• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track 3rd at Region 6 meet; girls

The Woodford County High School track teams scored some top results at the Region 6 track championships at Bryan Station on Saturday, May 13, as the boys’ team finished third and the girls’ team finished seventh. “When we head to regionals each year, everyone is a little more nervous and a little more anxious than when they step on the bus for regular season meets,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “Our bus ride was very quiet. As you can see by the results, when the competition started our athletes performed to their very best. What you put in is what you get out. It is great to see our kids do so well after dedication and practice since December.” At regions in the boys’ competition, Woodford finished third out of nine teams with 79 points. Winning a very close region meet was Bryan Station with 132 points, while Tates Creek finished second with 130 points. After Woodford was Scott County in fourth place with 72 points, followed in order by Henry Clay with 65 points, Paul Laurence Dunbar with 44 points, Lafayette with 22 points, George Rogers Clark with seven points and Montgomery County with six points. In the girls’ region competition, Woodford finished seventh with 37 points. Winning the region was Tates Creek with 157 points, followed in order by Bryan Station with 95.75 points, Lafayette with 82.75 points, Henry Clay with 56.75 points, Scott County with 51.75 points, Paul Laurence Dunbar with 38 points. Rounding out the final scores after Woodford was George Rogers Clark eighth with 25 points, Montgomery County with 12 points and Anderson County with six points. With those results, Woodford qualified 17 athletes to the KHSAA State Championships, which will be held this Saturday, May 20 at the University of Kentucky. “We have 17 athletes headed to state,” said Sobolewski. “I am so happy for these kids and their families. I wish everyone could qualify.” The athletes that qualified for state, and their events, are: • Landon Saum: 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. • Justin Lehmkuhler: 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. • Dwayne Depp: 100-meter and 200-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay. • Malik Richards: 4x100-meter relay and high jump. * Jai Burgess 4x100-meter relay. • Jordan Upton: 4x100-meter relay and triple jump. • Darnell Richard: discus • Keagan Stromberg: triple jump and long jump. • Michael Nalley: triple jump. • Sam Martin: pole vault • Allison Ferguson: pole vault • Esther Bradshaw: 300-meter hurdles and 4X100-meter relay. • Savannah Karbach: 4X100-meter relay. * Makenzie Thomas: 4X100-meter relay. • Breanna Willis: 4x100-meter relay. • Ethan Parker, Landon Saum and Clay Thomas will compete for Woodford in the mixed team competition. Here are the individual region results for Woodford. Mixed Team Results Woodford participated in three mixed team events at region. In the 2x50 relay, Ethan Parker, and his partner, Landon Saum, won the race with a time of 15.30. Then in the 2x200-meter relay, Parker and Clay Thomas won with a time of 1:04.66. In addition, Parker finished fourth in the mixed long jump with a best jump of 13-ft., 4-ins. Boys’ Results The boys’ team opened with the 800-meter relay, and the team of Jonathan Hall, Kyle Holt, Mitchell Scott and Sam Eagen finished seventh with a time of 9:17.44. Next was the 100-meter hurdles, and Saum finished second with a time of 15.29, while Justin Lehmkuhler finished sixth with a time of 16.74. Saum and Lehmkuhler also participated in the 300-meter hurdles later in the meet. Saum finished fourth with a time of 41.77 and Lehmkuhler finished sixth with a time of 42.36. Both Saum and Lehmkuhler advanced to the state championships in both hurdling events. In the 100-meter dash, Dwayne “D” Depp finished third with a time of 11.05. Jai Burgess also ran in the race and finished seventh in 11.33. Later in the meet, Depp won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.00, which set a school record and gave the senior his first region title. Burgess finished 10th in 23.22. With his results at region, Depp advanced to the state championships in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. In the first long distance race, Peter McGowan finished 10th with a time of 4:55.39. In addition, Holt finished 17th in 5:13.08. Later in the meet, McGowan finished 13th in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:19.51, while Abron Santos finished 15th in 11:32.39. Woodford had another top result in the 4x100-meter relay, as the team of Malik Richards, Burgess, Jordan Upton and Depp finished third in 44.36. With the result, the relay team qualified for the state championships. In the 400-meter dash, Keegan Elvidge finished 10th with a time of 55.06, while Mason Coburn finished close behind in 12th with a time of 57.58. Then in the 800-meter run, Patrick Stiltner and Scott finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Stiltner finished with a time of 2:20.00 and Scott finished in 2:22.43. In the team’s final relay, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Keagan Stromberg, Alex Sowder, Jonathan Hall and Elvidge finished seventh with a time o 3:48.72. In the discus, Darnell Richard finished fourth with a best throw of 128-ft., 5-ins. and qualified for state. Also, Malik Richards finished 15th with a best throw of 78-ft., 7-ins. Then in the shot put, Jacob Jenkins had Woodford’s best performance, as he finished seventh with a best throw of 40-ft., 6-ins. In the high jump, Richards finished third when he cleared six feet. He qualified for state. Also, Keagan Stromberg finished fifth when he cleared 5-ft., 8-ins. In the long jump, Stromberg finished third with a best jump of 20-ft., 11-ins. He qualified for state. In addition, Ethan Parker finished 18th with a best jump of 13-ft., 4-ins. In the triple jump, Michael Nalley finished second with a best jump of 41-ft., 8-ins. Upton finished third in the event with a best jump of 41-ft., 8-ins. Nalley got second because he did it in fewer attempts. Both Nalley and Upton qualified for state. In the pole vault, Sam Martin finished second when he cleared 12-ft., 7-ins. He qualified for state. Also in the pole vault, Nick Lamb finished fourth when he cleared 9-ft., 1-ins. Girls’ Results The girls’ team opened the day with the 4x800-meter relay and the team of Jessica Smith, Turner Reynolds, Regan Martin and Jodie Smith finished fourth with a time of 11:25.77. Then in the 100-meter dash, Breanna Willis finished sixth with a time of 13.16, and Bethany Goode finished 12th in 13.95. In the next race, the 100-meter hurdles, Callie Gormley and Esther Bradshaw finished third and fourth, respectively. Gormley finished with a time of 17.61, and Bradshaw finished in 17.17. In the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Makenzie Thomas and Willis finished fourth with a time of 1:51.35. In the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, Turner Reynolds and Bekah Hall finished 15th and 16th, respectively. Reynolds finished with a time of 6:51.47 and Hall finished in 6.53.17. The team of Bradshaw, Karbach, Thomas and Willis had a great run in the 4x100-meter relay, as they finished fifth with a time of 52.57. The team qualified for state. Next was the 400-meter dash and Caroline Murray had Woodford’s best performance, as she finished 11th with a time of 1:10.45. Also, Kristen Taylor finished 13th in 1:14.28. In the 300-meter hurdles, Bradshaw finished second with a time of 48.64. She qualified for state in the event. Also in the race was Carter Hays. She finished fifth in 52.61. In the 800-meter run, Jodie Smith finished fifth with a time of 2:40.55, and Jessica Smith finished ninth in 2:47.34. The sisters recently signed with Georgetown College to continue their running careers. Then in the 200-meter dash, Willis had the team’s best performance, as she finished ninth with a time of 27.83, while Kasey Montgomery finished 13th in 29.58. In the final long distance race, the 3,200-meter relay, Regan Martin finished in sixth place with a time of 13:44.89, and Maricela Ponce finished 13th in 15:57.80. Then in the final running event of the meet, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Gormley, Montgomery, Hays and Murray finished sixth with a time of 4:45.82. In the throwing events, Woodford’s Renee Murphy was the only participant. In the discus, she finished in 18th place with a best throw of 35-ft., 3-ins., and in the shot put, she finished 19th with a best throw of 12-ft., 9-ins. In the triple jump, Raven Upton was Woodford’s only participant and she finished 11th with a best jump of 28-ft., 11-ins. Then in the pole vault, Allison Ferguson was the team’s only participant and she finished fifth when she cleared 8-ft., 7-ins. Ferguson qualified for state.

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