• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS’s Jodi Smith, Peter McGowan qualify for XC state


JODI SMITH had the best finish for the Woodford County High School cross country team at the Region 6AAA meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Danville-Admiral Stadium. She finished in ninth place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 21:48.47 and qualified for the KHSAA state cross country championships. (File photo by Steve Blake/multiexposures.com)

The Woodford County High School cross country teams competed in the Region 6AAA meet on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Danville-Admiral Stadium and came home with some good results, which included two athletes qualifying for the KHSAA state cross country championships. On the girls’ team, Jodie Smith had the team’s top performance, as she finished in ninth place out of 63 runners with a time of 21:48.47 in the 5,000-meter course. With that result, Smith qualified for the KHSAA state cross country championships. On the boys’ team, Peter McGowan had the top performance. He finished in 22nd place out of 70 runners with a time of 18:23.95 in the 5,000-meter course and also qualified for the state meet. The KHSAS state cross country championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Kentucky Horse Park. Here are the complete results for the WCHS teams. Girls’ team In the team competition, Woodford finished in seventh place out of 10 teams. Finishing first was Tates Creek, with George Rogers Clark second and Paul Laurence Dunbar third. In addition to Jodie Smith’s ninth place finish, the other runners for Woodford at region were: Regan Martin finished 24th with a time of 23:05.52, Jessica Smith finished 27th with a time of 23:15.89, Turner Reynolds finished 40th with a time of 24:51.64, Bekah Hall finished 52nd with a time of 27:03.18, Paige Davis finished 58th with a time of 28:28.56, and Sissy Spasova finished 59th with a time of 28:21.75. Boys’ Team In team competition, Woodford finished sixth out of 10 teams. Finishing first was Paul Laurence Dunbar, with Tates Creek second and Henry Clay third. In addition to McGowan’s 22nd place finish, the other runners for Woodford at region were: Mitchell Scott finished 24th with a time of 18:30.23, Jalen Newton finshed 30th with a time of 18:36.39, Clay Thomas finished 40th with a time of 18:58.60, Jonathon Hall finished 47th with a time of 19:23.41, Abran Santos finished 55th with a time of 19:52.45, and James Hawkins finished 64th with a time of 20:36.21.

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