• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCMS girls’ track tied for 4th at state; boys’ 9th


The Woodford County Middle School girls’ and boys’ track teams traveled to the University of Louisville on Saturday, June 3, to participate in the KTCCCA Middle School State Championships and came home with great results. In the girls’ team competition, Woodford finished in a tie for fourth-place out of 58 teams with 36 points. Winning the girls’ division was Oldham County with 66 points, while Graves County was second with 38 points, North Oldham was third with 37 points and Woodford and Southern were tied for fourth with 36 points. In the boys’ team competition, Woodford finished ninth out of 60 teams with 22 points. Winning the boys’ division was Farnsley with 41 points, Beaumont was second with 40 points, Ashland was third with 39 points, Bryan Station was fourth with 30 points and North Oldham was fifth with 28 points. Here are the individual results for the WCMS girls’ and boys’ teams. Note: If more than one athlete from a school participate in an event, only the athlete with the best result counts towards the team’s final point total.

Girls’ Results Ka Mari Black had a very busy day, as she participated in four events. She finished ninth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.20. She was also anchored the 4x100-meter relay team, which also consisted of Ana Ruvalcaba, Adriana Jackson and Asia Shands. The team finished fifth with a time of 54.10. Black also participated in two field events. In the long jump, she finished sixth with a best jump of 16-ft., 11-ins. In the triple jump, she finished seventh with a best jump of 31-ft., 11-ins. Devan Champion also participated in a number of events. She finished 22nd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:07.86. She, along with teammates Abbey Bleuel, Adriana Jackson and Callie Gormley, finished eighth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:35.52. She also participated in two field events. In the shot put, she finished 21st with a best throw of 30-ft., 3-ins. However, her teammate Legend Burgess had the better finish in the event, as she finished sixth with a best throw of 34-ft., 1-ins. In the discus, the finish was reversed, as Champion finished eighth with a best throw of 80-ft., 11-ins., while Burgess finished 17th with a best throw of 68-ft., 11-ins. Callie Gormley was another Woodford athlete participating in multiple events at state, which included her best event, the hurdles. In the 100-meter hurdles, Gormley finished fifth with a time of 17.38, while her teammate, Lilly Mullins finished 17th with a time of 18.71. Then in the 300-meter hurdles, Gormley finished fifth with a time of 51.83. Gormley also participated in the TurboJav and finished fourth with a best throw of 86-ft., 11-ins. Samantha Stevens was another Woodford athlete who participated in multiple events. She finished 23rd in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.02. Then in the 4x200-meter relay, Stevens, along with teammates Asia Shands, Ana Ruvalcaba and Adriana Jackson, finished ninth with a time of 1:54.59. In the other running events, Abbey Bleuel finished 11th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:36.93. In the 1,600-meter run, Maggie Twehues finished 19th with a time of 6:05.44, while in the 3,200-meter run, Morgan Reynolds finished 27th with a time of 14:11.72. In the 4x800-meter relay, the team of Katherine Crain, Reynolds, Evie Hamilton and Bleuel finished 15th with a time of 11:25.00. In the other field events, Amarish Reed finished 17th in the high jump when she cleared 4-ft., 4-ins. Then in the pole vault, Jillian Elmore finished fourth when she cleared seven feet. Also participating in the pole vault was Taylor Dotson, who finished eighth when she cleared 6-ft., 6-ins. Boys’ Results In the boys’ division, Woodford’s Hunter Penn participated in the most events. In the 400-meter dash he finished 21st with a time of 58.31. He also participated in two relay races. In the 4x400-meter relay, Penn and his teammates Trevor Greene, Cameron Collier and Thomas Martin, finished fifth with a time of 3:59.10. Then in the 4x800-meter relay, Penn and his teammates Korry Blankenship, Greene and Dylan Taylor finished third with a time of 9:16.71. Penn also participated in the triple jump and finished fifth with a best jump of 36-ft., 1.25 ins. Along with his third place finish in the 4x800-meter relay, Taylor finished 22nd in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.92. Blankenship, who was also part of the 4x800-meter relay team, finished 25th in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:20.31. Jackson Moffett ran the other long distance race of the meet, the 3,200-meter run, and he finished 46th with a time of 12:54.46. Then in the 300-meter hurdles, Ethan Hendrix finished 39th with a time of 51.69. In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Debrince Johnson, Gabreal Foley, Cody Dunn and Malik Richardson finished 17th with a time of 50.19. Then in the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Jackson Gordon, Foley, Dunn and Richardson finished 22nd with a time of 1:45.88. Woodford also participated in four other field events. In the high jump, Thomas Martin finished sixth when he cleared 5-ft., 4-ins. Then in the pole vault, Greene, who also participated in the 4x400-meter relay and 4x800-meter relay, finished ninth when he cleared 8-ft., 6-ins. In the throwing events, Grant Garrison finished 11th in the discus with a best throw of 112-ft., 5-ins. He also participated in the TurboJav and finished eighth with a best throw of 112-ft., 1-ins.

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