• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Cross Country opens season with ‘Beat the Heat’


JODIE SMITH, a member of the Woodford County High School cross country team, finished in fifth place in the team’s season opening Beat The Heat races at Falling Springs on Thursday, Aug. 25. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexposures.com)

The Woodford County cross country teams opened their season on Thursday, Aug. 25, with their annual Beat the Heat races at the Falling Springs cross country course. Here are how the teams did in the meet. HS Girls As a team, the Woodford County High School girls’ finished in third place in the six-team competition. West Jessamine finished first, Madison Central was second, Bourbon County was fourth, Owen County was fifth and Bryan Station was sixth. Individually, Jodi Smith had Woodford’s top finish on the 3,630-meter course. She was fifth out of 63 runners with a time of 15:43.69. Also in the top 10 was Jessica Smith, who was ninth with a time of 15:54.28. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Paige Davis (13th place with a time of 16.23.31); Regan Martin (18h, 17:03.55); Stanislava Spasova (32nd, 19:16.38); Kylie Claridge (33rd, 19:17.33); Turner Reynolds (34th, 19:17.75); Bekah Hall (38th, 20:07.12); Maricela Ponce (43rd, 20:34.59); Paden Nicholson (46th, 21:03.62); Rachel Tyra (52nd, 21:59.98); Isabella Steely (57th, 22:48.39); Layren Watercutter (62nd, 24:04.07); and Esli Espinoza (63rd, 24:10.00). HS Boys As a team, Woodford County High School finished fourth out of six teams. Winning the boys’ competition was Bryan Station, with Madison Central second, West Jessamine third, Bourbon County fifth and Owen County sixth. Individually, Peter McGowan and Clay Thomas had the best finishes for Woodford in the 79-runner competition. McGowan finished 13th with a time of 13:45.01 on the 3,630-meter course, and Thomas finished 14th with a time of 13:46.09. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Mitchell Scot (22nd, 14:12.14); Abran Santos (25th, 14:16.77); Jalen Newton (27h, 14:20.57); Luke Caldwell (36th, 14:56.97); Samuel Eagen (40th, 15:03.64); Justin Lehmkuhler (49th, 15:20.20); Alex Sowder (52nd, 15:34.03); James Hawkins (54th, 15:39.87)Evan-Arthur Sloan (69th, 17:10.01); Will Moffett (78th, 19:57.00); and Casey Tayler (79th, 21:24.34). MS Girls As a team, Woodford County Middle School finished in second place in the five-team competition. Hayes Middle School won, while Beaumont Middle School was third, Bourbon County Middle School was fourth and West Jessamine Middle School was fifth. Individually, Katie Gatewood had Woodford’s top finish. She was third out of 95 runners with a time of 10:31.42 on the 2,400-meter course. Also placing in the top 10 was Abbey Bleuel. She finished sixth in 10:43.06. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Abigail Wooten (12th, 11:08.91); Morgan Reynolds (17th, 11:30.34); Lillian Mullins (38th, 12:33.18); Hannah Warthman (41st, 12:33.18); Emma Goh (46th, 13:05.74); Jillian Elmore (47t, 13:07.56); Ann-Sophie Martin (70th, 14:16.54); Miriam Hickey (78th, 15:09.66); and Mei Li Caldwell (88th, 16:48.39). MS Boys As a team, Woodford County Middle School finished in second place in the five-team competition. Winning it was Hayes Middle School, while Beaumont Middle School was third, Bourbon County Middle School was fourth and West Jessamine Middle School was fifth. Individually, Korry Blankenhip and Thomas Martin had Woodford’s best finishes out of 105 competitors. Blankenship finished fourth with a time of 9:31.71 on the 2,400-meter course, and Martin finished fifth in 9:33.34. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Hunter Penn (12th, 9:49.22); Trevor Greene (14th, 9:59.92); Kodi Reeder (24th, 10:18.57); Jackson Moffett (25th, 10:19.22); Ryan Hash (42nd, 11:13.38); Randyn Knight (47h, 11:32.30); Scott Watson (48th, 11:35.28); Colin McGowan (54th, 12:00.98); Shaun Lavin (61st, 12:20.94); Logan Greene (81st, 13:40.37); Jonathan Linton (100th, 17:12.80); Jeremy Linton (101st, 17:29.45); and Cody Boesch (103rd, 17:31.00). Elem. Girls As a team, Woodford finished as runner-up to West Jessamine. Individually, Maggie Twehues finished second in the 59-runner competition. She ran the 1,500-meter run in 6:19.71. Also in the top 10 were Evelyn Hamilton, who finished third in 6:49.25, and Addison Moore, who finished 10th in 7:10.29. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Addie Patterson (11th, 7:12.24); Gabby Gamper (13th, 7:13.68); Lillian Moore (17th, 7:35.29); Lainey Banks (18th, 7:35.96); Ina Mason (20th, 7:46.97); Kenkyhl Dewar (22nd, 7:53.76); Willa Cardwell (23rd, 8:09.81); Ashlynn Gamper (27th, 8:21.75); Nora Hanley (35th, 8:45.48); Eva Kate Probus (37th, 9:12.61); Katherina Spellman (41st, 9:44.28); and Molly Jo Elmore (55th, 13:41.11). Elem. Boys As a team, the boys’ elementary team finished third. West Jessamine was first and Rosa Parks was second. Xavier Moore won the 1,500-meter race over 50 other runners with a time of 5:57.61. Woodford had nine other runners finish in the top-10. Jacob Reeder was third in 6:11.92; Parker Polk was fifth in 6:14.33; Clay Holt was seventh in 6:16.69; Sean Wylie was eighth in 6:17.27: and Jack Lehakuhler was ninth in 6:17.59. Other Woodford finishers in the race were Ryan Hendrix (14th with a time of 6:34.99); Lane Brown (18th, 6:41.90); Simon Swansegar (20th, 6:42.69); Reid Sayre (38th, 7:10.74); JR Martin (49th, 7:37.38).

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