Class 3A Girls Track and Field Championships: Lady Colonels get trio of fourth place finishes

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By Brad Stephens

LEXINGTON – Oldham County’s girls landed in the points throughout the afternoon Saturday at the state track and field championships.

OC had fourth place finishes in the 4x400 relay, pole vault and triple jump, as well as a fifth place finish in the 300 hurdles.

Overall the Lady Colonels finished 10th with 20 points. Bryan Station (70 points) won the team title, followed by North Hardin (64) and Central (55). South Oldham didn’t register any points.

The Lady Colonels’ first top five finish was Ashley Reyna-Padilla’s fifth-place effort in the 300 hurdles. The sophomore closed hard in the stretch to finish in 47.51 seconds.

“I think I did good,” Reyna-Padilla said. “I did much better than I thought I would. I had less stuttering and I think I really picked it up toward the end.”

Later in the night Reyna-Padilla combined with Sarah McMurchie, Cameron Kogut and Summer Wheeler to finish fourth in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:01.43.

The Lady Colonels went into that event as the No. 1 seed and though they didn’t win, still set a PR, McMurchie said.

“We were all really tired but I think we still did OK,” McMurchie said.

The relay team figures to contend again next year, as Wheeler is the only graduating member.

“I think we’re going to focus more on our handoffs and running better as a team because we have a group of girls that have done it,” McMurchie said.

McMurchie also placed fourth in the triple jump. The sophomore who’s also a member of the Lady Colonel basketball team had a leap of 34 feet, 7 ¼ inches.

McMurchie, who also finished 10th in the long jump, said she’s joining an AAU team in an effort to improve for next year’s season.

“I want to get better and just get my marks down,” McMurchie said, “because that’s mostly what I struggle with, I think, just getting my stride from the board. I think once I get that I should be good.”

OC’s third fourth-place finish came in the pole vault courtesy of senior Whitney Schuyler.

The senior cleared a distance of 10 feet, her career-best performance.

Achieving that in the state meet was the perfect way to cap off her high school career, Schuyler said.

“I was excited,” she said. “I had good speed today and then I was bending my pole really good.”
Schuyler will be going to Spaulding University in the fall to compete in the pole vault at the collegiate level.

Clearing 11 feet by the beginning of college is her offseason goal, she said.

She picked up pole vaulting as a high school freshman when she said her dad told her the two best ways to earn athletic scholarships were women’s golf and pole vaulting.

“So I tried pole vault and I ended up liking it,” Schuyler said. “I like that it challenges you every time and you never know what’s going to happen.

“There’s always a lot of room for improvement.”

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