• Thomas Mims, Sports Writer

Track Jackets prepare for regional meet


The Woodford County

High School track and field

team is gearing up to compete

in the 6th Region meet this

weekend. On the heels of the

CKC Championship meet

last Friday, each school competing

will send two teams or

individuals, depending on the

event, to compete against the

region’s best.

WCHS Coach Tracey

Sobo will have some decisions

to make in the days

leading up to the meet, but

for the most part, the entrants

are set. “With the individual

events, we’re pretty much set.

The relay teams may change

depending on numbers and

who’s available. It’s a bit of

a puzzle, and not clear cut

yet,” she said.

The regional meets will

yield a field of 24 to compete

at the state level. Each of the

seven regions will send the

top two finishers, and then 10

wildcards are selected based

on their results compared to

all non top-two finishers.

Traditionally, Woodford’s

region produces several of

these wildcards in addition to

the two automatic qualifiers.

“This region is where

you want to be if you want

to compete,” said WCHS

senior Justin Lehmkuhler.

He finished as the top high

jumper at the CKC meet with

a jump of 6 feet, a mark that

was still well short of his

season high 6 feet, 6 inches.

That mark earlier in the year

was good enough for second

best in the state this season.

He also fi nished second in the

110-meter hurdles at CKC.

Other notable finishes

from last Friday:

WCHS Senior Abran Santos

was second in the 3200

meters (11:02.56), the boys’

team for the 4x800 meter relay

fi nished second (9:05.17),

senior Esther Bradshaw

was third in the 300-meter

hurdles, and the girls’ team

fi nished third in the 4x200

meter relay (1:48.89).

On Tuesday, Bradshaw

signed with Georgetown College,

where she will continue

to compete in track and fi eld.

“Every once in a while, you’ll

get that special athlete that

has both a ton of heart and

a ton of talent. Esther Bradshaw

has both. Georgetown

is really scoring an athlete

and a half here,” Assistant

Coach Michael Gormley

told a gathered crowd in the

WCHS library.

Reflecting on her time as

a Yellow Jacket, Bradshaw

told teammates in the crowd,

“Work hard and enjoy the

process. There’s a big reward

at the end when you achieve a

goal or exceed it, but there’s

also a lot of enjoyment to be

found while you’re working

towards it.”

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