• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Sam Martin wins state title; WCHS boys’ finish 11th - 5-25-2017


The Woodford County High School track teams had a very successful meet at the KHSAA State Track & Field championships, which were held on Saturday, May 20, at the University of Kentucky. The team sent 17 athletes to the meet and all of them had very good results. Sam Martin had the day’s best result for Woodford, winning the pole vault when he cleared 13-ft., 6-ins. in the final. Martin is the first state champion for Woodford since Anna Bostrom won state titles in the 1,600-meter run in 2008 and the 3,200-meter run in 2010. “Sam Martin is one of the hardest working athletes I’ve had,” said Woodford head coach Tracey Sobolewski. “It was wonderful seeing Sam and his family celebrate. He will continue to do well at the collegiate level.” In all, the boys’ team finished in 11th place with 18 points. As a team, Male won the state title with 76 points, while Trinity (Louisville) was second with 70 points and Bryan Station was third with 63 points. Esther Bradshaw scored the best finish in the girls’ competition for Woodford, finishing in 10th place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.42. “It was great for our athletes to qualify for State,” said Sobolewski. “The atmosphere and competition is an experience they will never forget. These kids start team training in January with the goal to get to State during their high school career. “Our boys finished 11th out of 67 3A teams in the state. An accomplishment they can all be proud of. (And), our girls all finished up with season bests at State.” In the mixed team results, Ethan Parker and Clay Thomas had the best performance for Woodford, finishing second in the 2x200-meter relay with a time of 1:00.78. “The unified events are a great addition to the State meet,” said Sobolewski. “It is always rewarding to see athletes enjoy their competition.” Here are the rest of Woodford’s results at the state championship meet on Saturday. Boys’ results Landon Saum ran in two events. He finished ninth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.69, and he finished 13th in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.66. Justin Lehmkuhler also ran in the hurdle events. He finished 20th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.56, but hooked a hurdle in the 300-meter event and was disqualified. Dwayne “D” Depp ran in three sprint events. In the 100-meter dash he finished eighth with a time of 11.22, while in the 200-meter dash he finished ninth in 22.50. In the 100-meter relay, the team of Malik Richards, Jai Burgess, Jordan Upton and Depp finished in ninth place with a time of 43.75. In the field events, Keegan Stromberg participated in two events. In the long jump, he finished 12th with a best jump of 20-ft., 5.75-ins. In the high jump, he finished tied for 10th when he cleared 5-ft., 10-ins. in the final. In other field events: * Michael Nalley finished 12th in the triple jump with a best jump of 41-ft., 9.5-ins. * Malik Richards finished fifth in the high jump when he cleared 6-ft., 4-ins. in the final. * Darnell Richard finished 20th in the discus with a best throw of 112-ft., 10-ins. * Jordon Upton finished sixth in the triple jump with a best jump in the final of 42-ft., 6.5-ins. Girl’s Results In the girls’ competition, the team of Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Makenzie Thomas and Breanna Willis finished 13th in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:49.29. In the field events, Allison Ferguson finished 11th in the pole vault when she cleared nine feet in the final. Mixed Team Results In mixed team competition, Ethan Parker participated in three events, while Clay Thomas participated in one with Parker. In the 2x200-meter relay, Parker and Thomas had their best performance of the day, as they finished second with a time of 1:00.78. In the 2x50-meter relay, Parker and his partner, Landon Saum, finished sixth in the 2x50-meter relay with a time of 15.89. Parker also finished fifth in the long jump with a best jump of 20-ft., 2-ins.

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