9 WCHS track athletes qualify for state
The Woodford County High School track teams qualified nine athletes – one girl and eight boys – for the KHSAA State Track and Field Championships, which will be held on Saturday, May 28, at the University of Kentucky. The athletes qualified by having strong finishes at the Region 6 AAA meet, which was held at Tates Creek on Friday, May 13. “Qualifying for our state meet is a perfect reward after a long season of practice and competition,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Our nine qualifiers will be competing against the best. I hope that each one of them and their family will enjoy their day. UK is a fantastic facility.” Representing the Woodford girls’ team will be Audrey Ward in the high jump. This is Ward’s second trip to the state championships. In 2016, Ward won the high jump at two meets, and finished third at region to qualify for state. Her season best came at the season opening Luck O’The Irish meet at home on March 19 when she cleared five feet. Representing the boys’ team will be Dwayne “D” Depp in the 100-meter-dash and 200-meter dash, Branden Brookfield and Sam Martin in the pole vault, Landon Saum in the 110-meter hurdles, Justin Brown in the shot put, Colin Hudson and Darnell Richard in discus, and Jordan Upton in the long jump. This will be the third time Martin will be going to the state championships. For Brown, Hudson, Richard, Saum and Upton, it will be their first trip to state, while Ward, Brookfield and Depp will be returning for the second time. Depp has been strong all season long in the 200-meter dash. In total, he won the event at five meets, and finished second in three others. At region he finished fourth to qualify for state. His season best came at the CKC meet on May 6, when he ran the 200 in 22.25. Depp only ran the 100-meter dash twice this season. He won once and finished fourth at region, where he had a season best finish of 11.26 to qualify for state. Brookfield and Martin pushed each other all season in the pole vault, as they finished back-to-back at many of the meets. In total, Brookfield won five times and finished third at region to qualify for state, while Martin won once and finished second four times. His fourth place finish at region helped him qualify for state. Brookfield has his season best at the Heart of the Bluegrass on April 16 when he cleared 13-ft., 1-ins., while Martin had his season best at Boyle County All-Comers meet on April 19. Landon Saum was Woodford’s top runner in the 110-meter hurdles. During the season, he competed in 11 meets and had one win, which came at the Madison Central All-Comers meet on April 12, one second, and three thirds. He qualified for state with a sixth-place finish at region, where he ran a season best 16.77 in the race. Justin Brown had a solid season in shot put. His best finish came at the season opening Luck O’The Irish meet at home on March 19 where he finished fourth. He qualified for state with a fifth-place finish at region. His season-best throw came at region when he had a best throw of 42-ft., 5-ins. Like Brookfield and Martin, Colin Hudson and Darnell Richard pushed each other to good finishes in discus. Hudson’s best finish was a fourth at the Madison Central All-Comers meet on April 12, while Richard had his best finish at the Newport River City Classic where he finished third. Both athletes qualified for state with season-best tosses. Hudson qualified for state with a fifth-place finish at region with a best throw of 119-ft., 8-ins. and Richard qualified with a seventh-place finish at region with a best throw of 117 feet. Jordan Upton competed in the long jump at every meet of the season for Woodford, and had one second-place finish and four third-place finishes. He qualified for state with a seventh-place finish at region with a season-best jump of 19-ft., 8-ins.