• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Woodford County athletes to compete at Junior Olympics

FIVE WOODFORD COUNTY ATHLETES will compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa July 24 to Aug. 4. Pictured from left; front, Jase Crume, Jack Lehmkuhler and Kasey Montgomery; back, Grant Garrison and Justin Lehmkuhler. (Photo submitted).

Five Woodford County athletes are preparing to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines Iowa July 24 to Aug. 4. The events will take place at Drake University where just two weeks ago, the fastest runners in the nation held Olympic trials. Over 15,000 athletes are scheduled to compete in the 12 day competition.

The Woodford County competitors represent two different track and field clubs, The Kentucky Express and the Lexington Blazin' Cats.

To qualify for the Junior Olympics, the athletes had to finish in the top 16 of their age group at the District meet in Hardin County. The next step was a top six finish in the Regional meet, which took place at the University of Tennessee June 27 to July 1.

Woodford County High School junior Justin Lehmkuhler qualified in high jump for the Kentucky Express.

WCHS freshman Grant Garrison will compete in the Javelin, discus and shotput for the Kentucky Express

WCMS seventh-grader Jack Lehmkuhler will compete in the 80-meter hurdles and the high jump for the Kentucky Express.

Woodford County Middle School seventh-grader Jaser Crume qualified in the 200-meter hurdles, javelin and high jump for the Blazin' Cats.

WCHS junior Kasey Montgomery qualified in the high jump and javelin for the Kentucky Express.

“It's an amazing opportunity for these kids,” said Kentucky Express Coach Carlos Ross. “They will face the best in the nation and will soon find out where they measure up. Track teaches resilience and we look forward to seeing how the kids perform and how they respond to the adversity if it arises. Competing with a high level athlete and on a huge stage such as the Junior Olympics will hopefully motivate our kids to give their best effort and try to get a personal best result.”

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