• By Bill Caine

Track Jackets shine at regional meet


WCHS SENIOR KAMARI BLACK won both the long jump and triple jump at the Class 3A Region 6 meet May 24. (File photo by Bill Caine)
WCHS SENIOR KAMARI BLACK won both the long jump and triple jump at the Class 3A Region 6 meet May 24. (File photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School track and field team qualified six

individuals for state at the Class 3A Region 6 meet May 24. The Lady

Jacket squad took home regional runner-up honors. The Track Jackets are

awaiting news from KHSAA to learn if more individuals will qualify based

on performances from other regions.

“This is a fun group of kids to work with,” said WCHS Coach Tracey

Sobolewski. “The kids were resilient all season and happy just to be

participating. I can’t believe where we started and where we are now. We

have fun together and the kids enjoy each other’s company. Every team

member improved this year, and we always have someone new stepping up to

help the team.”

Kamari Black finished as runner-up in the girls’ 100-meter dash (12.40),

and Maya Gudger placed fifth (13.02). Gudger also took home fifth place

in the 200-meter dash (27.21), and Chloe Brown finished 10th (28.73).

“Heading into state, I’m working really hard to get my time down to

11-seconds flat,” said Black.

“Being part of the track team is like being part of a giant family.”

Abbey Bleuel finished eighth in the 400-meter dash (1:05.01), and

Avalynne Goins was ninth (1:05.68). Maggie McSorley finished eighth in

the 800-meter run (2:36.66). Samara Miller was 16th (2:48.09). In the

1600-meter run, Eva Kate Probus placed third (5:32.87). Evie Hamilton

was 15th (6:34.08). Probus also finished sixth in the 3200-meter run

(12:31.20).

Callie Gormley was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (16.51).

The Lady Jackets also ran four relay races, with their best showing

coming in the 4x100-meter relay (52.25).

In the high jump, Brown placed fourth (4 feet, 8 inches).

Woodford’s girls took first and second in the long jump, with Black (16

feet, 11.75 inches) sneaking by Gormley (16 feet, 10.5 inches) and

taking first. Black also won the triple jump (37 feet, 1 inch).

Brianne Lacefield took seventh in the pole vault (six feet, six inches).

Reagen Hash placed fifth in the discus (90 feet, 7 inches) and Sarah

Hallman was fourteenth (47 feet, 5 inches). Hash finished 12th in the

shot put (26 feet), and Hallman was 16th (19 feet, 2 inches).

On the boy’s side, Fabian Garcia finished 16th in the 100-meter dash

(12.05). JD Alexander was 19th (12.17).

In the 200-meter dash, Andrew Nason was 14th (24.96), and Nick O’Toole

was 18th (25.34).

Jackson Gordan was runner-up in the 400-meter dash (52:83). Colin

McGowan finished sixth (55:03).

Sawyer Ford finished 16th in the 800-meter run (2:15.78). Jase Crume

finished 10th in the 1600-meter run (5:05.80). Jack Buckley was 16th

(5:34.34). Joshua Jetton finished 16th in the 3200-meter run (12:57.53).

The Jackets ran four relay races, with their best showing coming out of

the 4x800-meter relay (8:26.27). They placed third.

Jay Jackson finished eighth in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches), and

Jack Lehmkuhler was 10th (5 feet, 4 inches).

Christian Bowling finished ninth in the long jump (17 feet, 5.25

inches). Garcia was 11th (16 feet, 11 inches).

Landon Wetlaufer was runner-up in the pole vault (9 feet). Grant

Garrison won the discuss (149 feet, 8 inches). Morgan Browning was 18th

(78 feet, 10 inches). Garrison also won the shot put (49 feet, 8

inches), and Owen Wingo was 21st (24 feet, one-half inch).

“I prepare myself with lots of repetition,” said Garrison. “I’m never

satisfied with a distance and always believe I can throw farther. I

mentally prepare because I know the only person that can beat me is

myself. I’ve set a goal to win the state championship in both shot put

and discus before I graduate from WCHS.”

The KHSAA Class 3A State Championship will be held at the University of

Kentucky June 12.

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