• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track 4th at Henry Clay All-Comers; girls 9th

On Tuesday, April 25, the Woodford County High School track teams travelled to Lexington to participate in the Henry Clay All-Comers meet. There, the boys’ team finished in second place out of 15 teams, while the girls’ team finished ninth out of 15 teams. In the boys’ team competition, Bryan Station won the meet with 104 points. Woodford was second with 80 points, while Dunbar was third with 71 points, Tates Creek was fourth with 65 points and Scott County was fifth with 62 points. In the girls’ team competition, Tates Creek won the meet with 86 points. Lafayette was second with 61 points, while Henry Clay and Bryan Station tied for third with 56 points each, and Shelby County was fifth with 52 points. Woodford finished ninth with 42 points. “Our boys’ team did step it up at Henry Clay,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “A second place finish with strong competition is great to see. They need to keep at it through regionals. “Most of our girls are continuing to improve each and every week. They practice hard. Individually they are each committed and their relay teams are proving that, too.” Individually for the boys, Woodford had two winners, as Dwayne “D” Depp won the 200-meter dash and Sam Martin won the pole vault. In the relays, the boys won the 4x200-meter relay and the 4x100-meter relay. Individually for the girls, Woodford had two athletes finish in second place in their events, as Callie Gormley finished second in the 100-meter hurdles and Esther Bradshaw finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. In the relays, the girls finished second in the 4x200-meter relay and the 4x100-meter relay. Here are Woodford’s results at the Henry Clay meet.

Boys' Results

The boys’ team opened with the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Peter McGowan, Kyle Holt, Mitchell Scott, and Patrick Stiltner finished sixth with a time of 9:33.58. In the next event, the 100-meter dash, Jai Burgess had Woodford’s top performance, as he finished in fourth place with a time of 11.35. Also in the race for Woodford were Brennan Clark (18th place with a time of 11.84); Thomas Logan (20th, 11.93); Sam Martin (50th, 12.77); Ben Nash (58th, 13.01); Henry Huff (63rd, 13.59); Justin Alexander (66th, 13.79); Alex Morgan (67rth, 13.81); and Ethan Parker (72nd, 15.11). Then in the 110-meter hurdles, Woodford had three top 10 finishers. Landon Saum finished third with a time of 15.95, Justin Lehmkuhler finished seventh in 17.24 and Nick Lamb finished 10th in 18.54. In the second relay race for the boys, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of James Hawkins, Mason Coburn, Alex Sowder and Will Moffett won the race with a time of 1:34.50. Next up was the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, and McGowan had the team’s top performance, as he finished 12th with a time of 5:06.08. Also running in the race for Woodford were Abran Santos (22nd, 5:22.30); Scott (24th, 5:24.19); Jalen Newton (37th, 5:36.49); and Clay Thomas (40th, 5:38.28). The team of Depp, Malik Richards, Jordan Upton and Burgess won the team’s second relay race of the meet, the 4x100-meter relay. They finished with a time of 44.49. Then in the 400-meter dash, Hawkins was Woodford’s lone participant and he finished 34th with a time of 1:03.32. Woodford had three top 10 performances in the 300-meter hurdles, as Lehmkuhler finished third with a time of 42.62, Saum finished sixth with a time of 45.07, and Lamb finished seventh with a time of 45.32. In the 800-meter run, McGowan scored the top performance for the Jackets. He finished 13th with a time of 2:17.70. Also, Sam Eagen finished 24th in 2:24.63, and Santos finished 32nd in 2:27.67. Depp captured his second 200-meter dash win of the season at Henry Clay with a time of 22.46. Also in the race were Coburn, who finished 24th in 25.25, Alexander, who finished 35th in 27.34, and Parker, who finished 39th in 30.72. In the second long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, Jonathan Hall and Stiltner had the top two performances for Woodford. Hall finished 15th in 11.49.95 and Stiltner finished 16th in 11:50.41. In addition, Thomas finished 18th in 12.02.53 and Newton finished 24th in 12:51.57. In the discus, Darnell Richard finished fourth with a best throw of 123 feet. Also, Collin Hudson finished eighth with a best throw of 116-ft., 9-ins., Richards finished 11th with a best throw of 108-ft., 2-ins., and D’Andre Sanchez finished 26th with a best throw of 83-ft., 6-ins. In the shot put, Jacob Jenkins was Woodford’s best performer on the day, as he finished ninth with a best throw of 38-ft., 2-ins. Also, Richard finished 12th with a best throw of 35-ft., 11-ins., and Sanchez finished 33rd with a best throw of 27-ft., 6-ins. In the high jump, Lehmkuhler finished second when he cleared 5-ft., 10-ins. In addition. Richards finished fifth when he cleared 5-ft., 8-ins., and Keagan Stromberg was ninth when he cleared 5-ft., 6-ins. In the high jump, Stromberg had the Jackets top performance, as he finished fourth with a 19-ft., 11.5-ins. clearance. Also, Upton finished 14th with a best jump of 17-ft., 10-ins., Richards finished 24th with a best jump of 16-ft., 9.5-ins., Michael Nalley finished 26th with a best jump of 16-ft., 3-ins., and Parker finished 40th with a best jump of 9-ft., 9-ins. In the triple jump, Upton was Woodford’s only entry and he finished fifth with a best jump of 39-ft., 1.5-ins. Then in the pole vault, Martin continued his winning ways, as he won the event when he cleared 13-ft., 6-ins. In addition, Lamb finished seventh when he cleared nine feet and Drew Richie finished eighth when he cleared eight feet. Girls’ Results In the first race for the girls at the meet, the 4x800-meter relay, the team of Jessica Smith, Regan Martin, Turner Reynolds and Jodie Smith finished fifth with a time of 11:40.10. Next up was the 100-meter dash, and Breanna Willis had Woodford’s top performance, as she finished 13th with a time of 13.73. Also in the race for Woodford were Bethany Goode (27th, 14.21); Callie Gormley (31st, 14.47); Ingrid Brinegar (51st, 15.83); Bianca Genovese (56th, 16.20); and Lucie Receveur (63rd, 18.07). In the 100-meter hurdles, Gormley was Woodford’s only runner and she finished in second place with a time of 17.83. In the next relay event, the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Makenzie Thomas and Willis finished second with a time of 1:53.27. Then in the first long distance race for the girls, the 1,600-meter run, Martin and Bekah Hall had the top two performances for Woodford. Martin finished 17th with a time of 6:48.56, and Hall finished 18th in 6:50.10. In addition, Reynolds finished 23rd in 7:06.89, and Maricela Ponce finished 29th in 7:38.55. In the next relay race, the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Karbach, Thomas and Willis finished second with a time of 52.86. Then in the 400-meter dash, Woodford had only one runner in the race, Kate Moran, who finished 32nd with a time of 1:21.45. Next was the 300-meter hurdles, and Woodford had four top 10 finishers. Leading the way was Bradshaw, who finished second with a time of 51.94. She was followed by Gormley in fourth place in 53.54, Goode in sixth place in 55:31, and Carter Hays in seventh place in 55.42. Also in the race was Caroline Murray, who finished 17th with a time of 1:01.69. In the 800-meter run, Jodie Smith finished 10th with a time of 2:44.04 to record the team’s top performance in the race. Also, Jessica Smith was 19th in 2:51.33, and Ponce was 36th in 3:17.90. In the final sprint of the meet for the girls, the 200-meter dash, Bradshaw had the team’s best performance as she finished 12th with a time of 28.50. Also running in the race for Woodford were Karbach (21st, 29.57); Rachel Tyra (29th, 31.09); Kasey Montgomery (30th, 31.21); Clark (43rd, 34.10); Genovese (46th, 35.10); and Receveur (48th, 38.49). Then in the 4x400-meter relay, the final race of the meet, the team of Goode, Hays, Murray and Gormley finished fourth with a time of 4:48.55. In the throwing events, Renee Murphy was Woodford’s lone athlete in the two events. She finished 25th in the discus with a best throw of 34-ft., 10-ins., and she finished 33rd in the shot put with a best throw of 13-ft., 5-ins. In the triple jump, Raven Upton was the team’s only participant and she finished 13th with a best jump of 28-ft., 3-ins. Then in the pole vault, Clark was the team’s only participant and she finished 10th when she cleared five feet. Next up for Woodford is the all-important CKC track meet in Danville on Friday, May 5, 6 p.m.

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