• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track finishes 5th at CKC; girls finish 11th

The Woodford County High School boys’ and girls’ track teams went on the road to Harrodsburg on Friday, May 6, to participate in the CKC track meet, which was hosted by Burgin High School and is one of the biggest meets of the season. At the end of the night, the boys’ team brought home a fifth-place finish out of 15 teams with 55 points, while the girls’ team finished 11th out of 13 teams with 15.50 points. Winning the boys’ division was Henry Clay with 144 points, with Shelby County second with 108 points and Mercer County third with 102 points. In the girls’ division, Boyle County got the win with 139 points, with Henry Clay second with 127 points and Mercer County third with 97 points. Individually, Branden Brookfield had the best performance of the meet for the boys’ team with a win in the pole vault. Also, Dwayne “D” Depp also scored big with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. Individually for the girls’ team, Audrey Ward had the top placement with a third-place finish in the high jump “CKC is always a great night of competition,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Performing under the lights changes the meet atmosphere. We had a total of 18 season bests. Our athletes have continued to improve throughout the season. We now have a week to finish preparing for regionals.” Here are the complete results for Woodford at the CKC track meet. Girls’ team The girls’ opened the meet with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Jodie Smith, Turner Reynolds, Sissy Spasova and Jessica Smith finished eighth with a time of 11:28.22. In the 100-meter hurdles, Jorden Crowe finished ninth with a time of 19.54, which was followed by the 100-meter dash where Breanna Willis finished 10th with a time of 13.54. Dakota Addams also ran the 100-meter dash and finished 14th in 13.91. In the second relay race of the meet, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Addams, Willis, Savannah Karbach and Brooke Stilwell finished sixth with a time of 1:56.91. Then in the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, Reynolds finished 15th with a time of 6:54.70. Next up was the 4x100-meter relay and the team of Addams, Makenzie Thomas, Stilwell and Willis finished ninth in 57.46. Stilwell was Woodford’s lone runner in the 400-meter dash and she finished in 10th place with a time of 1:07.80. Then in the 300-meter hurdles, Crowe scored a 16th-place finish with a time of 1:00.94. In the 800-meter run, Jodie Smith had the top performance for Woodford, as she finished in sixth place with a time of 2:37.26, while Kristen Taylor finished 17th in 3:06.54. Willis then scored the team’s best performance in the 200-meter dash, as she finished 11th with a time of 28.39. Her teammate, Esther Bradshaw was close behind her with a 14th-place finish in 28.62. Then in the final long distance race of the meet for the girls, the 3,200-meter run, Jessica Smith had Woodford’s best placement, as she finished ninth with a time of 14:05.57. Also, Maricela Ponce finished 12th in 16.21.43. Closing out the girls’ races was the 4x400-meter relay and the team of Bradshaw, Natalie Grenfell, Savannah Karbach and Stilwell finished in sixth place with a time of 4:33.43. In the high jump, Ward had the top performance of the day for the Woodford girls’ team, as she finished in third place when she cleared 4-ft., 8-ins. Then in the long jump, Jessica Smith scored a 12th-place finish with a best jump of 12-ft., 8-ins. Xarley Chavez was Woodford’s only athlete in the throwing events, and she finished 16th in the discus with a best throw of 64ft., 10-ins, and she finished 22nd in the shot put with a best throw of 21ft., 9-ins. Boys’ Team Like the girls’ team, the boys opened their meet with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Aaron Shrout, Peter McGowan, Alex Sowder and Sam Eagen finished in 10th place with a time of 9:45.66. Then in the 110-meter hurdles, Nick Lamb finished seventh with a time of 18.36. That race was followed by the 100-meter dash, where Brennan Clark finished in 10th place with a time of 11.92 and Josh Finley finished 24th in 12.80. In the second relay of the day for the boys, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Depp, Keegan Elvidge, Landon Saum and Jai Burgess finished in third place with a time of 1:35.02. In the first long distance race of the meet for the boys, McGowan had Woodford’s top performance, as he finished 15th with a time of 5:18.86. Also in the race was Tristan Ferrell, who finished 19th in 5:32.61. Then in the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Burgess, Depp, Domynik Johnson and Clark finished third with a time of 44.74. Next up was the 400-meter dash, and Elvidge finished in eighth place with a time of 55.77, and Alex Karbach finished 13th in 57.99. In the 300-meter hurdles, Lamb finished in eighth place with a time of 45.20, and then in the 800-meter run, Shrout finished 17th with a time of 2:21.51. Also in the 800, Eagen finished 22nd in 2:26.00. Depp had the boys’ top performance of the meet, as he finished second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.25. Burgess also ran the race and finished in fourth place in 23.18. In the final long distance race of the meet, the 3,200-meter run, McGowan finished in 14th place with a time of 11.28.82, and Abran Santos finished 17th in 11:44.86. Closing out the running events in the meet was the 4x400-meter relay and the team of Will Miller, Shrout, Ferrell and Elvidge finished sixth with a time of 3:52.31. In the jumping events, Woodford had some of its best finishes of the day. In the pole vault, Brookfield won the event when he cleared 12-ft., 6-ins. Right behind him in third place was Sam Martin, who fincleared 12 feet. In the high jump, Johnson cleared 5-ft., 8-ins and finished in fourth place, In the long jump, Jordan Upton finished ninth with a best jump of 18-ft., 3.5-ins., and Clark finished 12th with a best jump of 18 feet. Upton also had Woodford’s best performance in the triple jump, as he finished in 13th place with a best jump of 36-ft., 3-ins. Also, Drew Richie finished 17th in the event with a best jump of 32-ft., 9-ins. In the discus, Collin Hudson and Darnell Richard finished back-to-back in 10th place and 11th place, respectively. Hudson had a best throw of 106-ft., 3-ins and Richard had a best throw of 105-ft., 5-ins. Then in the shot put, Justin Brown scored a fifth-place finish with a best throw of 41-ft., 2.5-ins, while Johnson finished 15th with a best throw of 36-ft., 7.5-ins. Next up, Woodford goes to Tates Creek on Saturday, May 14 for the region tournament. Start time for the field events is approximately 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for the track events.

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