• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track wins Luck O’ the Irish; girls take 4th

The Woodford County High School track teams opened their 2017 season at home on Saturday, March 18, hosting their annual Luck O’ the Irish meet, and in a strong performance, the boys’ team won the meet and the girls’ team finished in fourth place. In the boy’s competition, Woodford won five of 18 events, which included a sweep of all the field events, and earned 217 points for the win. In second was Shelby County with 136 points, followed by Lafayette third with 84 points, Lexington Christian fourth with 67.5 points, West Jessamine fifth with 61 points and Montgomery County sixth with 54.5 points. In the girls’ competition, Woodford won two events and collected 88 points to finish in fourth place. Shelby County won the meet with 150 points, with West Jessamine second with 123 points, Lafayette third with 101 points, and Montgomery County fifth with 70 points and Lexington Christian sixth with 50 points. Here are Woodford’s results in the meet. Girls’ Results The girls opened the meet with the 800-meter relay, and the team of Jessica Smith, Maricela Ponce, Kristen Taylor and Jodie Smith finished fifth with a time of 13:03.10. In the 100-meter hurdles, Callie Gormley ran a strong race and finished second with a time of 18.61. That was followed by the 100-meter sprint, where Breanna Willis finished third with a time of 13.55. In addition, Kasey Montgomery finished eighth in 14.18, Mackenzie Tucker was 11th in 14.33, Carter Hays was 12th in 14.35, Gormley was 14th in 14.48, Allison Ferguson was 17th in 14.92, Rachel Tyra was 18th in 15.00, Abbie Hudson was 24h in 15.26, Bethany Goode was 27th in 15.41, Briana Clark was 31st in 16.25, Ingrid Brinegar was 34th in 16.29, and Macy Upthegrove was 41st in 17.21. In the second relay race of the meet for the girls, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Esther Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Mackenzie Thomas and Willis finished second with a time of 2:04.34. In the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meters, and Turner Reynolds finished ninth with a time of 7:21.34, Ponce was 13th in 7:47.24 and Isabella Steely was 15th in 8:23.64. Then in the next relay race, the 4x100-meter relay, Woodford brought home first place, as the team of Jasmine Collins, Ziggy Washington, Lauryn Hocker and Mackenzie Tucker won with a time of 59.80. In addition, the team of Bianca Genovese, Kasey Montgomery, Lucie Receveur and Caroline Murray finished fourth in 1:04.41 and the team of Upthegrove, Brinegar, Hudson and Tyra finished fifth in 1:05.02. Then in the 300-meter hurdles, Esther Bradshaw had Woodford’s top performance, finishing sixth with a time of 58.25, while Gormley finished seventh with a time of 58.90. Next was the 800-meter run and Reynolds finished 18th with a time of 3:24.51 and Steely finished 19th in 3:47.23. Woodford had only one runner in the 200-meter sprint, Receveur, and she finished 28th with a time of 40.24. Then in the 4x400-meter relay, only two teams participated and the team of Gormley, Caroline Murray, Karbach and Bradshaw finished second with a time of 4:58.20. In the first field event, the shot put, Mara Llorente finished sixth with a best throw of 22-ft., 8-ins. In addition, Receveur finished 14th with a best throw of 15-ft., 7-ins., Leah Wash 15th with a best throw of 14-ft., 4-ins., and Renee Murphy was 17th with a best throw of 10-ft., 10-ins. In the discus, Receveur had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished sixth with a best throw of 42-ft., 2-ins. Also, Murphy finished 11th with a best throw of 19-ft., 5-ins. In the long jump, Raven Upton was the top finisher for Woodford. She finished fourth with a best jump of 12-ft., 5-ins. Also, Jessica Smith finished 12th with a best jump of 10-ft., 7-ins., and Gabi Minogue finished 15th with a best jump of 4-ft., 8-ins. Upton brought home the top spot in the triple jump, as she won the event with a best jump of 28-ft., 4-ins. Then in the high jump, Thomas was the only Woodford participant and she finished in fourth place with a best jump of 4-ft., 6-ins. In the pole vault, Ferguson finished second with a best vault of 6-ft., 0-ins. Boys’ Results In the boys’ competition, the first event was the 800-meter relay and the team of Abran Santos, Kyle Holt, Alex Sowder and Clay Thomas finished eighth with a time of 10:30.17. In addition, the team of Sam Eagen, Peter McGowan, Jalen Newton and Mitchell Scott finished ninth in 10:37.31. In the 100-meter hurdles, Woodford’s Landon Saum won the race with a time of 15.64. In addition, Justin Lehmkeuler finished third in 17.71, while Nick Lamb finished fourth in 18.09. Then in the 100-meter sprint, Woodford finished 1-2, as Dwyane “D” Depp won the race with a time of 11.20, while Jai Burgess finished second in 11.23. Also in the race, Thomas Logan finished seventh in 11.99, Mason Coburn finished 18th in 12.42, Ben Nash finished 24th in 12.83, Alex Morgan finished 32nd in 13.30 and Luke Caldwell finished 36th in 14.45. In the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, McGowan had Woodford’s top performance as he finished in fifth place with a time of 5:20.70. In addition, Kyle Holt finished 11th in 5:37.72, Patrick Stiltner finished 13th in 5:42.22, Scott finished 14th in 5:42.22, and Santos finished 19th in 5:51.21. In their second relay race of the day, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Dom Johnson, Burgess, Malik Richards and Depp won the race with a time of 46.62. Also, the team of James Hawkins, Alex Morgan, Will Moffett and Coburn finished fourth in 54.76. Depp also brought home another win for Woodford in the 400-meter run, which he ran in 55.81. In addition, Kegan Elvidge finished eighth in 1:00.63, Henry Huff finished 19th in 1:07.63 and Moffett finished 20th in 1:08.93. Next up was the 300-meter hurdles, and Lehmkeuler finished second with a time of 46.36, while Lamb finished third in 47.27. In the 800-meter run, Colin Hudson was Woodford’s only runner in the race and he finished 23rd with a time of 2:52.62. Then in the 200-meter sprint, Coburn had Woodford’s best performance, finishing 12th with a time of 25.75. In addition, Caldwell finished 24th in 30.33 and Ethan Parker finished 25th in 32.46. In the second long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, McGowan, Santos and Newton finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. McGowan finished with a time of 11:31.01, Santos finished in 12:18.88 and Newton finished in 13:02.28. Then in the final relay of the meet, the 400-meter relay, only two teams competed and the team of Lehmkeuler, Hawkins, Stiltner and Jordan Upton finished second with a time of 4:21.40. Next were the field events and in the shot put, Woodford took the top three spots. Johnson won the event with a best-throw of 41-ft., 2-ins. Jacob Jenkins came in second with a best throw of 39-ft., 1-ins., and in third was Collin Hudson with a best throw of 36-ft., 4-ins. In addition, Darnell Richard finished in fifth place with a best throw of 34-ft., 4-ins. In the discus, Woodford once again took the top three spots. Richard won the event with a best throw of 117-ft., 2-ins. In second was Hudson with a best throw of 112-ft., 7-ins. and in third was Richards with a best throw of 108-ft., 2-ins. In addition, Jenkins finished in sixth place with a bet throw of 91-ft., 4-ins. Keagan Stromberg brought home another win for Woodford in the long jump with a best jump of 20-ft., 4-ins., while Jordan Upton finished third with a best jump of 17-ft., 6-ins. In addition, Sam Eagen finished 13th with a best jump of 12-ft., 10-ins., and Ethan Parker finished 15th with a best jump of 10-ft., 7-ins. Woodford took the top two spots in the triple jump. Jordan Upton won the event with a best jump of 39-ft., 2-ins. and Stromberg finished second with a best jump of 38-ft., 9-ins. In addition, Drew Richie finished in fifth place with a best jump of 32-ft., 1.5-ins. In the high jump, Johnson and Richards finished 1-2 in the event. Johnson won with a best jump of 5-ft., 10-ins., and Richards was second with a best jump of 5-ft., 8-ins. In addition, Lehmkeuler was fourth with a best jump of 5-ft., 6-ins. Sam Martin was the big winner in the pole vault. He finished first with a best vault of 12-ft., 9-ins. Finishing third was Lamb with a best vault of 9-ft., and Richie was fifth with a best vault of 7-ft. Next up, Woodford travels to the Shelby County All-Comers meet on Tuesday, March 28, at 5:15 p.m.

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