• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ track 6th at Bryan Station track meet; boys 9th


JESSICA SMITH, shown at the Bryan Station Invitational earlier this season, finished eighth in the long jump on Saturday, April 30, at the Bryan Station Woodall High School Invitational by T. Brooks, which helped the Woodford County High School girls’ track team finish 6th at the meet. Smith had a best jump of 14-ft., 2-ins., which was a personal best for the athlete. (Photo by Rick Capone)

On a cool, but rainy Saturday, April 30, in Lexington, the Woodford County High School track teams took part in the Bryan Station Woodall High School Invitational by T. Brooks track meet and saw the girls’ team finish in sixth place out of 13 teams, with 20 points, while the boys’ team finished ninth out of 13 teams with 22 points. Winning the girls’ competition was Bryan Station with 155 points, while Tates Creek was second with 117 points and Lafayette was third with 66 points. In the boys’ competition, the finish order was the same, as Bryan Station finished first with 85 points, Tates Creek was second with 80 points and Lafayette was third with 71 points. Both WCHS teams competed without a full squad, as a number of students missed the event because of the senior prom later that day. Still, the athletes who did participate did their best and helped the team finish with good results. Individually, Jai Burgess had the team’s best finish of the day when he took home second-place in the 100-meter dash. “We competed on a rainy, lousy day and still finished up with 11 season bests,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Landon (Saum) has been putting in extra work on his hurdles, Jessica (Smith) has been working on her long jump, and Dom (Domynik Johnson) is having fun with his shot put skills. “It’s rewarding to see Turner (Reynolds), Peter (McGowan), Keegan (Elvidge), Josh (Finley), and Sissy (Spasova) excel with their season bests. (And), our relays are coming together at the right time. All three girls’ relays had season best times.” In addition to the Bryan Station track meet on Saturday, Woodford’s Branden Brookfield and Sam Martin participated in the Easter Relays at the University of Louisville. Brookfield finished fifth with a best jump of 12 feet, and Martin finished sixth with a best jump of 11-ft., 6-ins. Here are the results for both Woodford teams at the meet at Bryan Station. Girls’ team The girls’ opened the day with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Jessica Smith, Sissy Spasova, Turner Reynolds and Jodie Smith finished in fourth place with a time of 11:31.55. In the next race, the 100-meter hurdles, Jorden Crowe finished 13th with a time of 22.32, which was followed with the 100-meter dash where Breanna Willis finished 10th with a time of 13.90. In the second relay race of the day, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Dakota Addams, Savannah Karbach, Natalie Grenfell, and Breanna Willis finished in fourth place with a time of 1:58.36. Then in the first long distance event of the day, the 1,600-meter run, Reynold finished 13th with a time of 6:41.99. Next up was the 4x100-meter relay and the team of Esther Bradshaw, Karbach, Makenzie Thomas, and Willis finished in fourth place with a time of 56.20. Grenfell had Woodford’s best performance in the 400-meter dash, as she finished 13th with a time of 1:12.82. Her teammate, Kristen Taylor was not far behind her though, as she finished 15th in 1:18.34. In the 800-meter run, Jodie Smith had the girls’ team’s best performance, as she finished in fourth place with a time of 2:43.07, while Spasova finished ninth in 2:58.08. Esther Bradshaw had Woodford’s best placement in the 200-meter dash, as she finished seventh with a time of 28.88. Also, Rachel Tyra finished 14th in the race with a time of 32.96. In the final long distance race for the girls, the 3,200-meter run, Maricela Ponce was fourth in the race with a time of 16.00.74. The girls’ team only participated in two field events at the meet. In the long jump, Jessica Smith finished in eighth place with a season best jump of 14-ft., 2-ins. Then in the shot put, Xarley Chavez finished in 16th place with a best throw of 21-ft., 6-ins. Boys’ Team The boys opened their day with the 4x800-meter run and the team of Sam Eagen, Brandon Kennedy, Luke Caldwell, and Abran Santos finished in ninth place with a time of 10:42.52. Then in the 110-meter hurdles, Landon Saum finished in seventh place with a time of 17.50. Next up was the 100-meter dash and Jai Burgess had Woodford’s top performance of the meet, as he finished second with a time of 11.46. Also in the race was Finley, who finished 20th in 13.04. In the second relay race for the boys, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Burgess, Jordan Upton, Saum, and Keegan Elvidge finished in fourth place with a time of 1:37.45. Peter McGowan had Woodford’s top performance in the 1,600-meter run, as he finished in 16th place with a time of 5:16.48, while Abran Santos finished 22nd in 5:51.07. In the 400-meter dash, Elvidge gave Woodford its best result when he finished in sixth place with a time of 56.05. Also in the race was Finley, who finished 14th in 1:00.72. The boys’ team finished the running events with two races. In the 800-meter run, Sam Eagen finished in 18th place with a time of 2:32.37, while Luke Caldwell finished 20th in 2:36.00. Then in the 3,200-meter run, McGowan was Woodford’s lone runner and he finished in 11th place with a time of 11:52.66. In the throwing events, Woodford had some good results. In the discus, Collin Hudson finished the day in eighth place with a best throw of 93-ft., 1-ins. Then in the shot put, Johnson finished in sixth place with a best throw of 39 feet, while Darnell Richard finished 13th with a best throw of 33-ft., 6.5-ins. The Woodford boys’ team also participated in two jumping events. In the high jump, Johnson scored a fifth-place finish when he cleared 5-ft., 4-ins. Then in the triple jump, Jordan Upton had the best result for Woodford when he finished in seventh place with a best jump of 37-ft., 2.5-ins. Drew Richie also participated in the event and finished 13th with a best jump of 31-ft. 5.5 ins. Last Tuesday, April 26, Woodford also participated in the Mercer County All-Comers meet in Harrodsburg at the Alvis Johnson field. However, after only a few events, the meet was called due to bad weather. Still, there were a few good results on the day for the Yellow Jackets. In particular, the team won two events. First, Will Miller scored a win in the boys’ pole vault with a best jump of eight feet. Second, in the 100-meter dash, Dwayne “D” Depp and Burgess finished 1-2 in the race, respectively. Depp won the race with a time of 11.50, while Burgess finished in 11.59. Next up, Woodford is at the CKC track meet at Mercer County on Friday, May 6. Start time is approximately 5 p.m.

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