• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track wins Tomahawk Challenge; girls third


LANDON SAUM, center, shown running the hurdles at the Commodore Classic at Tate’s Creek in Lexington on Saturday, April 15, won the 110-meter hurdles for the Woodford County High School track team at the Tomahawk Challenge, which was held at Montgomery County High School in Mt. Sterling on Thursday, April 20. His winning time of 15:30 broke the existing WCHS record and the Tomahawk Challenge record. (Photo by Michael Gormley)

The Woodford County High School boys’ and girls’ track teams had one of their best meets of the season at the Tomahawk Challenge, which was held at Montgomery County High School in Mt. Sterling on Thursday, April 20. The Woodford boys’ team won the meet in dominating fashion, and the girls’ team had its best meet of the season, finishing third. In the boy’s competition, Woodford finished first out of eight teams with 211 points. All told, they won 11 events, including five field events and two relays. “Our boys came on strong at the meet,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Soboleweski. “All the relays competed well and the boys individually stepped it up. We need to keep rolling through the next three weeks. Montgomery County finished second with 106 points, followed by Rowan County with 67 points, Fleming County with 63 points, Mason County with 39 points, Powell County with 34 points, Nicholas County with 30 points and Augusta with one point. In the girls’ competition, Woodford finished third out of seven teams with 99 points. In all, the girls won three events, which included one relay race. “Our girls were a little shorthanded and yet finished with their best team place at third this season,” said Sobolewski. “It will be good to have everyone back this week.” Rowan County won the meet with 110 points, while Montgomery County was second with 104 points. Finishing fourth was Nicholas County with 84 points, followed by Mason County with 80 points, Fleming County with 48 points and Powell County with six points. In addition, Woodford saw 23 boys post season-best performances at the meet, and the girls had eight season-best performances. Here are Woodford’s results at the Tomahawk Challenge. Boys’ Results The boys’ opened with the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Sam Eagen, Patrick Stiltner, Kyle Holt, and Peter McGowan finished second with a time of 9:03.83. In the 100-meter dash, Woodford had two top-five performances. Jai Burgess finished second with a time of 11.12, while Thomas Logan finished third with a time of 11.70. Also, Ben Nash was 15th in 12.78. In the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Will Moffett, Mason Coburn, Keegan Elvidge and Landon Saum won the race with a time of 1:39.86. Next up was the 110-meter hurdles and Woodford swept the top three places in the race. Saum won the race with a time of 15.30. Saum’s winning time broke the existing WCHS record and the Tomahawk Challenge record. Justin Lehmkuhler was in second place with a time of 17.09, while Nick Lamb finished third with a time of 17.27. Then in the 1,600 meter run, Woodford had three top-10 finishes. McGowan finished third with a time of 5:03.27. Holt finished ninth in 5:22.46 and Clay Thomas finished 10th in 5:31.38. Woodford scored another win in the next event, the 4x100-meter relay, as the team of Domynik Johnson, Jai Burgess, Dwayne “D” Depp and Jordan Upton won the race with a time of 44.98. Woodford continued its dominating day in the next event, the 400-meter dash, which saw the Track Jackets score two top-10 performances in the race. James Hawkins finished eighth with a time of 1:00.26, while Alex Sowder finished ninth in 1:10.09. In the second hurdles event, the 300-meter hurdles, Woodford finished 1-2 in the race, with Lehmkuhler winning with a time of 43.24, while Lamb finished second with a time of 44.67. In the 800-meter run, Woodford had three top-10 finishes, as Stiltner finished fifth with a time of 2:21.80. Also, Mitchell Scott finished sixth in 2:22.51 and Eagen finished ninth in 2:26.58. Then in the 200-meter dash, Depp seems to be back in form in his favorite race, as he won the race with a time of 22.61. In addition, Elvidge finished 10th in 25.25 and Ethan Parker finished 21st in 30.46. In the final long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, Woodford had three top-10 finishes. McGowan finished third with a time of 11:13.04. Also, Abran Santos finished fifth in 11:47.70, and Jalen Newton finished eighth in 12:23.76. Then in the final relay race, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Hawkins, Mason Coburn, Alex Morgan and Alex Sowder finished second with a time of 4:18.81. In the high jump, Woodford took the top two spots. In the event, both athletes cleared 5-ft., 8-ins. Lehmkuhler got the win because he cleared it in fewer attempts. Malik Richards was second. Next came the long jump and Woodford had three athletes finish in the top five. Keagan Stromberg won the event with a best jump of 20 feet. In second was Michael Nalley with a best jump of 18-ft., 11-ins., while Upton finished fourth with a best jump of 18-ft., 3-ins. In the triple jump, Woodford swept the top three places. Nalley won the event with a best jump of 40-ft., 9.5-ins.; a season-best for the athlete. Upton second with a best jump of 40-ft., 4.5-ins. and Stromberg was third with a best jump of 36-ft., 7-ins. Sam Martin continued his winning ways in the pole vault, winning with a best vault of 12-t., 6-ins. In second was Lamb with a best vault of 8-ft., 6-ins., while Drew Richie also cleared the same height, but finished fourth because it took more attempts. In the discus, Woodford claimed the top two places. Darnell Richard won the event with a best throw of 114-ft., 1-ins. Malik Richards was second with a best throw of 111-ft., 7-ins. Colin Hudson was fourth with a best throw of 106-ft., 7-ins. Then in the shot put, Johnson finished third with a best throw of 39-ft., 6-ins. Jacob Jenkins took fourth place with a best throw of 37-ft., 9-ins. In 14th place was D’Andre Sanchez with a best throw of 25-ft., 11-ins. Girls’ Results The girls’ team opened with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Savannah Karbach, Maricela Ponce, Jessica Smith and Jodie Smith finished third with a time of 11:46.59. In the next event, the 100-meter hurdles, Esther Bradshaw had Woodford’s top performance, finishing second with a time of 17.91. Carter Hays finished fifth with a time of 19.32. Then in the 100-meter dash, Woodford had two top-10 performances. Breanna Willis finished third with a time of 13.28, and Jasmine Collins finished fifth in 13.82. In their second relay, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Makenzie Thomas, Willis and Karbach won the race with a time of 1:00.80. In the first long distance event, the 1,600-meter run, Maricela Ponce finished ninth with a time of 7:40.71. Then in the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Ingrid Brinegar, Mary Upthegrove, Abbie Hudson and Kasey Montgomery finished fourth with a time of 1:00.88. Next up was the 400-meter dash, and Bradshaw scored a win in the race with a time of 1:06.40. Hudson finished fifth in 1:17.07. In the second hurdles event, the 300-meter hurdles, Woodford had three top-five finishers in the race. Hays finished third with a time of 54.76, while Bethany Goode finished fourth with a time of 56.77, and Caroline Murray finished fifth with a time of 58.986. Then in the 800-meter run, Jodie Smith won the event for Woodford with a time of 2:43.47. In addition, Jessica Smith finished third with a time of 2:48.68. Woodford had two top-10 performances in the next race, the 200-meter dash. Montgomery finished fifth with a time of 21.22, and Rachel Tyra finished sixth in 21.28. Bianca Genoves finished 15th in 33.91. In the final long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, Ponce finished third with a time of 16:36.68. Then in their last relay race, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Goode, Hays, Bradshaw and Murray finished second with a time of 4:40.34. In the long jump Gabi Minogue finished eighth with a best jump of six feet, and in the pole vault, Allison Ferguson finished in second place when she cleared 7-ft., 6-ins. Next up, Woodford participates in the Bryan Station Invitational on Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m. Then on Tuesday, May 2, they are at Scott County at 5:30 p.m. On Friday, May 5, one of the team’s biggest meets of the year, the CKC, takes place in Danville at 6 p.m.

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