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Rick Capone, Sports Editor
Mar 1, 2017
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WCHS track teams ready for 2017 season
It’s hard to believe, but spring is getting closer and that means the Woodford County High School girls’ and boys’ track teams are ready to get the 2017 season started.
With a solid group of returning athletes, as well as a very talented freshmen class for both the girls’ and boys’ teams, the Yellow Jackets are set to have a successful season.
“Looking at the meets we’re going to (this year), we should be very competitive,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “The boys might be a little stronger this year. The girls were a little bit weak on some of the field events, but running, we’ve got a good solid team returning.
“So, just good competition again and weekly improvement; the kids are always looking for their PRs (personal records) and last year we did a really good job with that. We got progressively better every single week and that’s always the aim; to get better every week in our Central Kentucky Conference (CKC). (And, the CKC meet) is always that fun first Friday in May, then on to regionals and then qualify as many as we can for state.”
Sobolewski is especially impressed by the group of freshmen coming onto the team this year.
“(We’ve got) a great group of solid freshmen athletes.” she said, “We’ve got a big group of kids and they’re good.”
Here’s a look at this year’s teams.
Running in the hurdle events will be freshmen Bethany Goode, Carter Hays, Callie Gormley and Caroline Murray.
On the girls’ team, in the 100-meter sprint, Sobolewski has some returners who will run in those events. They are, junior Makenzie Thomas, sophomores Breanna Willis and Jasmine Collins, and sophomore Esther Bradshaw.
Then in the 200-meter sprint, in addition to the sprint runners already mentioned, senior Kelsey Thomas and Ziggy Washington, juniors Rachel Tyra and Kristen Jordan, Bradshaw and Kelsey Thomas will run in the event.
Other athletes that will run in the sprint events are seniors Lauryn Hocker and Sydney Smith, sophomore Acacia Johnson, and freshmen Bianca Genovese, Good, Hays, Kasey Montgomery and Lucie Receveur.
Running in the 400-meter event will be Bradshaw, Murray, and Taylor, along with sophomores Kate Moran and Leah Wash and freshman Ava Crawford.
In the long distance events, the 800-meter, the 1,600-meter and the 3,200-meter, look for Jodie Smith and sophomores Bekah Hall and Maricella Ponce and freshman Isabella Steely.
As for the relay teams, they will be decided after Sobolewski sees how the kids are running. In fact, determining the teams might come sooner than usual since the teams have been able to get outside for practice thanks to the nice weather last week.
“The weather last week was very nice so (the athletes) were outside running and practicing hand-offs,” said Sobolewski.
In the field events, junior Renee Murphy will participate in the discus and shot put events.
Senior Jessica Smith, junior Gabi Minogue and freshman Raven Upton will compete in the long jump, with Upton also doing the triple jump.
Sophomore Brianna Clark and freshman Allison Ferguson will compete in the pole vault.
In the high jump, Sobolewski wasn’t sure who will compete in that event. One athlete who is a possibility is Thomas.
On the boys’ team, Sobolewski has some strong freshmen to watch in the hurdles and the high jump.
In the hurdles, senior Nick Lamb and junior Landon Saum both return to the team and have been working very hard, according to Sobolewski. Another athlete to watch in this event is freshman Justin Lehmkeuler.
Woodford also has a strong contingent of sprinters this year, which include seniors Dwayne “D” Depp, Domynik Johnson, Malik Richards and, possibly, Keagan Stromberg.
In addition, juniors Jai Burgess and Casey Taylor, sophomores Brennan Clark and Ben Nash, and freshmen James Hawkins, Mason Coburn, Will Moffett and Lehmkeuler will participate in the sprints.
In the 400-meter event, Sobolewski is looking to senior returner Keegan Elvidge and junior Casey Taylor to run the event.
In the middle distance races, the 800-meter, sophomore Alex Morgan and freshmen Ethan Parker and Patrick Stiffner will run in the event.
Then in the long distance races, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter, Woodford has a strong group of returning athletes in junior Peter McCowan and Sam Eagan, and sophomore Abran Santos.
Other distance runners include seniors Kyle Holt, Jalen Newton, Mitchell Scott, Ethan Parker and Clay Thomas.
In the field events, the boys’ team has a strong group of athletes.
Senior Sam Martin returns in the pole vault. Martin qualified for state last year and looks to get back there this year.
In the high jump, look for Richards, Johnson and Lehmkeuler to compete.
Then in the long jump, juniors Henry Huff, Drew Richie, Jordan Upton, and Burgess, sophomore Brennan Clark, and freshman Michael Nalley will tackle that event.
Upton and Nalley will also compete in the triple jump, while freshman Clinton Brown might tackle three events, the long jump, triple jump and high jump.
Then in the discus and shot put, look for seniors Darnell Richard, Jacob Jennings and D’Andre Sanchez, and junior Dawson Dearing to do well in those events.
Woodford’s first meet of the year is the Luck O’ the Irish at home on Saturday, March 18, starting at 10 a.m.