meet, Jessica Smith finished second with a time of 14.11.54, while Ponce was sixth in 16.56.44. The Woodford girls finished their running events with the 4x400-meter relay, and the team of Reister, Jodie Smith, Savannah Karbach and Stilwell finished second with a time of 5:05.14. In the only field event of the day for the girls, Jessica Smith finished second in the long jump. Her best jump of the day was 13-ft., 7.75-ins. Boys’ team The boys started their meet with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Peter McGowan, Abran Santos, Will Miller and Brandon Kennedy finished fifth with a time of 10:35.44. In the 110-meter hurdles, Landon Saum had Woodford’s top performance as he finished second with a time of 18.14. Also, Nick Lamb finished sixth in the race in 19.54. Next up was the 100-meter dash and Burgess gave Woodford its first win of the day. He ran the race in 11.94. Also, Josh Finley finished eighth in 13.14. In the second relay race for the boys, the 4x200-meter relay, Woodford got its second win of the day as the team of Burgess, Depp, Upton and Richards finished first with a new meet-record time of 1:34.64. Then in the first long distance race of the meet for the boys, the 1,600-meter run, Peter McGowan and Tristan Ferrell finished back-to-back, with McGowan taking sixth place with a time of 5:29.84 and Ferrell finishing seventh in 5:30.14. In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Josh Finley, Alex Morgan, Saum and Brennan Clark finished third with a time of 51.04. Then in the 400-meter dash, Alex Karbach had Woodford’s best performance, as he finished fifth with a time of 58.64. Also, Miller finished eighth in the race in 59.24. Lamb was Woodford’s lone runner in the 300-meter hurdles, and he finished fourth with a time of 46.44. Then in the 800-meter run, Aaron Shrout gave Woodford another top-10 performance as he finished fourth with a time of 2:20.84, while Kennedy finished 11th in 2:57.54. Depp and Burgess then gave Woodford a 1-2 finish in the 200-meter dash. Depp won the race with a time of 22.34, which broke his own meet record of 23.90 set in 2014, and Burgess finished second in 23.04. Then in the final long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, Abran Santos finished in fourth place with a time of 11:54.04, with McGowan close behind in fifth in 12:10.14. The racing events closed out with the boys’ 4x400-meter relay and the team of Ferrell, Miller, Depp and Alex Karbach finished fourth with a time of 3:53.24. In the field events, Woodford scored two wins in the meet. In the high jump, Richards won the event when he cleared six feet, which broke former Woodford high jumper Keenon Laine’s 2014 meet record. Then in the triple jump, Upton got the win with a best jump of 37-ft., 11.75-ins. In addition, Domynik Johnson was fourth in the high jump when he cleared 5-ft., 8-ins, while Drew Richie was sixth in the triple jump with a best jump of 30-ft., 2.25-ins. The in the long jump, Upton had Woodford’s best performance. He finished third with a best jump of 18-ft., 3-ins. Brennan Clark wasn’t too far behind, as he finished in fifth with a best jump of 16-ft., 11.5 ins. In the throwing events, Darnell Richard was the top performer in both the discus and shot put. In the discus, he finished third with a best throw of 107-ft., 1-ins., and in the shot put he finished fifth with a best throw of 33-ft., 2.5-ins. Also in the discus event was Collin Hudson, who finished fourth with a best throw of 106-ft., 1-ins., while in the shot put, D’andre Sanchez finished ninth with a best throw of 26-ft., 9.75-ins. Next up, Woodford has a busy week. It begins on Saturday at the Bryan Station Invitational at 10 a.m. Then on Tuesday, May 3, the team travels to Georgetown for the Scott County All-Comers meet at 5:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, May 6, Woodford is on the road again, this time for the CKC meet at Mercer County at 6 p.m.