• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track 4th at Commodore Classic; girls 8th

The Woodford County High School track teams called an audible of sorts last week. After their meet at West Jessamine was rained out on Friday, April 14, the teams headed to Lexington on Saturday, April 15, to participate in the Commodore Classic at Tates Creek. In the meet against some very strong teams, the boys placed fourth out of 12 teams, while the girls finished eighth out of 11 teams. In the boys’ competition, Woodford was fourth with 61 points. Trinity (Louisville) won the boys’ division with 136 points. In second was Tates Creek with 86 points, while Scott County was third with 64 points and Henry Clay was fifth with 44 points. In the girls’ competition, Woodford was eighth with 34 points. Tates Creek won the girls’ division with 132 points. In second place was Rockcastle County with 93 points, followed by Lafayette in third with 91.5 points, Henry Clay in fourth with 53.5 points and Scott County in fifth with 49 points. Here are the results for Woodford at the meet. Boys’ results In the first race of the meet for the boys, the 4x800-meter relay, the team of Peter McGowan, Kyle Holt, Sam Eagen and Mitchell Scott finished sixth with a time of 9:36.35. Then in the 110-meter hurdles, Landon Saum finished second with a time of 15.65. Justin Lehmkuhler finished sixth with a time of 17.47. In the team’s first sprint event, the 100-meter dash, Jai Burgess finished fourth with a time of 11.28. Burgess was actually tied with Ethan Hahn of Madison Central, but when the time was broken down further, Burgess finished fourth in 11.274, while Hahn finished third in 11.273. Also in the race was Dwayne “D” Depp, who finished sixth with a time of 11.34. Next up was the 4x200-meter relay, and the team of Keegan Elvidge, Lehmkuhler, Keagan Stromberg and Saum finished sixth with a time of 1:39.35. In the team’s first long distance event, the 1,600-meter run, Kyle Holt finished 20th with a time of 5:17.75. Also, Mitchell Scott finished 23rd with a time of 5:21.36. Then in the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Domynik Johnson, Jai Burgess, Jordan Upton and Depp finished third with a time of 45.33. Keegan Elvidge had the team’s top performance in the 400-meter run, finishing 13th with a time of 56.67, while James Hawkins finished 18th with a time of 1:10.80. In the 300-meter hurdles, Lehmkuhler finished fourth with a time of 43.47, while Nick Lamb finished 10th in 46.61. The next race on the schedule was the 800-meter run and Patrick Stiltner finished 20th with a time of 2:22.65. Also, Eagen finished 24th in 2:28.55. Then, in his first 200-meter race of the year, Depp finished third with a time of 22.74. Alex Morgan finished 14th in 29.23. In the team’s second long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, McGowan finished 11th with a time of 11:22.18 and Abran Santo finished 17th in 11:55.26. Then in the team’s final running event, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Clay Thomas, Will Moffett, Jalen Newton and Luke Caldwell finished seventh in 4:34.08. In the discus, Darnell Richard finished fourth with a best throw of 111-ft., 7-ins. Malik Richards finished sixth with a best throw of 110 feet. Next was the high jump, and Richards finished second when he cleared six feet. Johnson finished seventh when he cleared 5-ft., 8-ins. Stromberg was Woodford’s top performer in the long jump. He finished third with a best jump of 20-ft., 1.5-ins. Woodford also had two athletes finish in the top 10 in the triple jump. Stromberg finished sixth with a best jump of 38-ft., 6-ins., and Michael Nalley finished seventh with a best jump of 38-ft., 4-ins. Then in the shot put, Woodford had two more athletes finish in the top 10. Johnson finished third with a best throw of 44-ft., 1/25.ins. Also, Jacob Jenkins finished seventh with a best throw of 29-ft., 1.25-ins. Girls’ results In the 4x800-meter relay, the team of Jessica Smith, Jodie Smith, Turner Reynolds, and Savannah Karbach finished in eighth place with a time of 11:50.29. In the next event, the 100-meter hurdles, Esther Bradshaw had the best performance for Woodford, as she finished fourth with a time of 17.69. Callie Gormley finished fifth with a time of 17.94. Then in the first sprint of the meet, the 100-meter dash, Breanna Willis finished fourth with a time of 13.28. Next up was the 4x200-meter relay, and the team of Bradshaw, Karbach, Makenzie Thomas and Willis finished third with a time of 1:53.65. Then in the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, Jodie Smith finished 12th with a time of 6:16.65. Also, Bekah Hall finished 16th with a time of 6:57.01. In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Makenzie Thomas, Willis and Kasey Montgomery finished second with a time of 53.89. The next event was the 300-meter hurdles, and Gormley had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished fourth with a time of 53.80. Also, Caroline Murray finished eighth with a time of 59.40. Jodie Smith was the top performer for Woodford in the 800-meter run. She finished 12th with a time of 2:53.74. Also, Reynolds finished 14th in 3:14.41. Then in the 200-meter dash, Montgomery finished 18th with a time of 30.92. Rachel Tyra finished 22nd in 31.88. In the final long distance event, the 3,200-meter run, Jessica Smith finished eighth with a time of 14.43.32, while Maricella Ponce finished ninth in 16.47.87. Then in the final relay race for the girls, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Caroline Murray, Kristen Taylor, Karbach and Bethany Goode finished sixth with a time of 5:11.99. In the discus, Renne Murphy finished 15th with a best throw of 56-ft., 3-ins., while in the shot put, Mara Llorente finished eighth with a best throw of 24-ft., 5-ins. and Murphy finished 15th with a best throw of 13-ft., 1.25-ins. In the high jump, Thomas finished seventh when she cleared 4-ft., 2-ins. Then in the long jump, Jessica Smith finished 10th with a best jump of 12-ft., 8-ins. Raven Upton finished 12th with a best jump of 12-ft., 4-ins. Upton also had the top performance for Woodford in the triple jump, finishing sixth with a best jump of 29-ft., 11-ins. In the pole vault, Allison Ferguson finished fifth with a best vault of 7-ft., 6-ins. Next up, Woodford has four meets in the next two weeks. On Thursday, April 20, they are at Montgomery County at 6 p.m. On Saturday, April 22, they are at the Harrison County Invitational at 10 a.m. On Tuesday, April 25, they go to the Henry Clay All-Comers at 5:30 p.m. Finally, on Saturday, April 29, they are at the Bryan Station Invitational at 10 a.m.

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