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Woodford County opens cross country season

Woodford County High School opened its cross-country season by hosting the "Beat the Heat" event at Falling Springs Thursday, Aug 24.

"I was very pleased with the overall performance of the group," said cross country Coach Brooke Stickel. "The top-five boys were only 25 seconds apart. And top eight boys were only 41 seconds apart. This bodes well for our future. The girls ran very well also. The top-five girls were either freshman or newcomers to high school cross country. That is exciting for us because we graduated three of our top-five runners last season."

Varsity boys The varsity boys' team finished in fourth place overall. Madison Central finished first. Lexington Christian finished second and West Jessamine finished third. Individually, Peter McGowan was the top finisher coming in 15th with a time of 13:08.30. Other runners were Korry Blankenship 18th, Kyle Holt 21st, Justin Lehmkuhler 23rd, and Scott Mitchell 25th.

Varsity girls The varsity girls had a strong showing, finishing fourth overall, highlighted by Katie Gatewood, who finished fifth with an impressive time of 15.36.40 in the two-and-a-quarter mile. Abbey Bleuel finished 11th, Esther Bradshaw finished 21st and Taylor Dotson finished 25th. Middle school boys

The Woodford County Middle School boys' team had a great showing, finishing second overall in the meet. Aidan Zaparnick-Brown finished fifth individually and Jerry Creech finished behind him in sixth. Jackson Moffett finished 8th, while Jack Lehmkuhler and Scott Watson rounded out the top-25 in the 1.55-mile run.

Middle school girls The Lady Tigers' team finished second overall in the meet. Maggie Twehues finished fourth overall and was followed by Evelyn Hamilton in ninth place. Addison Moore, Parker Robinson and Gabby Gamper rounded out the top-25.

Elementary boys The WCMS boys finished second overall in the event. Jase Crume was top finisher for Woodford with a 6:07:03 time that was good for third overall. Delano Mullins finished fourth and Simon Swanseger came in eighth. Jay Wells and Charlie Gatewood both had top-25 finishes as well.

Elementary girls Charla Gormley (St. Leo School) finished second place overall. Kendyhl Dewar, Natalie Kerr, Ashlynn Gampper and Macy Mann rounded out the top-25.

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