• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS girls’ track 7th at region; boys’ finish 8th

The Woodford County High School track teams put in good performances at the Region 6 AAA track meet at Tates Creek on a beautiful Fridaynight, May 13, with the girls’ team finishing seventh and the boys’ team finishing eighth. “Our region is extremely competitive,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “We had 25 season bests on Friday night after a long week of testing, illness and lack of sleep. Our athletes gave everything they had. “As a track athlete you always wish you had done even better, but these kids should be proud of their accomplishments.” In the girls’ team competition, Tates Creek won with 152.50 points. Bryan Station was second with 140 points and Henry Clay was third with 80.50 points. Woodford finished seventh with 17 points. Tates Creek also won the boys’ competition with 131 points. Henry Clay was second with 95 points and Dunbar was third with 88 points. Woodford finished eighth with 23 points. Individually, Audrey Ward had the top placement on the girls’ team, as she finished third in the high jump. The 4x100-meter relay team of Esther Bradshaw, Dakota Addams, Makenzie Thomas and Breanna Willis also had a great performance as they finished fourth in the race. In the boys’ competition, Branden Brookfield and Sam Martin had the team’s top placements, as they finished third and fourth in the pole vault. Also putting in a top performance was Dwayne “D” Depp, who finished fourth in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Here are all of the results for WCHS at the region track meet. Girls’ team The girls’ team opened the day with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Jessica Smith, Sissy Spasova, Turner Reynolds and Jodie Smith finished in fifth place with a time of 11:38.00. In the next race, the 100-meter hurdles, Jorden Crowe finished in 11th place with a time of 19/56. That race was followed by the 100-meter dash, which saw Breanna Willis finished sixth with a time of 13:53, and Dakota Addams finish eighth in 13.66. In the second relay race, the 200-meter relay, the team of Natalie Grenfell, Esther Bradshaw, Brooke Stilwell and Breanna Willis finished in fifth place with a time of 1:55.04. Next was the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, and Reynolds had Woodford best placement, as she finished 13th with a time of 6:37.91. Also, Maricela Ponce finished 16th in 7:22.09. In the third relay race of the meet, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Addams, Makenzie Thomas and Willis finished in fourth place with a time of 54.12. Then in the 400-meter dash, Grenfell had Woodford’s best performance, as she finished eighth with a time of 1:07.45, and Brooke Stilwell finished 10th in 1:09.37. In the final hurdles event for the girls, the 300-meter hurdles, Crowe finished in 13th place with a time of 1:03.06. Jodie Smith had Woodford’s top performance in the 800-meter run, as she finished in seventh place with a time of 2:34.64, while Kristen Taylor finished 15th in 3:05.30. In the 200-meter dash, Willis and Bradshaw finished back-to-back in ninth and 10th, respectively. Willis finished with a time of 27.74, and Bradshaw finished in 28.50. In the final long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, Jessica Smith finished in ninth place with a time of 14:18.55, and Ponce finished 14th in 16:18.08. Then in the final running event for the girls, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Grenfell, Savannah Karbach and Stilwell finished fifth with a time of 4:36.50. Woodford also had a good day in the jumping events. Ward led the way with the Woodford girls’ team’s top placement of the day. She finished in third place in the high jump when she cleared 4-ft., 10-ins. Then in the long jump, Jessica Smith finished 12th with a best jump of 13-ft., 11.ins. In the throwing events, Xarely Chavez finished 10th in the discus with a best throw of 69-ft., 9-ins. She also finished 13th in the shot put with a best throw of 22-ft., 4-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, Luke Caldwell and Sam Eagan finished in sixth place with a time of 9:58.50. Then in the 110-meter hurdles, Landon Saum finished in sixth place with a time of 16.77. Nick Lamb finished close behind him in eight place with a time of 18.23. In the first sprint of the day, the 100-meter dash, Depp had Woodford’s top performance in the race, as he finished in fourth place with a time of 11.26. Next up for the boys was the 1,600-meter run and Peter McGowan finished 17th with a time of 5:20.54 and Tristan Ferrell finished 19th with a time of 5:37.69. Then in the 400-meter dash, Keegan Elvidge had Woodford’s top placement, as he finished in eighth place with a time of 54.32. Also in the race, Alex Karbach finished 14th in 58.27. In the second hurdles event, the 300-meter hurdles, Lamb finished eighth with a time of 46.06, while Saum finished 10th in 47.28. Eagen and Caldwell then finished back-to-back in the 800-meter run. Eagen finished 17th with a time of 2:22.10 and Caldwell finished 18th in 2:34.00. In the 200-meter dash, Depp was Woodford’s top sprint placer once again as he finished fourth with a time of 22.81. Saum was also in the race and finished 10th in 47.28. In the final long distance race of the meet, the 3,200-meter run, McGowan finished in 14th place with a time of 11:18.33, while Abran Santos finished 16th in 11:45.12. Then in the last running event of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Aaron Shrout, Ferrell, Alex Karbach and Elvidge finished in eighth place with a time of 3:53.02. Brookfield and Martin once again were two of the top performers in the pole vault event. Brookfield cleared 12-ft., 6-ins. to take third place, while Martin cleared 12-ft. for fourth. In the high jump, Domynik Johnson took home seventh place when he cleared 5-ft., 6-ins., while Malik Richards finished in 10th place when he cleared 5-ft., 2-ins. In the long jump, Jordan Upton finished in seventh place with a best jump of 19-ft., 8-ins, and Brennan Clark finished 10th with a best jump of 16-ft., 1-ins. Then in the triple jump, Upton once more had Woodford’s best performance, as he finished in 10th place with a best jump of 37-ft., 10.5-ins. Also, Drew Richie finished 13th with a best jump of 33-ft., 2.5-ins. In the throwing events, Collin Hudson finished in fifth place in the discus with a best throw of 119-ft., 8-ins, and Darnell Richard finished seventh with a best throw of 117 feet. Then in the shot put, Justin Brown finished in fifth place with a best throw of 42-ft., 5-ins, while Johnson finished ninth with a best throw of 39-ft., 7-ins. Next up for some of the WCHS athletes will be the KHSAA State Championships, which will be held at the University of Kentucky on Saturday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m. The WCHS athletes that will participate were not known at press time, but will appear in next week’s Woodford Sun.

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