WHEN TODD Woodring crossed the finish line Saturday, he felt confident he’d expended everything on the Memorial Stadium track.
Woodring burned a time of 48.6 seconds in the Class AAA meter finals to earn a second-place finish on the final day of the boys’ state track meet.
“I really feel good about my race,” Woodring said. “I feel like I went to the best of my ability. I didn’t have anything left at the end. I didn’t run off the track, jog off the track. I had to literally crawl off the track.”
Woodring, who came on strong at the end, finished second to Washington County’s Quintaveon Poole, who ran a 47.3 to win the state title.
“It was a hard race,” Woodring said. “Definitely some good opponents — Quintaveon Poole (is) a respectable opponent. He beat me fair and square. He’s just a good athlete.”
Woodring tried his best to catch Poole down the stretch.
“I tried to catch him when I was kicking, but he just kept on going, so I just said, ‘you know what, I’ll just try to get second,’ try not to let anybody pass me,” Woodring said. “It’s been a pretty good year for me.”
The junior’s runner-up finish in the quarter mile comes after not qualifying for state last year. Woodring called it an “excellent” feeling.
“It feels excellent just to get up on the podium,” Woodring said. “That was my objective when I first came here — just to get on the podium. And I did that. I didn’t finish first but, you know, second is not bad either. It’s just a bunch of hard work and dedication.”
Woodring also finished seventh in the 200 meter finals, running a 22.74.
As a team, Jackson County placed 16th overall in Class AAA with 12.5 points as it also received a sixth-place finish from Layson Giles in the high jump (6-4).
Nick Stovall competed in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries Friday, running a 16.32, but didn’t qualify for the Saturday finals.
Woodring said he aims to do even better next year when he’ll likely have to battle Poole again with Washington County remaining in Class AAA.
“I feel really confident going into next year,” Woodring said. “I’m going to try to hit 47 (seconds in the 400) next year, maybe 46 (seconds) if I train hard enough … I feel like track is my thing and that’s just what I want to do.”
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