WCMS track and field wins state title
The Woodford County Middle School track and field boys’ and girls’ teams
took home state championships Saturday, June 5, in Louisville. The teams
came into the meet confident after winning the Bluegrass Conference
title two weeks ago.
“I could not be more proud of the way the boys and girls competed
today,” said WCMS Coach Adam Swingle. “Each athlete gave their very best
for their team, and each person’s best effort resulted in team state
titles. These kids have a special place in my and my coaches’ hearts.
This group has overcome so much adversity this season and did it with a
maturity way beyond their years. A special thank you to all of my
assistant coaches who work so hard to prepare the kids to compete and
the parents who support us in every way possible.”
The Lady Tigers won the state championship behind some incredible
performances that included state champions and a handful of state
runner-ups. Payton Asher broke the state record in the girls’ 100-meter
hurdles during the preliminary rounds and later finished runner-up
(15.69). Asher then finished runner-up in the triple jump (32 feet, 2.75
inches). Asher also placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (51.18).
“This track season and the success that came with it was a really big
surprise after the number of obstacles that were thrown at us throughout
the past year,” said Asher. “I am incredibly proud of how we all
performed this season. We had multiple new records going up on the
board. I am super happy with myself and beating the record in the 100
hurdles at the first meet and improving my time. Having my twin brother
on the team was a huge help; in my opinion, he was always there to help
push me to be my very best.”
Macy Stickel finished 10th in the 400-meter dash (1:03.44). Addison
Moore was runner-up in the girls’ 3200-meter run (11:53.00). Moore also
placed third in the 1600-meter run (5:24.85). Olivia Dabney placed
fourth in the girls’ discus (82 feet, five inches). Dabney also placed
fifth in the shot put (31 feet, 11 inches) and 14th in the turbojav (61
feet). Ayana Wilson finished 11th in the girls’ pole vault (six feet,
“Coach Swingle and Coach (Kevin) Hash have made my first track season,
of hopefully many, a wonderful experience,” said Dabney. “Three months
ago, I didn’t know anything about track and field. Then, my mom
encouraged me to try out and learn to throw shot put and discus. It has
been a lot of fun learning and excelling in something new. I’m so glad I
was part of this team.”
The girls’ 4x200 relay team of Stickel, Chosen Johnson, Jasmine Williams
and Asher won the state title (1:53.01). The girls’ 4x400 relay team of
Stickel, Erin Myers, Larkyn Hewett and Gabby Gampper finished sixth
(4:37.01). The girls’ 4x800 relay team of Hewett, Shealynn Coffey,
Gampper and Myers (11:18.49) finished 13th.
Charla Gormley represented St. Leo school in three events. Gormley
placed third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.63), eighth in the 300-meter
hurdles (53.33) and fourth in the long jump (15 feet, 5.5 inches).
The WCMS boys’ team racked up top-three performances as they cruised to
a team state title. Nolan Asher won the state crown in the high jump
(five feet, four inches). Asher was also runner-up in the boys’
400-meter dash (52.43).
Leland Taylor was runner-up in the boys’ 200-meter dash (23.93). Chaz
Stout finished runner-up in the boys’ pole vault (nine feet, six inches).
Ryan Hendrix placed fifth in the 800-meter dash (2:13.91). Hendrix also
finished eighth in the 1600-meter run (4:54.00). Mo Hash finished 18th
in the boys’ discus (93 feet, 11 inches).
Chase Thurman was runner-up in the boys’ turbojav (110 feet, three
inches). Braxton Brock finished eighth in the boys’ triple jump (33
feet, 8.5 inches).
The boys’ 4x100 relay team of Jed Padgett, Brock, Wyatt Crowe and Taylor
finished seventh (50.98). The boys’ 4x200 team of Asher, Padgett, Crowe
and Taylor won the state title (1:38.02). The boys’ 4x400 relay team of
Hendrix, Padgett, Asher and Crowe won the state title (3:50.31).